Straightening your vehicle's frame may seem like it would be necessary only in extreme events, but it's often more commonly needed than you may think. Even minor collisions can cause serious damage to your vehicle's frame. Although your vehicle may look relatively unscathed after an accident, there could be unseen damage to your frame.

Our collision centers have the equipment and expertise to address your frame issues. Learn how we can help.

What Is Frame Straightening?

Frame straightening is when technicians use a straightening machine to realign your vehicle's frame, using hydraulics to target different areas and restore them. Our team uses world-class Chief EZ Liner Express frame straightening tools to return your frame to its proper alignment. With about 50 percent of all auto accidents causing frame damage, it's essential to get the right care for your vehicle.

A frame straightening machine includes a platform large enough to hold a car, truck, or SUV, as well as two or three upright posts or towers that can be rotated and move along the platform's perimeter. This movement allows for the machine to address frame issues from any angle. Modern frame machines use computerized lasers or sonic senders to determine the vehicle's frame and diagnose the damage.

We can use the diagnostics from the machine to determine if the vehicle's frame can be repaired and approximately how long it will take to correct the frame. We can also use this information to provide an estimate for the cost of straightening your car's frame.

How it works is by driving the vehicle onto the platform and bolting the vehicle to rigid clamps so that the vehicle won't move even under substantial pressure. Our technicians attach chains to specific points, depending on where the diagnostics indicate straightening is required. Our technicians also use the manufacturer's specifications to measure the degree of damage.

When everything is confirmed, the tower's hydraulic equipment gradually increases the tension on the chains until the section of the frame is pulled back into place. The machine's electronic measurement system confirms the frame is restored to the manufacturer's original specifications.

Frame Welding

Our team also offers frame welding if the traditional method isn't working. By removing bent sections of the frame and welding in new straight metal, we can restore your vehicle's frame to working order. However, this is a last-ditch effort to save your vehicle's frame and impact structural integrity.

Signs Your Vehicle Needs Frame Straightening

Since it's not always obvious that your vehicle is suffering from frame damage, be sure to watch out for the following red flags:

Visible Bending or Damage

Look at the exterior of your vehicle for signs of rust, cracks, or creases. You can also look under your vehicle for signs of damage, such as missing or bent components.

Alignment Issues

If you notice that your vehicle is pulling to the right or left, it could be an issue with the frame. You should consider frame damage an option if you are still having trouble driving in a straight line after a wheel alignment.

Strange Noises

While some noises may seem harmless, it's important to keep track of them and have them checked out. Creaking, squeaking, and other strange noises coming from the front, sides, or rear of your car could be more serious frame issues.

Schedule Frame Straightening with Us

If you are experiencing red-flag issues or have recently been in an accident, allow us to address any frame issues you have. Learn more about frame straightening and schedule an appointment today.

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