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    '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closing

    The title says it all. I think it needs some good ol' grease, because the passenger door looks like it's a little more lubricated, but I'd like some other opinions, if there are any. Thanks!

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    Re: '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closin

    Quote Originally Posted by Murano20155 View Post
    The title says it all. I think it needs some good ol' grease, because the passenger door looks like it's a little more lubricated, but I'd like some other opinions, if there are any. Thanks!
    Nope, grease won't do it. Tried it. Also tried to replace the bolt that holds the door stay to the body, as it was moving around....no joy. Took it to the dealer and asked them to fix it, but was told the part(s) needed are NLA (and we know that must be true, as service is a profit center for the store).


    So....removed the bolt and pushed the arm into the door. Have to now hold it open myself and not let it go when facing downhill, but it beats the awful cracking sound when that mechanism fails.

    Best,

    Marvin

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    Re: '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closin

    the door stay is failing... eventually it will not want to shut.. u will pull it hard and actually tear the stay out of the door... opps!... thats what happens.

    the metal where the stay is attached to the door is weak.. and the stays bind... the metal has begun to flex, so the stay is not alligning properly... its not worth fixing... it will break and u will have to hold the door open. but the up side is the door will close automatically!

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    Re: '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closin

    Well, now I have a can of grease I can use on something else! No biggie. The door stay broke about a day after I posted this thread. It kinda stinks the door won't stay open, but at least it won't make that horrific noise anymore. Considering the car is worth about as much as my socks and I don't plan on keeping it much longer, I'll live with the inconvenience. Thanks, gentlemen.

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    Re: '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closin

    It is called a "door check." The part is spot welded to the door and the door has to be disasembled to be repaired properly. Not cheap. <$500.

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    Re: '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closin

    Hello, new to the forum, mine does the same thing and it is extremely annoying. I have to fix it.

    Is it possible to replace it with the one from the back door?

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    Re: '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closin

    Ok, it's fixed now. Man that is so much better.
    Got the little bushings here:
    http://www.gmpartsgiant.com/parts/gm...-90462823.html

    Ordered two, $19.29 shipped. They said they were out of stock and asked if I want my money back or wait til they were in stock. I waited and it was only about 1 and a half weeks before they came in.

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    Re: '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closin

    New to the site here. Ive got a 2000 Catera Sport. and my door is doing this. its about to rip off the car so im going to sink a few self tappers to solve that but those bushing i just need the 2 for the drivers door correct? how are they installed just a push on style? im assuming the door check has to be removed to install those?

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    Re: '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closin

    "2 for the drivers door correct?"
    -Only 1 for drivers door!
    "how are they installed just a push on style? im assuming the door check has to be removed to install those?"
    -only remove one bolt
    5 -10 min. work

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    Re: '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closin

    Well then if the door check weld break...<$500 to repair

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    Re: '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closin

    Quote Originally Posted by marko69 View Post
    Ok, it's fixed now. Man that is so much better.
    Got the little bushings here:
    http://www.gmpartsgiant.com/parts/gm...-90462823.html

    Ordered two, $19.29 shipped. They said they were out of stock and asked if I want my money back or wait til they were in stock. I waited and it was only about 1 and a half weeks before they came in.
    We know it's a weld on thin metal that makes the pop so how can these bushings eliminate them? Give us some details on your fix please.

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    Re: '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closin

    I only replaced the bushings and that fixed my cracking noise.
    Here's the link on the Vauxhall site.

    http://www.vauxhallownersnetwork.co....th-pics.83255/

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    Re: '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closin

    I was looking at the link mentioned in the discussion thread which is:
    http://www.vauxhallownersnetwork.co....th-pics.83255/
    but the last picture of the bushings and how they fit on the end of the check straps did not download properly. Does anyone have this photo so I can reference it during my fix? Thank you very much!

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    Watch my video on my YouTube channel that shows how to fix door noise
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6luo...e_gdata_player

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    Re: '99 Catera: Driver's Door Makes Three Loud Popping Noises When Opening and Closin

    That's a great video John!
    Mine was much much louder! CRACK!! CRACK!! The bushing was totally wore out allowing the bolt to contact the metal bracket when the door check reached it's holding positions. I think that bushing is a bad design. There should be more surface area around the bolt then what it has. Just my 2 cents.

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