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    chevy door latch

    How hard is it to replace my door latch on my 1988 chevy k1500? It doesn't close tight anymore. Thanks

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pj45Mb_FSY check this video, it's not too bad.

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    Might be wore out door pin bushings . You can also adjust the door striker pin and latch by loosen the torques/allen screws just a little I've had reasonable success adjusting strikers by loosening the bolts just enough to where it needs a good nudge to move it, then close the door by pushing it closed and holding it in place...then push the button and hold button in.. carefully open the door as to not disturb where the striker ended up, then tighten it back up.
    Also the plastic insert that goes on the latch probably gone.Usually find one in help section at auto parts. Will make it loose ..but if you look at striker pin has a toques or allen screw in the middle just loose it enough to move ...up down ..back..or forth.
    If you take it to loose back side will fall in the door.

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    Most times the hinge bushing wear out, when this happens, it will not catch the striker right and drags at points around the door and makes it hard to latch solid. One way to find this out, open door grab it and try to pick it up, if it moves the hinge bushings are gone, you should also see where it drags, most times will be at the bottom and on the striker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider73068 View Post
    Most times the hinge bushing wear out, when this happens, it will not catch the striker right and drags at points around the door and makes it hard to latch solid. One way to find this out, open door grab it and try to pick it up, if it moves the hinge bushings are gone, you should also see where it drags, most times will be at the bottom and on the striker.
    this is a common problem on trucks and 2 door cars. don't know why they don't make them beefier.

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    It isnt really HARD, it just takes time.. pulling the panel off and unbolting the inner panel and window crank/motor.. getting the window rollers out of the track.. then it takes a bit of turning and wiggling to get the latch itself out.. I can do them in about twenty minutes.. be carefull popping the plastic clips on the panels or they will break.. then you have to spend eighty cents at Oreileys for a pack of new ones

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