Collision Repair News

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


Toyota/Lexus provides their welding requirements in one central location in each vehicle-specific collision repair manual. This includes information on the type of welding wire and shielding gas to be used. These requirements should always be followed. However, in addition, Toyota/Lexus has released collision Repair Information Bulletin (CRIB) #196 that updates the types of welding wire that can be used.


Per your requests, we are adding step-by-step instructions on how to access the vehicle maker service repair information to complement our how-to-videos on the OEM Information pages. Easily reference this article by clicking the link under the video on the Maserati OEM Information page.


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.


Ford/Lincoln has released two documents in regard to disinfecting for protection against the Coronavirus. The publications can be found at fordcrashparts.com.


As part of the research conducted by the I-CAR RTS team for the OEM Calibration Requirements Search, we found that some OEMs provided measurements for blind spot sensor mounting locations. When this mounting location information was found, we published articles highlighting the information and where to locate it for that specific OEM.


While searching for information on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on an OEM repair information site, you may come across unique calibration procedures or events. These events can vary by year and model, even within a particular make. As the RTS team has been researching these systems, we have been identifying these atypical circumstances. In order to help you better understand them, we are putting together a series of articles that will help with the repair and calibration of ADAS. Let’s take a closer look at Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE outline document for ADAS.


Honda/Acura has released Body Repair News bulletins with their guidelines on corrosion protection for collision repairs. These guidelines apply to all Honda/Acura vehicles, and are to be used as a supplement to the body repair manual.


Toyota has released the latest edition of their Collision Pros magazine on their Collision Repair Training website. This edition covers a variety of collision repair topics, such as:


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?", or "Does the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) require a scan tool or specialty tool?" Let's take a closer look at the General Motors (GM) website.


Did you know that many OEMs specify nugget size for spot and plug welds? This information is typically found within vehicle-specific repair procedures or can be found under general welding guidelines. Let’s see what Kia has to say.


Many times, OEMs reference the use of specific products. Often this information is included in the repair procedures. However, when it’s not, this information isn’t always easy to locate. Subaru has a bulletin, Recommend Material, available to assist you. Let’s take a look at where this bulletin can be found.


As you may already be aware, Honda/Acura body repair manuals (BRM) specify spot welding conditions for ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS) in their procedures. However, you may have noticed that the procedure does not identify the type of spot welding tip to use. Let’s take a look at what tip to use and where this information can be found.


Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2020: Volume 1. Features of this issue include an in-depth article on the repair of the 2019 Ford Transit side panel. A continuation of their series on proper vehicle diagnostic methods, and a breakdown of the materials used in the construction of the 2020 Lincoln Corsair.


While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are showing up on vehicles, there still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently gets questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by using the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 INFINITI QX60.