Body Construction and Material Repair Guidelines: Mitsubishi

Body Construction and Material Repair Guidelines: Mitsubishi

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 Mitsubishi has to say.

After you access the body repair manual (BRM), you will be able to locate the construction material breakdown under 1 -Body Construction > Body Construction Characteristics > Body Components. It is within this section that a numbered black and white illustration can be found. Beneath the illustration is a key that will identify the numbered parts MPa. For example, on the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, 97. Center Pillar Reinforcement has a single *, which designates it as a 590 MPa-high-strength-tensile steel panel. Whereas 90. Side Sill Reinforcement has two **, which designates it as a 980 MPa-high-strength-tensile steel panel.

Repair guidelines can be found under Section 9. It is within this section that the following informational sub-section can be found:

  • How to Distinguish Types of Plastics
  • Standard Procedures for Sheet Metal Work
  • Standard Body Repair Procedures
  • Synthetic-Resin Parts Repair Procedures
  • Ultra High Strength Steel Plate
  • Using a Frame Straightener

Mitsubishi vehicle-specific body repair manuals can be found at: www.mitsubishitechinfo.com

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

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