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’ll be regularly publishing new articles with the latest and greatest collision repair information.

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As a collision repair technician, it may seem like all the necessary information you would need would be located in the service manual, but this is not the case for modern vehicles. Sometimes the information for a complete repair can be housed in multiple manuals. Fortunately, The Repairability Technical Support Portal (RTS) has videos on how to navigate each OEM website.


One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR, "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 Kia Stinger.


In case you missed it, the sixth installment of the I-CAR Collision Reporter - The Recalibrate Issue has been released. What does the recalibrate issue have to offer?


Toyota - USA Newsroom released the all new 2020 Toyota Corolla. There are many new features to the Corolla. As you would expect, the new Corolla comes standard with many ADAS systems, and also new structural features.


Have you found yourself often asking, how can I give back or help out the collision repair industry? Well, we have an easy answer for you, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF).


Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When repairing and refinishing, corrosion can be avoided by taking proper steps to ensure a clean metal surface.


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 Nissan Kicks.


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, 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.


One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR, “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 Mitsubishi Mirage.


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


The latest issue of GM Repair Insights has just been released for fall. This issue is packed with information on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. General Motors touches on a new procedure for the new Silverado that allows for a rear half frame replacement. GM also discusses repair procedures for the bumper/fascia replacement with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).


Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2018: Volume 3, which can be viewed on the I-CAR website. Features of the issue include highlights of the 2019 Ford Ranger, aluminum rivet bonding techniques, and part 2 of roof replacement procedure on a 2018 Ford F-150 . Let’s take a look at this edition.


Friday at SEMA, I-CAR hosted a panel discussion that are free to all SEMA attendees. The panel of experts consisted of Jason Bartanen (Directory, Industry Technical Relations, I-CAR), Doug Richman (Advisor, Aluminum Association), David Anderson (Senior Director, Automotive Market, Steel Market Development Institute), and Michael Hoke (President, Abaris Training).


Thursday at SEMA, I-CAR hosted a panel discussion with a panel of experts discussing adhesives technology. About changes in adhesives technologies, including crash-toughened adhesives. The panel was headed by Jason Bartanen (Director, Industry Technical Relations, I-CAR), Shawn Collins (Advanced Application Engineer, 3M), and Doug Craig (Applications Engineering Manager, LORD Corporation).


Wednesday at SEMA, I-CAR hosted a panel discussion on advanced joining technologies. The panel was headed by Jason Bartanen (Director, Industry Technical Relations, I-CAR), Kelly Logan (Director of Technical Services, CAR-O-LINER), Steve Marks (Manager, Specialty Training, I-CAR), and Oliver Woelfel (CEO Advanced Collision Repair Solutions).