Body Construction and Material Repair Guidelines: Audi

Body Construction and Material Repair Guidelines: Audi

What is the MPa of the front lower rail? What is the outer uniside made of: steel, aluminum, or composite? Can heat be used to straighten or is it cold straightening only? What are the repair limitations? These are just some of the questions that the RTS team fields on a daily basis.

As we know, today’s vehicles can be constructed from a wide variety of materials. Knowing if the OEM provides information on body construction materials and repair guidelines is a crucial step in providing a complete, safe, and quality repair. Let’s see what Audi has to say.

After you access the body repair manual (BRM), you will be able to locate the construction material breakdown under 5. Galvanized Body Parts and High and High-Strength Body Panels. This section begins with an explanation of the vehicle assembly before providing a color-coded chart and key explaining what the type of steel and MPa is on the identified body parts. The subsequent pages within this section provide colored illustrations breakdown down the various vehicle components.

Repair Guidelines are located in the General Information; Body Repairs, Body Collision Repair manual under 11. Sheet Metal Repairs. It is within this section strengthened steel body panels are explained as well as various cautions, such as “For reasons of safety, it is not permitted to heat up strengthened body steel to reshape it. In this respect it is no different to standard body steel!”

Audi vehicle-specific body repair manuals can be found at: www.erwin.audiusa.com

For additional Audi information, check out the following Audi OEM information page.

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