Body Repair Manual Symbols: Subaru

While looking at repair procedures in a body repair manual (BRM) you may notice that symbols are used to indicate specific operations or parts to be used during the repair process. Most BRMs provide a glossary or a chart that explains these symbols.

The RTS team is researching BRM symbols and compiling the information into a series of OEM-specific articles. This article series helps you identify and understand the symbols you see in BRMs and instructs you on how to locate symbol descriptions in the manual. Let’s take a look at Subaru body repair manual symbols.

Subaru BRMs have a heavy usage of symbols instead of written instructions. At the beginning of each manual is a Foreword that gives a detailed chart of symbols you see in repair procedures.

To find this information:

  1. Open the BRM
  2. Click on the Table Of Contents
  3. Click on Foreword

It is important to look at all the information in this category as it will aid in understanding the repair procedures.

The Meaning Of Symbols area of the Foreword has a chart that explains welding, drilling, sectioning, and fastener symbols. It also details the symbols used to identify types of welding, how many panels are being welded together, and the number of welds required.

A few examples of symbols found in Subaru BRMs are:

  • Red square = GMA plug welding
  • Red circle = squeeze-type resistance spot welding (STRSW)
  • Outline around the symbol = multiple layers

Knowing where to locate symbol tables or charts in body repair manuals and properly deciphering them is essential to help ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.

For additional Subaru information, check out the Subaru OEM Information page.

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