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Auto Body Repair: Understanding Frame Damage

Car owners who have been in a fender bender know it can be costly. Repairing your car after an accident could cost you thousands of dollars, depending on its age, condition, and insurance coverage. If you are leasing or financing your vehicle, collision damage could raise your monthly payments or result in a large balloon payment at the end of the lease.

Furthermore, modern automobiles have numerous sensors that monitor every inch of your vehicle from top to bottom. These electronic systems are extremely sensitive, detecting even minor changes or faults in some components.

Several components, from the engine to the frame rails, require regular inspection and maintenance for optimal mechanical function. Fortunately, you can save money and avoid future problems with your vehicle by learning how to recognize tell-tale signs of damage and how to repair various types of frame damage.

This blog post will detail everything you need to know about car frame damage and how you can restore your vehicle’s structural integrity should you experience frame damage.

What Is Frame Damage?

The car’s frame is a complex network of metal that supports the entire weight of the vehicle and keeps the body upright and balanced while driving. Frame damage occurs when the structural integrity of your vehicle’s frame has been compromised and is in danger of being irreversibly damaged.

Any car can sustain frame damage at any time. It can happen to new and older cars for a variety of reasons, including bad weather, collisions, and even normal wear and tear. Damage to the frame rack can have ramifications beyond the car’s appearance. A damaged or bent frame can have a serious impact on the rest of the vehicle’s mechanical functions.

Minor frame damage, such as minor dents, can frequently be repaired with simple repairs. However, frame damage can be so severe in some cases that it cannot be repaired. In these cases, the only option is to replace the damaged frame sections with new ones. This can be costly, and your car insurance may not cover it at all.

How to Detect Car Frame Damage

A visibly twisted frame indicates structural damage. However, because a car’s frame can be damaged in a variety of ways, it can be difficult to tell if your car has sustained major damage from the outside. However, there are a few signs and symptoms that your vehicle’s frame is experiencing issues.

When driving straight, the first sign is a strong pull to one side or the other. The second issue is excessive noise when driving over bumps.

Any unusual sounds that were not present previously can be an indication of a problem. This is due to the fact that the frame supports the car’s tires and suspension, and bending it can cause significant problems with the rest of the car’s features.

Different Types of Frame Damage

Fenders

Fender repairs are less invasive than frame repairs. The cost of the repair and whether or not you replace it will be determined by the extent of the damage.

The good news is that fenders are simple to replace. You can replace the fenders yourself or have them replaced by a body shop. You can save a lot of money if you do it yourself(DIY). The only disadvantage is that it requires a significant amount of time and effort.

Corner and Bumper Repair

The front bumper can be repaired if the damage is minor and does not affect the frame. The bumper can be pushed back into place if it is bent inwards or outwards, or if it is crumpled and has paint damage. A puller can be used to pull the bumper back into place if it has been twisted out of shape and requires welding. However, depending on the extent of the damage, it may need to be replaced.

Recovery and Reinforcing Metal

If the frame is severely damaged and must be replaced, the insurance company will order a frame and body lift. A metal structure bolted to the damaged frame is the frame and body lift. The frame lift has holes in the bottom where the damaged frame’s bolts are removed, and the damaged frame is lifted off the ground. The new frame will then be attached to the lift.

Car Frame Repair

If your car has frame damage, you should have it checked out by a professional frame straightener as soon as possible. If the frame damage is minor, it may be possible to repair it. However, the severity of the damage must be considered. If your car’s frame is severely damaged, frame straightening may not be a good option and you may need to replace it. If the structure is bent, it may be possible to straighten it out, but you will need to hire a mechanic to do so.

The mechanic will need to use tools to bend the frame back to its original shape. If the frame is cracked, you will need to replace it with a new frame. This can be an expensive and time-consuming process, but it is required to keep your vehicle safe.

Conclusion

Frame damage can have a significant impact on the performance and longevity of your vehicle. Furthermore, it can be expensive and time-consuming to repair, but it is critical to the vehicle’s long-term health. That being said, if your vehicle’s frame sustains damage, it is critical to have it repaired as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your vehicle.

We have the experience and expertise at Scott’s Collision Repair to conduct a professional car inspection to determine the extent of the damage and the best repair method. We will inspect the frame of the vehicle for frame damage and advise you on the best course of action to return it to pre-accident condition.

Because of our mechanics and service quality, we offer a lifetime guarantee on our craft. Give us a call today to learn more and schedule your appointment.