08 Apr Framework
If required, a technician will perform frame repair. The term “framework” comes from work required to properly repair the frame or structural components of your car. Years ago, all cars were built with an independent frame with a separate body that was bolted on to the frame. Today, most cars are made of “unibody” construction. Unibody refers to the many sheetmetal parts that are welded together to form a single unit. For strength, structural integrity and passenger safety, some of the parts within a unibody design play a more significant part and are called “structural parts”. These parts are designed and manufactured to manage the energy generated in a collision and are therefore built with specific points of increased rigidity or alternately, collapse zones.
Whether working on a frame vehicle or unibody design, Collex technicians need to insure that the structural components are brought back to their proper dimensions and shape. At Collex, we use state-of-the-art Car-o-liner frame straightening and laser measuring equipment to improve this process. Once on one of our two machines, the car is anchored by clamping the underside of the vehicle, and the necessary pulling and straightening can then take place with the use of hydraulics.