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.

So check back often and follow us on Twitter @Ask_ICAR to ensure you’re equipped with the most up-to-date collision repair technical information available in the industry.

We've added the Collision Bulletin from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that addresses safety certification and tire pressure label replacement guidelines.

Having a problem getting your replacement Kia Optima bumper cover to fit properly? Wondering if maybe you got the wrong part?

When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts, but Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM keep it pretty basic.

The ninth column in the OEM Technical Information Matrix is pretty straight forward: Corrosion Protection Methods and Materials. Most OEMs have information on anti-corrosion materials and application equipment including a list of approved materials and part numbers.

Ever hear the quote: "if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten"? When it comes to collision repairs, it's far from accurate.

When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts. All of the different names can be confusing, especially when repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models. Thankfully, General Motors (GM) uses terms that most of us are familiar with.

This article originally appeared in the November/December edition of Fixed Ops Magazine.

Collision repair professionals are no different than any other professional – we are resistant to change. It took many years for repairers to make the switch to “MIG welding” for welding early unibody vehicles. (For this article we’ll use the term gas metal arc welding (GMAW) metal inert gas (MIG), or GMA (MIG)). (More on the reason, later.) It was a technology that was unfamiliar to many and there wasn’t a perceived need for change. History would prove otherwise, as there may not be a collision repair business in the country that doesn’t have a GMA (MIG) welder.

When you visit the Audi OEM Information page on the RTS website, you will see a new icon for videos.

With the latest addition of the OEM Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Disable Search to the RTS portal, we have also added a new icon to the OEM Information pages to help you with quicker access.

We've added a new feature to the RTS Portal to help you get more of the information that you are searching for through I-CAR training courses.

A new search function is now available on the I‑CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) Portal and we're calling it the OEM Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search.

On November 11, 2014, Ford announced that the 2015 Ford F-150 production has begun for delivery this month. It's been a month, have you seen one yet?

Now that the 2015 F-150 Instruction Sheets are available on the I CAR Repairability Technical Support Portal, you may also want more details about the procedures. For that information, the best place to look is Ford's repair information website: This is a pay site, with short-term access options.

FAQ: What is the purpose of the part numbers in the upper right corner of the 2015 F-150 Instruction Sheets?

Answer: The part numbers are used for two different replacement options:

In case you missed it, Ford released the 2015 F-150 Collision Repair Sheets. There have been some minor edits to the following sheets and the updated versions have been replaced on our website.