Collision Repair News

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One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is, “Is there a sectioning or partial replacement procedure available?” To help answer this question, RTS has an OEM Partial Part Replacemet Search available. Here you will find information on if these procedures are available on a specific vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the 2020 Kia Telluride.


While searching for information on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on an OEM repair information site, you may come across unique calibration procedures or events. These events can vary by year and model, even within a particular make. As the RTS team has been researching these systems, we have been identifying these atypical circumstances. In order to help you better understand them, we are putting together a series of articles that will help with the repair and calibration of ADAS. Let’s take a closer look at Toyota Safety Sense.


A question often asked of the Repairability Technical Supports (RTS) team is, "Can heat be used to straighten?" Several OEMs provide steel repairability matrices that provide heating times and temperature limits based on the type of metal being repaired, while other OEMs have restrictions on using heat at all. Let’s see what General Motors (GM) has to say.


A question often asked of the Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team is, “Does an OEM allow the use of heat when straightening?” Several OEMs provide a steel repairability matrix that provides information on when use of heat is allowed. Many OEM’s also specify heating and temperature limits based on the type of metal being repaired. We’ve researched documentation on the use of heat during repairs and compiled the information into a series of OEM-specific articles.


A new edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available. The Spring 2020 issue highlights the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer.


The twelfth installment of the I-CAR Collision Reporter - The ADAS Issue, has been released. This issue focuses on the increasing number of ADAS equipped vehicles, and how ADAS has become an integral part of the collision industry that is here to stay.


Looking for more information about a specific repair procedure? Some OEMs are now providing videos within their repair procedures. We researched OEM body and service repair manuals, and when we found these helpful videos, we wrote articles to let you know.


Looking for more information about a specific repair procedure? Some OEMs are now providing videos within their repair procedures. As we research OEM body and service repair manuals, and find these helpful videos, we will write articles to let you know. Let’s take a closer look at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).


While searching for information on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on an OEM repair information site, you may come across unique calibration procedures or events. These events can vary by year and model, even within a particular make. As the RTS team has been researching these systems, we have been identifying these atypical circumstances. In order to help you better understand them, we are putting together a series of articles that will help with the repair and calibration of ADAS. Let’s take a closer look at Ford/Lincoln module programming


While searching for information on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on an OEM repair information site, you may come across unique calibration procedures or events. These events can vary by year and model, even within a particular make. As the RTS team has been researching these systems, we have been identifying these atypical circumstances. In order to help you better understand them, we are putting together a series of articles that will help with the repair and calibration of ADAS. Let’s take a closer look at the Kia blind spot systems.


Why do I need a subscription to an OEM website if I have full subscription access to the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal? This is a question received on a regular basis through Ask I-CAR. Let’s take a look at why and how to purchase an OEM subscription.


Per your requests, we are adding step-by-step instructions on how to access the vehicle maker repair information to complement our how-to-videos on the OEM Information pages. Easily reference this article by clicking the link under the video on the Tesla OEM Information page.


Jump starting and charging a 12 V battery with a battery management system (BMS) may not be as simple as connecting cables to the battery. Most newer vehicles are equipped with a BMS and may have specific instructions on how to jump start and charge the battery.


Position statements are an important part of the repair process. They highlight specific information on areas such as, pre- and post-scanning, calibration, bumper cover repair, recycled parts, etc. These statements are sometimes used in conjunction with repair procedures, or they may update information found within repair procedures.


Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article about Toyota’s document, Vehicle Cleaning & Disinfecting. The article highlights many of the guidelines, including key interior and exterior touch point areas.