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 the front lower rail sectioning procedure on a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica.


The Honda/Acura high-strength-steel welding wire has seen several changes in the past few years. The biggest change was going from Bosch DS980J to Bohler Union X96 welding wire. To answer the increased demand for the welding wire, Honda/Acura has expanded their list of welding wire types and suppliers.


When it comes to bonding replacement panels, sometimes common mistakes can be made that will affect the quality and durability of the repair. One common mistake is not replacing adhesive or other repair material, like foam, that may be on the backside of the panel.


Have you been looking for a quick and easy way to search for parts on the Honda or Acura vehicle in your shop? Well, in case you didn’t know, Honda/Acura provides a convenient link within their ServiceExpress pay website.


Special Guest Contributor:

Greg Askew
Technical Services Specialist
AkzoNobel Automotive and Specialty Coatings
Vehicle Refinishes – North America

In today’s competitive marketplace, collision repair facilities are looking for any advantage which can make their process more efficient. Many are using cutting-edge coatings to markedly reduce the time needed to perform the steps of the paint repair. One technology gaining momentum — ultraviolet (UV) curing primer surfacers.


For the 2019 model year, Ram has made updates to their heavy-duty line of trucks. As with most redesigns, there have been many notable changes, not only to the vehicles style and function, but also to the way it should be repaired. Let’s take a look at the things to look for on the upper rail.


Many people have probably thought of surrounding the outside of vehicles in a pillow to prevent injury and damage during collisions. Though it may seem like a crazy thought, one German Company has come close to making it a reality, but instead of pillows airbags are used.


Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to making sure the passenger compartment is cleaned of debris, especially glass, there are some things to consider.


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 Honda/Acura say on the subject?


We often receive the Ask I-CAR inquiries: "Does Mitsubishi have a position statement on pre- and post-repair system scanning? Do they plan on coming out with one?"


Since the creation of the first modern automobile nearly a century and a half ago, there has been one dominant engine option on the market, the gasoline internal combustion engine. Now the gasoline internal combustion engine has some challengers trying to steal the crown. There have been many different types of engines in the past, but many of them relied solely on fossil fuels to operate.


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 Buick Regal.


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 the trunk floor sectioning procedure on a 2018 Honda CR-V.


ABRN published a Damage Analysis for ADAS and Driver Convenience Systems article authored by John Anello, of Auto Tech on Wheels. Let’s take a look at this article.


Since the creation of the first modern automobile nearly a century and a half ago, there has been one dominant engine option on the market, the gasoline internal combustion engine. Now the gasoline internal combustion engine has some challengers trying to steal the crown. There have been many different types of engines in the past but many of them relied solely on fossil fuels to operate.