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Do I Really Have To Follow Vehicle Maker Recommendations?

Following repair information is so important, some parts have a die mark at the sectioning location.
Following repair information is so important, some parts have a die mark at the sectioning location.

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

The procedures provided by the vehicle maker are service specifications, not just recommendations. For example, think of these procedures as no different than service information for transmission or engine repair, where specific procedures must be followed in the proper order. The decision to section, along with the location and joint type, is designed to ensure the safety of the vehicle in a subsequent collision. Additionally, some vehicle makers specifically state that a part should not be sectioned unless a procedure is available.

I-CAR says to follow vehicle maker repair information regardless of what it is called.