Subaru Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1985-1996 Repair Guide




See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: Be sure the door is supported before removing either the hinge-to-body or hinge-to-door mounting bolts

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Fig. Fig. 2: Support the door with a floor jack and a block of wood

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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the door checker pin using a hammer

If the door being removed is to be reinstalled, matchmark the hinge position.

The removal procedure for the front and rear doors (on models so equipped) is basically the same. The door hinge bolt torque and the alignment procedures are the same.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Remove the door checker spring pin by driving it upward with a hammer.
  5. On models with power windows and/or locks, remove the lower A-pillar trim and disconnect the electrical leads.
  7. Support the bottom of the door using a floor jack, with a block of wood on it to protect the door.
  9. On Impreza, Justy, Legacy and SVX remove the hinge-to-door attaching bolts and remove the door from the vehicle. On Loyale, 1985-89 sedans, wagons, hatchbacks, and XT, remove the hinge-to-body bolts and remove the door.
  11. Remove any needed trim components from the door.

To install:
  1. Install the door on the floor jack and position it to the door hinges.
  3. Install the door hinge bolts, making sure the alignment marks made during removal line up. Tighten the hinge bolts on Justy models to 14-19 ft. lbs. (20-25 Nm), on Impreza models to 20-27 ft. lbs. (27-37 Nm), on Loyale, 1985-89 sedans, wagons, hatchbacks, and XT to 18-25 ft. lbs. (25-34 Nm), and on Legacy and SVX to 14-22 ft. lbs. (20-29 Nm).
  5. Remove the jack and check the door alignment around its perimeter, adjust it as needed by loosening the hinge bolts and moving it slightly.


The holes for the hinges are oversized to provide for latitude in alignment. Align the door hinges first, then the striker.

  1. If a door is being installed, first mount the door and tighten the hinge bolts lightly. If the door has not been removed, determine which hinge bolts must be loosed to effect alignment.
  3. Loosen the necessary bolts just enough to allow the door to be moved with a padded prybar.
  5. Move the door in small movements and check the fit after each movement. Be sure that there is no binding or interference with adjacent panels. Keep repeating this procedure until the door is properly aligned. Tighten all the bolts. Shims may be either fabricated or purchased to install behind the hinges as an aid in alignment.

Striker Plate

The striker is attached to the pillar using oversized holes, providing latitude in movement.

Striker adjustment is made by loosening the bolts and moving the striker plate in the desired direction or adding or deleting shims behind the plate, or both. The striker is properly adjusted when the locking latch enters the striker without rubbing and the door closes fully and solidly, with no play when closed.