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RAM 1500 has been updated on the OEM Partial Parts Replacement Search. The body repair manual for the RAM 1500 is available on Chrysler's free website at: www.moparrepairconnection.com


RAM 2500/3500/4500 and Cab Chassis have been updated on the OEM Partial Parts Replacement Search. The body repair manual for the cab chassis is available on Chrysler's free website at: www.moparrepairconnection.com


When attempting to cut boron-alloyed steel using a cutoff wheel, you may question whether you will even be able to cut the part or just be using up discs?


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The fourth column in the OEM Technical Information Matrix can get a little tricky without further clarification: Partial Service Part/Assembly Replacement Procedures at Factory Seams. For the most part, this is a column that I-CAR is still researching published OEM information to get the answers to. The question is: Does the vehicle maker have procedures for replacing a partial service part or assembly at factory seams?


Ever here how an air chisel is for mechanics and nothing more than a crude tool for cutting a hole in a part to gain access? Would you ever use it to remove an exterior body panel from a reinforcement?


When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts. All of the different names can be confusing, especially when repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models.


Have you ever printed a repair procedure only to find out that later on when you went to reference the information, it wasn't there? If so, most likely you discovered it the day after your short-term subscription expired, or it was for a procedure that was particularly difficult to find in the manual. You may have wonder if you did something wrong of if the procedure even exists.


How do you remove spot welds on something that is harder than a drill bit? Well you could always use a file belt sander.


Are you having issues getting your seam sealer to stick? Your first response may be to blame the failure on the product, but let's go back to that handy piece of paper that you threw away with the plastic packaging.


To drill or not to drill, that is the question or more appropriately "how do I drill boron-alloyed steel so I don't keep going through drill bits?" Many of us have asked ourselves this when working with boron-alloyed steel or ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS).


There are an increasing number of materials being used in vehicles to help make them safer and create a quieter passenger compartment. Foam fillers, seam sealers, and adhesives often help accomplish this. It is impossible to see the location of all of these materials simply by looking at the outside of the vehicle. Not to mention, when you look at a product maker's catalog, there are many different option for replacement materials. So the question is: where do I find this information to repair the vehicle properly?


Why MIG Brazing?

It is widely known that GMA (MIG) welded; fully galvanized steel will lose some of its properties, including corrosion protection, due to the heat created during welding. OEMs are starting to counter this problem by using MIG brazing along with "stitch" and "skip" methods to control the heat. However, MIG brazing should only be done in areas specified by an OEM procedure. With MIG brazing, the lower heat input burns away a minimal amount of the zinc corrosion protection (galvanizing) adjacent to the weld (see Figure 1).


When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts. All of the different names can be confusing, especially when repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models.


It's just a recommendation, if they wanted me to follow it, they would call it a requirement, right? Wrong!