Collision Repair News

Your job requires that you keep on top of the latest in vehicle, tool, and equipment technology – I-CAR is committed to helping you do so in one convenient place. We regularly publish new articles highlighting the latest and greatest collision repair information.

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Understanding The Lane Departure Warning/Lane Keep Assist Systems

A key part of being able to diagnose a problem with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is understanding how the system works. Knowing what is happening inside the system will help you properly diagnose why the system may be failing. This will prevent replacing parts that are not causing the system issue. Let’s take a look at the inner workings of lane departure warning/lane keep assist (LDW/LKA) systems.

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Repairer Driven News: Preparing for Mixed Materials

With the growing demand for fuel efficiency, the use of mixed materials has and will continue to increase. A recent article by Repairer Driven News (RDN) titled, "Auto Body Shops Should Heed Mixed-Material, Welding Lessons from Automotive News Tesla Report," which talks about future material use and attachment. Let’s take a look at this article.

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One-Time-Use Parts And Fasteners: Toyota/Lexus

What is a one-time-use part, and how do you determine if a fastener, clip, or part can be reused? These are questions that we are confronted with in the collision industry quite a lot. The other big question is "Where do I find this information?"

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Waymo's Safety Report

There’s no doubt that in the future autonomous, or self-driving cars, will be seen rolling down the road. Full autonomy brings with it the better crash statistics and the freedom to become mobile for those who currently can’t drive. Waymo, a cutting-edge company for self-driving vehicles, has released a safety report. Let’s take a look at Waymo’s Safety Report.

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LORD Fusor’s Repair Adhesives Blog

LORD Fusor products have been serving the automotive industry for years. Did you know that Fusor also provides a blog featuring informational repair adhesive articles on their website? Let’s take a look at what these articles entail and where to find them.

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Body Construction And Material Repair Guidelines: Audi

What is the MPa of the front lower rail? What is the outer uniside made of: steel, aluminum, or composite? Can heat be used to straighten or is it cold straightening only? What are the repair limitations? These are just some of the questions that the RTS team fields on a daily basis.

As we know, today's vehicles can be constructed from a wide variety of materials. Knowing if the OEM provides information on body construction materials and repair guidelines is a crucial step in providing a complete, safe, and quality repair. Let's see what Audi has to say.

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I-CAR's New ADAS Courses For 2017

Some OEMs are beginning to make advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) standard. With an increased number of vehicles on the road equipped with ADAS, it’s guaranteed you will need to repair an ADAS. Knowing how to identify and repair a vehicle with ADAS is important to creating complete, safe, and quality repairs. Let’s take a look at some I-CAR courses that address ADAS systems.

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Understanding The Front/Rear Cross Traffic Systems

A key part of being able to diagnose a problem with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is understanding how the system works. Knowing what is happening inside the system will help you properly diagnose why the system may be failing. This will prevent replacing parts that are not causing the system issue. Let’s take a look at the inner workings of a front/rear cross traffic system.

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Body Construction And Material Repair Guidelines: Mitsubishi

What is the MPa of the front lower rail? What is the outer uniside made of: steel, aluminum, or composite? Can heat be used to straighten or is it cold straightening only? What are the repair limitations? These are just some of the questions that the RTS team fields on a daily basis.

As we know, today's vehicles can be constructed from a wide variety of materials. Knowing if the OEM provides information on body construction materials and repair guidelines is a crucial step in providing a complete, safe, and quality repair. Let's see what Mitsubishi has to say.

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Corrosion Protection Guidelines: Volvo

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 if 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 Volvo says.

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Understanding The Blind Spot Detection System

A key part of being able to diagnose a problem with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is understanding how the system works. Knowing what is happening inside the system will help you properly diagnose why the system may be failing. This will prevent replacing parts that are not causing the system issue. Let’s take a look at the inner workings of a blind spot detection system.

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Typical Calibration Requirements

Technicians should be aware of what’s required to keep advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) running safely after a collision. Whether that be aiming a camera, which can cause a system to not function as intended, or checking for diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs). For a basic understanding of what’s required, we’ve put together a series of articles that provide general information on what’s required to repair the system after a collision. Let’s take a look at what we learned in this series.

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