REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- If the vehicle is equipped with power windows or locks, or has speakers in the door panels, disconnect the wiring to these accessories and remove the harness from between the door and the body.
- If equipped with limiting straps, unbolt or remove the pivot pin on the strap.
- Have an assistant hold the door open, then remove the top hinge pin. Some models use a clip to retain the pin; remove the clip, then drive the pin out with a punch or drift. If there is no clip on the hinge pin, a special hinge pin removal tool (Car.KM-01 or equivalent) is needed.
- Remove the lower hinge pin in the same manner as the upper.
- Carefully pull the door free of the hinges.
- Installation is the reverse of removal. Lubricate the hinge pins with chassis grease when installing.
Some vehicles have non-adjustable hinges which are welded to the body and the door.
- Remove any interior trim pieces which cover the hinge bolt access holes.
- Loosen the hinge bolts slightly to allow adjustment.
- Adjust the door so that all gaps around the door are equal. If the door does not shut properly, the striker may need to be adjusted.
- Shims can be added or removed between the hinge and the body to align the door and fender surfaces.
- Tighten the hinge bolts and recheck the adjustment. Install any trim panels which were removed.
- The door striker is attached to the body of the car by two bolts.
- Loosen the bolts slightly to allow the striker to be moved by gentle tapping.
- Adjust by positioning the striker, then shutting the door. The door should close easily and the door surface should be flush with the vehicle body.
- Tighten the striker plate when the adjustment is complete.