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The passenger side doors on my 98 DeVille do not line up. I've only had the car since new and never noticed it until yesterday. It actually looks a bit worse in the picture than it actually is, but still off. Any suggestions on how to remedy this? Thank you.
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from the pic I'm not sure if you're talking about the vertical gap width, or that the front door edge sticks out beyond leading edge of back door. If the latter, IIRC, you can adjust the striker on the frame. I think it's a torx bolt.
 

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Thank you all. Will try adjusting the striker, although it is lined up much closer on bottom than top. No attempted break in I don't think.
 

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It's NOT the striker. The real GM/Cadillac/Helm service manual gives the exact procedure for door alignment using the hinges (they are moveable up/down/sideways specifically for door alignment).

Find paper copies on ebay or online at www.alldatadiy.com.

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Do it correctly - there are special procedures for the hinges and backing plates - it's rocket science.

The original paper or DVD service manuals are out of print at www.helminc.com. Scary expensive there anyway.
 

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I'm not so sure, Jim.
You'd have to move the hinge side one hell of a lot to close the small gap at the striker side...
though the OP says the gap isn't uniform. Easier to attempt the striker than fool with the hinges.
 

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He's not narrowing the door-to-door gap top to bottom, he's correcting the top of the door being "out" farther than the bottom.
 

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Ordered a used copy of the 3 service manuals. The alignment with the front fender is off just a bit. Probably would never have noticed except for checking it now. Drivers side is lined up perfectly (for a GM). Width of gap is OK, just the top of door sticks out too far. Never a problem with forced entry. Bought car new and has sat in garage for most of its 23 years.
 
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