Welding on Motor Vehicle Inspection Station

We reduce cost of vehicle impoundment due to failed vehicle safety inspection on motor vehicle inspection station due to cracks. These cracks appear on flatbed trailer, aluminum car trailer, tractor trailer or semi truck. Our welders weld cracks on aluminum and steel trailer frames and on semi truck frame. The service is available in close to the boarder with Ontario motor vehicle inspection stations located at

  1. 401 highway in Putnam located between London and Ingersoll,
  2. 402 highway in Sarnia close to the border with Michigan, and
  3. 401 highway in Windsor.

We specialize in crack repair on vehicles located on motor vehicle inspection station.

The deep cracks on flatbed trailer, aluminum car trailer and tractor trailer are the sign of the structural frame failure. These cracks appear due to vibration or excessive load. And therefore, your vehicle has failed safety inspection report. As long as, we can reach these cracks, we will be able to weld them in order for you to continue your travel as quickly as you can. Furthermore, we understand that leaving for an extended time the tractor trailer, semi-truck with a flatbed trailer or aluminum car trailer on the motor vehicle inspection station is not an option. It simply costs too much money even considering sending the towing truck.

Locating cracks is paramount

We must be able to locate the cracks on structural elements. As simple as it sounds, finding the cracks on a large flatbed trailer, aluminum car trailer or tractor trailer is not as simple. We need instructions regarding locations of the cracks from your driver and/or from the inspector.

Your driver's duty

Your driver should contact us first, sending the pictures of the cracks and their locations. Please, point your finger to the crack and then take a picture of each crack. In this way, we can judge approximately the size of the crack. We need also a short information where each crack is located on the frame as well as a confirmation of frame's material. Therefore we need to know if we are dealing with a steel frame  or  an aluminum frame. Moreover, we need to know the phone number of your driver in order to get from him, your head office phone number and email. This information is necessary for our payment, and delivery of your invoice along with a clear safety report.

Our tasks on motor vehicle inspection station

Once on site of the motor vehicle inspection station, we will get your failed structural safety inspection report and ask the inspector to show us where the cracks are located. It is very common for officers to be very busy serving multiple clients and they will be unavailable to help us locating these cracks. That is why, we need pictures provided by your driver to start our welding repair process. When the inspector will approach us, we will explain to him or her where we found the cracks and we will together compare the cracks found by us with the list of cracks contained in the failed safety report. We also share with the officer our comments regarding severity of cracks and they importance to the structural integrity of the flatbed trailer or semi-truck. Obviously, certain cracks are more important than others for maintaining the structural integrity of the vehicle. And the most important cracks must be repaired differently than less important cracks. Most inspectors are aware of different methods of crack repairs and therefore we quickly reach agreement in terms of cracks importance and how to fix them.

Characteristics of cracks

Many cracks look very dangers but if they appear on welds or joints between frame and auxiliary equipment their importance is degraded in comparison of cracks located on the frame therefore the method to fix these cracks is completely different. We repair cracks on structural elements by
  1. grooving,
  2. welding the groove, and
  3. capping.
Then we must decide if the “fish plate” is necessary. In most cases, that involve steel frames we will weld a “fish plate” for better results. In terms of aluminum frames and structural elements of an aluminum car trailer, we will probably resort to wide overlapping capping at the thickness of the structural element. Based on our experience, the softer metal such as aluminum reacts better to large capping than to “fish plate”. We have seen some cracks on aluminum frames growing through “fish plate” but we have not seen thick capping cracked yet.

Communication with the officer.

We take multiple pictures of every weld we have done on your semi-truck or flatbed trailer and we show them to the officer. Then, we participate in the officer’s final vehicle safety inspection. During the final vehicle safety inspection, we are ready to explain, if necessary, how we have eliminated the risk of structural vehicle failure. You will be notified by us about a clear safety report at once. And we will email you or text you following:
  1. copy of a clear safety report,
  2. pictures of all welds done on your vehicle,
  3. our report regarding necessary inspection once your truck arrives to your headquarters, and
  4. our invoice.
We believe that we will reduce very significantly your financial expenses related to extended parking at motor vehicle inspection station. Simply put,  having us on your site when your vehicle fails vehicle safety inspection on motor vehicle inspection station make sense. We will deal with crack repair and proper documentation, so your driver can be on his way ASAP.

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