When a vehicle is involved in a collision, it is important to understand that in many cases there can be damaged beyond the scratches and dents you see on the surface. In any collision, the frame of the vehicle can be damaged and pushed out of alignment, and auto frame straightening becomes very important to restoring your vehicle to pre-collision safety standards. Without this process, the car’s frame would likely not be strong enough to protect you and your family in case of another collision.
How the auto frame can protect you
The frame of your vehicle is not just about giving your car its sleek, cool shape. Think of it as a skeletal structure for your car that keeps it from collapsing on you under its own weight. Not only that, but vehicle manufacturers create these frames with strategic “crumple zones” that are designed to protect the car’s occupants in case of an auto collision by giving way at certain points. In other words, the car is designed to crumple around you in the hope that you will not get “crumpled.”
When a collision occurs, these crumple zones are often triggered, and the frame becomes weakened or “breaks.” Without proper auto frame straightening and repair, even if the frame looks okay, the integrity of the metal may still be compromised so that the vehicle frame is unable to protect you the next time. The same holds true for truck and RV collisions; the frames of these vehicles will also need to be straightened and repaired to ensure safety.
What happens during frame straightening process
When you bring your damaged vehicle to the truck and auto body repair shop, the repair technician will inspect the frame carefully, using precision ultrasound technology to assess the damage and the structural integrity of the metal. If minor damages happen, the technician will use computerized equipment to calculate precise alignment and bend the frame back to its original position. This is often enough to restore the vehicle to its proper safety rating. Also, if the damage is too severe to restore integrity simply by bringing the frame back into place, the technician will turn to a process known as vehicle frame welding, in which he will cut out the damaged metal portions and weld new pieces into place. Of course, this process reinforces the frame at the damaged points so safety is restored.
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