Collision Repair News

Your job requires that you keep on top of the latest in vehicle, tool and equipment technology – I-CAR is committed to helping you do so in one convenient place. We’ll be regularly publishing new articles with the latest and greatest collision repair information.

So check back often and follow us on Twitter @Ask_ICAR to ensure you’re equipped with the most up-to-date collision repair technical information available in the industry.



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.


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.


As you may know, there are many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that need calibration/programming during or after the repair process. This is why it is important to learn about these different systems, where they are often located, and how they work. The RTS team had complied list of articles proven to be helpful when dealing with ADAS, calibration, and scanning.


The Honda Body Repair Manual & Sectioning Guideline Revisions (Revised September 2019) and Acura Body Repair Manual & Sectioning Guideline Revisions (Revised September 2019) documents have been updated. These new guidelines supersede any prior publications.


Ford recently updated the information on their fixed glass procedures in regard to fixed glass with adhesive moldings.

Previously, the Ford On Target: 2019 Volume 2 stated that any stationary glass with adhesive moldings must be discarded, and a new glass installed. Ford has revised the Ford On Target 2019: Volume 2 with new information on replacing fixed glass with adhesive moldings. It now states:


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 Hyundai Kona ADAS.


As collision repair technicians, our expertise is not typically scanning and diagnostics related. However, the influx of technology, electrical components, and sensors into vehicles will require technicians to acquire a basic knowledge of scanning and diagnostics. A lot of information is provided from a scan tool, but what do we do with this information?


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.


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 searching 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 Kia Sportage ADAS.


Thousands of feet of wire is used in modern vehicles. Driven by consumer demand for more tech features, along with the incorporation of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), we won’t likely be turning back on the amount of wire used. With all of that wire, some organization is needed to keep things straight. Wires headed to the same destinations are bundled into wire harnesses. While this is great for keeping all these wires under control, it can make it difficult to find an electrical problem after a collision.


Repairer Driven News released an article on the changes to the 2020 CR-V. The Honda CR-V now comes standard with Honda Sensing for all trim packages. This means that 90% of their entire vehicle line up is equipped with this system. With more advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), it is even more important to follow OEM procedures for calibrating these systems. In an earlier position statement, Honda states: “The proliferation of electronic control systems has increased the number of potential DTCs beyond the point where a dashboard indicator can be installed and/or illuminated for every DTC. Dashboard indicators are intended for driver notification, not vehicle diagnostics.”


Repairer driven news released an article on the changes to the 2020 Land Rover Defender. This Defender is no longer a body over frame design. In fact, the structure of this vehicle is unlike any other Land Rover model with its own new platform. The “purpose-engineered” D7x platform was built to be the stiffest structure Land Rover has ever made. The body of this vehicle is aluminum intensive and lightweight.


Electrical circuits are nothing new in the collision industry. Vehicle circuits primarily use direct current (DC) for electricity, which requires every circuit to have a good ground in order to be closed. The more advanced vehicle electrical systems become, the more need there is for additional grounds.


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 if Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) allows parking sensors to be refinished.