Structural Sectioning Procedures: Mitsubishi

Structural Sectioning Procedures: Mitsubishi

Ask I-CAR receives many technical inquiries referring to sectioning. The collision repair industry wants to know where can you section, does the OEM have a sectioning procedure, and where can I find the sectioning procedure? Most OEMs allow sectioning to outer body panels and the front and rear rails. Sectioning reinforcements is not as common, as most reinforcements are replaced at factory seams.

Parts are made from various materials including HSS, UHSS, aluminum, and carbon fiber. These parts also have complex designs to collapse or transfer collision forces in a specific manner. Introducing a sectioning joint to many of these parts will alter how the part reacts to those collision forces. For this reason, sectioning a part is only allowed if supported by vehicle maker repair information. Let’s see what Mitsubishi says about structural sectioning.

Vehicle-specific Mitsubishi repair manuals offer procedures for sectioning of various parts. It is important to pay attention to the symbol guide at the beginning of each procedure. This guide will provide a detailed description of what each of the symbols mean throughout the procedure.

The type of sectioning joint used will be dependent on the specific repair procedure being referenced. Also use the vehicle-specific body repair manual to determine which type of welding is required for the repair you are performing. Failure to follow OEM procedures will sacrifice the safety and quality of the repair.

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

For information on how to access repair information check out, Step-by-Step Accessing Mitsubishi Information.

For additional links to Mitsubishi, check out the Mitsubishi OEM page.