Collision Repair News

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The twenty-first installment of the I-CAR Collision Reporter - The Emerging Technologies Issue has been released. This issue focuses on technology trends of the intra-industry.

Ford has released the fourth installment of their On Target publication for 2022.

I-CAR had a discussion on corrosion protection application.

It is always exciting to see what new gadgets are in upcoming vehicles. Each year, new technology is poured into the automotive space including sensors, radars, lights, entertainment, and safety devices. These new technologies are often a driving force for vehicle purchases. What new technology has emerged, and how can it affect repairability? Let’s take a look at tire-mounted pressure sensors.

Nissan has released a collision position statement providing guidelines for refinishing the Nissan ARIYA bumper cover.

Park assist 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 park assist system. However, other vehicle makers do allow refinishing and will provide guidelines. Let’s see what Volkswagen has to say.

I-CAR has developed courses that overview several features on the 2021 Ford Explorer, as well as repairability.

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?"

Ask I-CAR receives many technical inquiries referring to sectioning. The collision repair industry wants to know where can you section, does the OEM have a sectioning procedure, and where can I find the sectioning procedure? Most OEMs allow sectioning to outer body panels and the front and rear rails. Sectioning reinforcements is not as common, as most reinforcements are replaced at factory seams.

I-CAR had a discussion on the Ford F-150 Lightning.

The 2021-present Nissan Rogue (T33) has a trunk floor sectioning procedure that requires the removal of the rear floor crossmember. Let’s take a look at what Nissan says to do with the crossmember.

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 on the type of sectioning joint to be used in the quarter glass flange when sectioning the outer quarter panel on a 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe. The lap joint specified in the procedure would prevent the quarter glass from being seated properly. We reached out to GM for clarification.

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

I-CAR has developed courses that overview several features on the 2022 Honda HR-V, as well as repairability.

What is a one-time-use part, and how do you determine if a fastener, clip, or part can be reused? These are questions that we are confronted with in the collision industry quite a lot. The other big question is "Where do I find this information"?