Collision Repair News

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Honda has released two new Body Repair News bulletins:

Has anyone ever told you that if you wear contact lenses while welding that they can become fused to your eyes?

As you've undoubtedly heard, the North American International Auto Show is in Detroit next week. What news sources are you using to hear all of the latest being presented by the OEMs? If it's not on your list already, you may want to add 

What does I-CAR say about damaged steering or suspension mounting locations? 

Can you guess who tops the list of cars sold in America in 2014? These are the vehicles that are on the road and potentially in your collision repair facility.

To Wrap-up 2014 Collision Hub put together a video of there favorite things from 2014. There are some highlights on different tools and equipment

We've added the Collision Bulletin from Fiat Chrysler Automotive that addresses safety certification and tire pressure label replacement guidelines.

Having a problem getting your replacement Kia Optima bumper cover to fit properly? Wondering if maybe you got the wrong part? 

When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts, but Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM keep it pretty basic.

The ninth column in the OEM Technical Information Matrix is pretty straight forward: Corrosion Protection Methods and Materials. Most OEMs have information on anti-corrosion materials and application equipment including a list of approved materials and part numbers.

Ever hear the quote: "if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten"? When it comes to collision repairs, it's far from accurate.

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. Thankfully, GM uses terms that most of us are familiar with.

This article originally appeared in the November/December edition of Fixed Ops Magazine.

Collision repair professionals are no different than any other professional – we are resistant to change. It took many years for repairers to make the switch to “MIG welding” for welding early unibody vehicles. (For this article we’ll use the term gas metal arc welding (GMAW) metal inert gas (MIG), or GMA (MIG)). (More on the reason, later.) It was a technology that was unfamiliar to many and there wasn’t a perceived need for change. History would prove otherwise, as there may not be a collision repair business in the country that doesn’t have a GMA (MIG) welder.

When you visit the Audi OEM Information page on the RTS website, you will see a new icon for videos.