Collision Repair News

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Recommended General Motors Steel Repairability Matrix

The Recommended GM Steel Repairability Matrix is a chart that identifies GM’s repair recommendations according to the type of steel that the part is made from. The matrix contains information on the steel identification stamping symbols, steel grade, GM specifications, recommended welding methods, cold repairability, use of heat for repairs, the temperature range that should be used, and the maximum heat allotment. The second page of the matrix is a chart of Descriptions of GM Steel.

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Restraints System Wiring Repairs

19565Figure 1 - These crimp and seal splice sleeves have special heat shrink sleeves on each end that shrink around the wire and form an air-tight seal.Confusion exists within the collision industry concerning the repair of some damaged wiring and wiring connectors for restraints systems. The perception is that restraints system wiring should never be repaired. While it is true that some vehicle makers do not recommend the repair of wiring and connectors for the restraints system, others have very detailed printed procedures and even offer repair kits expressly for the repair of restraints system wiring. Repairing damaged restraints system wiring, when applicable and the parts and procedures are available, can save unnecessary replacement of the main body and instrument panel wiring harnesses.

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Does A Website Seem Hard To Read In Internet Explorer? UPDATE

I-CAR published this article to help with an issue due to compatibility mode on internet explorer, we have now added a video based on customer feedback below.

If a website seems to be broken, the problem often times is a browser setting on your computer called compatibility mode. This is a tool that Internet Explorer has so that older websites will still display correctly, the only problem is that it will also cause the newer websites to display in an almost unreadable way. It is common for Internet Explorer to have compatibility mode set to "Display All Websites In Compatibility Mode". If this is the case then some of the websites you visit will not display correctly.

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Collision Repair For The Chevrolet Camaro

The 2010-2015 Chevrolet Camaro is built on a General Motors global rear-wheel drive platform and shares some of the same chassis parts with the Pontiac GTO and G8. Although the new Camaro looks like a 1969 Camaro, it is quite different from a collision repair point of view. This article will cover some of the repair options and considerations when working on a collision-damaged Camaro. General Motors body repair procedures and mechanical/electronic systems can be accessed by visiting

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I-CAR Launches OEM Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – January 22, 2015 – I-CAR®, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced today the launch of the OEM Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search on the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) Portal as part of its continuous effort to build a robust, centralized hub of valuable industry information to give collision repair professionals the answers they need as quickly as possible.

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