Remove the door spring, old hinge pins and bushings:
1.Remove the retainer clip on the top of the top hinge pin with a screwdriver and pliers. Start to wiggle it loose with the tip of the screwdriver and then grab it and work it loose with the pliers.
2.Remove the door spring behind the hinge - between the hinge and the door itself - by locating the end of the spring and inserting the screwdriver between it and the hinge. Pry, using the door as leverage, until the spring pops out.
3.Spray penetrating oil on the top and bottom of the pins, at the bushings, to make it easier to hammer the pin out.
4.Place your long extension on the top of the pin and carefully hammer down to dislodge the pin, taking care not to hit your windshield or another part of your vehicle.
Now, it's time to grab your assistant!
5.Remove the retainer clip on the bottom of the bottom hinge pin with a screwdriver and pliers. Start to wiggle it loose with the tip of the screwdriver and then grab it and work it loose with the pliers.
6.Place your jack to hold up the end of the door to support the weight when the bottom pin comes out. Have your assistant hold the door so that it stays on the jack and doesn't fall. Pro tip:
You can use a 2 x 4 piece of wood to better distribute the door's weight.
7.Spray penetrating oil on the top and bottom of the pin, at the bushings, to make it easier to hammer the pin out.
8.Carefully hammer up from the bottom to dislodge the pin, making sure your helper is holding the door firmly on the jack to support the weight. You may need to have your assistant gently wiggle the door if the pin is binding on the hinge. You can also grip the top of the pin with pliers once you start to work it loose and tap on your pliers with the hammer to fully dislodge and remove the pin. Pro tip:
You can use a rag to protect the paint on your door by covering the area with it before hammering upward on the pin.
9.Use your flathead screwdriver to pry the old bushings out.
Now replace the old hinge pins and bushings and put the door back together:
10.Insert the new bushings, taking care to respect the different sizes and where they are located on each hinge. Pro tip:
For the top hinge, the larger bushing goes in the bottom part of the hinge while the smaller bushing goes in the top part of the hinge. For the bottom hinge, the larger bushing goes in the top part of the hinge while the smaller bushing goes in the bottom part of the hinge. In both cases, the head of the hinge bolt goes at the larger of the two bushings.
11.Gently hammer the four bushings into place. Remember that the bushings go in the vehicle part of the hinge, not the door part.
12.With the weight of your door still on the jack, work with your assistant to align the hinges and start to slide the hinge pins into place through the bushings - bottom first, then top. Use a hammer to gently tap at first, then hammer more firmly at the end to fully engage the pins in the new bushings.
13.Place your new retainer clips over the bushings and use your small socket or a small hollow piece of tube to hammer the retainer rings in place, ensuring they are fully seated to keep the pins from coming out.
Reinstalling the door spring with or without a GM door spring tool:
14.If you have the specific GM door spring tool (spring compressor) for replacing the door springs, follow the instructions included with the tool.ORIf you DON'T have the GM spring tool, you can compress the spring in a vice and use plastic zip-ties to keep it compressed while you install it.
Install your three zip-ties loosely before you compress the spring and tighten them once you have the spring in the vice.
Carefully hold the spring by the side, not the ends, in case the zip-ties break. Make sure you wear eye protection as you push the compressed spring into place.Carefully cut two of the zip-ties. It can help to close the door slightly as you do this and also rotate the compressed spring to access the second zip-tie. It is difficult to cut the third zip-tie, but it will quickly break on its own as you open and close the door, popping the spring into place.