Collision Repair News

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Ford has released the third installment of their On Target publication for 2021. Features of this issue include information about upgraded diagnostic equipment and software, and much more.


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 Kia to see how they group their BRMs.


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. We‘ve had technical inquiries that asked for clarification on repairing cosmetic panels on a 2015-present Ford F-150.


In Europe, MIG brazing has been required or recommended on a widespread basis for several years. In the U.S., MIG brazing is not as common but is becoming more prevalent. As the RTS team is researching MIG brazing information, we are putting together a series of articles that identify OEM-specific MIG brazing recommendations and requirements for vehicles in the U.S. Let’s see what Mercedes-Benz has to say.


Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to repairing the hood, hood striker, and hood hinges, here are a few things to keep in mind.


Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article highlighting some of the changes to the Toyota Tundra for 2022.


While looking at repair procedures in a body repair manual (BRM) you may notice that symbols are used to indicate specific operations or parts to be used during the repair process. Most BRMs provide a glossary or a chart that explains these symbols.


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 restraints system (SRS) deployment", or "Does the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) require a scan tool or specialty tool?" Let's take a closer look at the Genesis website.


Why do I need a subscription to an OEM website if I have full subscription access to the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal? This is a question received on a regular basis through Ask I-CAR. Let’s take a look at why and how to purchase an OEM subscription.


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. We‘ve had technical inquiries that asked for clarification on repairing aluminum parts or assemblies with adhesively bonded joints on Ford/Lincoln vehicles.


The Gladiator brought a new look to the world of Jeep vehicles in 2020, and with that, comes a new detail to keep an eye out for. In the body repair manual (BRM), FCA/Stellantis calls attention to an issue with the doors that technicians should check for during installation.


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’ve received an inquiry asking for clarification on why a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) did not show up on a scan with a deployed airbag. We reached out to Honda/Acura for clarification.


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 Nissan/INFINITI say on the subject?


When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts. All of the different names can be confusing, especially when repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models.


You’ve heard them referred to "computers on wheels." Modern vehicle technology you’re seeing on the road and in shops today requires a pre-scan of their computer network to identify where the repair work is needed. However, the data is of no use without a knowledgeable technician or team of technicians to interpret and act on it.