Collision Repair News

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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 for clarification on what the panel overlap measurement should be if not specified in the Workshop manual when using squeeze-type resistance spot welding.


The 2020 model year vehicles are starting to roll off the assembly line and into showrooms. The I-CAR course, Vehicle Technology And Trends 2020, covers the technology, model releases, and trends. Keeping up-to-date on the 2020 models and features is vital to the blueprinting and repair process.


Ford and Lincoln vehicles now come with many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The ADAS Collision Report video goes into detail about these systems, and how important it is that they’re repaired and calibrated correctly.


Mazda recently unveiled the MX-30 electric vehicle. It is important to note that this is a European-specific vehicle. However, with OEMs often using global platforms, it is likely that many of the features highlighted may end up on the USA models.


Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2019: Volume 3. Features of this issue include an overview of the 2019 Ford F-150 Lane Keeping System, 2020 Ford Explorer vehicle-specific body construction, and highlights of the all-new 2020 Ford Escape.


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 2019 Audi A7.


You may be looking through an Audi body repair manual and realize that some procedures are specified for a specific region or market. The procedures may be different between markets because different materials are used, reinforcements are added or removed, or for a number of other reasons. A procedure that is designated for the North American market may have reinforcements or other components that are only on North American vehicles. For example, per the 2019 Audi Q8 body repair manual: “Upper Inner A-pillar, Replacing, Only for North American Vehicles, Partial Replacement.”


Hyundai recently announced its plans to introduce a new artificial intelligence (AI) based cruise control system to future vehicles. This will better match the adaptive cruise control system to individual driving style.


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 head-up display. However, sometimes it is concealed in places one may not expect.


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 2020 Jeep Gladiator.


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.


When it comes to wheel alignments after a collision, a common mistake is not checking for structural or suspension damage that will affect wheel alignment.


Many General Motors repair procedures call for an overlap joint when replacing certain panels. There is now a separate “Overlap/Backing Plate Sectioning” procedure in some of the body repair manuals (BRM) on how to carry out the overlap joint.


The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360 video on the 2019 Kia Optima. The video provides a 360° tour around the Optima. Let’s take a look.


It is no secret that more of today’s vehicles are equipped with at least one advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), with many of the newer models having ADAS as standard equipment. This only increases the importance of making sure accurate ADAS calibration is performed after a collision.