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Door hinge pins and bushings #5272126 11/19/19 08:22 PM
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My 90 chevyrado ate another set of drivers door hinge pin bushings tonight. Got in it at work to head home tonight and the (censor) door wouldn’t close. Had to get out and lift the door up and close it then slide in the other side. Checked it out at home in the light and wala the second set of HELP bushings had broke the shoulder off the bushing , the bushing slid down the pin and the pin worked its self up and just a little more and I think the door could have fell off of the truck. I don’t think the bottom pin alone would have supported the weight of the door. So now I am not buying any more HELP junk. Any body got any opinions as to the quality of pin rebuild kits if I were to use dealer GM kits versus this junk? This is the second set that has failed in 2 years

Re: Door hinge pins and bushings [Re: P10crew] #5272139 11/19/19 08:34 PM
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Sometimes aftermarket parts are an improvement on a known issue, but it’s far from guaranteed. I’d chase down the OE part.

I’d also have a look at why this is happening. What’s the root cause? Does it hold any lubricant? Does water get in? Something else?

Seems like there must be some fundamental reason behind this besides junk parts.

Re: Door hinge pins and bushings [Re: P10crew] #5272160 11/19/19 09:01 PM
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GM sold a greasable pin kit for those.......GM part# 19332887


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Re: Door hinge pins and bushings [Re: clinebarger] #5272166 11/19/19 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by clinebarger
GM sold a greasable pin kit for those.......GM part# 19332887


$115
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Clipsandfasteners-Inc-Door-Hinge-Pin-and-Bushing-Repair-Kit-For-GM-19332887/352146240302?epid=2193467401&hash=item51fd8d332e:g:5AgAAOSwcfdbAvPj:sc:USPSFirstClass!27410!US!-1

$93
https://www.amazon.com/Genuine-GM-P...s=19332887&qid=1574219081&sr=8-1


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Re: Door hinge pins and bushings [Re: P10crew] #5272187 11/19/19 09:23 PM
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Ooo thanks for the numbers and links. I got the truck in the shop and the pins and bushings pulled. I’m gonna go see the kids at my local dealer tomorrow and see what they have in stock. Tell me something though. Aren’t the sintered bushings supposed to be of real hard material and not soft brass? There appear to be just normal soft sintered bronze material.

Re: Door hinge pins and bushings [Re: P10crew] #5272237 11/19/19 11:12 PM
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If they have the greasable kit that’s what I will get. Thanks

Re: Door hinge pins and bushings [Re: P10crew] #5272739 11/20/19 02:28 PM
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Yes thanks for the links, my 89 is just started to sag a bit. These doors on these old trucks are heavy, the hinges appear to be way under engineered for their weight.


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Re: Door hinge pins and bushings [Re: P10crew] #5272978 11/20/19 06:31 PM
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every gm product had under engineered door pins and hinges


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Re: Door hinge pins and bushings [Re: super20dan] #5273154 11/20/19 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by super20dan
every gm product had under engineered door pins and hinges

Or underlubricated.


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Re: Door hinge pins and bushings [Re: super20dan] #5273163 11/20/19 09:32 PM
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Originally Posted by super20dan
every gm product had under engineered door pins and hinges


Compared to the nylon-bushed door hinges AMC used in the 1970s and 1980s, GM hinges were a paragon of durability.

Re: Door hinge pins and bushings [Re: P10crew] #5274194 11/22/19 05:47 AM
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Ive had a few gm trucks of that era, so I know your plight!
When I worked at a Gm parts counter, we only stocked the standard replacement pins and bushings because no one ever wanted to pay the big shot for the greasable kit.
The standard pins and bushings from GM are better quality than the Dorman ones, in my experience.


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Re: Door hinge pins and bushings [Re: cronk] #5274564 11/22/19 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by cronk
Ive had a few gm trucks of that era, so I know your plight!
When I worked at a Gm parts counter, we only stocked the standard replacement pins and bushings because no one ever wanted to pay the big shot for the greasable kit.
The standard pins and bushings from GM are better quality than the Dorman ones, in my experience.


We have the same thing with Ranger tailgate handles and older truck inner door handles. Ford offered both in metal at one point, then changed to plastic. The metal ones still fit and never break, but they cost more.


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Re: Door hinge pins and bushings [Re: P10crew] #5274997 11/22/19 09:23 PM
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I bought the stock ones. Shoulder bushing looks different than the help ones.

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2005 Silverado I drive for work the driver's hinge pins wore out at about 260,000 kms (160k or so). Now a couple years later at 308,000kms it needs them again. Probably dorman parts.


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Re: Door hinge pins and bushings [Re: P10crew] #5275025 11/22/19 09:59 PM
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I should have took a close up pic of both bushings.The help ones had huge air pockets in the bushing. Looked like they were cast. GM ones looked machined with no air pockets

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