Factory repair procedures are essential for many reasons – from identifying and locating materials (UHSS, mild steel, aluminum, magnesium, plastics etc.) to programming a multitude of electronic systems. And today you need OEM information for the structural repairs you used to do in your sleep…before cars became so extremely complex.
It just makes sense to repair vehicles to the manufacturers’ standards. Then you, the insurer and – most importantly – your customer can rest assured that the vehicle is safe to drive. Here is an excerpt from a GM® structural repair procedure for the 2014 Chevrolet® Cruze® .
Front Compartment Upper Side Rail Replacement
Model: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze L4-2.0L DSL Turbo
Always refer to the OEM information in ALLDATA Collision® S3500 before beginning any repair.
Warning: Refer to Approved Equipment for Collision Repair Warning.
Warning: Refer to Glass and Sheet Metal Handling Warning.
Disable the SIR System.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove all related panels and components.
Visually inspect the damage. Repair as much of the damage as possible.
Remove the sealers and anti-corrosion materials from the repair area, as necessary.
Locate and mark all the necessary factory welds and weld seams of the front compartment upper side rail. See Figure 1.
Drill all factory welds. Note the number and location of welds for installation of the service assembly.
Grind factory weld seams of the front compartment upper side rail. See Figure 2.
Remove the front compartment upper side rail. See Figure 3.
Drill 8 mm (5/16 in) for plug welding along the edges of the front compartment upper side rail as noted from the original panel. See Figure 4.
Clean and prepare the attaching surfaces for welding.
Position the front compartment upper side rail on the vehicle.
Verify the fit of the front compartment upper side rail.
Clamp the front compartment upper side rail into position.
Note: Plug weld factory slots in the front hinge pillar body area as noted from the original panel. See Figure 5.
Plug weld the front compartment upper side rail accordingly. See Figure 5.
Apply the sealers and anti-corrosion materials to the repair area, as necessary.
Paint the repaired area. Refer to Basecoat/Clearcoat Paint Systems.
Install all related panels and components.
Connect the negative battery cable.
Enable the SIR system.
Safety, Productivity, Reputation
When you repair vehicles to factory standards, you are helping to protect yourself and your customer. You build your reputation as a shop that cares about quality and service. Insurers also understand the value of factory-standard repairs. Estimators, technicians, production managers, parts managers and just about everyone in your shop will benefit from having access to OEM repair information. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: OEM information is just good business!
NOTE: This repair/service information is an excerpt from information published by the vehicle manufacturer and is 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.”