Body Construction And Material Repair Guidelines

What is the MPa of the front lower rail? What is 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 with today’s vehicles, they can be constructed from a wide variety of materials. To repair vehicles, 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.

After researching for these articles, we found that the majority of the OEMs provide the construction material and/or MPa and material repair guidelines. Many go so far as provide position statements pertaining to the use of heat, while others provide a convenient steel repairability matrix.

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