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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.



Did you know that Honda/Acura has a Service News Article that calls attention to the importance of using an OEM replacement windshield?


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 a front/rear cross traffic system.


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 Mitsubishi has to say.


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 Volvo says.


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 a blind spot detection system.


Technicians should be aware of what’s required to keep advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) running safely after a collision. Whether that be aiming a camera, which can cause a system to not function as intended, or checking for diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs). For a basic understanding of what’s required, we’ve put together a series of articles that provide general information on what’s required to repair the system after a collision. Let’s take a look at what we learned in this series.


Recently, we caught up with scan tool expert Steve Zack, Bosch Technical Instructor, to learn more about calibration requirements for forward facing cameras and sensors. To learn more about our conversation with Steve, check out this great video.


On a 2017 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.


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 Volvo has to say.


The addition of the OEM Calibration Requirements Search to the RTS portal was a big step for the collision industry. While this new feature has been well received, there has been some confusion about what is included in the search tool. The OEM Calibration Requirements Search is designed to provide information on the calibration requirements that are needed for vehicles equipped with Advance Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). This includes systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and Collision Braking.

It does not include Occupant Classification Systems (OCS), Steering Angle Sensors, battery disconnects, or other calibrations/initializations required, when not related directly to ADAS. Let’s take a look at we have found for additional calibration requirements.


Remember how much time was spent trying to figure out why a newly repaired Ford vehicle wouldn’t start? Then only to find out that someone bumped the Ford Inertia Fuel Shutoff Switch during reassembly. You might have noticed that those switches, with the red button have disappeared. Let’s take a look at what happened to them.


The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360° video on the 2017 Honda Odyssey. The video provides a 360 tour around the Odyssey. Let’s take a look.


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 Nissan/INFINITI has to say.


Have you ever wondered why BMW does not have a scanning position statement, or why BMW requires rivet bonding instead of welding in some cases? Repairer Driven News has recently posted an article where they asked BMW some of these questions. Let’s see what they had to say.


The addition of the OEM Calibration Requirements Search to the RTS portal was a big step for the collision industry. While this new feature has been well received, there has been some confusion about what is included in the search tool. The OEM Calibration Requirements Search is designed to provide information on the calibration requirements that are needed for vehicles equipped with Advance Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). This includes systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and Collision Braking.

It does not include Occupant Classification Systems (OCS), Steering Angle Sensors, battery disconnects, or other calibrations/initializations required, when not related directly to ADAS. Let’s take a look at what additional items may require calibrations/initializations on Mitsubishi vehicles.