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Body Repair CD-ROMs and Structural-Sectioning Procedure Guide

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At this year’s International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE), Chrysler released three new body repair CD-ROMs and a Structural-Sectioning Procedure Guide. This is in addition to the publications that are already available for order on the Tech Authority web site.


Structural-Sectioning Procedure Guide

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Figure 1. This booklet compiling most of Chrysler’s structural sectioning procedures was introduced at NACE and will soon be available from Chrysler.

The Structural–Sectioning Procedure Guide (see Figure 1) includes information on both unibody and body-over-frame vehicles. At the front of the manual is Chrysler’s position on the use of heat during repairs. Chrysler recommends cold straightening only due to extensive use of high-strength and advanced high-strength steels. This statement supersedes any previously released information from Chrysler.

A large portion of this manual addresses frame dimensions and front frame rail sectioning procedures for multiple vehicles, a trunk floor partial replacement procedure, and a front lower radiator crossmember replacement procedure. Most of these procedures have already been published in the existing body repair CD-ROMs and on the Chrysler service web site. This publication brings many of the procedures together in one spot. After taking a good look at this manual, you will notice that each procedure is unique and very little can be generalized for Chrysler platform vehicles.


Chrysler has included their policy on the use of reconditioned wheels and the use of recycled airbags, or other recycled restraint system parts.


There is also an updated welding chart that shows Collision And Field Repair Fusion Arc Welding Procedure Specifications for truck frame vs. body shell exterior and underbody panels. It is important to note that Chrysler highly recommends all repairers obtain weld training and demonstrate weld proficiency through testing programs such as I-CAR.


Much of the information in this manual is also mentioned in the I-CAR Collision Repair Overview for Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep Vehicles (DCX01) Live training program. The procedure for sectioning the front rail on the 300/Magnum/Charger was previously only available in the I-CAR Chrysler 300 Lower Rail Partial Replacement (CHR01) online training program. On the subject of training, Chrysler recognizes a number of I-CAR Live training programs in the 2007 Curriculum Skill Area 12–Body Repair of the Chrysler Academy School of Technical Training.




Publications Available

Publications available under the Special Products category and the Paint and Sheet Metal Repair subcategory at the Tech Authority web site include the:


    •Non-Structural Sheet Metal Repair Manual
    •Paint Condition Deck
    •Plastic Repair Guide
    •Refinish Paint Supplies and Paint Material Systems
    •Sealer/Sound Deadener Repair Guide
    •Welding and Weld Bonding Guide


The Non-Structural Sheet Metal Repair Manual discusses the use of adhesives to replace non-structural parts, overlap sectioning with adhesives, repair of corrosion-perforated panels, hem flange repair, and door skin replacement.

The Paint Condition deck publication includes paint repair product tools and material usage, such as recommended sandpaper grits, sanding blocks, and overspray clay. There is a paint repair procedure flowchart; close-up photos of paint defects; causes, prevention, and steps for repair; and contact information for paint and detailing suppliers who provide the tools and materials to repair paint defects.

The Plastic Repair Guide deck discusses common plastic uses for interior parts, recommended plastic repair products and procedures, and plastic types used for exterior parts. There are color-keyed charts for each body style.


The Refinish Paint Suppliers and Paint Materials/Systems deck includes lists of refinish materials for every major paint supplier, recommended steps using each paint supplier’s products, and approved systems for rigid and flexible plastic substrates.


The Sealer/Sound Deadener Repair Guide deck discusses typical applications and product recommendations for replacing sealers, foams, and sound deadeners; refinish recommendations for sealers, adhesives, and foams; and procedures for applying and refinishing sealers and sound deadeners.



The Welding and Weld Bonding Guide provides Chrysler’s recommendations for squeeze-type resistance spot welding (STRSW) with and without adhesive, GMA (MIG) welding requirements, and practice weld parameters. There is no recommendation for specific brands of welders. Additional information can also be found in two I-CAR Advantage Online articles Spot Welding Publication Available From DaimlerChrysler and DaimlerChrysler Expands The Use Of Repair Spot Welding.


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Figure 2. CD ROM-based repair manuals

CD-ROM-based body repair manuals can be found on the Tech Authority web site under the Special Products category and the Body Repair Manuals subcategory. They are also available for $2.00 each plus S&H. Additional information can also be found in the I-CAR Advantage article Chrysler Group Releases Body Repair Manuals On CD.

CD-ROMs released at NACE this year (see Figure 2) include the:


•Chrysler Sebring Convertible Body Repair Manual

•Sebring/Avenger Body Repair Manual    
•Chrysler Dealer Technical Operations/Collision – Repair Publications which is a compilation of body repair manuals, the Welding and Weld Bonding, and Non-Structural Sheet Metal Repair Manual.


These booklets and CD-ROMs are only available in hard copy. They can be ordered from for $2.00 each plus SH&H. Because they are not available in an electronic version, you may want to purchase a copy of each of these so that you have them before the next Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep vehicle is towed into your facility.


The body repair manual CDs and the Structural – Sectioning Procedure Guide, released at NACE, are scheduled to become available on the Tech Authority web site in the near future.


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