Question about 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Club Cab
I bought 2 new drivers side door hinges, top and bottom. how do you remove the old hinges from the body of the van when the threads are on the outside of the body? how do you get to the head of the bolt holding the hinge to the body?
Access to the bolt heads is through holes which are generally exposed once any interior trim has been removed. The lower hinge bolts are relatively easy but the upper ones can sometimes challenge the most supple of people. Sometimes other dashboard or instrument stuff must be removed or pushed aside. Sometimes such things as the fusebox must be removed.
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If you have never replaced hinges before or removed a door, you have yet to experience the frustrations of door adjustment and the joy of finally getting it right with equal panel gaps all the way around and closing level with the surrounding panels and without riding up or down as it contacts the striker plate.
The latter point is of great importance if premature wear of the catch and the striker is to be avoided.
It is a job that should be faced without time constraints; quite simply it takes as long as it takes and for a novice that can be a long time.
If the hinge pins can be removed easily and refitted in situ and it is only the door side of the hinge that is worn then fitting half an hinge might make the task easier. It depends on the design.
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Matchmark the hinge-to-body and hinge-to-door locations. Support the door either on jackstands or have somebody hold it for you.
Remove the lower hinge-to-door bolts.
Remove the upper hinge-to-door bolts and lift the door off the hinges.
Details of a common door assembly-Dakota shown
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If the hinges are being replaced, remove them from the door pillar.
Install the door and hinges with the bolts finger-tight.
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