Back-To-Basics: Removing Parts for Access

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to replacing panels or repairing other body components, there are some things to consider.

Parts often need to be removed, either for access to damaged parts or for protection when adjacent parts cannot be protected with covers, etc. Regarding the part removal process in general, the more complete the replacement, the more adjacent parts must be removed.

When repairing a vehicle, sometimes adjacent panels will need to be removed in order to thoroughly repair or replace a panel. For example, if there is damage to the front lower rail and it is able to be sectioned, the apron and strut towers may need to be removed in order to have complete access to the front lower rail. The front bumper and radiator core support would need to be removed as well.

Another example is repairing or replacing a damaged A-pillar. In order to completely repair or remove the A-pillar, there are adjacent parts that would need to be removed as well. The first part being the windshield, as the A-pillar forms the flange that it is attached to. The next part that should be removed is the door since the hinges are attached to this pillar as well.

The more access that a part has to be repaired or replaced, the more thorough the repair will be. Always follow procedures for removing and installing these adjacent parts. Also follow OEM procedures for repairing and replacing parts for a more complete, safe, and quality repair.

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