Understanding Auto Frame Repair
Ugh, a fender bender or a major accident! No one wants to see damage to their prized possession, but did you know that cosmetic damage can only be the start? There may be both visible damage and hidden damage underneath the body. That is why you need to have professionals with experience in auto frame repair to thoroughly inspect your vehicle following an accident.
Damage to your car’s frame can compromise the functionality of many components. This is why recognizing frame damage and getting repairs done as soon as possible is so important for car owners. In this article, we will cover four types of auto frame damage, how to spot them, and how auto frame repair works for each.
Auto Frame Repair Basics
Repairing a vehicle’s frame depends on the type and extent of the damage. We will cover that below. If the accident severely wrecked the frame, it will probably be cheaper to buy a new car than to replace the frame. Definitely come see us Quality Assured Collision Center so that we can inspect the damage and point you in the right direction on this big decision.
We have specialized equipment to repair frames so perhaps you will be able to repair your vehicle to pre-accident condition. Repairs vary depending on the type of structural frame the car possesses. Larger vehicles, such as trucks, buses, and some SUVs have a body-on-frame. This type of frame rests underneath the vehicle’s body. If there is severe damage to this type of frame, the frame may have to be completely replaced.
However, most cars today have a unibody frame. A unibody combines both the frame and body together in a one-piece skeletal structure. Unibodies are lighter, fuel-efficient, easier to manufacture and provide greater reinforcement. Despite these benefits, the complexity requires an auto body professional to use a frame straightener to push and pull the frame back to its original shape.
4 Types of Frame Damage & How to Spot Them
You may notice gaps in the body of your car if your frame is sagging. When parts of the frame are uneven, the vehicle tends to lean towards and create these gaps. Sagging causes stress to tires and coils, and without frame repair, they will wear out faster.
A twisted frame causes similar damage as a sagging frame. However, it is harder to spot. If your car feels unstable at high speeds or experiences difficulty in turns, this may indicate that your vehicle has a twisted frame. To find the source of damage, you will need a thorough inspection.
Sway damage occurs when something hits any corner of your vehicle. This type of damage is more noticeable since the car will significantly lean in one direction. You will have difficulty keeping the car driving straight and may feel vibrations while driving. Sway damage not only compromises the vehicle’s alignment but can also lead to transmission issues and even a full breakdown if not dealt with in time.
Following a head-on or rear-end collision, mashed frame damage often results. These types of accidents can cause the frame to crumple in on itself, making it effectively shorter than the appropriate specifications. Deformities in the hood, fenders, or rails may indicate damage to the frame. A mashed frame can also cause a chain reaction, extending to other parts of the car and resulting in sags, twists, and sway damage.
Auto frame repairs call for precision, as any improper alignment can result in further damage and risk while driving. You need an experienced auto frame repair technician to deliver the professional reconstruction your vehicle requires.
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