Collision Repair News

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Tuesday at SEMA, I-CAR will be holding a panel discussion on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and real-world collision challenges. The panel was headed by Jason Bartanen (Industry Technical Relations Director, I-CAR), Jake Rodenroth (Director of Industry Relations, asTech), and Jason Zeise (Mechanical Operations Manager, LaMettry's Collision, Inc.).


One of the top technical inquiries 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 Toyota RAV4 HV.


All week long, I-CAR professionals will be present at the SEMA Collision Repair and Refinish Stage (booth 64200, located at the Westgate South Garden Patio of the Las Vegas Convention Center) for free, hands-on demonstrations and discussions. In addition to this, I-CAR will also be showcasing the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado body-in-white to promote how the new Silverado has been designed with reparability in mind.


What is a non-SRS wiring repair? It is the repairing of an electrical component that is not part of the supplemental restraint system circuit (usually identified by yellow wire looms). As technology increases on vehicles, so does the number of components that utilize electricity. Many of the sensors and modules are becoming smarter and more sensitive. If the wire is too long, the wrong gauge, or spliced in the wrong location it can cause malfunctions in the components that it’s powering. Many OEMs have different restrictions and guidelines for repairing wiring that does not control SRS components. On the other hand, there are OEMs that don’t allow wiring repairs at all, so full harness replacement is the only option.


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 2017 Ford C-MAX Hybrid.


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.


Sometimes going back to basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. Simply clearing codes after collision repairs are completed may not ensure all issues within a system have been repaired.


As the amount of ultra-high strength steel (UHSS) used in vehicles continues to rise, the need for MIG brazing also increases. This year at SEMA, I-CAR offers you a chance to get your hands on some of today’s latest aluminum welders and to ask questions of some of our foremost welding experts.


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 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL).


What is a non-SRS wiring repair? It is the repairing of an electrical component that is not part of the supplemental restraint system circuit (usually identified by yellow wire looms). As technology increases on vehicles so does the number of components that utilize electricity. Many of the sensors and modules are becoming smarter and more sensitive. If the wire is too long, wrong gauge, or spliced in the wrong location it can cause malfunctions in the components that it’s powering. Many OEMs have different restrictions and guidelines for repairing wiring that does not control SRS components. On the other hand, there are OEMs that don’t allow wiring repairs at all, so full harness replacement is the only option.


Honda/Acura has issued a new list of adhesive recommendations for specific Honda and Acura models. The body repair manual had specified using L&L L-0504 adhesive but is now advising the use of 3M 7333 Impact Resistant Structural Adhesive.


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.


This year at SEMA, I-CAR will be hosting demonstrations and panel discussions that are free to all SEMA attendees. The demonstrations and discussions will take place Tuesday through Friday at the SEMA Collision Repair and Refinish Stage, booth number 64200, at the Westgate South Garden Patio of the Las Vegas Convention Center.


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 2018 Chrysler Pacifica.


As the automotive industry moves deeper into the mobility arena, it also enters a more challenging realm for the collision repair industry.

The wide array of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that provide active safety measures for vehicle occupants are powered by an electronic communication network that requires near-perfect accuracy when repaired after a collision.