If you or someone you know is the owner of a 2019 Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra, this blog is for you. You might think that there wouldn’t be a lot of changes to a vehicle from one model year to another. However, in the case of both the 2019 Silverado and Sierra, removing hundreds of pounds of weight is only just the beginning of the changes made to both vehicles.
We at Statesville Collision Center are aware of the extensive new changes are to the 2019 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, which is why we want North Carolina drivers to know what to expect in the repair process. If a body shop repairs your vehicle any other way than what the manufacturer tells them, then your safety will be compromised. Both the 2019 Silverado and Sierra are created with a mixture of different materials, but not knowing the difference between steel and aluminum repairs can be what makes or breaks a safe, quality repair.
Even with the importance of these repairs, most body shops will repair your vehicle the way they have for years. There are also strict requirements when repairing any aluminum vehicle, and both cars have a combination of steel and aluminum. This is important to note because aluminum has an entirely different repair procedure than steel, but not every auto repair shop has the proper tools to work with aluminum. It also requires extensive training for the technicians, which is why the best body shops are also the ones with technicians who’ve received the most training.
Because of the “mixed materials strategy,” the 2019 Silverado is 450 pounds lighter than the previous model. In fact, the body on the 2019 Silverado weighs 88 pounds less than the 2018 Silverado, and the 2019 Sierra is 360 pounds lighter than the previous generation. All of this plays a significant role in how your car should be repaired.
The importance of a shop knowing how to work with aluminum:
In order to properly repair any car or truck made with aluminum material (even if it’s the smaller amount), technicians need the specific knowledge associated with it. Aluminum can’t be welded like steel since it reacts to heat entirely differently. Complete panel replacement, adhesive bonding, or mechanical rivet bonding are some of the most common OEM procedures for aluminum.
Technicians also need to use tools and equipment specifically for aluminum. Body shops need to have an entirely separate aluminum downdraft cleanroom to make any aluminum repairs. You can’t just jump from repairing steel to aluminum and expect a safe repair. Even if airborne steel flakes get on a raw aluminum panel, it can cause galvanic corrosion (rust) on your car.
This is why it’s critical you take your truck somewhere that has all the right tools and equipment needed to perform an aluminum repair without running the risk of galvanic corrosion.
What do Chevy and GMC say about repairing the Silverado and Sierra?
For starters, the repair manual has an extensive list of repair procedures that are “the most ever seen in a GM vehicle.” This list will provide technicians with the knowledge on repairing different areas on your truck and offer different options that would call for sectioning, welding, cutting, or even removal of that part. Although the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are structurally very similar, they are still different vehicles.
This is why technicians need to know different brackets will require installation, based on whether the vehicle is a GMC or Chevy, as an example. As we mentioned above, both are comprised of a combination of high strength steel and aluminum. However, the regular cab pickup does not have aluminum doors and only has steel doors. You may not know what your doors are made of, and that’s entirely okay. It’s the shop’s responsibility to proper any necessary research to know precisely what parts of the vehicle are aluminum and what parts are steel.
What’s also important to note and what many shops get wrong is they assume just because a vehicle was assembled a certain way in the factory, it should be repaired back to how it was leaving the factory. The box of the Silverado and Sierra have several repair procedures is just one example of that. The box in your truck could have task lights and outlets built-in that need attention, especially if you’re rear-ended. Unless a technician is willing to look up the repair procedures, these might go unnoticed in the repair, and you’re left with a half-repaired vehicle.
Calibration requirements on the Silverado and Sierra:
One of the newest repair procedures to hit body shops over the past couple of years is something known as calibration. This is a modern repair procedure to accommodate the advanced safety features built into just about every vehicle manufactured nowadays.
What you may not realize are these advanced safety features (aka ADAS) are created with different technologies using camera, ultrasonic, and radar sensors. An ADAS calibration is an extensive process to make sure the cameras and sensors of these systems are correctly performing their designated functions.
Below are the different areas on the 2019 Silverado and Sierra:
- There is a forward-facing camera on the rearview mirror responsible for Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist systems.
- The rear bumper has blindspot sensors in the corners, whereas the front bumpers have ultrasonic parking sensors.
- There are cameras located in the grille, side mirrors, and tailgate, which are part of the 360 Camera System.
If any of these cameras or sensors are removed or replaced, calibration will be required. The same applies if the windshield is removed or replaced since that’s where the forward-facing camera is located.
Why are we letting you know about the different areas needing calibration? Well, many body shops might skip over this step and assume if no lights are appearing on your dash, nothing needs to be fixed. However, these cars are complex machines that need proper attention and their own unique repair procedures. Otherwise, there’s no guarantee if these safety systems would even be able to continue working.
A lousy repair could mean total repair failure in those systems, and then what? Your risk of getting involved in an accident increases, all because of a shop refusing to look up the necessary repair procedures.
Who in Statesville knows how to repair my Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra?
At Statesville Collision Center, we know a good repair is much more than using the latest tools and equipment or knowing how to work with aluminum and steel. It’s about being up-to-date on the most recent repair procedures released by your car’s manufacturer to guarantee your vehicle is repaired the way it should. This is why you must take your car somewhere that is aware of these changes and can repair your vehicle precisely as the way it should.
We are proud to say we are a GM OEM Certified repair shop, which means you get a higher quality repair without putting your safety at risk. OEM repairs also ensure you maintain your warranty and resale value, which every car owner wants to have.
We also are among the 10% of body shops in the country that are I-CAR Gold Class Trained. We care about our technicians receiving the highest level of training possible so you can provide you with the quality repair that you deserve.
Feel free to give us a call at (704)-881-0410. If you’d like to schedule an appointment or get an online quote, we’re more than happy to help out! We offer these on our website to make the car repair process as stress-free as possible! Just click any of the buttons below to get started!
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