Ford Fusion Manuals

Ford Fusion: Side Panel Sheet Metal Repairs / Side Panel. Removal and Installation

Special Tool(s) / General Equipment

Resistance Spotwelding Equipment
Spherical Cutter
Hot Air Gun
Air Body Saw
8 mm Drill Bit
MIG/MAG Welding Equipment
Spot Weld Drill Bit
Locking Pliers

Materials

Name Specification
Metal Bonding Adhesive
TA-1, TA-1-B, 3M™ 08115, LORD Fusor® 108B
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Seam Sealer
TA-2-B, 3M™ 08308, LORD Fusor® 803DTM
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Flexible Foam Repair
3M™ 08463, LORD Fusor® 121
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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.

NOTICE: Sectioning may not take place within 50 mm of any restraints, hinges or door striker mounting points. Failure to meet this guideline may result in compromising structural integrity.

NOTE: The body side may be sectioned providing the above sectioning guideline is adhered. The following procedure assumes full component replacement. Adjust to meet repair needs.

NOTE: It is highly recommended the replacement panel be present before making any sectioning cuts on the vehicle.

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. Possible sectioning points.
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Depower the SRS.
    Refer to: Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Depowering and Repowering (501-20B) .
  1. If Required:
    Dimensionally restore the vehicle to pre-damage condition.
    Refer to: Body and Frame (501-26) .
  1. Remove the hood.
  1. Remove the fender, splash shield and cowl panel grille.
    Refer to: Fender (501-02) .
    Refer to: Fender Splash Shield (501-02) .
    Refer to: Cowl Panel Grille (501-02) .
  1. Remove the front and rear door.
    Refer to: Front Door (501-03 Body Closures, Removal and Installation).
    Refer to: Rear Door (501-03 Body Closures, Removal and Installation).
  1. Remove the roof.
    Refer to: Roof Panel (501-28 Roof Sheet Metal Repairs, Removal and Installation).
    Refer to: Roof Panel - Vehicles With: Roof Opening Panel (501-28 Roof Sheet Metal Repairs, Removal and Installation).
  1. Remove the front door hinges.
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Remove the front door striker and rear door hinges.
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Carefully cut the outer panel only.
    Use the General Equipment: Air Body Saw
    Use the General Equipment: Spherical Cutter
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Remove the welds.
    Use the General Equipment: Spot Weld Drill Bit
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Remove the welds.
    Use the General Equipment: Spot Weld Drill Bit
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. NOTE: Pay particular attention to adhesive, sealer and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) materials to aid in installation.

    Remove the body side section.
    Use the General Equipment: Hot Air Gun
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. 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. Carefully cut the replacement body side to fit the repair area and drill plug weld holes.
    Use the General Equipment: Air Body Saw
    Use the General Equipment: Spherical Cutter
    Use the General Equipment: 8 mm Drill Bit
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Apply adhesive.
    Material: Metal Bonding Adhesive / TA-1, TA-1-B, 3M™ 08115, LORD Fusor® 108B
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Apply adhesive.
    Material: Metal Bonding Adhesive / TA-1, TA-1-B, 3M™ 08115, LORD Fusor® 108B
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Install, properly position and clamp the replacement body side.
    Use the General Equipment: Locking Pliers
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Install the welds.
    Use the General Equipment: Resistance Spotwelding Equipment
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Install the welds.
    Use the General Equipment: Resistance Spotwelding Equipment
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Install the welds.
    Use the General Equipment: MIG/MAG Welding Equipment
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Dress all welds as required using typical metal finishing techniques and materials.
  1. Apply NVH material in areas noted during removal.
    Material: Flexible Foam Repair / 3M™ 08463, LORD Fusor® 121
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Seam Sealing:
    All seams must be sealed to production level.
    Material: Seam Sealer / TA-2-B, 3M™ 08308, LORD Fusor® 803DTM
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Install the roof.
    Refer to: Roof Panel (501-28 Roof Sheet Metal Repairs, Removal and Installation).
    Refer to: Roof Panel - Vehicles With: Roof Opening Panel (501-28 Roof Sheet Metal Repairs, Removal and Installation).
  1. Refinish the entire repair using a Ford approved paint system.
  1. Restore corrosion protection.
    Refer to: Corrosion Prevention (501-25 Body Repairs - General Information, General Procedures).
  1. Install the front door hinges.
    Torque: 22 lb.ft (30 Nm)
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Install the front door striker and rear door hinges.
    Torque:
       1:   35 lb.ft (48 Nm)
       2:   22 lb.ft (30 Nm)
Ford Fusion. Side Panel. Removal and Installation
  1. Install the front fender, splash shield and the cowl panel grille.
    Refer to: Cowl Panel Grille (501-02) .
    Refer to: Fender (501-02) .
    Refer to: Fender Splash Shield (501-02) .
  1. Install the hood.
  1. Install and align the front and rear doors.
    Refer to: Front Door (501-03 Body Closures, Removal and Installation).
    Refer to: Rear Door (501-03 Body Closures, Removal and Installation).
    Refer to: Rear Door Alignment (501-03 Body Closures, General Procedures).
    Refer to: Front Door Alignment (501-03 Body Closures, General Procedures).
  1. Repower the SRS.
    Refer to: Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Depowering and Repowering (501-20B) .

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