Keeping up with the latest vehicle technology can be challenging these days – numerous control modules, alternative materials, new construction techniques and just plain tricky engineering — just to name a few!
I’d like to focus on the top-five collision repairs that many body shop techs are currently viewing in ALLDATA Collision®. Hopefully, these valuable insights will help you with some of your next repairs. Maybe you have already experienced a few of these issues. Do any of them sound familiar?
2013 Hyundai® Sonata®
Door Pressure Side-Impact Sensors
You have repaired damage to the front driver’s side door on a 2013 Sonata and replaced the airbag and side impact sensor. After clearing any fault codes, the airbag light is still glowing.
Unlike many side-impact systems that use acceleration and side-impact sensors to activate the side air bags, this vehicle is also equipped with two pressure side-impact sensors that sense an air pressure change caused by a distorted door at the time of a collision. The SRSCM (Supplemental Restraint System Control Module) detects the impact signals of the pressure side-impact sensor to help determine which airbag to deploy.
Verify that your techs are properly reassembling these doors after they perform their removal and installation operations. The repaired door must be airtight. Anything that compromises proper pressure within the door will generate a fault code. Something as insignificant as a broken clip may be the culprit.
2014 Ford® Fusion®
Front Door Skin Panel
If you have ever had to perform this repair, you understand why factory information is extremely helpful in getting it repaired right the first time.
Removal of the door skin panel begins with grinding it off along the perimeter of the door. Then, the original adhesive residue must be trimmed off with a utility knife. Replacement requires bonding the panel with adhesive and MIG welding in two spots. The manufacturer covers these procedures in great detail and should be followed to the letter for a safe, reliable repair.
2014 Jeep® Grand Cherokee® 4WD
Frame Sectioning Caution
Chrysler® says to eliminate the heat when working on the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. Chrysler uses an extensive amount of high strength steels in all of their vehicles and warns that when repairing all body panels or frame components, the “cold straightening” method must be used. What’s the reason? High-strength materials can be substantially and negatively affected from heat input which will not be obviously known to the repairer or consumer. Ignoring these recommendations may lead to serious compromises in the ability to protect occupants in a future collision event, reduce the engineered qualities and attributes, or decrease the durability and reliability of the vehicle. Be sure to refer to ALLDATA Collision for OEM sectioning, repair and precautionary information.
2014 Toyota® Corolla®
Quarter Panel Sections
Unlike Chrysler, Toyota recommends heat for removing and replacing the quarter panel on a Corolla. The procedure cautions against using too much heat, which may deform the panel. Removal and replacement of the quarter panel is not easy. It involves adhesive, body sealer and the three welding procedures: plug, spot and butt. Pay attention to all the details for a quality repair.
Bumpers are a lot more complex to replace today than ever before. For example, the bumper/grille assembly on a 2014 Chevy Silverado includes a “shutter” component designed to close when the need for engine cooling is reduced. When driving on the freeway, the shutters may close down to increase the truck’s aerodynamic qualities and performance. It’s mainly aimed at boosting gas mileage. The OEM removal procedure warns us to “carefully” disassemble links, tabs, electrical connectors, actuators and louvers. The same care should be used when reassembling these components.
Need Help with a difficult Repair? Just Ask!
The way technology is evolving, it’s a good idea to stay informed of what the manufacturers are bringing to market each year. And for those hard-to-diagnose problems, give ALLDATA® CommunitySM a try. Select the Community link located on your ALLDATA® Collision S3500SM home page. A team of highly-skilled, in-house ASE Master Technicians and thousands of ALLDATA shops are there to help you make confident repairs and get vehicles back to their owners quickly.
NOTE: This repair/service information is excerpted from information published by the vehicle manufacturer, and intended for the purpose of promoting OE collision repair information to trained, professional technicians with the knowledge, tools and equipment to do the job properly and safely. Before attempting any repairs described, refer to the complete article in ALLDATA Collision S3500. It is recommended that these procedures not be performed by “do-it-yourselfers.”