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a tricky little part

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by tecton, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. tecton

    tecton 1/2 ton status

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    ok...last winter the temps got down near 0 and below...and long story short, i open my door and something breaks and sends two pieces of metal shooting out the door...i find half of it (was dark) and after a week or two figured out what it was...

    its a little piece that looks like this
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    well its the little piece that holds the door open all the way and keeps it from opening too far i believe...well i am totally stumped on how to get it back in there...do i have to remove the door?
     
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    Is it the spring that pushes on two little rollers to keep the door open? If so it is part of the lower hinge. I don't know how go get it in. Never had to take one apart.
     
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    cybrfire 1 ton status Vendor GMOTM Winner

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    I'd say go to the local pick and pull and get a used one. That is just what I would do.
     
  4. HarryH3

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    Now that the spring is in 2 pieces, you'll need to replace the hinge. I've never seen just the spring for sale. Even if you could get the spring, getting it back into the hinge could be a real bear of a job.
     
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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    You can replace them. Can't remember how I did it, but it of course wasn't real fun.
     
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    mrbill 1/2 ton status

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    Why would you want to put them back in if it's broken in two?
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    Oh..Noooooo
     
  7. TX Mudder

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    Yes, you can just replace that part.
    No, I would not recommend doing it. More trouble than it's worth.
    You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a junkyard that has a dozen of those, unbroken. Buy them, and then get a bushing kit from the parts store. Cheap and easy.
     
  8. tecton

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    i already have a new one..., forgot to mention that, lol

    its the getting it back in thats stumpy
     
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    I've replaced one of mine a few years ago. Yes you'll need to remove the door. I forget exactly how I did it but I do know that I had to use a crowbar and a large screw driver. I also know you'll have to muscle it in. The 'how-to' is up to you, but I'm sure if you study it for a few minutes it'll become obvious.
     

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