Collision Repair News

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As vehicles are becoming more advanced, we are finding technology where it never was before. Sometimes it is in plain sight, such as infotainment systems, GPS, and a head-up display. However, sometimes it is concealed in places one may not expect.


Vehicle makers may group their body repair manuals (BRM) in several different ways. Sometimes the BRMs will be grouped by a year range, some are listed as VIN specific, and others are arranged by a body code. Let’s take a look at Nissan/INFINITI to see how they group their BRMs.


While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are showing up on vehicles, there still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently gets questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by using the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Lexus RX.


The question is often asked, "Can supplemental restraint system wiring be repaired?" The answer is: it depends on the vehicle maker. Let's take a look at Tesla’s position on this subject.


Repairer Driven News released an article highlighting the return of the Voyager. It will be Chryslers entry level minivan, replacing the Chrysler Pacifica L and LX trims.


Shawn Collins from 3M products sat down for a one-on-one discussion on adhesive cartridges. You will find useful information on shelf life, partially used cartridges, expandable foam, and curing issues.


Ford released a video about their fixed glass replacement. The video touches on key areas of glass removal and replacement. This is only an overview, and the vehicle-specific Workshop manual should always be referenced for glass procedures.


In case you missed it, there are now articles on how to purchase a subscription from specific OEMs. Why do you need a subscription to an OEM website if you have full subscription access to the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal?


What is emissivity and why is it important during the repair process? Emissivity is the measure of an objects ability to emit infrared energy. This is important when it comes to monitoring panel temperature with certain tools.


Did you know that many OEMs specify nugget size for spot and plug welds? This information is typically found within vehicle-specific repair procedures or can be found under general welding guidelines. Let’s see what Ford/Lincoln has to say.


Repairer Driven News has released two articles highlighting an underutilized resource. That resource could be a pipeline for an industry that is struggling to acquire and retain talent.


Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to inspecting repairs for quality, there are many things to look for in order to avoid failures throughout the repair process.


The tenth installment of I-CAR Collision reporter - The Talent issue has been released. This issue focuses on the challenges the industry is facing with acquiring and retaining talent.


ABRN recently released an article titled, Taking A Closer Look At Bonding, Riveting, And Welding. The focus of the article is not on the technical aspect, but on the importance of following OEM procedures when performing repairs.


Did you know that many OEMs specify nugget size for spot and plug welds? This information is typically found within vehicle-specific repair procedures or can be found under general welding guidelines. Let’s see what Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has to say.