Collision Repair News

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There are many precautions and instructions to follow while repairing hybrid and electric vehicles. To help you find this information, RTS has an OEM Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Disable Search page. Here you will find step-by-step instructions on how to find the disable procedure in the service manual. You will also find precautions for welding, refinishing, and if a scan tool and DVOM are required for disabling. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Chevrolet Volt.


As vehicles are becoming more advanced, we are finding technology where it never was before. Sometimes it is in plain sight, such as infotainment systems, GPS, and a head-up display. However, sometimes it is concealed in places one may not expect.


Electric cars are becoming more popular than ever and the number of them on the road is increasing every year. Repairer Driven News recently published an article about how electric cars could lead to more crashes. This potential increase is tied to the way electric cars function.


One of the top technical inquires 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 Jaguar I-Pace.


What is a non-SRS wiring repair? It is the repairing of an electrical component that is not part of the supplemental restraint system circuit (usually identified by yellow wire looms). As technology increases on vehicles, so does the number of components that utilize electricity. Many of the sensors and modules are becoming smarter and more sensitive. If the wire is too long, the wrong gauge, or spliced in the wrong location it can cause malfunctions in the components that it’s powering. Many OEMs have different restrictions and guidelines for repairing wiring that does not control SRS components. On the other hand, there are OEMs that don’t allow wiring repairs at all, so full harness replacement is the only option.


While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are showing up on vehicles, there still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently gets questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by searching the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek ADAS.


Toyota has released their second edition for 2019 of their Collision Pros online magazine. This edition touches on a variety of collision repair topics, such as the Toyota Supra, training, affixing emblems, calibration, and more.


Carbon fiber has been used in the automotive industry for some time now. Its strong and light weight properties made it a commonly used material for exotic vehicles. Due to the unique properties of carbon fiber, GMC has decided to utilize the material in an optional pickup truck box. This optional box will be available on select late 2019 and 2020 GMC light duty pickups. So, what does this mean for repairers?


While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are showing up on vehicles, there still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently gets questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by searching the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more detail than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Honda Pilot ADAS.


When performing straightening repairs, having measurements is a sure-fire way to ensure the vehicle is repaired back to spec. However, many times measurements are not given for outer body panels. This isn’t the end of the world until you bring advanced driver assistance systems into the works. When mounting ADAS sensors on repaired body panels it can be crucial to have the mounting location straightened perfectly. Some OEMs have procedures on getting the measurements needed to make sure the sensor is looking in the right direction.


Since its unveiling, the OEM Calibration Requirements Search has become a go to source for calibration requirements research for many in the industry. Due to ever changing OEM information the search function is constantly being updated. In addition, every year the current model year information needs to be researched and added to the RTS Portal.


The OEM Partial Part Replacement Search page is a simple way to find out if an OEM has a published procedure available for sectioning or partial part replacement at factory seams. The RTS Team has been researching OEM repair manuals to compile data to keep this search function up-to-date.


At first glance, the Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport may seem like they are the same vehicle with a different trim package. However, the vehicle structure, body repair manuals (BRM), parts, and procedures are completely different from each other. This is why it is important to make sure the correct manual is selected for repairs.


You may be seeing a new airbag in the not so distant future according to Honda. This passenger front airbag is a new design that is intended to “catch” the passenger, similar to how a baseball glove catches a ball. The airbag features three chambers instead of the traditional one chamber airbag.


The I-CAR RTS OEM Glass Replacement page has gathered information from vehicle makers on stationary glass replacement and approved products for their vehicles into one location to help ensure complete, safe, and quality repairs.

Since the launch in 2017, there have been some significant changes in vehicle systems that impact windshield replacement procedures.