The floor pan is the entire bottom sheet of metal that makes up the base of the vehicle. It is an essential piece to the entire frame of any vehicle. The floor pan covers the bottom of the vehicle, protecting and containing the functioning parts that allow the car, truck, or SUV to run. When the floor pan becomes damaged or begins to rust and develop holes, the other components that sit above the metal sheet are vulnerable to damage by debris from the road. Maintaining a vehicle’s floor pan is necessary for the maintenance of the entire vehicle.
Because it is difficult to detect damage to the floor pan, it should be inspected as regularly as possible. The floor pan is made up of panels that are welded together to create the larger surface of the pan. When damage is detected on the floor pan, single pieces can be removed and replaced rather than having to replace the entire sheet of metal.
A repair panel is made to fit each model and make of vehicle and can be screwed, bolted, or welded to the existing floor pan which would replace a panel that has been torn or has rusted. A new panel is welded into place by professional services or the repairs can be made by the owner if the appropriate tools are available. The old panel must be removed and therefore the correct type of metal saw and grinder should be used to ensure correct repair. Welding is the only way to properly secure the new panel to the floor pan however; structural adhesives are sometimes used along with rivets to hold the panel into place.
When purchasing an aftermarket floor pan panel in order to complete repairs, there are dozens of options available. Most panels are made “direct fit” which means that they are designed for a specific type of vehicle and can be installed in little time.
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