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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Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2020: Volume 3. Features of this issue include an article on Ford joining other OEMs to help fight counterfeit parts, an in-depth look on the proper use of a file belt sander when removing spot welds, and an overview of the 2021 Bronco and the redesigned 2021 F-150.

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to shielding gas, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to have a quality weld.

I-CAR released a collision repair overview course for BMW. This course covers the history of BMW, online service information, construction materials, restraints inspection, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and more

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 Subaru say on the subject?

While researching body repair manuals (BRM) and service manuals, we're creating OEM-specific articles for additional information needed when repair planning. The goal of these articles is to help repairers create a more complete and accurate repair plan. One key aspect of repair planning is being aware of the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) equipped on the vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at FCA/Stellantis.

The RTS Team has compiled countless hours of research of hybrid and electric vehicles to bring the industry the OEM Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Disable Search page. This search tool enables you easily look up important OEM and vehicle-specific information about the high-voltage (HV) system, including step-by-step instructions on how to access the high-voltage battery disable procedures on the OEM websites.

Since hybrid and electric vehicles first started becoming relevant, members of the collision repair industry have required as much knowledge as possible on these subjects. I-CAR’s Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team continues to be on the leading edge of research and education. Our goal is to help communicate information to the industry, and a great way to do this is through Collision Repair News articles.

The role of the windshield is a lot more complex than simply allowing a view of the road ahead. It is considered a structural part of the vehicle as it contributes to the strength of the roof and A-pillars. The windshield helps to manage collision energy and has become an integral part of several advanced safety systems.

One of the many functions of the Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team is to assist the collision repair industry with understanding repair procedures. The team often receives questions such as, "Does this part need to be removed?" or "What is the preferred attachment method?" Let’s take a closer look at reading Toyota/Lexus repair procedures.

While searching for information on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on an OEM repair information site, you may come across unique calibration procedures or events. These events can vary by year and model, even within a particular make. As the RTS team has been researching these systems, we have been identifying these atypical circumstances. In order to help you better understand them, we are putting together a series of articles that will help with the repair and calibration of ADAS. Let’s take a closer look at Hyundai variant coding procedures.

Have you found when scuffing a new Honda/Acura OEM bumper cover that sometimes the coating appears to be as hard as iron? 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. With this in mind, we reached out to Honda/Acura for guidance.

Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article on the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid which features up to 25 miles of pure electric driving and all power modes available when shifted into 4 low.

More hybrid and electric vehicles are making their way into collision repair facilities as these vehicles are becoming more prevalent. One of the main concerns on these vehicles is how to safely work around high-voltage while repairing them. I-CAR has created a course that informs the technician on aspects of high-voltage such as:

When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts. All of the different names can be confusing, especially when repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models.

Sometimes understanding welding machine settings and functions can be difficult, especially if it is a new machine. The spot welder setup and operation courses cover the following topics: