Collision Repair News

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Recently, a repair facility had a question on pedestrian protection bracket repairability. A pedestrian protection bracket tends to be used for mounting fenders to the upper rail. The bracket is designed to be collapsible in the event that a pedestrian gets hit by the vehicle and lands on the hood/fenders. The bracket will collapse, which will dampen the blown to the pedestrian. I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) reached out to Honda for clarification.


Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to reading the body repair manual, there are some common mistakes that are easily avoidable and can have a huge effect on the durability of the repair.


A great majority of collisions can cause some type of suspension damage, which means a wheel alignment will be necessary. The list of additional steps after a wheel alignment keeps growing with the addition of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). These systems need to know what direction the vehicle is travelling down the road in order to accurately make safety corrections and predictions. However, there are still questions on what is required when ADAS and wheel alignments are concerned.


As a collision repair technician, there is one part of a service manual that houses all of the information you would ever need…right? This is not the case with modern vehicles. You may be required to look in numerous manuals to find the information required to safely repair the vehicle.


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 2018 GMC Acadia.


The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360° video on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The video provides a 360° tour around the Wrangler. Let’s take a look.


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 2017 Lincoln Continental.


The new 2019 Honda Pilot is set to arrive this year. A recent article by Repairer Driven News covers many of the new features the collision repair industry will need to know.


As a collision repair technician, there is one part of a service manual that houses all of the information you would ever need…right? This is not the case with modern vehicles. You may be required to look in numerous manuals to find the information required to safely repair the vehicle.


Per your requests, we are adding step-by-step instructions on how to access the vehicle maker service 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 Hyundai OEM Information page.


On occasion OEMs will make two completely different vehicles with the same nameplate during the same model year. Many times, the outgoing model will have “classic” or “limited” added to the nameplate. The incoming model will hold the original nameplate. If the wrong body repair manual is unknowingly selected, the vehicle may be improperly repaired. As a recent example shows this is the case with the new incoming Volkswagen Tiguan.


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 2017 Chevrolet Malibu.


Sometimes going back-to-basics can be important, especially when it comes to safety. It can be easy to misuse personal protective equipment (PPE) after a while. One important PPE item that is most commonly misused is a respirator.


Recently, a repair facility had a question on how to set up a spot welder for a Subaru repair procedure. I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) reached out to Subaru for clarification.


Have you ever wondered what steps you should take when using a specific 3M product to complete a repair procedure? Let’s take a look where you can find this information on the 3M Website.