Collision Repair News

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One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is, “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 2018 Fiat 124 Spider.


What is a non-SRS wiring repair? It is the repairing of an electrical component that is not part of the supplemental restraint system circuit (usually identified by yellow wire looms). As technology increases on vehicles, so does the number of components that utilize electricity. Many of the sensors and modules are becoming smarter and more sensitive. If the wire is too long, the wrong gauge, or spliced in the wrong location it can cause malfunctions in the components that it’s powering. Many OEMs have different restrictions and guidelines for repairing wiring that does not control SRS components. On the other hand, there are OEMs that don’t allow wiring repairs at all, so full harness replacement is the only option.


As a collision repair technician, there is one part of a service manual that houses all of the information you would ever need…right? This is not the case with modern vehicles. You may be required to look in numerous manuals to find the information required to safely repair the vehicle.


One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is, “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 Jeep Cherokee.


This document gives an overview of material identification, foam usage, adhesive location, and paint recommendations. According to the document, the 2019 RDX features 1500 MPa door rings and 980 MPa front lower rails and upper rails. So straightening options will be limited. Another new feature is a resin tailgate that has the inner trim panel molded to it. This brings with it special paint requirements. There are multiple areas that need to be masked when refinishing the tailgate, both to make the rear glass adhesion stronger and to avoid getting refinish materials on the inner trim panel. Acura Body Repair News bulletins are also available free at: techinfo.honda.com.


Abraham Lincoln once said, “Don't believe everything you see on the internet….” While that statement is only partially true, it is an unfortunate reality for some recent advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration ‘procedures’ we’ve seen. Some of the procedures will allow the system to calibrate, however, there is a dangerous consequence to relying on a YouTube video to calibrate a system: it likely won’t result in a complete, safe, quality repair.


Sometimes going back to basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to preparing a surface for refinishing, it is easy to make simple mistakes that can lead to small bubbles or pinholes in the surface of the paint. This is commonly known as solvent popping.


One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is, “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 Accord Hybrid.


As a collision repair technician, there is one part of a service manual that houses all of the information you would ever need…right? This is not the case with modern vehicles. You may be required to look in numerous manuals to find the information required to safely repair the vehicle.


As a collision repair technician, there is one part of a service manual that houses all of the information you would ever need…right? This is not the case with modern vehicles. You may be required to look in numerous manuals to find the information required to safely repair the vehicle.


Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is now common on many vehicles. Toyota/Lexus are making certain ADAS standard on their entire lineup. So, what does that mean for collision repairers? A recent article in an issue of Toyota Collision Pros magazine covers some of this information.


According to gmrepairinsights.com, there are rules that must be followed when using impact resistant (I.R.) structural adhesives. Per Bob Hiser, GM Lead Service Engineer, “The glue doesn’t tell you what it is or how to fix it.” This means that being trained and following the OEM repair instructions are crucial to a proper repair.


The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is bringing a new feature in child safety, called safe exit assist, which is standard on all trim levels. This concept expands on the traditional child safety lock which prevents passengers in the rear of the vehicle from opening doors and windows. To compliment this feature, safe exit assist can help avoid catastrophe by preventing a child from opening the door when the vehicle is parked, and traffic is approaching from the rear.


One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is, “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 2018 Honda Fit.


Sometimes going back to basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to reading repair procedures, there are some common mistakes that are easily avoidable and can have a huge effect on the durability of the repair.