GENERAL GUIDE LINES AND PRECAUTIONS
The Hyundai ELANTRA is a completely new vehicle design. During its development, close attention has been given to
safety, stability, weight and corrosion protection. Typical of unit body design, the Hyundai ELANTRA is designed so that the
front and rear compartments will absorb much of the collision energy so that the passengers are better protected. During
collisions, these front and rear energy absorbing systems may be severely damaged. During repair, these damaged areas
must be returned to their original strength and geometry. If this is not properly done, the vehicle will not provide the intended
level of protection to its occupants in the event of another collision.
The repairs described in this manual were performed on ELANTRA body shells. In some instances special fixtures were
welded in place to support the structure. During the repair of an actual vehicle, the interior would be fully disassembled and
standard jack screws or portable braces may be used for temporary support.
During the repair of an accident involved vehicle, the vehicle must first be returned to pre-impact dimensions prior to
beginning the sectioning repair procedures. The extent of damage that must be repaired should then be evaluated to determine
the appropriate repair procedures. This manual provides locations and procedures where structural sectioning may be
employed. It is the responsibility of the repair technician, based upon the extent of damage, to determine which location and
procedure is suitable for the particular damaged vehicle.
During the repair of a collision damaged automobile, it is impossible to fully duplicate the methods used in the factory during
the vehicle manufacture. Therefore, auto body repair techniques have been developed to provide a repair that has
strength properties equivalent to those of the original design and manufacture.
Certain guidelines and precaution are noted as follow.