Collision Repair News

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Systems that can remind the drivers that they may have a child or pet in the back seat of the vehicle have been around since 2016. Since the original systems have been introduced, more OEMs have been following suit in an effort to eliminate children and pets being left in hot vehicles.

When performing straightening repairs, having measurements is a sure-fire way to ensure the vehicle is repaired back to spec. However, many times measurements are not given for outer body panels. This isn’t the end of the world until you bring advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) into the works. When mounting ADAS sensors on repaired body panels it can be crucial to have the mounting location straightened perfectly. Some OEMs have procedures on getting the measurements needed to make sure the sensor is looking in the right direction.

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 2019 Lincoln Navigator.

Calibration of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is a somewhat sensitive procedure. The cameras and sensors used are highly technical and can be mis-calibrated if not all requirements are met before calibration is performed. It’s important to carefully read the calibration procedure to make sure that the vehicle meets all of the requirements before starting.

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to preventing wind noise and water leaks during the repair process, there are a few things to keep in mind.

On the 2017 and newer Chevrolet Cruze, if you read through some of the procedures, like the Rear Wheelhouse Panel Replacement procedure, you may find yourself asking, “What is the waterproof rivet B1 referenced in the installation procedure?” Let’s find out.

A key factor in collision repair is making long-lasting repairs. When a vehicle is repaired, many areas of corrosion protection are disturbed. This creates corrosion hot spots, that left untreated will lead to corrosion, and potentially a repair failure. However, there are certain precautions that can be taken to safely and properly restore the corrosion protection throughout the repair process. OEMs often give specifications on restoring corrosion protection. These specifications generally include seam sealer, adhesives, foam fillers, and cavity waxes. Let’s take a look at what Audi says.

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. There are a few important points to keep in mind when using and labeling materials during the repair process.

Repairer Driven News released an article pertaining to repair procedures for three popular FCA vehicles. Technicians may want to take note of these tips for the panoramic sunroof of the 2019 RAM 1500, and stationary window repair on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), are showing up on vehicles, there still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently get questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by searching the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee ADAS.

Repair facilities are constantly looking for ways to become more efficient. One of the ways that may increase efficiency is infrared (IR) lights.

Repair facilities constantly look for ways to become more efficient. One of the ways that may increase efficiency is ultraviolet (UV) cured primer.

Zap! We have all experienced a static electric discharge at one time or another when touching door knob or some other metal surface. This static electricity can also have a negative impact in the refinish process.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) has hit the automotive industry with full force. Driven by consumer demand and vehicle safety ratings, most vehicles available have the option of being equipped with the full ADAS suite and many have some of these systems as standard. Many of these systems will require calibrations after they are repaired. When it comes to how a collision facility will handle this relatively new and changing technology, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. Luckily, I-CAR has developed a course that will help businesses make the important decisions regarding ADAS.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra vehicles have been redesigned. To help technicians be aware of the design changes and what these changes mean to the collision repair industry, General Motors (GM) has worked with I-CAR to develop a course.