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.

Repairer Driven News has released two articles highlighting an underutilized resource. That resource could be a pipeline for an industry that is struggling to acquire and retain talent.

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to inspecting repairs for quality, there are many things to look for in order to avoid failures throughout the repair process.

The tenth installment of I-CAR Collision reporter - The Talent issue has been released. This issue focuses on the challenges the industry is facing with acquiring and retaining talent.

ABRN recently released an article titled, Taking A Closer Look At Bonding, Riveting, And Welding. The focus of the article is not on the technical aspect, but on the importance of following OEM procedures when performing repairs.

Did you know that many OEMs specify nugget size for spot and plug welds? This information is typically found within vehicle-specific repair procedures or can be found under general welding guidelines. Let’s see what Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has to say.

The Kia Collision Repair Overview course has a lot of information that will help you throughout the repair process. Some information you will find in the course includes:

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to deciding whether to repair or replace an aluminum panel, there are a few things to keep in mind.

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 for clarification on what the panel overlap measurement should be if not specified in the Workshop manual when using squeeze-type resistance spot welding.

The 2020 model year vehicles are starting to roll off the assembly line and into showrooms. The I-CAR course, Vehicle Technology And Trends 2020, covers the technology, model releases, and trends. Keeping up-to-date on the 2020 models and features is vital to the blueprinting and repair process.

Ford and Lincoln vehicles now come with many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The ADAS Collision Report video goes into detail about these systems, and how important it is that they’re repaired and calibrated correctly.

Mazda recently unveiled the MX-30 electric vehicle. It is important to note that this is a European-specific vehicle. However, with OEMs often using global platforms, it is likely that many of the features highlighted may end up on the USA models.

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2019: Volume 3. Features of this issue include an overview of the 2019 Ford F-150 Lane Keeping System, 2020 Ford Explorer vehicle-specific body construction, and highlights of the all-new 2020 Ford Escape.

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 Audi A7.

You may be looking through an Audi body repair manual and realize that some procedures are specified for a specific region or market. The procedures may be different between markets because different materials are used, reinforcements are added or removed, or for a number of other reasons. A procedure that is designated for the North American market may have reinforcements or other components that are only on North American vehicles. For example, per the 2019 Audi Q8 body repair manual: “Upper Inner A-pillar, Replacing, Only for North American Vehicles, Partial Replacement.”

Hyundai recently announced its plans to introduce a new artificial intelligence (AI) based cruise control system to future vehicles. This will better match the adaptive cruise control system to individual driving style.