Back-To-Basics: Weld Inspection During The Repair Process

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to inspecting repairs for quality, there are many things to look for in order to avoid failures throughout the repair process.

One of the things that should be inspected are welds. It is important to check welds for quality, as this may have an impact on the way the repair will stand the test of time or another collision. Some things to look for include porosity, penetration, cleanliness, and incomplete welds. Any of these defects will weaken the weld and may cause a repair to fail. Always make practice welds on scrap material from the damaged part before welding the new part onto the vehicle. Take time throughout the repair to check welds before moving on to the next process.

There are many more items that should be inspected for quality during the repair process. Always follow OEM procedures to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.

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