Can this be fixed?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by xzmpt, Jun 15, 2024.

  1. xzmpt

    xzmpt Bobtail Member

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    Was turning in at one of our terminals in between 2 empty trailers. The right side of my trailer hit the other trailer and a piece of metal on the side of the trailer chipped off. There appears to be black metal beneath it so is it possible to weld the top layer of metal back onto it?
     

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  3. Deere hunter

    Deere hunter Road Train Member

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    You can't weld aluminum to steel two different metals. But you can weld that aluminum patch back on.
     
  4. xzmpt

    xzmpt Bobtail Member

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    Does it have to be this patch specifically or can a mechanic use their own metal? Also, you know the price for something like this?
     
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  5. Deere hunter

    Deere hunter Road Train Member

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    Just use that patch that you tore off it would be a lot easier. You can probably get that welded back on for 150 bucks.
     
  6. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    I'd think you might run into issues getting a decent bead being that you have painted steel in direct contact with the weld area. Easy to get porosity in aluminum welds.
     
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  7. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

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    Let the owner of the trailer make the decision.
     
  8. OlegMel

    OlegMel Light Load Member

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    Sure lol Eastwood welder with spool gun, argon and some elbow grease.
    Don’t loose that piece, if it still has a curve to it than most trailer repair shops will be able to weld it back on.
     
  9. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Road Train Member

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    It’s common for Canadian trailers to corrode in that area they just put a patch over it . Any trailer repair shop or auto body can handle it in a hour or less .
     
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  10. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    Let the shop fix it.

    next time learn where your trailer is in relation to other trailers.
     
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