Galvanic corrosion, which is caused by contact between two dis-similar metals (and exposed to moisture, water, salt, etc.) has been a concern in the collision industry for many years. To minimize or eliminate the risk of cross contamination, shops must have a dedicated set of tools that will only be used on aluminum panels.
Analyzing and repairing damage to aluminum vehicle components is no more difficult than for traditional steel vehicle components. All you need is the right equipment and a basic understanding of how aluminum characteristics affect the repair process.
The new Ford F-150 is certainly not the first aluminum-bodied vehicle on the road today, but it’s popularity means that more and more consumers will need to know exactly what goes into getting a proper repair in the event of a collision – and how to find a qualified repair professional for these unique repairs.
As vehicle body construction becomes more advanced and inclusive of materials like aluminum and carbon fiber, repairers must know how to correctly address damage to these different substrates for the most effective, safe and quality repair.
Aluminum damage analysis is not an entirely different process than that used with steel, but there are some inherent differences, explained Larry Montanez with P&L Consultants during his presentation, “ Aluminum Damage Analysis,” at Automechanika Chicago.
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