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The method for replacing the outer box side on the 2015-2020 Ford F-150 has been a popular area of discussion, and many people are asking, "What are my options and is one missing?"


Rivet bonding is a standard repair method for aluminum-intensive vehicles like the 2015 Ford F-150, Jaguar XJ, and Audi A8 whether it's replacing welded or rivet bonded parts. You may be thinking that aluminum vehicles are the only ones that require rivet bonding. Are they? There's a vehicle maker that has been requiring rivet bonding even on their steel body vehicles.


There's some confusion in the industry about the term MIG "pulse" welding - so let's take a closer look at it.


In case you missed it, Wendy Malone from General Motors presented The All New 2015 Chevrolet Colorado And GMC Canyon Cab Structure, at Great Designs in Steel 2015.


There's a new addition to the Volkswagen OEM Information page. An icon has been added that will link you to a page containing Volkswagen Position Statements.


The I-CAR developed OEM Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Disable Search has been updated to include all General Motors makes including Buick, Cadilla, Chevrolet, and GMC hybrid vehicles through the 2015 model year.


In case you missed it, John Reed from Ford Motor Company presented "Advanced High-Strength Steel Technologies in the 2015 Ford Edge" at Great Designs in Steel 2015.


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The National Safety Council and The University of Iowa have put together a consumer-based site that provides the basics of many vehicle safety systems and features available today. They are calling it MyCarDoesWhat.org.


In case you missed it, David Coakley and Jonathan Zischke from Nissan North America presented" Advanced High-Strength Steel Technologies in the 2016 Nissan Maxima" at Great Designs in Steel 2015.


While you’ve undoubtedly heard about the Ford F-150 and its aluminum-intensive unitized body, did you know that the frame construction material remains steel? Similar to its aluminum body, the frame has also been redesigned.


A 2015 Cadillac ATS comes in that requires strut tower replacement. This is typically a straight forward repair, but on this vehicle the strut tower is cast aluminum. So now what?


In case you missed it, Aron Madsen from Honda North America presented "2015 Acura TLX Body Structure Review" at Great Designs in Steel 2015.


The Instruction Sheets aren't the only resource that Ford has made available for repairing the 2015-2020 Ford F-150. Ford also has repair information in the Body and Paint section of the Workshop Manual. Here's why it's helpful to reference both the Instruction Sheets and Workshop Manual.


Besides the fact that R-1234yf and R-134a are out there, and we need to be aware of those differences, the A/C system on some hybrid vehicles remains an area of concern.