How Does Frame Straightening Work?
As many as half of all auto accidents result in damage to the vehicle’s frame. In fact, modern vehicles are actually designed so that the frame crumples upon impact, so that the collision shock is absorbed by the vehicle, rather than the driver and passengers. Frame damage is often entirely repairable, but it’s important to go to a qualified shop to get the skilled work you need. If you’re wondering how frame straightening works, here is a brief introduction to the process.
Assessing frame damage
First, your vehicle will be placed on a platform so that the status of its frame can be assessed. A special device can be used to measure the extent of the damage to the frame. Then, it will be determined whether the frame can be restored to its original shape, and a cost and time estimate can be provided to the customer. If the frame damage is shallow, the repair may be a simple fix. If the damage is more extensive, however, a frame straightening machine may be required.
Repairing frame damage
A frame straightening machine works by using hydraulics and chains to pull the distorted frame back into its original shape. In order to repair a vehicle’s frame using a frame straightening machine, the vehicle will be raised up on the platform and fixed in place. Then, chains will be attached to particular parts of the frame. The chains will slowly be pulled back, and the frame will gradually be adjusted. This process will be done carefully, so that the frame will be as close to its original position as possible. Once the vehicle has been measured to ensure that the process is complete, it can be returned to its owner.
If your beloved vehicle has been badly damaged in an accident, National Auto Collision Centers can help. Our team of master technicians has the knowhow necessary to handle even the toughest frame and body repair jobs. When you need collision repair you can depend on, call (520) 623-4959 to schedule an appointment at our body shop in Tucson.