Tuesday, 16 January 2007 12:51

Chrysler group releases body repair manuals on CD

Written by Autobody News
One of the more valuable assets in the collision industry is documented information on collision repairs from the vehicle maker for a specific vehicle. The Chrysler Group, which includes Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles, is making that asset easily available, and at a very reasonable cost.
Body repair manuals for many 2006 and newer models are now available on CD-ROM for $2 each.

It is the hope of the Chrysler Group that these CD-ROMs will find their way into every collision repair facility in North America.

Finding the CD-ROMs

Since the Chrysler Group is just rolling this program out, not all models are available. To see which are available, visit the DaimlerChrysler products web site: www.techauthority.com. To find the CD-ROMs, in the Product Search box, select "Special Products" as a category and "Body Repair" as a subcategory. Then select "Find." That will bring up the list of body repair CD-ROMs currently available. As of this writing, the following titles are among those available: 300 and Magnum (LX); Caliber (PM); Commander (XK); Dakota (ND); Durango (HB); Grand Cherokee (WK); Pacifica (CS); PT Cruiser (PT); and Sprinter (VA)

Body repair information is also available at this site by choosing "Tech Authority On-Line." This is a pay site.

Content

The information on these CD-ROMs is different than the body repair information you may be familiar with. On some CD-ROMs there is information at the beginning identifying the types of materials used, such as the different types of steel. These may include color-coded diagrams.

The bulk of the pages are original body assembly configurations, such as the welding location diagram in Figure 3. Every original weld, usually spot welds, are accounted for and assigned a specific number. The numbers listed for the parts are not service part numbers, the parts shown may not even be available as service parts. These diagrams could serve as documentation for some repairs.

Other common information on these CD-ROMs includes label explanations, including a breakout of the VIN, common paint codes for the specific model, a section on corrosion protection, gap specifications, and dimensional specifications. Later pages on the CD-ROM show the location of structural adhesive, body plugs, acoustical foam, sound deadener pads, and seam sealers. The section on seam sealers shows exactly where the sealer should be applied. Icons are used to identify the type of seam sealer.

If there are partial replacement procedures for a vehicle, those procedures are included at the end of the CD-ROM.

Conclusion

Many times, collision repair information is only available from the vehicle maker online. The Chrysler Group is expanding that offering, with affordably priced CD-ROMs. More information on these CD-ROMs, and on Chrysler Group repair recommendations, can be found in an upcoming I-CAR Live training program "Collision Repair Overview for Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep Vehicles (DCX01)."

This Advantage Online article first appeared in the I-CAR e-newsletter, which is published and distributed free of charge. I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is a not-for-profit international training organization that researches and develops quality technical education programs related to collision repair. To learn more about I-CAR, and to subscribe to the free e-newsletter, visit http://www.i-car.com or contact I-CAR Marketing Communications Specialist Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ i-car.com.

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