Body Construction And Material Repair Guidelines: Volvo

What is the MPa of the front lower rail? What is the outer uniside made of: steel, aluminum, or composite? Can heat be used to straighten or is it cold straightening only? What are the repair limitations? These are just some of the questions that the RTS team fields on a daily basis.

As we know, today's vehicles can be constructed from a wide variety of materials. Knowing if the OEM provides information on body construction materials and repair guidelines is a crucial step in providing a complete, safe, and quality repair. Let's see what Volvo has to say.

After you access the body repair manual (BRM), you will be able to locate the construction material breakdown under: Information ➤ Repair ➤ General Information ➤ 8 Body and Interior ➤ 81 Body Frame ➤ 810 General ➤ Sheet metal, material information. It is within this section that color-coded vehicle illustrations can be found. Beside each of the illustrations is a color-key identifying what each of the colors represent. Each of the colors represent a tensile strength range for the steel (in Megapascals). There is also a color key for aluminum parts. Beneath the illustrations are some repair precautions for the different strengths of steel.

Volvo vehicle-specific body repair manuals can be found at:

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

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