Posted By ComBIRDable on 18 Jun 2014 08:47 AM
If I'm protested, how do I document "industry standard methods and procedures" of repair? How do we decide what is "industry standard" and what isn't? Please understand, I like this rule a lot. I like the last sentence as it provides guidance on how to use this allowance. I'm just trying to understand what would happen if a repair were challenged.
You convince the Protest Committee that both the factory method for repairing the damage is unworkable / non-existent / not appropriate and that your chosen method of repair is what a "normal person" would do when faced with the same situation. The level of documentation necessary here will depend on the situation.
But as a general guideline... You want every PC member to look at the repair you made, look at what the factory (via the service manual) said was the way to repair it (if such a repair method is outlined at all), and then all nod their heads that that's what a normal person would do _AND_ that the repair provides no performance advantage. MHO, but if you feel the need to document the repair method you chose, you're probably skating on thin ice already.
Another way to think of this rule is that its an attempt to codify "Don't be a dickhead" into the rules. If somebody welded in repair pieces because their E36 rear subframe tore, don't protest the guy because BMW didn't explicitly put that in the service manual. Along with that, don't try and relocate a suspension mount under the guise of a "common sense repair".