Structural Sectioning Procedures: Kia

Ask I-CAR receives many technical inquiries referring to sectioning. The collision repair industry wants to know where can you section, does the OEM have a sectioning procedure, and where can I find the sectioning procedure? Most OEMs allow sectioning to outer body panels and the front and rear rails. Sectioning reinforcements is not as common, as most reinforcements are replaced at factory seams.

Parts are made from various materials including HSS, UHSS, aluminum, and carbon fiber. These parts also have complex designs to collapse or transfer collision forces in a specific manner. Introducing a sectioning joint to many of these parts will alter how the part reacts to those collision forces. For this reason, sectioning a part is only allowed if supported by vehicle maker repair information. Let’s see what Kia says about structural sectioning.

Vehicle-specific Kia repair manuals offer procedures for sectioning of various parts. However, it is crucial to pay attention to the various notes and cautions through the entire procedure. For example, in the front lower rail sectioning procedure for the 2017 Kia Sorento, the notice states: “When cutting the front side outer member, take care not to cut through the mating flanges or front side inner member.”

It is also important to read through the General Information under Body Panel Repair Procedures as it will provide what each of the various symbols mean in the procedure.

The vehicle-specific body repair manual is used to determine the required type of welding and sectioning joint for the repair being performed. Failure to follow OEM procedures will sacrifice the safety and quality of the repair.

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

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