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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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Body Construction And Material Repair Guidelines: Volvo

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 Volvo has to say.

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Additional Calibration Requirements

The addition of the OEM Calibration Requirements Search to the RTS portal was a big step for the collision industry. While this new feature has been well received, there has been some confusion about what is included in the search tool. The OEM Calibration Requirements Search is designed to provide information on the calibration requirements that are needed for vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). This includes systems such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and collision Braking.

It does not include occupant classification systems (OCS), steering angle sensors, battery disconnects, or other calibrations/initializations required, when not related directly to ADAS. Let’s take a look at we have found for additional calibration requirements.

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Where Did the Ford Inertia Switch Go?

Remember how much time was spent trying to figure out why a newly repaired Ford vehicle wouldn’t start? Then only to find out that someone bumped the Ford Inertia Fuel Shutoff Switch during reassembly. You might have noticed that those switches, with the red button have disappeared. Let’s take a look at what happened to them.

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Body Construction And Material Repair Guidelines: Nissan/INFINITI

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 Nissan/INFINITI has to say.

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Additional Calibration Requirements: Mitsubishi

The addition of the OEM Calibration Requirements Search to the RTS portal was a big step for the collision industry. While this new feature has been well received, there has been some confusion about what is included in the search tool. The OEM Calibration Requirements Search is designed to provide information on the calibration requirements that are needed for vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). This includes systems such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and collision braking.

It does not include occupant classification systems (OCS), steering angle sensors, battery disconnects, or other calibrations/initializations required, when not related directly to ADAS. Let’s take a look at what additional items may require calibrations/initializations on Mitsubishi vehicles.

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Corrosion Protection Guidelines: Mitsubishi

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 Mitsubishi says.

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Body Construction And Material Repair Guidelines: Honda/Acura

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 Honda/Acura has to say.

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3M Corrosion Protection Quick Reference

Automotive aftermarket product supplier 3M has recently released a quick reference guide on corrosion protection. Shawn Collins, Advanced Technical Specialist at 3M writes, “With all the questions about seam sealer and corrosion protection, I put together a quick reference one-pager. One of the biggest questions was, what can I seam seal over? The drawing is the optimal joint protection including something to seal and protect the welded flange, sealing the outside of the joint over the correct substrate and then cavity wax in the cavity or inside the panel. If you do all this thoroughly, the repair will outlast the car.” Let’s take a closer look at this quick reference.

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