How to Identify Vehicle Frame Damage

frame damageMany car owners only bring their vehicle to a collision shop if they see obvious visual signs of damage. We advise a checkup from a technician even if you’ve been in a seemingly minor fender bender. The car may have incurred frame damage even if the surface appears unscathed.

Look out for these signs of non-visual frame damage:

Car Veers in One Direction

After a collision, pay attention to whether the car pulls to one side. If you need to turn the wheel to drive in a straight line, then you have a problem. This is usually an alignment issue but can also be a sign of frame damage.

Car Does the Crab Walk

A damaged frame may result in your car’s doing the “crab walk” while in motion. This occurs when the rear tires go in a different direction than the front tires. To determine if your car is crab walking, drive your car over wet pavement. Examine the tire tracks. If the tracks appear kind of zig-zag instead of straight, then you may have a compromised frame.

Uneven Tread Wear

Finally, check for uneven tire wear. A bent frame can affect the suspension, leading to disproportionate tread wear. Of course, uneven tire wear is often a sign of misalignment or imbalance. However, if the tires are not wearing evenly after a regular alignment, balancing, and rotation, then you have a frame problem.

Aside from the tires, we also recommend checking the doors, windows, mounts, and bolts. These components may show signs of stress even if the frame appears okay.

We Detect and Correct Frame Damage

Aside from restoring surface-level damage, such as auto paint, we also diagnose the car for a bent frame. Our warranty covers frame repairs and ensures full crumple zone restoration. Bring your car to Absolute Auto Body after a collision. Let us inspect for hidden frame damage.

Auto Frame Diagnosis and Repair

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