Structural Straightening on Tesla Vehicles

Structural Straightening on Tesla Vehicles

What should you do when a damaged Tesla comes into your repair facility? Can you measure it? Can it be straightened? What needs to be replaced?

The first thing you need to know is Tesla has "Approved Body Shops" that are trained for repairs on Tesla vehicles.

Another important thing you need to know is according to the Tesla Body Repair Tech Note: Model S Structural Repairs:

"Structural Pulling Not Allowed"

"Tesla does not allow pulling on any structural component of the Model S. Tesla defines a structural component as any part that is welded, weld-bonded, rivet-bonded, or riveted to the vehicle.

Pulling the body structure can damage the adhesive bond between structural components, including adhesive in seemingly unrelated parts of the body structure. Because compromised adhesive bonds significantly reduce the structural integrity of the vehicle, Tesla does not allow pulling of the body structure.

A frame bench should be used as a holding fixture only. The only approved method for evaluating structural damage is to use a minimum of 8 fixture points.

Car Bench, Car-O-Liner, Globaljig, and Celette work closely with the Tesla Body Repair Program to design and build fixtures to Tesla’s exact specifications. This collaboration not only provides accurate component location, but also ensures safe and proper support of the body structure during the repair process."

In the end, the answers to the above questions are; no measurements, only fixtures; no straightening the rails, only replacement; and the vehicle should go to a "Tesla Approved Body Shop".

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