Ford/Lincoln: Who Requires Or Recommends MIG Brazing?

In Europe, MIG brazing has been required or recommended on a widespread basis for several years. In the U.S., MIG brazing is not as common but is becoming more prevalent. As the RTS team is researching MIG brazing information, we are putting together a series of articles that identify OEM-specific MIG brazing recommendations and requirements for vehicles in the U.S. Let’s see what Ford/Lincoln has to say.

MIG brazing information can be found in the Ford Recommended Steel Repairability Matrix. It is located in vehicle-specific Workshop manuals under, 5: Body and Paint ➤ 501-25 Body Repairs - General Information ➤ Specifications or can be viewed on the RTS website by clicking the link above.

This document specifies which metals are able to be MIG brazed. It is important to note that just because a class of steel can be MIG brazed does not mean that it should be. Ford/Lincoln clarifies this in a footnote in the document by stating: "Metal Inert Gas (MIG) braze allowed for non-structural applications only."

In addition, there is a symbol that identifies where MIG brazing equipment is to be used. Welding symbols can be found in the Workshop manual under, 1: General Information ➤ 00 Service Information ➤ 100-00 General Information ➤ Description and operation ➤ Symbols Glossary.

It is important to note that MIG brazing should only be used where indicated in a vehicle-specific repair manual or where specified by the OEM to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.

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