Collision Repair News

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Straightening And Heat: BMW/Mini

A question often asked of the Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team is, "Can heat be used to straighten?" Several OEMs provide steel repairability matrices that provide heating times and temperature limits based on the type of metal being repaired, while other OEMs have restrictions on using heat at all. Let’s see what BMW/Mini has to say.

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Volkswagen Repair Manual: Driver Assistance System

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have become a prominent part of the collision repair process. With this comes the need to efficiently locate what systems may be on a vehicle, and what calibration requirements to be aware of. To this end, Volkswagen has made some changes to their service information.

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48-Volt Mild Hybrid Systems: Audi

Mild hybrid systems are not new. They were some of the first hybrid vehicles to be put into production. The 48-volt mild hybrid system is now becoming more common among some vehicle makers. What consideration are there for repairing a vehicle equipped with a 48-volt mild hybrid system? Let’s see what Audi has to say.

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Your 2023 Favorites: Top Articles

As 2024 rolls in, we can reflect back on what the previous year had to offer. Let's take a look at some of the collision industry information you've been most interested in from this past year. These are the most popular articles from 2023.

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OEM-Approved Connector and Pigtail Repair Resources: Honda/Acura

When confronted with a wiring harness repair, we often struggle finding the correct connector and pigtail repair kits. Often a specific connector may be used on multiple applications. If the connector is allowed to be replaced, what resources are available to locate approved wiring connector and pigtail repair kits? Let’s see what is available from Honda/Acura.

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I-CAR Just In Time: 12 V Battery Support

Sometimes seeing is understanding, that’s why I-CAR's technical team created the Just in Time video series to guide you through a variety of collision repair topics from ADAS and EVs to repair tips and tricks. These videos enable you to, in less than 5 minutes, learn something new. Let’s check out the considerations the team has for 12 V battery support during scanning.

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General Motors High-Voltage Technician Levels: UPDATE

As electric-only, hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles are increasing in sales, they are becoming more commonplace in repair facilities. Along with the unique powertrains that come with these vehicles, also comes unique safety concerns. Regardless of vehicle maker, high-voltage (HV) systems pose a threat of injury or death if not handled properly. Only personnel with the proper training, PPE, tools, equipment, and service information should perform work on the HV systems.

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Kia High-Voltage Technician Levels: UPDATE

As electric-only, hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles are increasing in sales, they are becoming more commonplace in repair facilities. Along with the unique powertrains that come with these vehicles, also comes unique safety concerns. Regardless of vehicle maker, high-voltage (HV) systems pose a threat of injury or death if not handled properly. Only personnel with the proper training, PPE, tools, equipment, and service information should perform work on the HV systems.

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Back-To-Basics: Hole Duplicator Tool

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. Rivets as panel attachments are becoming the new norm. This tool can make marking and making the holes for those rivets a breeze.

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