Collision Repair News

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I-CAR wraps up a three-part series with a discussion with industry experts on plastic repair.

Parking sensors are part of the park assist system, just one of many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) found on vehicles today. Damaged sensors are typically replaced and may require painting to match the vehicle. Vehicle makers often provide information on the painting of new sensors. Some vehicle makers do not recommend refinishing sensors with minor finish damage because excessive paint thickness may adversely affect the operation of the parking assist system. However, other vehicle makers do allow refinishing and will provide guidelines. Let’s see what Subaru has to say.

Ask I-CAR receives many technical inquiries referring to sectioning. The collision repair industry wants to know where can you section, does the OEM have a sectioning procedure, and where can I find the sectioning procedure? Most OEMs allow sectioning to outer body panels and the front and rear rails. Sectioning reinforcements is not as common, as most reinforcements are replaced at factory seams.

Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article highlighting Toyota's list of best practices while repairing EVs.

What is a non-SRS wiring repair? It is the repairing of an electrical component that is not part of the supplemental restraints system circuit (usually identified by yellow wire looms). As technology increases on vehicles, so does the number of components that utilize electricity. Many of the sensors and modules are becoming smarter and more sensitive. If the wire is too long, the wrong gauge, or spliced in the wrong location, it can cause malfunctions in the components that it’s powering. Many OEMs have different restrictions and guidelines for repairing wiring that does not control SRS components. On the other hand, there are OEMs that don’t allow wiring repairs at all, so full harness replacement is the only option.

The question is often asked, "Can supplemental restraints system wiring be repaired?" The answer is: it depends on the vehicle maker. Let's take a look at Tesla's position on this subject.

Ford has released the second installment of their On Target publication for 2022.

Features of this article include the introduction of Ford’s ADAS Certification.

With the release of the Wagoneer and the Grand Wagoneer WS, I-CAR has developed a course that overviews several features on the vehicles as well as repairability.

A key factor in collision repair is making long-lasting repairs. When a vehicle is repaired, many areas of corrosion protection are disturbed. This creates corrosion hot spots that left untreated will lead to corrosion and potentially a repair failure. However, there are certain precautions that can be taken to safely and properly restore the corrosion protection, throughout the repair process. OEMs often give specifications on restoring corrosion protection. These specifications generally include seam sealer, adhesives, foam fillers, and cavity waxes. Let's take a look at what Honda/Acura says.

Some refinishing defects are controllable. However, refinishing defects that are influenced by the environment may not be controlled. Let’s take a look at environmental impacts on both solvent-borne and waterborne refinishing processes, like temperature, and humidity.

The nineteenth installment of the I-CAR Collision Reporter - The Customer Issue has been released. This issue focuses on the many customers of the entire inter-industry which I-CAR serves.

I-CAR continues a three-part series with a discussion with industry experts on plastic repair.

Hyundai Motor America has updated their approved body repair manuals (BRMs) available to the United States market. This also includes the new addition of Genesis branded BRMs!

Per your requests, we are adding step-by-step instructions on how to access the vehicle maker service 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 Genesis OEM Information page.

With the release of the Hummer EV, I-CAR has developed a course that overviews several features on the vehicle as well as repairability.