Collision Repair News

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When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts. All of the different names can be confusing, especially when repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models.


When spot welding is used during repairs, UHSS may not weld the same as mild steel. The welder will need a different setting for UHSS to make a good weld. The vehicle maker may also have requirements for a specific spot welding machine that may have preset programs for specific applications. Some spot welders may only need the sheet thickness and the type of material to be input and the welder will make the necessary adjustments.


Let's continue our breakdown of the columns in the OEM Technical Information Matrix. The seventh column calls out if the vehicle maker has information in regard to the recommended attachment method and the equipment required for complete, quality, and safe repairs.


The Repairability Technical Support Portal continues to support some of the same great features that were originally on www.i-car.com, like collision repair news.  That is why Collision Repair News is the new name for the articles that you came to know and love in the I-CAR Advantage.


When GMA (MIG) welding ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS), like boron-alloyed steel, there are a few additional things to consider. Most UHSS parts are typically replaced using squeeze-type resistance spot welds (STRSW) at a factory seam and GMA (MIG) plug welds used to attach the part where a spot welder cannot reach.


When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts. All of the different names can be confusing, especially when repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models.


The type of shielding gas that should be used depends on the metal being welded. A mixture of 75% argon and 25% CO2 is the recommended shielding gas for collision repair on mild and high-strength steels. Pure argon is used for welding aluminum and when welding steel with silicon bronze wire.


Information for the Dodge Dart has been updated on the OEM Partial Parts Replacement Search. The collision repair information is currently available on th Chrysler pay site at www.techauthority.com


Today's Vehicles Require Updated Collision Repair Tools and Training

By Jason Bartanen

Ever since the unveiling of the 2015 Ford F-150 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, the U.S. automotive industry has been buzzing about this game changing, aluminum intensive vehicle.


When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use of a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts. All of the different names can be confusing, especially when repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models.


The OEM Technical Information Matrix has been updated to include Kia information. The corresponding, Collision Repair Information Availability chart has also been updated on the Kia-specific OEM Information page.


Kia Motors now has sectioning procedures for many of their late-model vehicles and this information has been updated on the I-CAR developed OEM Partial Parts Replacement Search. The body repair manuals for Kia are available on Kia's free website at: www.kiatechinfo.com


Kia Motors has released comprehensive collision repair manuals for the most of their vehicles, in the United States!


Let's continue our breakdown of the columns in the OEM Technical Information Matrix. The fifth and sixth columns call out sectioning of two different areas. The fifth column is Structural Sectioning Procedures including front or rear rails. The sixth column is Outer Body Panel Sectioning Procedures including outer unisides and quarter panels.


When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts. All of the different names can be confusing, especially when repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models.