2018 Chevrolet Equinox – Rail Replacements.

| March 15, 2017
 

Rail Replacements. Repair this common front-end damage with GM recommended instructions.

When the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox hits the streets this Spring, the redesigned SUV will carry with it some impressive active safety features. Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Safety Alert Seat systems all come standard. Joining them is the optional Surround Vision feature that provides a virtual 360-degree overhead view of the vehicle on an 8-inch diagonal touch-screen.

Together, they can help keep Equinox drivers safe. That doesn’t mean the new Equinox won’t experience its share of bumps, bruises, and breaks along the way in the always-challenging world of daily commutes and family vacations. Fortunately, GM provides repair procedures to help you get this hot-selling vehicle back on the road.

The following directions describe a proper Front Compartment Upper Side Rail Replacement on the 2018 Equinox.

Removal Procedure

Warning: Refer to Approved Equipment for Collision Repair Warning.

Warning: Refer to Collision Sectioning Warning.

Warning: Refer to Glass and Sheet Metal Handling Warning.

Note: The front compartment upper side rail is a dual phase. Dual Phase Steel.

Note: Left shown, right similar.

1          Disable the SIR system using GM’s SIR Disabling and Enabling instructions.

2          Disconnect the battery negative cable using GM’s Battery Negative Cable Disconnection and Connection instructions.

3          Remove all related panels and components.

4          Remove the sealers and anti-corrosion materials from the repair area as necessary using GM’s Anti-Corrosion Treatment and Repair instructions.

Note: Do not damage or cut attaching panels and reinforcements.

5          Remove spot welds (2) from front compartment upper side rail (1).

Note: Do not damage or cut attaching panels and reinforcements.

6          Remove spot welds (2) from front compartment upper side rail (1).

Note: Do not damage or cut attaching panels and reinforcements.

7          Remove spot welds (2) from front compartment upper side rail (1).

Note: Do not damage or cut attaching panels and reinforcements.

8          Remove spot welds (2) from front compartment upper side rail (1).

9          Apply heat to shaded area (2) to release adhesive from front compartment upper side rail (1).

10        Remove front compartment upper side rail (1) from the vehicle (2).

11        Remove remaining adhesive from the vehicle.

 

Installation Procedure

Note: Temporarily install the front compartment upper side rail for proper fit.

1          Position front compartment upper side rail (1) to the vehicle (2) using 3-dimensional measuring equipment.

2          Remove front compartment upper side rail (1) from the vehicle (2).

Note: Prepare service part before installation.

3          Drill 8 mm (5/16) plug weld holes (2) on front compartment upper side rail (1).

4          Apply Weld-Thru Coating or equivalent to all welding surfaces using GM’s Anti-Corrosion Treatment and Repair instructions.

Note: Only remove E-coat where the adhesive will be applied.

5          Clean and prepare front compartment upper side rail and vehicle (1) for adhesive (2) according to adhesive manufacturer’s recommendations using GM’s Metal Panel Bonding instructions.

6          Apply structural adhesive (2) on the mating surfaces on tie bar support and vehicle (1) according to adhesive manufacturer’s recommendations GM’s Metal Panel Bonding instructions.

7          Install front compartment upper side rail (1) on the vehicle (2) and clamp into place.

8          Install spot welds (2) on front compartment upper side rail (1).

9          Install MIG/MAG welds (2) on front compartment upper side rail (1).

10        Install spot welds (2) on front compartment upper side rail (1).

11        Install spot welds (2) on front compartment upper side rail (1).

12        Install spot welds (2) on front compartment upper side rail (1).

13        Apply the sealers and anti-corrosion materials to the repair area as necessary using GM’s Anti-Corrosion Treatment and Repair instructions.

14        Paint the repaired area using GM’s Basecoat/Clearcoat Paint Systems instructions.

15        Install all related panels and components.

16        Connect the battery negative cable using GM’s Battery Negative Cable Disconnection and Connection instructions.

17        Enable the SIR System using GM’s SIR Disabling and Enabling instructions.

 

For a complete list on GM Recommended collision repair procedures, go to http://www.genuinegmparts.com/for-professionals/collision-repair-manuals

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