Collision Repair News

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A simple bumper repair on a modern vehicle may not be as simple as it seems. New technologies like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) utilize sensors behind the bumper covers. The ability for these sensors to be able to see clearly normally requires special caution when considering a bumper repair. Many OEMs have different levels of warnings when it comes to repairing bumper covers with ADAS. So, what does Toyota/Lexus say on the subject?


The upcoming 2019 Subaru Forrester is part of the new Subaru Global Platform, which looks to improve upon safety and driver comfort. The Forester is a big seller for Subaru, second only to the Outback. This means that technicians will inevitably be seeing the Forester in the future.


With Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) introduction into high volume vehicles, it has forced the collision industry to move into an area of electronics that traditionally was reserved for mechanical technicians. So, how do mechanical technicians use this service information every day?


If you are planning on competing in this year’s 2018 SkillsUSA competition, there will be a new knowledge area being included, nitrogen plastic welding. This segment was introduced last year but did not count toward the competitors final score. This year the nitrogen plastic welding will be scored.


One of the top technical inquires 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 F-150.


Scanning vehicles and calibration of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) has been a much-discussed topic throughout the collision repair industry. But what are the differences between the two, and what does it mean for collision repairs?


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.


Nissan/INFINITI has a new Electronic Service Manual (ESM) for service information on many 2017 and 2018 models. This also includes the Body Repair Manual (BRM). Let's take a look at the new ESM for Nissan/INFINITI.


When it comes to MIG brazing, there are some common mistakes that are easily avoidable and can have a huge effect on the durability of the repair joint.


One of the top technical inquires 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 Nissan Maxima.


When repairing vehicles, it sometimes feels like there is an engineer out there that wants us to have a horrible day. But if we stop and take a look at the reasons why vehicles are being built in a way that is sometimes frustrating, you may find that the engineer and the technician have more in common than you think.


Navigating OEM websites can be challenging when searching for collision repair procedures, especially as no two OEM websites are alike. What happens when you need to find other types of repair information, such as “what needs to be inspected after a supplemental restraint system (SRS) deployment”, “does the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) require a scan tool or specialty tool?”, or information on an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). Let's take a closer look at the Toyota/Lexus website.


A simple bumper repair on a modern vehicle may not be as simple as it seems. New technologies like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) utilize sensors behind the bumper covers. The ability for these sensors to be able to see clearly, normally requires special caution when considering a bumper repair. Many OEMs have different levels of warnings when it comes to repairing bumper covers with ADAS. So, what does BMW say on the subject?


Talk of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is around every corner these days. This technology is new and is taking the collision industry by storm. Nearly every OEM has some type of ADAS available and with this comes the need for more knowledge. The RTS team is here to answer the need for knowledge by adding a new enhancement to the OEM Information pages.


One of the top technical inquires 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 BMW X5.