Collision Repair News

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One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is “Is there a sectioning or partial replacement procedure available?” To help answer this question, RTS has an OEM Partial Part Replacement Search available. Here you will find information on if these procedures are available on a specific vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.


Tightening regulations on fuel economy along with rising awareness about pollution have influenced vehicle design and function in recent years. However, most consumers are not willing to sacrifice comfort, vehicle size, of power, so auto makers needed to use different methods to boost the fuel economy numbers. For the most part, aerodynamics can be directly related to fuel efficiently. The smoother air flows over the vehicle, the less power is required to make the vehicle move, leading to higher fuel economy. Unfortunately, a vehicle that has excellent aerodynamics may not be a functional vehicle for every consumer. So, other measures needed to be taken. In this series we’ll break down some of the methods used to boost aerodynamics and fuel economy along with any special cautions on how to repair them. Let’s check out active grille shutters.


The OEM Information pages continue to grow, here is one of the new features for this area of the RTS portal.


Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. Although fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) usage and repairability is limited on today's vehicles, here are a few things to consider.


We’ve shared that OEM’s like FCA, Honda/Acura, and Kia have videos within their procedures. Now, General Motors (GM) has added videos to various procedures in service manuals at www.acdelcotds.com.


Jaguar Land Rover position statements are only accessable through the Jaguar Land Rover service information site, Topix. From there, position statements can be accessed by Jaguar Land Rover network collision shops or by signing up for a free account. It is important to note that a free account does not provide access to the Workshop manuals.


There are several videos available from Ford that gives a brief overview of the repairability of new models. The newest video is on the all new 2019 Ford Ranger.


One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is, “Is there a sectioning or partial replacement procedure available?” To help answer this question, RTS has an OEM Partial Part Replacement Search available. Here you will find information on if these procedures are available on a specific vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the 2019 Honda Fit.


As part of the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) OEM Linking Pin activity, we are helping to connect the collision repair industry to the vehicle makers. The roof of the Buick Regal is laser brazed from the factory along both sides of the roof. In repairs, Buick repair procedures require MIG brazing to replace the laser brazed seam, a first from GM. Recently we had a technical inquiry that asked if adhesive bonding, instead of MIG brazing along both sides of the roof, could be used to replace the roof.


When it comes to repairing bumper covers, sometimes common mistakes can be made that will affect the quality and durability of the repair. One common mistake is using body filler and glazes designed for metal substrates on plastic bumper covers.


As part of the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) OEM Linking Pin activity, we are helping to connect the collision repair industry to the vehicle makers. Recently we had a technical inquiry that asked, about a procedure on a Buick Lacrosse.


One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is, “Is there a sectioning or partial replacement procedure available?” To help answer this question, RTS has an OEM Partial Part Replacement Search available. Here you will find information on if these procedures are available on a specific vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the 2018 Audi A5/S5 Cabriolet.


Every day, the amount of available content and features of I-CAR’s Repairability Technical Support Portal (RTS) increases. With the flood of information being posted, it might not be so easy to remember where everything is located. Luckily, we’ve removed the guesswork and created a space to give you all of the RTS website navigation information in one location.


Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to spraying refinish materials, there are some common mistakes that can easily be avoided in order to prevent fisheyes.


General Motors unveiled the redesigned versions of their heavy duty 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The new models will have two available powertrain options, a gas and a diesel. Many new standard and available features have been built into these trucks with work in mind.