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DOOR STRIKER BOLT - REPLACEMENT
April 2015. The drivers door was closing good but the passener door had a bit of play in it after you shut it. You could pull on the door handle and feel there was some play and the door didn't stay tightly closed.
The bushings on the bolts I assumed were original, the drivers side bushing bushing was completely missing, the driver was still intack. Here is a pic of the drivers striker bolt:
The door striker bolts I purchased from LMC truck. I found out they are actually a smaller diameter and the bushings seem to be of less quality than the originals but after
installing them they seem to work fine. Also the head on them is an Allen key, not Torx like the originals.
The original GM part number is 9601750 and these bolts are either called GM Door Lock Striker Assembly, Actuator striker, Lock striker or just Striker. According to
www.gmpartsdepot.ca this part fits 2479 vehicle variants. Chevrolet: 33 models, 1338 variants between 1984
and 1991. GMC: 21 models, 1141 variants between 1984 and 1991. You can still find NOS strikers on Ebay,
Here are a few different suppliers of the door striker bolts:
|LMC Truck 38-6593
||Clips and Fasteners A20562
||NOS GM 9601750 on Ebay
Removing the striker bolts is straight forward using the correct size Torx bit and 1/2" drive. Before removing the bolt, you will need to remove the interior
vertical plastic cover on the pillar between the front and back seats so you can access the receiving nut (shown below).
The nut is loose and once you remove the bolt, it will fall into the pillar so you will want to access it and hold it with either your hand if you can fit it inside
or with a pair of pliers. I didn't know this but I got lucky, the nut did fell but got caught up in the wiring and I was able to grab it.
Install the bolt holding the nut with the other hand and get the threads started.
Once the threads catch, the bolt will wedge itself against the inside of the pillar wall and you'll be able to tighten it without holding the nut.
The new bolts only come with one washer so you'll need to re-use the old washers for the correct spacing. I ditched the washer and just re-used the existing washers
because the spacing was already correct and i wanted to presever the original red paint.
You may need to do some fine adjusting to the bolt to get the door to latch perfectly. When the door closes, there should be no play whatsoever. Be careful
with alignment of the bolt because if the bolt is not positioned correctly, you can damage the plastic bushing from the latch coming into contact with it. I would
leave the bolt a bit loose so it has some wiggle room when the door is closed. Once you feel it closing proplery and there is no play, give it a final tighten.