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 regularly publish new articles highlighting the latest and greatest collision repair information.

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Pulse Transfer Mode Needed For Aluminum Welding?

Did you know that the OEM collision repair procedures for aluminum intensive vehicles that include arc welding require GMA welders capable of welding in the pulse transfer mode? It's true. For this reason, the same pulse welders required by some vehicle makers are also required for the I-CAR welding events.

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Can Damaged Cab Mount Brackets Be Repaired?

When determining repair vs. replace options for damaged cab-mounting areas, determine if the vehicle maker providesa service part and written replacement procedures. If there is no replacement procedure, but the service part is available, duplicate the original factory attachment method. If the part is not available as a separate service part, replacement of a major part of the frame, or the entire frame, may be the only option (See Figure 1).

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OEM Linking Pin: Nissan 370Z Roof Panel Replacement

The roof panel on the 2013 Nissan 370Z is laser-welded along the roof-to-side panel mating flange from the factory. Through a routine technical inquiry from a collision repair facility, the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support team was asked if a Nissan procedure existed for replacing the roof panel.

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OEM Linking Pin: Subaru Clarifies Airbag Replacement

As part of the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) initiative's OEM linking pin activity, we are helping to connect the collision repair industry to the vehicle makers. Recently we had a technical inquiry that asked, "Do you have to replace a front passenger airbag on a Subaru even if only the driver's airbag deployed? The repair information seems to indicate that it should."

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Carbon Fiber Why Does It Matter?

Carbon fiber is being used on many late-model vehicles and has become a buzzword in the industry. This article answers some questions you may have been wondering about on the use and repair of carbon fiber.

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Mazda I-ELOOP Overview

Beginning model year 2014, Mazda has introduced a regenerative engine braking system called i-ELOOP, short for "Intelligent Energy Loop." In this system, a capacitor is used to store electrical energy generated during deceleration. In a conventional system when the vehicle slows or stops, energy is wasted. The i-ELOOP system uses a unique variable voltage alternator that can produce up to 25 volts during deceleration. The electricity that is generated during deceleration is not sent directly to the vehicle's battery, because the battery cannot store more than 12 volts. Instead, the capacitor stores the electricity, up to the 25 volts produced by the alternator. The capacitor then readily discharges it through a voltage reduction circuit to power vehicle accessories.

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The Aluminum Difference

What's Iowa Got To Do With It?

by Jason Bartanen

We've seen a lot of changes in vehicle technology over the years. With each of these changes come new challenges and new opportunities. When the unibody vehicle was introduced, repair professionals were required to change their approach to collision repair, from damage analysis through the repair process. With the introduction of GMA (MIG) welding, additional requirements for repairs included new training and equipment. And passive restraints systems presented a completely different type of challenge, involving electronics and diagnostics.

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I-CAR Training and Certification: Steel Sectioning Course Updated

To help the industry be better prepared for repairing new vehicles, I-CAR has updated the Training and Certification: Steel Sectioning. With the changes to vehicles happening daily from new materials, thinner materials, new technologies, and new repair procedures, collision repair technicians have had to update their skills to repair the new vehicles.

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  • I-CAR Just In Time: Moving Disabled Vehicles Friday, 1 March 2024

    Sometimes seeing is understanding, that’s why I-CAR's technical team created the Just in Time video series to guide you through a variety of collision repair topics from ADAS and EVs to repair tips...

  • Repairer Driven News: GM First Responder EV Training Wednesday, 28 February 2024

    Repairer Driven News (RDN) has released an article highlighting free online battery electric vehicle (BEV) first responder training from General Motors (GM).

  • I-CAR Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding Manual Settings Course Monday, 26 February 2024

    There is a growing number of OEM vehicle makers requiring manual settings for squeeze-type resistance spot welding (STRSW) operations. With this in mind, I-CAR has released a course that has an...

  • OEM Linking Pin: GM Adhesively Bonded Joint Repair Wednesday, 21 February 2024

    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‘ve had technical inquiries that...

  • OEM ADAS Radar Optimized Color Resources Tuesday, 20 February 2024

    Changes in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) radar technology are introducing new refinishing considerations. Paint film thickness not only may affect the performance of ADAS radars, color...

  • OEM ADAS Radar Optimized Color Resources: Nissan Tuesday, 20 February 2024

    Changes in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) radar technology are introducing new refinishing considerations. Paint film thickness not only may affect the performance of ADAS radars, color...

  • Common Mistakes: Panel Bonding Friday, 16 February 2024

    When it comes to panel bonding, there are some common mistakes that can have a huge impact on the strength and quality of the repair.

  • I-CAR Hyundai Collision Repair And Electromechanical Repair Courses Wednesday, 14 February 2024

    I-CAR has developed courses that go into detail on electromechanical repair for Hyundai and a general collision repair overview as well.

  • Repairer Driven News: CIC P-Pages Changes Friday, 9 February 2024

    Repairer Driven News (RDN) has released an article highlighting changes made to estimating systems' P-pages.

  • High-Voltage Handling And Storage Considerations: Audi Thursday, 8 February 2024

    High-voltage (HV) vehicles have some special considerations for handling and storing HV batteries and other components. The dangers of HV batteries are potential even after removal which is why...