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Chevrolet Cruze Repair Manual: How To Indentify Plastic Parts

Plastic parts can be identified by the SAE code, which is usually found on

Plastic parts can be identified by the SAE code, which is usually found on the rear of the part, and/or by the characteristics of the plastic.

Knowing the type of plastic aids in selecting the proper repair materials and in selecting the proper repair procedure.

Look for the SAE code stamped into the part.

Code Found

Match the code to those in the plastic identification chart to determine whether the plastic is thermoplastic or thermoset plastic, and whether the plastic is rigid or flexible. Refer to Plastic Identification and Refinishing Systems

No Code Found

Warning: Do NOT use a plastic burn test to distinguish the type of plastic. The burn test produces vapors which are harmful.

Perform one or both of the following tests to determine if the part is thermoplastic polyolefin or thermoset non-polyolefin.

Float Test

  1. Cut a shaving of plastic  from the back of the part.

The shaving should be free of mold release agents and paint.

  1. Place the shaving in a container of water.

Abrasion Test

Thermoplastic and thermoset plastics can be either rigid or flexible. Thermoplastic plastic parts are best repaired with a hot iron plastic material-feed welder, but are usually replaced. Thermoset plastic can be repaired with epoxy or other more rigid 2 package repair material.

For general repair instructions, refer to General Plastic Repair.

Plastic Identification and Refinishing Systems

Body systems

General Plastic Repair
Warning: In order to reduce the risk of personal injury when exposed to toxic fumes while grinding, cutting, or applying repair material on any type of sheet molded compound or RIM rigid plastic, o ...

Body systems
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Other materials:

Removal Procedure
Warning: Refer to Approved Equipment for Collision Repair Warning in the Preface section. Warning: Refer to Glass and Sheet Metal Handling Warning in the Preface section. Disable the SIR System. Refer to SIR Disabling and Enabling. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Refer to Batter ...

Installation Procedure
Create 8 24 mm (5/16 x 15/16 in) slots for MIG-brazing along the edges of the underbody rear side rail reinforcement as noted from the original panel. Clean and prepare the attaching  surfaces for brazing. Position the underbody rear side rail reinforcement on the ve ...

Installation Procedure
Position the front end upper tie bar (1) on the vehicle. Verify the fit of the front end upper tie bar. Clamp the front end upper tie bar into position. Braze accordingly. Braze accordingly. Grind down weld seams as needed for related panels and components. Clean a ...

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