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How to Check for Frame Damage

Andy Mohr Collision Center

Have you recently been involved in a collision? Did your bumper get bent out of shape after a run in with a mailbox or pole? Have you noticed your vehicle’s alignment has been off even after having it serviced? Looks like you may have frame damage.

Below, our team at Andy Mohr Collision Center near Plainfield, Indianapolis, Fishers, and Bloomington, IN, will teach you about the signs of frame damage, how it is repaired, and discuss our other collision services. Let’s get started.

Signs of Auto Frame Damage

Auto Frame Damage

Frame damage is one of the most common issues that follow an accident or collision. While physical damage is a huge indicator, you may only recognize frame damage after you drive a few more times post-accident. To help you identify if you have frame damage, you can check for these signs:

  • Visible bending—Have you noticed any rust, cracks, creases, or bent components on your car? This is a straightforward sign of frame damage.
  • Poor alignment—Collisions can cause your vehicle’s alignment to go out of balance. However, if you’ve had this serviced and it still veers to one side, you may have frame damage.
  • Unusual noises—Frame damage on the front, side, or rear of your vehicle can cause creaking or squeaking noises while in motion.
  • Wear on shocks and suspension—Bent auto frames can shift the weight of your vehicle. The sides that carry the extra weight can experience more wear and tear to the suspension and shocks.

These are just a handful of symptoms that can point to your vehicles underlying frame damage. If your vehicle is performing irregularly, wearing more easily, or making strange noises, feel free to give us a call with any questions or stop by the shop so we can take a further look.

How Is Frame Damage Repaired?

How Is Frame Damage Repaired

At our collision center, we offer auto frame repair and frame straightening services. We are certified to take on the two auto frame types:

  • Unibody—These frames incorporate the cabin in the frame and are structurally stronger.
  • Body-on-frame—These frame styles are separate from the chassis and can be less reliable.

In terms of repair, our technicians will use an auto frame repair machine. These machines use hydraulics and torque to straighten out frame damage. For more precise jobs, our techs can use advanced technology, like a laser measurement system.

In some cases, you may need a complete component replacement. To determine your specific repair solution, you can have a consultation with one of our technicians to diagnose the problem and repair strategy.

Why Have Frame Damaged Fixed?

Your vehicle’s frame helps it drive straight and helps it protect you in the event of an accident. Going without fixing these damages can lead to more serious problems down the road.

Our Other Post-Collision Services

Post-Collision Services

As a thorough collision center, we offer several services to get your car back in tip-top shape. Whether you need cosmetic damages repaired or need to straighten out the frame, our technicians are more than capable of getting any job done. We offer these other post-collision services:

  • Body panel repair
  • Dent removal
  • Front bumper replacement
  • Auto scratch repair
  • Front end alignment and more!

Arrange a Service Appointment Today

If you suspect your vehicle needs frame damage repair, visit Andy Mohr Collision Center near Plainfield, Indianapolis, Fishers, and Bloomington, Indiana, today to set up an appointment.

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