The door hinges provide sufficient adjustment to correct most door misalignment conditions. The holes of the hinge and/or the hinge attaching points are enlarged or elongated to provide for hinge and door alignment.
- Refer to the figures to determine which hinge bolts must be loosened to move the door in the desired direction.
- Loosen the hinge bolts just enough to permit movement of the door with a padded prybar.
- Move the door the estimated necessary distance, then tighten the hinge bolts to 19-25 ft. lbs. (25-35 Nm).
- Check the door fit to make sure there is no bind or interference with the adjacent panel.
- Repeat the operation until the desired fit is obtained.
- Check the striker plate alignment for proper door closing.
The latch striker should be shimmed to get the clearance between the striker and the latch. To check this clearance, clean the latch jaws and the striker area. Apply a thin layer of dark grease to the striker. As the door is opened and closed, a measurable pattern will result on the latch striker. Use a maximum of 2 shims on 1988-90 vehicles or one shim on 1991-00 vehicles, under the striker. Use Torx® drive bit set D79P-2100-T or equivalent, to loosen and tighten the latch striker to 25-32 ft. lbs. (35-45 Nm).
Removal & Installation
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Detach the necessary wiring connectors.
- Matchmark the door hinges to the body. This will aid in alignment when installing the door.
- With an assistant supporting the door, remove the hinge retaining bolts and remove the door.
- If the door is to be replaced, transfer the following components to the new door if in usable condition: trim panel, watershield, outside moldings, clips, window regulators and door latch components.
- With an assistant positioning the door, install and partially tighten the hinge bolts.
- Align the door and tighten the bolts to 19-25 ft. lbs. (25-35 Nm).
- Attach the necessary wiring connectors and connect the negative battery cable.