Collision Repair News

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An important part of collision repair is set up, measuring, and pulling on vehicles. Many technicians are either not comfortable with these steps, or simply don't know how to do it. Going hand-in-hand with this topic is repair tolerances, what is acceptable and what isn't. Repairer Driven News (RDN) has published several articles that helps to shed light on these topics.


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


Normally the quality of a collision repair technician can be measured by whether or not you can tell they were ever there. Meaning that the damaged vehicle was returned to pre-collision condition. You shouldn’t be able to see welds, mismatched paint, or parts that don’t fit. We want to hide the fact that someone was there. However, sometimes the OEM does not make that possible.


After watching the latest I-CAR 360 video, see below, on the 2018 New Bright R/C Ram, you may have some questions about the Unique Proprietary On-Board Wheel Alignment System (UPOBWAS) found on the vehicle. This article is designed to explain the system's simple operation and cover collision repair considerations.


Hyundai released two position statements this week relating to collision repair. Let’s take a look at what these statements are about.


You may have heard or seen some of the new features available for towing trailers. Some of the features include, trailer back-up assist and blind spot monitoring for trailers. These features can cause complications when it comes to collision repairs. Let’s take a look at how these systems can affect repairs.


One of the top technical inquires received at Ask I-CAR, “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 2017 Subaru Crosstrek.


The word calibration is thrown around a lot in the collision industry today, but what does it actually mean to calibrate something? How does "calibrate" fit into other words that we use to describe similar processes, and what are some of the differences?


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 recently noticed that some of the Mazda body repair manuals (BRM) were missing for certain model years. We reached out to Mazda for clarification.


One of the top technical inquires received at Ask I-CAR, “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 2017 Acura TLX.


The latest edition of Toyota’s Collision Pros Publication is available on the Toyota Collision Repair & Refinishing website. This edition holds information on blending during refinishing, bird’s eye view (360°) camera system, and more. Let’s check out some highlights in this issue.


Volume 1 of the Ford 2018 On Target publication is now available. Features of the issue include collision repair options for the new Expedition and Navigator, highlights of the new Ford EcoSport, information on the new Ford Ranger, and repair procedures for both the EcoSport and the Continental. Let’s take a look at this edition.


As collision repair technicians, one of our main focuses is the fit-up of body panels. Technicians take pride in the alignment of panels when the repair is complete. Most technicians can see a bad panel gap from a mile away. Aligning body panels takes a lot of guesswork and trying to eyeball if the gap looks the same as the gap on the other side of the vehicle. I-CAR has a handy tool that aids in measuring the panel gaps.


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) Non-Structural Sheet Metal Repair manual is available at www.moparrepairconnection.com. This guide is referenced in many of the older FCA body repair manuals (BRM). Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know.


One of the top technical inquires received at Ask I-CAR, “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 2017 Lexus RX 350.