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’ll be regularly publishing new articles with the latest and greatest collision repair information.

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The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra vehicles have been fully redesigned. To help you stay abreast of the design changes and what these changes mean to the collision repair industry, General Motors (GM) has worked with I-CAR to develop a course.


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.


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.


BMW’s 3 Series for the 2019 model year has gone through some changes for the new generation. Many of these changes will affect the way repairs will be carried out.


Sometimes going back to basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. It is easy to miss out on key factors that lead to contamination when it comes to refinishing a vehicle.


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 Fiat 124 Spider.


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.


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.


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.


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 Jeep Cherokee.


This document gives an overview of material identification, foam usage, adhesive location, and paint recommendations. According to the document, the 2019 RDX features 1500 MPa door rings and 980 MPa front lower rails and upper rails. So straightening options will be limited. Another new feature is a resin tailgate that has the inner trim panel molded to it. This brings with it special paint requirements. There are multiple areas that need to be masked when refinishing the tailgate, both to make the rear glass adhesion stronger and to avoid getting refinish materials on the inner trim panel. Acura Body Repair News bulletins are also available free at: techinfo.honda.com.


As the number of aluminum vehicles continues to rise, the need for aluminum welding 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.


Abraham Lincoln once said, “Don't believe everything you see on the internet….” While that statement is only partially true, it is an unfortunate reality for some recent advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration ‘procedures’ we’ve seen. Some of the procedures will allow the system to calibrate, however, there is a dangerous consequence to relying on a YouTube video to calibrate a system: it likely won’t result in a complete, safe, quality repair.


Sometimes going back to basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to preparing a surface for refinishing, it is easy to make simple mistakes that can lead to small bubbles or pinholes in the surface of the paint. This is commonly known as solvent popping.


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 Accord Hybrid.