REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- If the door is to be replaced with a new one, remove the trim panels weather sheets and all moldings.
- If the door is to be replaced with a new one, remove the glass, locks and latches.
- Support the door with a floor jack. Use a piece of cloth or wood between the jack and the door to prevent damage to the door.
- Remove the spring pin and the upper and lower hinge-to-body attaching bolts.
- Lift the door from the car.
- Install the door on the jack and position it to the door hinges.
- Install the upper and lower hinge-to-body attaching bolts.
- Install the spring pin.
- Perform the adjustment procedures outlined in this section.
- 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.
- Loosen the necessary bolts just enough to allow the door to be moved with a padded prybar.
- 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 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.