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1999 Cavalier Z24 door Jamb Alignment Device

My 1999 Cavalier Z24 driver's door has some sort of spring loaded alignment pin "male to female tapered cone" which makes a marrage when the door is shut to help in alignment. Mine is worn out and allowing the door to rattle bad. What is it called? I want to replace it but can't find it on any searches or in the Chilton manual. It's located near the top of the door jamb 8"s above the striker, below the window.

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  • DiverDan444 Apr 14, 2009

    You're right. I just wanted to know the darn name of the thing. It's killing me! Thanks!

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Just go to a junk/recycling/wrecking yard and show them what you need... they will get one off of a car for you

Posted on Apr 14, 2009

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    Roberta Smith Apr 14, 2009

    if it's the piece with the hex end on the head i believe the correct name is the "door jamb striker peg"

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GM Full-Size Trucks 1988-1998 Repair Information Doors - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

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See Figures 1, 2 and 3
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Fig. 1: Door hinge-R/V Series
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Fig. 2: Door hinge components-C/K Series

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Fig. 3: Removing the hinge spring


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