Auto Body Frame Repair Troubleshooting
Whether you've been in an accident that has damaged your auto body frame, or if your car has suffered some other sort of damage as a result of corrosion, a collision or another incident, there are a number of reasons why you may need to consider repairing it. While some frame damage is merely aesthetic in nature and doesn't affect the performance of the car, other incidents will potentially cause problems for the normal operation of the vehicle. In some cases, they may prevent the vehicle from working at all or make the process of driving the car a dangerous one. Read on for a brief overview of some of the types of frame damage and how to repair each of these situations.
One of the most common problems that happens to a car frame is that a portion will be bent out of alignment. This often occurs to fenders and other parts of the car that are in close contact with other vehicles. Not to be confused with a dent, which is a single point of indentation on the frame, a bend is where an entire piece is bent around one point of collision.
In order to repair this, you'll need to bend the piece back into its original position. While this sounds relatively straightforward, there are a number of reasons why it's best to leave this to a professional. The exact precision of the bend is important, and professionals have laser guided tools and other special equipment to ensure a perfect restoration. It's important that you recognize how secure the component is after re-bending it, and to know when it requires replacement.
Dents are also very common in accidents. In these cases, it's often preferable to access the interior side of the frame piece and to push the dented area back out so that it can be made even once again. In some cases this can be accomplished without removing the piece from the car. In other situations, however, a professional must remove the piece and then repair it before placing it back on the frame.
Severe Cuts and Dents
In situations in which the damage to a specific part of the vehicle was severe, it may be easiest to simply replace that component entirely. This is best when the damage is localized to a particular section of the car and is severe in nature.
Some of these replacement procedures can be done at home, and others require the help of a professional. Look up information about the specific part of the car that was damaged, and you can see exactly how much it will cost to order a new or used piece that meets those specifications.
Consult with a mechanic or an auto body repair specialist for additional information about how to select a replacement part or how to repair a damaged component of your vehicle.