Collision Repair News

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The RTS team frequently receives inquiries on the sectioning and/or replacement of welded-on panels on Fiat Chrysler Automotive vehicles. The questions boil down to, what do you do when there isn’t a procedure available? Let’s revisit the FCA Collision Bulletin that addresses this.


When Honda updated the Body Repair News: Body Repair Manual Welding & Sectioning Guideline Revisions in July there is a piece of information you may have missed. Let’s take a look.


RTS has put together a brief video highlighting each area of the RTS web portal, to help educate you on the types of information you will find in each area.


Honda has created a new Job Aid called Aiming Driving Support Systems. Let’s take a look at the types of information and where you will find this document.


Can’t make it to SEMA show? Don’t worry, we have you covered, we’ll give some of the highlights you could have received at the I-CAR live demo stage. Let’s take a look at nitrogen hot air plastic welding.


Can’t make it to SEMA show? Don’t worry, we have you covered, we’ll give some of the highlights you could have received at the I-CAR live demo stage. Let’s take a look at riveting.


The second installment of the I-CAR Collision Reporter has been released, focusing on Readiness. The rate of change in today's vehicles is higher than ever. Are you ready to repair the vehicles rolling into your shop?


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 what we learned with this series of articles.


Most refinish technicians have had a color they just can’t get to match to the vehicle. The chip looks good, but the sprayout doesn’t come close enough for a blendable match. However, there are situations where you may have the wrong spray technique. Some of the new colors on everyday vehicles require a unique and complex spray technique. A recent article by Repairer Driven News shows and explains PPG’s process for refinishing Mazda’s Machine Gray. Let’s take a look at some highlights from this article.


Starting January 1, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be requiring that technicians be certified in order to purchase refrigerants.


Attending the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this year? Well, I-CAR will be providing three different opportunities to connect with you at this year’s show.


With winter months right around the corner, repair facilities need to be prepared for the inclement weather that is sure to come. Although ice and snow are great for the collision repair industry as far as bringing work in the door, it interferes with some aspects of the repair. Let’s take a look at how bad weather can impede the repair process.


What is the MPa of the front lower rail? What is 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 with today’s vehicles, they can be constructed from a wide variety of materials. To repair vehicles, 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.


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.


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 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.