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Originally appeared as a SCRS Press Release

Prosser, Washington, March 4, 2015 - Not since the introduction of the unibody vehicle has there been as revolutionary a topic to hit the collision repair industry as aluminum repair. With more and more cars and trucks equipped with this innovative material - as well as tools, products and equipment specifically designed for them - entering the market every day, the debate on how and with what to best perform proper aluminum repairs rages on. The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) recently sat down with representatives from the equipment and tooling sides of the industry, as well as several collision repair facilities who have taken the plunge of upgrading, to get their perspectives on repair safety, the importance of accurate information and their personal experiences on the front lines of the aluminum revolution.

Per your requests, we are adding step-by-step instructions on how to access the vehicle maker repair information to complement our how-to-videos on the OEM Information pages. Easily reference this article by clicking the link under the video on the Honda OEM Information page and/or Acura OEM Information page.

Does this sound familiar? You're researching online and find the documentation, article, or procedure you were looking for and now all you need to do is print.

Let's go back to basics with the ever-popular what to do with bumper energy absorbers, crush boxes, and bumper reinforcements.

When the only option for removing structural damage is a weld-on attachment (not an outer uniside), what do you do?

How familiar are you with the model line for Mini? They are all considered Mini Coopers, but there's a little bit more to it than that.

Crush zones are designed into the vehicle to absorb collision energy by collapsing or bending a part in a controlled manner.

The Acura ILX gets a minor model change for 2016.

The Recommended GM Steel Reparability Matrix is a chart that identifies GM’s repair recommendations according to the type of steel that the part is made from. The matrix contains information on the steel identification stamping symbols, steel grade, GM specifications, recommended welding methods, cold repairability, use of heat for repairs, the temperature range that should be used, and the maximum heat allotment. The second page of the matrix is a chart of Descriptions of GM Steel.

19565Figure 1 - These crimp and seal splice sleeves have special heat shrink sleeves on each end that shrink around the wire and form an air-tight seal.Confusion exists within the collision industry concerning the repair of some damaged wiring and wiring connectors for restraints systems. The perception is that restraints system wiring should never be repaired. While it is true that some vehicle makers do not recommend the repair of wiring and connectors for the restraints system, others have very detailed printed procedures and even offer repair kits expressly for the repair of restraints system wiring. Repairing damaged restraints system wiring, when applicable and the parts and procedures are available, can save unnecessary replacement of the main body and instrument panel wiring harnesses.

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The 2010-2015 Chevrolet Camaro is built on a General Motors global rear-wheel drive platform and shares some of the same chassis parts with the Pontiac GTO and G8. Although the new Camaro looks like a 1969 Camaro, it is quite different from a collision repair point of view. This article will cover some of the repair options and considerations when working on a collision-damaged Camaro. General Motors body repair procedures can be accessed at the website. To access service information for mechanical and electronic systems, visit

By now, we've all seen the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) videos of the small overlap frontal crash test. IIHS has just released a study called Structural Design Strategies for Improved Small Overlap Crashworthiness Performance.

What needs to be done before starting work on a compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or propane) vehicle?

The I-CAR developed OEM Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Disable Search has also been updated to include all Toyota hybrid vehicles through the 2015 model year.