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    RedEye
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    Default Remove door on a Cutlass Ciera

    I've been asked to help a friend change her driver's door on a 93
    Cutlass Ciera. I've generally only worked on Toyotas, which at first
    glance seem a lot more straightforward. Please could anybody tell me
    the procedure for removal and replacement of the driver's side door.
    Would appreciate any and all advice. Thank you.


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    Mike Marlow
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    "RedEye" <attewell@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1154329942.853654.62980@i42g2000cwa.googlegro ups.com...
    > I've been asked to help a friend change her driver's door on a 93
    > Cutlass Ciera. I've generally only worked on Toyotas, which at first
    > glance seem a lot more straightforward. Please could anybody tell me
    > the procedure for removal and replacement of the driver's side door.
    > Would appreciate any and all advice. Thank you.
    >


    More information please, with regard to what you see as complex.

    You should be able to knock off the retainer clips, and then drift out the
    hinge pins. The door will then simply come right off.

    You'll want to replace the brass bushings when putting the new door on so
    pay attention to how they go on before removing the old door. They are
    commonly available at most automotive aftermarket stores.

    The coil spring in there will give you some anxious moments and may even
    give rise to some new words in your vocabulary. I generally place it in a
    vise and compress it completely. Then I wrap a coat hanger through the
    center of it and around the coils to keep them compressed. Try to keep it
    evenly wrapped so that the coil does not uncompress on one side when you
    remove it from the vise. You can then insert it into the mounts and you
    will likely have to give it a pry with a large screw driver or the likes to
    get it partially seated. That is the part that usually gives you some
    trouble. Once you've got it seated, or what appears to be seated enough,
    cut the coat hanger to release the spring. Swearing during this process is
    not considered a sin or a lapse in social grace.

    --

    -Mike-
    mmarlowREMOVE@alltel.net



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    RedEye
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    Default Re: Remove door on a Cutlass Ciera

    Thanks Mike. I guess the complexity is that I'm not clear on how the
    retainer clips knock off. I've never worked on a GM and at the risk of
    sounding daft, I'm going to ask anyway: How do you remove the retainer
    clips?"

    Also, thanks for the vocabulary tip - I really don't like the look of
    that spring!


    Mike Marlow wrote:
    > "RedEye" <attewell@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:1154329942.853654.62980@i42g2000cwa.googlegro ups.com...
    > > I've been asked to help a friend change her driver's door on a 93
    > > Cutlass Ciera. I've generally only worked on Toyotas, which at first
    > > glance seem a lot more straightforward. Please could anybody tell me
    > > the procedure for removal and replacement of the driver's side door.
    > > Would appreciate any and all advice. Thank you.
    > >

    >
    > More information please, with regard to what you see as complex.
    >
    > You should be able to knock off the retainer clips, and then drift out the
    > hinge pins. The door will then simply come right off.
    >
    > You'll want to replace the brass bushings when putting the new door on so
    > pay attention to how they go on before removing the old door. They are
    > commonly available at most automotive aftermarket stores.
    >
    > The coil spring in there will give you some anxious moments and may even
    > give rise to some new words in your vocabulary. I generally place it in a
    > vise and compress it completely. Then I wrap a coat hanger through the
    > center of it and around the coils to keep them compressed. Try to keep it
    > evenly wrapped so that the coil does not uncompress on one side when you
    > remove it from the vise. You can then insert it into the mounts and you
    > will likely have to give it a pry with a large screw driver or the likes to
    > get it partially seated. That is the part that usually gives you some
    > trouble. Once you've got it seated, or what appears to be seated enough,
    > cut the coat hanger to release the spring. Swearing during this process is
    > not considered a sin or a lapse in social grace.
    >
    > --
    >
    > -Mike-
    > mmarlowREMOVE@alltel.net



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    Mike Marlow
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    Default Re: Remove door on a Cutlass Ciera


    "RedEye" <attewell@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1154377648.676874.96060@s13g2000cwa.googlegro ups.com...

    > Thanks Mike. I guess the complexity is that I'm not clear on how the
    > retainer clips knock off. I've never worked on a GM and at the risk of
    > sounding daft, I'm going to ask anyway: How do you remove the retainer
    > clips?"
    >


    They usually pop off pretty easily just by prying the off with a big
    screwdriver. They are pretty light weight retainers and you can probably
    get on them with a pair of side cutters if you want and just tear them
    apart. You'll need a pretty long punch to drift the pins out after you
    remove the retainers. And... a BFH.

    > Also, thanks for the vocabulary tip - I really don't like the look of
    > that spring!
    >


    You're gonna love that part!

    --

    -Mike-
    mmarlowREMOVE@alltel.net



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