Collision Repair News

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Did you know that many OEMs specify nugget size for spot and plug welds? This information is typically found within vehicle-specific repair procedures or can be found under general welding guidelines.


Did you know that many OEMs specify nugget size for spot and plug welds? This information is typically found within vehicle-specific repair procedures or can be found under general welding guidelines. Let’s see what Toyota/Lexus has to say.


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued general disinfecting guidelines in regard to the COVID-19 virus. However, there are still many questions about disinfecting in the repair facility.


Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to straightening and repairing a vehicle back to specification, there are a few things to keep in mind.


While researching body repair manuals (BRM) and service manuals, we've created OEM-specific articles for additional information needed when repair planning. The goal of these articles is to help repairers create a more complete and accurate repair plan.


While researching body repair manuals (BRM) and service manuals, we're creating OEM-specific articles for additional information needed when repair planning. The goal of these articles is to help repairers create a more complete and accurate repair plan. One key aspect of repair planning is being aware of the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) equipped on the vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at two examples from Ford/Lincoln.


Navigating OEM websites can be challenging when searching for collision repair procedures, especially as no two OEM websites are alike. What happens when you need to find other types of repair information, such as, "What needs to be inspected after a supplemental restraint system (SRS) deployment?", or "Does the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) require a scan tool or specialty tool?"


A simple bumper repair on a modern vehicle may not be as simple as it seems. New technologies like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) utilize sensors behind the bumper covers. The ability for these sensors to be able to see clearly, normally requires special caution when considering a bumper repair. Many OEMs have different levels of warnings when it comes to repairing bumper covers with ADAS.


Subaru has updated their position statement on pre- and post-repair system scanning. The revised position statement gives a definition for what Subaru considers a collision.


BMW has released a position statement related to pre- and post-repair system scanning. The statement applies to All vehicles equipped with on board diagnostics II (OBD II).


Navigating OEM websites can be challenging when searching for collision repair procedures, especially as no two OEM websites are alike. What happens when you need to find other types of repair information, such as, "What needs to be inspected after a supplemental restraint system (SRS) deployment?", or "Does the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) require a scan tool or specialty tool?" Let's take a closer look at the Tesla website.


Toyota/Lexus provides their welding requirements in one central location in each vehicle-specific collision repair manual. This includes information on the type of welding wire and shielding gas to be used. These requirements should always be followed. However, in addition, Toyota/Lexus has released collision Repair Information Bulletin (CRIB) #196 that updates the types of welding wire that can be used.


Per your requests, we are adding step-by-step instructions on how to access the vehicle maker service repair information to complement our how-to-videos on the OEM Information pages. Easily reference this article by clicking the link under the video on the Maserati OEM Information page.


Why do I need a subscription to an OEM website if I have full subscription access to the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal? This is a question received on a regular basis through Ask I-CAR. Let’s take a look at why and how to purchase an OEM subscription.


Ford/Lincoln has released two documents in regard to disinfecting for protection against the Coronavirus. The publications can be found at fordcrashparts.com.