Collision Repair News

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Ford On Target 2017: Volume 3

Ford has released the third installment of their On Target publication for 2017. Features of the issue include the introduction of the new Expedition and Navigator, highlights of the Lincoln Continental, and a fixed glass removal procedure. Let’s take a look at this this edition.

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When ADAS Can't See: Park Assist System

Collision repairs on vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) can have more restrictions than vehicles without ADAS. Items that historically would be a simple repair may now need to be replaced. The ADAS needs to be able to see/sense in some way, whether it be by radar, camera-view, ultrasonic, etc. Repairers need to keep sensor/camera field of vision clear to avoid system malfunctions. For example, repair material that would normally be used to repair a gouge in a bumper cover is now a problem because it can block the sensor’s field of vision and may not allow the sensor to function properly.

Some OEMs have warnings against making repairs in front of sensors/cameras or a certain distance from the sensors/cameras. However, many times there is also a list of other items that can block the sensor/camera view. Let’s take a look at some common things or materials that can interfere with the park assist system.

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Even One Degree Can Cause ADAS Failure

An article by Collision Repair Mag, from October 19, 2017, brings to light an IIHS study that proves that there is no margin for error when it comes to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Calibration is important, but if the parts that are being used are not manufactured correctly, the ADAS can be affected. Let’s take a look at how ADAS can be affected.

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TPMS Without the Sensor in the Tire

As of 2007 federal law required that vehicles be equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Most vehicles have a TPMS sensor located in tire that senses and reports the pressure of each tire. However, Honda has done away with this system on some of their models. Let’s take a look at this other system and what we need to know about it.

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Tesla Glass Replacement Requirements

The role of the windshield is a lot more complex than simply allowing a view of the road ahead. It is considered a structural part of the vehicle as it contributes to the strength of the roof and A-pillars. The windshield helps to manage collision energy and has become an integral part of several advanced safety systems.

It is commonly asked, "What is required when replacing a windshield?" With this question in mind, we will be presenting a series of articles that highlight some of the requirements from the various OEMs. As always, it is important to read through each vehicle-specific procedure to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.

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