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Technical Service Bulletin # Mercedes Benz Truck GL 450 S-58_40-161 Date: 121024

Technical Service Bulletin # Mercedes Benz Truck GL 450 S-58_40-161 Date: 121024

Body/Frame - Dedicated Frame Straightener

Date: October 24, 2012

Order No.: S-B-58.40/161

Supersedes: S-B-58_094A

Group: 58 / 60

Revision History

Revision Date Purpose

- 12/96 Initial issue

SUBJECT: All Models

Dedicated Straightening Equipment For Collision Repair

Mercedes-Benz collision repair procedures are very specific concerning the type of equipment used in the repair and reconditioning of bodies

following an accident. Mercedes-Benz collision repair procedures require that vehicles requiring structural repairs or major tensioning forces

(pulling) be repaired on a Mercedes-Benz "approved" dedicated straightening bench. "Structural" damage, for example, is any damage to axle

mounting points or side/cross members. The vehicle must be mounted and securely fastened to the dedicated straightening bench at points not

affected by the accident using the straightening brackets and the vehicle-defined mounting points. Mounting the body in this method allows for

dimension variations in the deformed parts to be immediately recognizable.

There are a number of reasons why Mercedes-Benz requires dedicated fixtures when performing certain types of repairs. When new models are

being developed, research is conducted to determine the methods which must be followed in order to restore a collision damaged vehicle. In the

process of evaluating repair practices, vehicles are crashed and repaired using various techniques including splicing in various areas, and then

crashed again in order to identify the methods that best permit that the repaired vehicle will offer the equivalent level of structural integrity as the

vehicle is originally assembled. The results of these tests are the basis for establishing Mercedes-Benz collision repair procedures.

Mercedes-Benz does not publish body dimension data nor do we approve performing comparative measurements to determine vehicle location or

measuring points to perform body repairs. The fixed mounting points on the body along with the use of a dedicated fixture bench and straightening

brackets provide for an exact and proper placement of the body. This method is used to duplicate the precision necessary to ensure that the repaired

body meets our specifications. When comparing the time required to set up the vehicle on a dedicated fixture bench and the entire straightening and

repair procedure, the times may appear to be negative, however they are more than compensated for by the quicker straightening and welding work

without the need for any body re-adjustment.

When using a bench for straightening, the force is initiated at vehicle points specifically designed for this purpose. The straightening brackets absorb

the pulling forces. The correct amount of pulling is achieved when the body measurement point locates itself with the matching straightening bracket

without stress. New body parts can be "located" over the straightening bracket for accurate welding with no distortion. Measurement errors, such as

can arise with measuring systems, cannot occur.

In the United States, the only companies marketing straightening equipment approved by Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC are Celette and Car Bench.

Both Celette and Car Bench work closely with Daimler AG (Stuttgart) in designing and building dedicated fixture sets for Mercedes-Benz and

Maybach vehicles which not only provide for accurate component location, but also provide a safe, proper anchoring of the vehicle during pulling



Daimler AG specifically states jacking points in the rocker panels are to be used only to lift a vehicle, and are not designed to be used as or

appropriate for use to anchor the vehicle for structural repairs. The longitudinal pinch welds for the floor pan are not designed or intended to be used

for anchoring the body. When using pinch welds to carry out straightening repairs, the vehicle can work loose and warp. Constant readjustment is

necessary and damage to previously undamaged body panels is possible. Therefore, these systems are not suitable for Mercedes-Benz vehicles and in

this respect can only be regarded as supplemental equipment for use on competitor vehicles or for damage diagnosis.

In addition:

When performing any repairs on Mercedes-Benz and Maybach vehicles, the correct procedures must be followed. The correct materials, tools and

equipment must be used. In the event that jobs are performed as sublet repairs, the dealer is responsible for providing these materials, tools,

equipment and procedures to those performing the repairs.

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Mercedes-Benz Certified Collision Repair Facilities are required to use Mercedes-Benz approved dedicated straightening equipment, straightening

fixtures and follow Mercedes-Benz work procedures to perform structural repairs. Failure to do so may result in the decertification of the Certified

Repair Facility.

Ordering Information: Call the MBUSA Standard Service Equipment Program (SSEP) 1-888-458-4040 for ordering instructions or see the

web-based e-SSEP Catalog on Netstar or on the internet: