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I have a 98 gmc jimmy. The bushings on the door hinge are worn. Is there a trick or special tool for compressing the spring on upper hinge to get the pin out?

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    How do I change the hinge pins



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How to remove door pins on a 2003 tahoe

take to a bodyshop as will need special tools , i just wonder why you would want to do this , don't try using a drift as will cause damage to hinges

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How to remove door bushings

The only door bushings I am aware of are the ones on the hinge pins. Correct? If not, please clarify what you mean.
New pins come with new bushings, and the hinges are welded on so the pins are pretty much the only items replaceable. Not a fun job - because of the door stop springs you will need a spring compressor, and you will also need a special tool to drive out the old pins. However, both are available from a parts store or Amazon.
Just open the door and support it from the bottom, and then go for it, one pin at a time - for the upper pin, compress and remove the small spring, drive out the old pin, drive in the new pin and put the spring back. No spring on the bottom hinge - just replace the pin.

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How do I replace the long screw that holds the door up on the door hinges,on a '97 gmc Sonoma?

I have done a 100 of these.

The hardest part is going to be to reinstall the spring on the lower hinge arm. this is not a screw but rather a pin.
There are two hinges that hold the door to body.
when the upper and lower pins are removed the door will come away from body, it is important that before you remove the pins you take a look at the hinges.
Pay close att. to the way the hinges sit inside each other and the way the pins go in. see if they go from top to bottom or from bottom to top. also note where the copper bushings sit in hinges. each hinge has one pin and two copper bushings top go into hinge.
Over time the pins and bushings wear out ,making door hard to open and close. When the pins and bushings get so bad that the bushing is worn out and then the pins are now wearing into the hinge hole itself then this get tricky. if hinge hole is egg shaped the new bushings will not last. the door will hang again in a few weeks. this is where is get costly, the hinges now need replacing. i have gotten good at welding the holes and filing them back to shape but this takes skill or hole will be wrong and bushing will not fit or line up.

Here is a youtube video to help you.
Take note. put jack stands under door with cloth to avoid scratching door.this is to hold door when pins are removed. have somone help you, they will hold door on stands. the wires will still run through door, pull door away from body a little to allow room to work.remove the spring, it will fall out as you remove pins, remove old bushings, clean hinge area and holes,next install new bushings, apply lube to holes for pins and on bushings, slide door back on frame hinges and install pins, next slide lock washers on pins to hold pins. last is the spring. you will need a spring tool, you may rent one at auto parts store. hope this helps good day.

Feb 26, 2012 | 1997 GMC Sonoma

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Need instructions on replacing drivers side door hinge pins and bushings

  • 1. Place masking tape on the inside edges of the door, on both the inside and outside of the door. 2. Remove the door spring by using a door spring removal tool. Insert the tool into the door spring, turn the knob with a screwdriver to compress the spring, then pull out the tool. 3. Set a 5-gallon bucket under the door. This will help support the weight of the door. 4.Place a nail punch under the hinge pin, and strike it with a hammer. Repeat this until the hinge pin begins to come out of the hinge. 5.Place the end of a flat-head screwdriver under the top of the hinge pin, then strike the screwdriver with the hammer to force the hinge pin out of the hinge. 6. Place the bushing on top of the new door hinge pin, and tap it into place with the hammer. 7. Insert the new hinge pin into the hinge. Tap on the hinge pin with the hammer and nail punch to force the pin into the hinge. 8. Insert the hinge spring back into the door, and release the tension on the spring removal tool. 9. Spray the door hinge with a lubricating spray or apply grease.

    I know there are a few directions but it is fairly easy to do. If you have access to an air hammer and a compressor you can use this in place of a manual hammer to make the process a bit easier.

    Hope this helps.

