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The Force of Impact Upon a Car

When one car impacts another in a motor vehicle accident many things happen at once and as a result of said impact. Besides the obvious ramification of taking the impacted vehicle or the impacting vehicle to an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop there are other impacts which happen behind the scene and under the hood as it were. For example, there are a myriad of parts which make up the car’s engine or exhaust system or fuel line all of which can be damaged by the impact depending upon the nature of the impact. Moreover, the passengers inside the vehicles can likewise be impacted by the accident both physically and emotionally.

 

Some of these impacts will not immediately manifest themselves in a noticeable manner. Furthermore, an impacted car will never quite be the same after an accident. Event the most skilled mechanic working in an auto body Salt Lake City repair shop cannot restore a car to its exact state prior to the accident. There will always be subtle and lingering impacts which remain and carry forward in time. This will always be the case when one car impacts another whether the impact occurs in Salt Lake City, Utah or Boston Massachusetts. Likewise the repair will never be perfect whether the car is repaired in a collision repair Salt Lake City shop or a collision repair shop in Boston Massachusetts.

 

This is not to say that a skilled mechanic cannot take a damaged car and return it to a state of full functionality. Rather, it must be fully acknowledged that once a car has been impacted it will never be quite the same again even if it is fully functional. One could argue that the aging process has the same impact upon a car in that a car (or any physical object for that matter) is not the same car from one moment to another given atomic decay, weathering and any other force which works decay on a material object.

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Not So Easy Solutions in an Auto Body Shop in Salt Lake City

I run an auto body repair Salt Lake City shop. The other day (which day I can’t rightly remember exactly) I ran across an intriguing repair job problem. I was working on a 2014 Honda Accord. The specific car I was working on was a bright canary yellow as I recall. The make, model and color of the car does not specifically pertain to the technical issue I ran into but it does affix the car in my memory.

This car had a damaged radiator core support that I was aiming to fix. The air conditioner itself was not the least bit damaged and happened to be fully charged at the time I assessed the situation. The problem I faced was that the air conditioner was blocking my repair access to the core support that happened to be damaged. I spent a long time trying to figure out a way to access the core support without removing the condenser. Sometimes it helps to just put the tools down, walk outside the auto body Salt Lake City shop, breathe in some fresh air and get some perspective on the problem. Usually when I take this approach I find that the answer will come to me a lot faster than it would if I remained in the garage scratching my head.

Finally the answer came to me. I walked back inside the collision repair Salt Lake City shop and approached the yellow Honda Accord. I then proceeded to recover the refrigerant from the condenser. Once it was drained, I removed the condenser. It turns out that there was no other way to do it. This was what came to me as I stood outside taking in the fresh air. Sometimes the solution to a problem is the simplest but not necessarily the most convenient one.