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Ford Fusion: Side Panel Sheet Metal Repairs / A-Pillar Reinforcement. Removal and Installation

Special Tool(s) / General Equipment

Resistance Spotwelding Equipment
8 mm Drill Bit
MIG/MAG Welding Equipment
Spot Weld Drill Bit
Locking Pliers

Removal

NOTICE: Battery electric vehicle (BEV), hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) contain a high-voltage battery. Before cutting or welding near the high-voltage battery it must be removed to avoid damage.

NOTE: Left hand (LH) side shown, right hand (RH) side similar.

NOTE: Factory welds may be substituted with resistance or metal inert gas (MIG) plug welds. Resistance welds may not be placed directly over original location. They must be placed adjacent to original location and match factory welds in quantity. Metal inert gas (MIG) plug welds must equal factory welds in both location and quantity.

NOTE: Adequately protect all adjacent areas against cutting, grinding and welding procedures.

  1. Depower the SRS.
    Refer to: Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Depowering and Repowering (501-20B Supplemental Restraint System, General Procedures).
  1. If Required:
    Dimensionally restore the vehicle to pre-damage condition.
    Refer to: Body and Frame (501-26 Body Repairs - Vehicle Specific Information and Tolerance Checks, Description and Operation).
  1. Remove the side curtain air bag.
    Refer to: Side Curtain Airbag (501-20B Supplemental Restraint System, Removal and Installation).
  1. Remove the hood.
  1. Remove the fender.
    Refer to: Fender (501-02 Front End Body Panels, Removal and Installation).
  1. Remove the cowl panel grille.
    Refer to: Cowl Panel Grille (501-02 Front End Body Panels, Removal and Installation).
  1. Remove the front door.
    Refer to: Front Door (501-03 Body Closures, Removal and Installation).
  1. Remove the windshield glass.
    Refer to: Fixed Glass (501-11 Glass, Frames and Mechanisms, General Procedures).
  1. Remove the instrument panel.
    Refer to: Instrument Panel (501-12 Instrument Panel and Console, Removal and Installation).
  1. Remove the bolts.
Ford Fusion. A-Pillar Reinforcement. Removal and Installation
  1. Remove the welds.
    Use the General Equipment: Spot Weld Drill Bit
Ford Fusion. A-Pillar Reinforcement. Removal and Installation
  1. NOTE: Pay particular attention to the location of adhesives and sealers to aid in installation.

    Remove the A-pillar reinforcement.
Ford Fusion. A-Pillar Reinforcement. Removal and Installation

Installation

NOTICE: Battery electric vehicle (BEV), hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) contain a high-voltage battery. Before cutting or welding near the high-voltage battery it must be removed to avoid damage.

NOTICE: The high-voltage battery in a battery electric vehicle (BEV), hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) can be affected and damaged by excessively high temperatures. The temperature in some body shop paint booths can exceed 60° C (140° F). Therefore, during refinishing operations, the paint booth temperature must set at or below 60° C (140° F) with a bake time of 45 minutes or less. Temperatures in excess of 60° C (140° F) or bake durations longer than 45 minutes will require the high-voltage battery be removed from the vehicle prior to placing in the paint booth.

NOTICE: If refinishing cure temperatures exceed 60° C (140° F), the charge port light ring on plug-in vehicles must be removed.

NOTE: Left hand (LH) side shown, right hand (RH) side similar.

NOTE: Factory welds may be substituted with resistance or metal inert gas (MIG) plug welds. Resistance welds may not be placed directly over original location. They must be placed adjacent to original location and match factory welds in quantity. Metal inert gas (MIG) plug welds must equal factory welds in both location and quantity.

NOTE: Adequately protect all adjacent areas against cutting, grinding and welding procedures.

  1. Drill plug weld holes in the replacement A-pillar reinforcement.
    Use the General Equipment: 8 mm Drill Bit
Ford Fusion. A-Pillar Reinforcement. Removal and Installation
  1. Install, properly position and clamp the A-pillar reinforcement.
    Use the General Equipment: Locking Pliers
Ford Fusion. A-Pillar Reinforcement. Removal and Installation
  1. Install the bolts.
    Torque: 16 lb.ft (22 Nm)
Ford Fusion. A-Pillar Reinforcement. Removal and Installation
  1. Install the welds.
    Use the General Equipment: MIG/MAG Welding Equipment
Ford Fusion. A-Pillar Reinforcement. Removal and Installation
  1. Install the welds.
    Use the General Equipment: Resistance Spotwelding Equipment
Ford Fusion. A-Pillar Reinforcement. Removal and Installation
  1. Dress all welds as required using typical metal finishing techniques and materials.
  1. Sand to remove old adhesive and clean.
Ford Fusion. A-Pillar Reinforcement. Removal and Installation
  1. Apply a Ford approved epoxy-based primer and allow to dry.
Ford Fusion. A-Pillar Reinforcement. Removal and Installation
  1. Mask off the windshield glass channel.
Ford Fusion. A-Pillar Reinforcement. Removal and Installation
  1. Refinish the entire repair using a Ford approved paint system.
  1. Remove the masking material.
Ford Fusion. A-Pillar Reinforcement. Removal and Installation
  1. Install the instrument panel.
    Refer to: Instrument Panel (501-12 Instrument Panel and Console, Removal and Installation).
  1. Instal the windshield glass.
    Refer to: Fixed Glass (501-11 Glass, Frames and Mechanisms, General Procedures).
  1. Install the cowl panel grille.
    Refer to: Cowl Panel Grille (501-02 Front End Body Panels, Removal and Installation).
  1. Install the fender.
    Refer to: Fender (501-02 Front End Body Panels, Removal and Installation).
  1. Install the hood.
  1. Install and align the front door.
    Refer to: Front Door (501-03 Body Closures, Removal and Installation).
    Refer to: Front Door Alignment (501-03 Body Closures, General Procedures).
  1. Restore corrosion protection.
    Refer to: Corrosion Prevention (501-25 Body Repairs - General Information, General Procedures).
  1. Install the side curtain air bag.
    Refer to: Side Curtain Airbag (501-20B Supplemental Restraint System, Removal and Installation).
  1. Repower the SRS.
    Refer to: Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Depowering and Repowering (501-20B Supplemental Restraint System, General Procedures).

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