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1985-1992 Fleetwood, 1993 Sixty Special, All FWD Forum Discussion, Fenders & doors are not aligned in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; This is quietly bothers me. Looks kinda after collision. I bought car like that. I can't find any collision mark. ...
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    Fenders & doors are not aligned

    This is quietly bothers me. Looks kinda after collision. I bought car like that. I can't find any collision mark. Everything looks straight and right in place. But this... Even car fox said no accidents. I don't know what to think. Any way to make it straight? Why is that like that? It is on both sides completely identical like from the factory.




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    It's from someone putting the car on a lift, and not using the proper lift points. The fender mounting flanges are bent. A couple of hours labor at a body shop will fix it.

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    Re: Fenders & doors are not aligned

    Damn! This is what I was talking about in another thread about HG. Where did they place them to cause damage?

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    Under the rear of the fender/front of the rocket panel.

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    Re: Fenders & doors are not aligned

    Bastards.. how much in $$$ average? What are the going to do in order to put them back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scanssystems
    Damn! This is what I was talking about in another thread about HG. Where did they place them to cause damage?
    There's your picture for you lol that's exactly what I was talking about, very common on the 00-05 and 06+ DTS.

    You don't need to go to a body shop if you got 45 min and a bit of muscle get some pliers or vice grip. Pull the front clip or 2 of the rocker panel that runs under the fender and pop out the bottom of the inner wheel well cover so you have access to the 2 screws on the bottom of the fender. Take the pliers and just pull down.

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    Re: Fenders & doors are not aligned

    Do I have to remove rocker panel? What is "bottom fender liner"? Rocker? You said I should pull sown wards.. What is that?

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    I'm sorry, but I really don't know what is that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scanssystems
    Do I have to remove rocker panel? What is "bottom fender liner"? Rocker? You said I should pull sown wards.. What is that?

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    I'm sorry, but I really don't know what is that...
    Ok, just pop the first clip or two on the rocker panel by the front tire that runs right under the fender.

    And I meant inner wheel well liner, remove the the bottom half that give you access to the bottom of the fender.

    Once you do all the above its straight forward get A vice grip and pull down on the fender to straighten it back out. You might even have to undo to 2 screws on the bottom of the fender to re adjust it.

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    Re: Fenders & doors are not aligned

    Hm.. interesting. Did you do it yourself? Does it look like new now? Should I remove the wheel?

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    Re: Fenders & doors are not aligned

    I had that happen a few years ago. Do not take it to a body shop. They told my wife they wanted to remove the whole front end to fix it. I used a 2 x 4 block of wood and a hammer. The flange where the bottom of the outside fender meets the inner fender points straight down. When a jack or lift point makes contact when lifting the car, it can bend that flange either toward the outside or the inside. The direction it bends determines whether the fender bows out or in. Just use the block of wood and tap until the flange points straight down again.

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    Re: Fenders & doors are not aligned

    I guess I have to take everything apart because I don't understand (and can't imagine) what "flange" you are talking about.. I have never seen it.

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    Re: Fenders & doors are not aligned

    Get the front of the car up on ramps.
    Crawl under the car about where the front seats are
    look forward
    Next to the subframe at fire wall.
    You will see where the fender attaches to body.
    Those pictures - they may have gotten outside that seam even.
    What happens is the mechanic kicks the lifting arm (there are four of them) under the vehicle and says good enough.
    They need to get down and visually confirm that the lifting arm pad is in the correct location (under the subframe)

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    Quote Originally Posted by scanssystems
    Hm.. interesting. Did you do it yourself? Does it look like new now? Should I remove the wheel?
    Yeah i did it my self, Looks the way it should nice and straight. No need to remove the wheel, just turn the wheel whatever direction you need to free up some space

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    But still... Should I use hammer and wood or strength?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scanssystems
    But still... Should I use hammer and wood or strength?
    Depends how bad the bottom of the fender is bent where it screws into the frame. Open up all the clips that we told you see how bad it's bent. But you will most likely need a hammer. I didn't tho mine I used vice grip and strength

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