Welder setup and test welds are not included in the labor allowance. Language regarding this has been added to a list of future considerations for the Database Reference Manual.
Inquiry Type: Welded Panel Operations
Area of Vehicle: Quarter Panel
Part Name: Qtr Panel
Issue Summary: Insurance company states that labor to set up OE Approved aluminum welding equipment with correct welding wire OEM specific and welding machine set up along with performing destructive test welds is included operation with quarter panel replacement. Out shop is OEM approved with multiple OEM Aluminum approvals using a common approved welder. This welding equipment requires welding wire to be swapped out everytime working on a specific manufacture car wtih their approved welding wire and setting up the welder settings to the correct settings. Once complete we need to perform destructive welds to ensure welds are performed properly and will meet OEM repair standards.
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Actual Time To Complete: hours minutes
Suggested Action: Please clarify if swapping welding wires to oem specific approved and setting up the machine and performing destructive test welds are included in welded panel replacement.