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®
Front Compartment Upper Side Rail Replacement
Model: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze L4-2.0L DSL Turbo
Always refer to the OEM information in ALLDATA
before beginning any repair.
Warning: Refer to Approved Equipment for
Collision Repair Warning.
Warning: Refer to Glass and Sheet Metal Handling
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
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
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
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
Verify the fit of the front compartment upper side rail.
Clamp the front compartment upper side rail into
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
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