During his presentation at the Collision Industry Conference on Jan. 24 in Palm Springs, Calif., talked about an issue with two sides of the same coin. If you’re replacing or repairing a frame on a current vehicle, you’re working with amazing advanced technology, but it’s never been more difficult to do the repair work.
Chess started his presentation showing crash test videos from a 2001 Ford F150 hitting a barrier at 35 miles per hour, and a 2011 For Ford F150 hitting a barrier at 40 mph. The 2011 pickup was traveling faster and had muck less damage done to it, such as the doors still being opened after the crash. New vehicles are much safer, which is great for passenger, but is much tougher for collision repairers following OEM standards. It’s a whole new ballgame for frame repair and replacement, Chess said.
Vehicles such as the 2010–2011 Toyota 4Runner, have four different types of high-strength steel used in the frame. “You can’t section this vehicle to repair it and you can’t use heat to repair it due to the welds,” he said.