GM door henge pins can be a bear. Yet not changing it will cause your
door latch to wear out, the striker to wear out, and eventually run the
door and fender edge. Not to mention run the body side of the henge.
If you can't do the job your self, it is worth paying to have someone
do. Any body shop should be able to change both on one door for less
then 3 hours labor. Some shops may only charge a hours labor.
If you feel up to the challenge your self, the hard part of removial is
getting the tabs depressed on the lock collars while moving the pin out.
Usually you need to beat them towards the release point with a drift
punch, or small cold chisel. You may also need a pry bar, vice grips,
and a helper to steady the door.
Easy to do IF you have the spring compressor to work with the holding
spring. Without it getting that spring back in can be interesting. The
pins get driven out with a hammer and punch, then move the door enough
to R&R the bushings, put it back into place and drive in the new pins
(with a light coat of grease on them) Then you have to put that spring
back in. You can probably rent the compressor from an auto parts store.
Or you can use some strong wire and a vice to compress the spring and
tie it in a compressed state, then install it and cut the wire. (this
works BUT be very careful because if that spring comes out of the vice
it will hurt if you get hit).
"Craig Fisher" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
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