Collision Repair News

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Honda has released the 2016 Honda Civic Body Repair News bulletin:

Sectioning: the process of cutting a portion of a part based on the location of collision damage and vehicle maker recommendations, removing the part, and installing a portion of the undamaged service part. Additionally, sectioning is a process that is done away from a factory seam.

The question is often asked, "Can supplemental restraints system wiring be repaired?" The answer is: it depends on the vehicle maker. Let's take a look at Volkswagen's position on this subject.

A question often asked of the Repairability Techincal Supports (RTS) team is, does Toyota allow the use heat to straighten? There are several Collision Repair Information Bulletins (CRIBs) from Toyota, Lexus, and Scion that states their position on the use of heat when straightening.

Article originally appeared in FF Journal March, 2014 - By Gretchen Salois

After an accident, reassuring repair work is essential.

In October 2015, Automotive Repair and Smog Check News published their fall newsletter with an article titled "Piecing Together Proper Sectioning Repairs." This newsletter announces the fact that I-CAR best practices are now recognized as industry-accepted specifications, in the absence of OEM repair procedures, by the state of California.

The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support “Ask I-CAR” feature and the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) help the industry with common issues but in different ways. Let's take a look at what each can do for you.

Adhesion promoters, or surface modifiers, are extremely important when making some types of adhesive plastic repairs. If the adhesion promoter is not applied when required, or applied incorrectly, the repair will fail. (although there are some exceptions because some plastics do not require adhesion promoters). Let’s take a look at some ways to avoid this type of repair failure.

Ford has issued a recall on the 2015 Ford F-150 adaptive cruise control (ACC) system. Let's take a look at how this may affect your customers and prevent a potential comeback.

When dealing with stationary glass, should I refinish the area where the urethane will be applied to a new pinchweld? Should I remove the E-coat in that area? Let's take a look at some pinchweld prep basics for new panel installation; like a quarter panel for example.

On the new Ford F-150, lane keep assist is an available option. With any of the advanced vehicle safety systems, one of the most important things to know is how to identify the system is on the vehicle at the repair facility. Once identified, information is needed on when calibration is required and what tools and equipment are needed to perform the calibration. Let's take a look at the lane keep assist system on the 2015 Ford F-150.

Some vehicles are equipped with an active headrest. These headrests are designed to move forward during a rear collision to reduce the chance of whiplash injury. Let's take a look at some of the key points when working with an active headrest and some of the resources to find information.

A group of vehicle makers got together recently and discussed the future of automatic emergency braking (AEB) technology in their vehicles. This feature is designed to reduce the severity and frequency of collisions; but no matter how good it is, it will never prevent all accidents from happening. So what do you need to know in order to repair vehicles with AEB, and how do you know the system is functioning properly?

The question is often asked, what material will be used in the car of the future? Should we concentrate on learning how to repair steel, aluminum, magnesium, or carbon fiber? For that answer, we need to look at present-day vehicles for some clues.

When it comes to terminology in repair procedures, there is often a great deal of confusion as to what type of sectioning joint is called out in a specific repair procedure. To help end some of that confusion, let's look at the three basic sectioning joints.