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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.



A key part of being able to diagnose a problem with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is understanding how the system works. Knowing what is happening inside the system will help you properly diagnose why the system may be failing. This will prevent replacing parts that are not causing the system issue. Let’s take a look at what we learned with this series of articles.


Most refinish technicians have had a color they just can’t get to match to the vehicle. The chip looks good, but the sprayout doesn’t come close enough for a blendable match. However, there are situations where you may have the wrong spray technique. Some of the new colors on everyday vehicles require a unique and complex spray technique. A recent article by Repairer Driven News shows and explains PPG’s process for refinishing Mazda’s Machine Gray. Let’s take a look at some highlights from this article.


Starting January 1, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be requiring that technicians be certified in order to purchase refrigerants.


Attending the SEMA Show in Las Vegas this year? Well, I-CAR will be providing three different opportunities to connect with you at this year’s show.


With winter months right around the corner, repair facilities need to be prepared for the inclement weather that is sure to come. Although ice and snow are great for the collision repair industry as far as bringing work in the door, it interferes with some aspects of the repair. Let’s take a look at how bad weather can impede the repair process.


What is the MPa of the front lower rail? What is outer uniside made of; steel, aluminum, or composite? Can heat be used to straighten or is it cold straightening only? What are the repair limitations? These are just some of the questions that the RTS team fields on a daily basis.

As we know with today’s vehicles, they can be constructed from a wide variety of materials. To repair vehicles, knowing if the OEM provides information on body construction materials and repair guidelines is a crucial step in providing a complete, safe and quality repair.


A key part of being able to diagnose a problem with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is understanding how the system works. Knowing what is happening inside the system will help you properly diagnose why the system may be failing. This will prevent replacing parts that are not causing the system issue. Let’s take a look at the inner workings of lane departure warning/lane keep assist (LDW/LKA) systems.


With the growing demand for fuel efficiency, the use of mixed materials has and will continue to increase. A recent article by Repairer Driven News titled Auto Body Shops Should Heed Mixed-Material, Welding Lessons from Automotive News Tesla Report which talks about future material use and attachment. Let’s take a look at this article.


It is often asked, can this fastener, clip, or part be reused? How can we tell if it can or cannot be reused?

One-time use hardware/parts are a specific part that cannot be reused after they have been loosened or removed. Types of one-time use hardware include certain bolts, clips, trim, etc. For example, torque-to-yield bolts are designed to stretch during the torquing process. These fasteners cannot be reused because of the excess amount of stress that was caused during installation. Some parts may have to be replaced due to the method that was used to remove them from the vehicle. Let’s see how Toyota/Lexus let's know a part is one-time use.


On October 10th, Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum and Product Development was a guest columnist for Repairer Driven News. He dove into the need to train for tomorrow’s repairs.


There’s no doubt, that in the future autonomous or self-driving cars will be seen rolling down the road. Full autonomy brings with it the better crash statistics and the freedom to become mobile for those who currently can’t drive. Waymo, a cutting-edge company for self-driving vehicles, has released a safety report. Let’s take a look at Waymo’s Safety Report.


LORD Fusor products have been serving the automotive industry for years. Did you know that Fusor also provides a blog featuring informational repair adhesive articles on their website? Let’s take a look at what these articles entail and where to find them.


ABRN published a Damage Analysis for ADAS and Driver Convenience Systems article authored by Jason Bartanen, Industry Technical Relations Director at I-CAR. Let’s take a look at this article.


What is the MPa of the front lower rail? What is the outer uniside made of: steel, aluminum, or composite? Can heat be used to straighten or is it cold straightening only? What are the repair limitations? These are just some of the questions that the RTS team fields on a daily basis.

As we know, today’s vehicles can be constructed from a wide variety of materials. Knowing if the OEM provides information on body construction materials and repair guidelines is a crucial step in providing a complete, safe, and quality repair. Let’s see what Audi has to say.


Some OEMs are beginning to make advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) standard. With an increased number of vehicles on the road equipped with ADAS, it’s guaranteed you will need to repair an ADAS. Knowing how to identify and repair a vehicle with ADAS is important to creating complete, safe, and quality repairs. Let’s take a look at some new I-CAR courses that address ADAS systems.