Ford’s latest On Target newsletter for the collision trade warns physique retailers about subjecting any of its electrified automobile batteries to extreme warmth. The data may need ramifications for and require adjustments to some repairers’ paint SOPs.
The prohibition and potential must take away the battery applies to all the things electrified: conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids and totally electrical automobiles. So don’t assume that it’s enterprise as ordinary within the paint division until you encounter totally electrical fashions just like the Mustang Mach-E or the upcoming 2022 F-150 Lightning.
Based on the On Goal, excessive temperatures can damage the Ford high-voltage batteries and high-voltage traction batteries present in electrified automobiles.
“The temperature in some physique store paint cubicles can exceed 60°C (140°F),” Ford wrote. “Due to this fact, throughout refinishing operations, the paint sales space temperature have to be set at or under 60°C (140°F) with a bake time of 45 minutes or much less. Temperatures in extra of 60°C (140°F) or bake durations longer than 45 minutes would require the (high-voltage battery) and the HVTB to be faraway from the automobile previous to putting it within the paint sales space.”
Retailers additionally must take away the automobile’s cost port mild ring if refinishing temperatures exceed 140 levels Fahrenheit, Ford stated. It’s unclear if the 45-minute deadline would additionally apply to the port ring.
Lastly, Ford stated retailers should take away the high-voltage battery “earlier than any welding is carried out close to it.”
Ford additionally reminded repairers to watch out round high-voltage methods.
“Electrical automobiles broken by a crash might have compromised high-voltage security methods and current a possible high-voltage electrical shock hazard,” Ford wrote. (Emphasis Ford’s.) “Train warning and put on acceptable private protecting gear (PPE) security gear, together with high-voltage security gloves and boots. Take away all metallic jewellery, together with watches and rings. Isolate the HV system as directed by the Ford Emergency Response Information for the automobile.”
Ford didn’t reply to an inquiry on whether or not the knowledge from the emergency response information would even be discovered within the common OEM procedures discovered on Motorcraftservice.com, which might usually be a repairer’s supply of data. Ford additionally didn’t reply to an inquiry on whether or not solely sure personnel had been allowed to take away a battery — a precaution used by Audi, for example — and if battery elimination procedures may be discovered within the Motorcraft official OEM directions.
Ford posted battery removal guides posted alongside emergency response guides on its Ford Fleet Resources webpage, and it’s attention-grabbing to see a few of the potential concerns physique retailers would possibly discover.
For instance, Ford instructs fleet homeowners to make use of Ford Diagnostic & Restore System software program to depower a hybrid F-150 battery previous to elimination. The OEM says it’s potential to make use of a “Handbook De-energization” as a substitute with a scan software able to a BECM self-test — however this “ought to solely be carried out when a Ford-specific diagnostic software will not be obtainable. … Extreme use of this methodology might trigger harm to electrical connectors.” (Emphasis Ford’s.)
Ford On Goal, April 2, 2021
A 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning powertrain and body are proven. (Offered by Ford)
Democratic President Joe Biden on Could 18, 2021, noticed the F-150 Lightning chassis on the Dearborn, Mich., Ford Rouge Electrical Automobile Middle. From left: Ford CEO Jim Farley, Ford Govt Chairman Invoice Ford, Biden, Lightning chief engineer Linda Zhang and Rouge plant supervisor Corey Williams. (Sam VarnHagen/Offered by Ford)