Collision Repair News

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Check out the latest issue of GM Repair Insights: Winter Issue '17-'18. This issue highlights the features of the new 2018 Colorado ZR2, provides a Resistance Spot Welded Full Panel Replacement procedure for the Colorado and GMC Canyon, along with several other articles.


The RTS team attended the Media Preview at the Chicago Auto Show this week. At the show was Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) all new 2019 RAM 1500. The RAM should be on dealer lots in the first half of 2018. There have been many changes to the RAM for this latest generation including, the use of new materials.


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 Toyota Corolla.


What does Ford say about sectioning the cab floor and reinforcements on a 2015-2017 Ford F-150?


You may have noticed that you were unable to access the body repair manuals this past week. This was due to a system error.


It’s auto show time and the highly anticipated Ford Ranger was shown off at the North American Auto Show. Some, but not all, details have been released on the Ranger. Repairer Driven News published an article with some of the available details on the new midsize truck.


Have you replaced the driver's side rail extension on a 2007 - 2017 Jeep Compass? Did you notice that the service part did not come with the ground bolts? What should you do?


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 Ford Explorer.


Collision repairs on vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can have more restrictions than vehicles without ADAS. Items that historically would be a simple repair may now need to be replaced. The ADAS needs to be able to see/sense in some way, whether it be by radar, camera-view, ultrasonic, etc. Repairers need to keep sensor/camera field of vision clear to avoid system malfunctions. For example, repair material that would normally be used to repair a gouge in a bumper cover is now a problem because it can block the sensor’s field of vision and may not allow the sensor to function properly.

Some OEMs have warnings against making repairs in front of sensors/cameras or a certain distance from the sensors/cameras. However, many times there is also a list of other items that can block the sensor/camera view. We wrote a series of articles about the different systems and how repair operations could affect the various cameras and sensors. Let’s take a look at some common things or materials that can interfere with ADAS.


The third installment of the I-CAR Collision Reporter has been released, focusing on Knowledge. Arm yourself with the right knowledge, at the right time. Are you prepared to share and/or increase your knowledge?


Collision repairs on vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can have more restrictions than vehicles without ADAS. Items that historically would be a simple repair may now need to be replaced. The ADAS needs to be able to see/sense in some way, whether it be by radar, camera-view, ultrasonic, etc. Repairers need to keep sensor/camera field of vision clear to avoid system malfunctions. For example, repair material that would normally be used to repair a gouge in a bumper cover is now a problem because it can block the sensor’s field of vision and may not allow the sensor to function properly.

Some OEMs have warnings against making repairs in front of sensors/cameras or a certain distance from the sensors/cameras. However, many times there is also a list of other items that can block the sensor/camera view. Let’s take a look at some common things or materials that can interfere with the collision warning/braking system.


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 Outback.


Ford has updated thier Ford Recommended Steel Repairability Matrix.


An article by Repairer Driven News talks about a the all new RAM 1500.


An article by Repairer Driven News talks about the materials used on the 2019 RAM 1500.