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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Looking for more information about a specific repair procedure? Some OEMs are now providing videos within the repair procedures on their service site. Vehicle makers may also have additional websites that contain repair videos. As we research OEM websites and find these helpful videos, we will write articles to let you know. Let’s take a closer look at the 2019 Ford Transit side panel repair video.


What’s a degree? A unit of temperature, an educational milestone/recognition, an angle? In this case, we are referring to the measurement of an angle. In steering and suspension, we commonly refer to caster, camber, and toe measurements, these are not independent of alignment angles, rather they are directly tied in with, and inseparable, from them.


While looking through a Volkswagen body repair manual (BRM), you may notice that there are multiple instances of the same procedure, but with different titles. These titles, or designations, are to ensure the correct procedure is used when repairing the vehicle. This is because one vehicle can be manufactured in multiple ways, and may even use different materials, depending on what country the vehicle is made for. There can even be models for the same region that are built differently.


Looking for more information about a specific repair procedure? Some OEMs are now providing videos within the repair procedures on their service site. Vehicle makers may also have additional websites that contain repair videos. As we research OEM websites and find these helpful videos, we will write articles to let you know. Let’s take a closer look at Ford/Lincoln.


As a collision repair technician, there is one part of a service manual that houses all of the information you would ever need…right? This is not the case with modern vehicles. You may be required to look in numerous manuals to find the information required to safely repair the vehicle.


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. Recently we had a technical inquiry that asked for clarification on what welding wire and shielding gas should be used when repairing a Subaru.


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


I-CAR and the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team put together a series of live webinars that discuss aspects of today’s advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and what the industry needs to know. These informative and fun webinars are sure to educate and entertain. In case you missed it; we put the video of the webinar on the RTS website for easy access.


One of the top technical inquiries 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 2020 Hyundai Sonata.


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.


As a collision repair technician, there is one part of a service manual that houses all of the information you would ever need…right? This is not the case with modern vehicles. You may be required to look in numerous manuals to find the information required to safely repair the vehicle.


A new edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available. The Summer 2020 issue highlights the 2020 Cadillac CT5.


Parking sensors are part of the park assist system, just one of many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) found on vehicles today. Damaged sensors are typically replaced and may require painting to match the vehicle. Vehicle makers often provide information on the painting of new sensors. Some vehicle makers do not recommend refinishing sensors with minor finish damage because excessive paint thickness may adversely affect the operation of the parking assist system. However, other vehicle makers do allow refinishing and will provide guidelines. Let’s see what General Motors (GM) has to say.


Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to spot welding, it is important to know what tips to use to get the correct or most effective weld.


I-CAR and the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team put together a series of live webinars that discuss aspects of today’s advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and what the industry needs to know. These informative and fun webinars are sure to educate and entertain. In case you missed it; we put the video of the webinar on the RTS website for easy access.