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Chevrolet Captiva Service & Repair Manual: Quarter Panel

Section in specified areas only. Sectioning outside of these areas may compromise the structural integrity of the vehicle. The door frame can be replaced at factory seams, but requires the removal of the windshield and the roof. The sectioning procedures have been developed as a more cost effective alternative to complete replacement. The specific area to be sectioned is determined by the extent of the damage to the vehicle.
Warning: Foam sound deadeners must be removed from areas within six inches of where flame is to be used for body repairs. When reinstalling foam sound deadeners, avoid inhaling fumes as bodily injury may result.
Do not damage any inner panels or reinforcements.
In any area damaged beyond recognition, or if structural weld thru adhesive is present, space the plug weld holes 1 1/2 inches apart.
To create a solid weld with minimum heat distortion make one inch stitch welds along the seam with one inch gaps between. Then go back and complete the stitch weld.

Removal

1. Disable SIR system.
2. Disconnect battery ground.
3. Remove all related panels and components.
4. Repair as much damage as possible to factory specifications.
5. Remove sealers and corrosion protection materials from repair area.
6. Cut panel where sectioning is to be performed, Fig. 1.
7. Locate and drill out all factory welds. Note number and location of welds for installation of quarter panel, Fig. 2.
8. Remove damaged quarter panel.

Installation

1. Cut replacement quarter panel in corresponding locations to fit original panel. Sectioning joint should be trimmed to allow 1 1/2 times metal thickness at sectioning joint.
2. Create two 2 inch backing plates and one 4 inch backing plate from unused portion of service component. Trim backing plates as required to fit behind sectioning joints where no reinforcements exist.
3. Drill 5/16 inch plug weld holes along sectioning cut on remaining original component. Locate these holes 1/2 inch from edge and spaced 1 1/2 inches apart.
4. Drill 5/16 inch plug weld holes in service component as required in locations noted from original panel and along sectioning cut, Fig. 3.
5. Prepare all mating surfaces, as required.
6. Apply 3M® Weld Thru coating P/N 05916, or equivalent, to all mating surfaces.
7. Fit backing plates halfway into sectioning joints, clamp and plug weld to vehicle.
8. Position quarter panel.
9. Plug weld accordingly, Fig. 4.
10. Stitch weld sectioning joint.
11. Clean and prepare all welded surfaces.
12. Apply sealers and corrosion protection materials to repair area, as required.
13. Refinish repaired area.
14. Install all related panels and components.
15. Connect battery ground.
16. Enable SIR system.

Fig. 1 Quarter panel cut locations

Fig. 2 Quarter panel weld locations

Fig. 3 Quarter panel preparation

Fig. 4 Quarter panel plug weld locations

To remove and install the quarter panel on a Chevrolet Captiva, start by ensuring the vehicle is securely stabilized on a flat surface with appropriate safety measures in place. Begin by detaching any components connected to the quarter panel, such as trim pieces and door handles. Carefully mark and identify the welds or seams holding the panel in place. Using suitable tools like a spot weld cutter or cutting wheel, carefully sever these connections without damaging surrounding panels or structural integrity. Once the old quarter panel is removed, verify the fit and specifications of the new panel before aligning and securely attaching it to the vehicle's body using welding techniques or adhesive and fasteners, following manufacturer guidelines closely. Conduct a thorough inspection post-installation to ensure proper alignment and integration with the rest of the vehicle's body.

For precise instructions tailored to your Chevrolet Captiva model year from 2006 to 2018 and to ensure safety and optimal results, referencing the specific repair manual is crucial. If you're unfamiliar or uncomfortable with these procedures, seeking assistance from a professional automotive technician or body shop is advisable to ensure a successful quarter panel replacement.

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