  • Mar 10, 2011 | GMC Sierra 2500HD Cars & Trucks

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    The first thing you need to do is to check the hinge pin bushings to see how worn they are. S-10s/Jimmys are notoriously bad on hinge pin bushings and hinges, and after a while, will droop slightly. The top pins are usually the worst. Look at where the pins go through the hinge. Can you see a cracked/worn/missing/misshapen bushing in there? These usually only lasted a couple of years, so likely it is so. The next thing to look for, is if the hole is oblong or egg-shaped or not. If it is, you're looking at some welding work on the hinge, or replacement. You may be able to get away with using a putty like qwik-steel in conjunction with new bushings to fix it if you want to stay on the cheap. New bushing/pin kits are available from most auto parts stores, and normally cost in the neighborhood of 7-10 dollars. The pins are fairly easy to remove and replace, with the hinge spring being the most difficult part of it. You can leave it out if you wish, but to reinstall it requires a special tool(another $8) to compress it and get it back where it needs to be. To remove the hinge pins, use a brass punch and a hammer, and tap down on the end of the pin until it is flush with the top bushing. Do the same for the bottom one(I think you tap up on that one if I remember correctly, but it will be obvious). You will then want a partner and something to support the door on when it comes loose. Lift on the door, while prying the pin the rest of the way out with whatever makes you comfortable. A pair of needle-nosed vise grips works perfectly for this. The pins will come out, and you pull the door away slightly, have your partner hold it, while you install the new bushings. Once the new bushings are in place, you can reinstall the door. I like to put the pins in upside down, so I know they won't work their way out while in use, but it's entirely up to you. One note of caution. When tapping out the top pin, your hammer will be dangerously close to your windshield. Be accurate with your hammer, or your hinge pins will cost you another $180 with the cost of a new windshield.

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    Driverside door coming off or hanging low. big spring came out of door hing. back window hath won't do i fix rear driverside roter and caliper (replace). thanks

    the door problem sounds like the door pins and bushings are worn out. this should be fixed asap because if it is let go the pin will cut into the hinge itself and then they may also need replaced. hope this helps!

    Jun 08, 2010 | 2001 GMC Jimmy

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    How to replace door hinge pins?

    Have an assistant to aid you, or pad the ears of jackstands with rags to help aid supporting the door. You will need to take the weight off the door hinges to drive the pins and bushing out. Also, take $12 to NAPA - I forget the part number, but there is a door spring compressing hand tool that will make the job easier and SAFER. Remove the spring with the tool, covering over the spring and tool head with a rag to protect yourself in the event of the spring popping up and back at you - it *can* happen.

    With the spring removed and door supported, drive ONE pin out. Do same with the brass bushings. Press the bushings in with a simple jig made of washers and a long bolt w/matching nut - do not tap them in with a hammer. Then, repeat same on other pin. When both pins and sets of bushings have been replaced, use compression tool to reload the spring into the retainer inside the door frame hinge area.

    Rank amateur may be able to complete one door in half an hour by himself, easy fix!

    May 10, 2010 | 1999 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup

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    Passenger door hinge spring mechanism is broken 97 gmc jimmy

    The spring is likely "broken" because the pins in the bushings are worn. It's a common failure point on many GM vehicles. The hinge pins, bushings door check roller and spring can be replaced at most body shops for about $150-200.

    Apr 23, 2010 | 1997 GMC Jimmy

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    I have a GMC Jimmy 4wd and my car doors are not

    Sounds like the pins and bushings on the door hinges are worn. This could be a project that you can tackle with the help of someone to manipulate the doors as the pins and bushings are replaced. You can accomplish this with simple hand tools like a ball peen hammer, pliers (vise grips work well), a short round punch, and a flat bar to name a few. Working space will seem limited but should be adequate (although you'll wonder) to complete the job.

    The parts will probably run $10-15 at your local parts house and the labor is minimal (about 30 mins. or so for both sides).

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    you need a special spring compressing tool to remove and reinstall the hinge spring and then its a matter of removing the door installing the new bushing and rehang the door with new pins ive tried doing this while leaving the door on the car trust me its just harder that way good luck and please rate -jeff

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