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One of the top technical inquires 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 2017 Nissan Maxima.


When repairing vehicles, it sometimes feels like there is an engineer out there that wants us to have a horrible day. But if we stop and take a look at the reasons why vehicles are being built in a way that is sometimes frustrating, you may find that the engineer and the technician have more in common than you think.


Navigating OEM websites can be challenging when searching for collision repair procedures, especially as no two OEM websites are alike. What happens when you need to find other types of repair information, such as “what needs to be inspected after a supplemental restraint system (SRS) deployment”, “does the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) require a scan tool or specialty tool?”, or information on an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). Let's take a closer look at the Toyota/Lexus website.


A simple bumper repair on a modern vehicle may not be as simple as it seems. New technologies like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) utilize sensors behind the bumper covers. The ability for these sensors to be able to see clearly, normally requires special caution when considering a bumper repair. Many OEMs have different levels of warnings when it comes to repairing bumper covers with ADAS. So, what does BMW say on the subject?


Talk of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is around every corner these days. This technology is new and is taking the collision industry by storm. Nearly every OEM has some type of ADAS available and with this comes the need for more knowledge. The RTS team is here to answer the need for knowledge by adding a new enhancement to the OEM Information pages.


One of the top technical inquires 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 2017 BMW X5.


Does Honda/Acura have procedures for replacing a partial service part or assembly at factory seams?

While Honda/Acura vehicles may not have a replacement procedure for every part of every vehicle, they provide documentation on how parts can be replaced at a factory seam. However, certain requirements need to be met before replacing parts as a partial part or disassembling a service part at factory seams.


As part of the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) OEM Linking Pin activity, we are helping to connect the collision repair industry to the vehicle makers. We recently noticed that the Dodge Dart body repair manual (BRM) was missing from the free site and that front upper rail sectioning procedures had been missing on certain RAM pickups. We reached out to Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) for clarification.


Navigating OEM websites can be challenging when searching for collision repair procedures, especially as no two OEM websites are alike. What happens when you need to find other types of repair information, such as "what needs to be inspected after a supplemental restraint system (SRS) deployment" or "does the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) require a scan tool or specialty tool?" Let's take a closer look at the Audi website.


Did you miss the registration deadline for the 2018 Great Designs in Steel conference? Don't worry, we'll be there covering the presentations that are important to the collision industry.


When it comes to making sectioning joints on any part, there are some common mistakes that are easily avoidable and can have a huge effect on cycle time.


One of the top technical inquires 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 2017 Audi Q3.


Navigating OEM websites can be challenging when searching for collision repair procedures, especially as no two OEM websites are alike. What happens when you need to find other types of repair information, such as "what needs to be inspected after a supplemental restraint system (SRS) deployment" or "does the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) require a scan tool or specialty tool?" Let's take a closer look at the Volkswagen website.


A simple bumper repair on a modern vehicle may not be as simple as it seems. New technologies like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) utilize sensors behind the bumper covers. The ability for these sensors to be able to see clearly, normally requires special caution when considering a bumper repair. Many OEMs have different levels of warnings when it comes to repairing bumper covers with ADAS. So, what does Volvo say on the subject?


The fourth installment of the I-CAR Collision Reporter has been released, focusing on Materials. In this era of advanced and complex materials, are you staying up-to-date with the changes?