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Kia Sportage: Disassembling spot welded area

Kia Sportage - Second generation (JEKM) (2005-2015) - Body Workshop Manual / Replacing body panels / Notes when welding body / Disassembling spot welded area

Most body parts are spot welded. In order to disassemble the damaged area, it is best to disassemble the spot welded area from the body frame using a spot cutter or candle type edge drill bit. Do not use a drill bit with a tapered edge. Center punch middle of spot weld to insure the entire spot weld will be removed.

Assembling a new body frame

Assembling a new body frame

The efficiency of the transmission and load distribution are determined by many complicated factors such as thickness of plate, shape and size of a cross section, damage of parts, variance of joints, welding method, and/or welding locations. Therefore, a new part should be fitted to the body frame using the proper procedures to avoid reducing the strength of the body.

Determining a welding method

It is extremely important that appropriate welding methods, which don't reduce the original strength and durability of the body be used when making repairs, Try to use either spot welding or carbon arc (plug) welding, Do not braze any body components other than the ones brazed at the factory. Do not use an oxy-acetylene torch for welding.

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