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Bent Frame On A Ford F150 Pickup

Q. I had a little mishap and bent the crossbar support, broke my front axle and bent the frame slightly on a two month old 2004 Ford F150 FX4. The truck is at the dealers body shop and they are telling me this should not be a big problem to fix. They claim that the frame may actually be better than before since the manufacturer allows for slight tolerances and they will put it back exactly according to specs with zero tolerances, i.e. exactly where it should be.

Bent Frame On A Ford F150 Pickup

I'm having a hard time believing that my tuck will ever be the same. What do you think about any body shops ability to bend a frame back to perfect? How will I ever know if it is really done correctly? Should I get this fixed and sell the truck and start over with a new one?

Thanks,
Upset Truck Owner

A. Let me put it this way, reach into your desk drawer and take out a paper clip. Take the bends out and make it straight. All done? Okay, now bend it back to it's original shape. You can bend it back to where it will work as a paper clip, but you will never get it back to the way it was before you bent it.

The frame of your truck is a paper clip. They can bend it back to where it will work, but it will never be as it was before it was bent. Now this is not necessarily a bad thing. It can be bent back to where it will work as it did before. How well it will work depends on the skill and experience of the technician doing the work.

If it is, as you say, a slight bend without any crinkling, then the chances are very good that it will be back to where it was before and you will never know what happened.

But, as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Drive it for a while and see how it feels. Keep an eye on the tires for abnormal wear and cupping. If it feels good and the tires are wearing normally, it's a keeper. If not, then put a For Sale sign on it or trade it in for a new one. A dealer might wonder why you're trading in a brand new truck, but all you have to say is you don't like the color.

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