Collision Repair News

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As vehicles are becoming more advanced, we are finding technology where it never was before. Sometimes it is in plain sight, such as infotainment systems, GPS, and head-up display. However, sometimes it is concealed in places one may not expect.


One of the top technical inquires 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 Replacement 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 Jeep Gladiator.


As vehicles are becoming more advanced, we are finding technology where it never was before. Sometimes it is in plain sight, such as infotainment systems, GPS, and a head-up display. However, sometimes it is concealed in places one may not expect.


When it comes to wheel alignments after a collision, a common mistake is not checking for structural or suspension damage that will affect wheel alignment.


Many General Motors repair procedures call for an overlap joint when replacing certain panels. There is now a separate “Overlap/Backing Plate Sectioning” procedure in some of the body repair manuals (BRM) on how to carry out the overlap joint.


The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360 video on the 2019 Kia Optima. The video provides a 360° tour around the Optima. Let’s take a look.


It is no secret that more of today’s vehicles are equipped with at least one advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), with many of the newer models having ADAS as standard equipment. This only increases the importance of making sure accurate ADAS calibration is performed after a collision.


As vehicles are becoming more advanced, we are finding technology where it never was before. Sometimes it is in plain sight, such as infotainment systems, GPS, and a head-up display. However, sometimes it is concealed in places one may not expect.


As you may know, there are many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that need calibration/programming during or after the repair process. This is why it is important to learn about these different systems, where they are often located, and how they work. The RTS team had complied list of articles proven to be helpful when dealing with ADAS, calibration, and scanning.


The Honda Body Repair Manual & Sectioning Guideline Revisions (Revised September 2019) and Acura Body Repair Manual & Sectioning Guideline Revisions (Revised September 2019) documents have been updated. These new guidelines supersede any prior publications.


Ford recently updated the information on their fixed glass procedures in regard to fixed glass with adhesive moldings.

Previously, the Ford On Target: 2019 Volume 2 stated that any stationary glass with adhesive moldings must be discarded, and a new glass installed. Ford has revised the Ford On Target 2019: Volume 2 with new information on replacing fixed glass with adhesive moldings. It now states:


While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are showing up on vehicles, there still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently gets questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by using the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Hyundai Kona ADAS.


As collision repair technicians, our expertise is not typically scanning and diagnostics related. However, the influx of technology, electrical components, and sensors into vehicles will require technicians to acquire a basic knowledge of scanning and diagnostics. A lot of information is provided from a scan tool, but what do we do with this information?


As vehicles are becoming more advanced, we are finding technology where it never was before. Sometimes it is in plain sight, such as infotainment systems, GPS, and head-up display. However, sometimes it is concealed in places one may not expect.


While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are showing up on vehicles, there still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently gets questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by searching the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Kia Sportage ADAS.