Collision Repair News

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The Recommended GM Steel Reparability Matrix is a chart that identifies GM’s repair recommendations according to the type of steel that the part is made from. The matrix contains information on the steel identification stamping symbols, steel grade, GM specifications, recommended welding methods, cold repairability, use of heat for repairs, the temperature range that should be used, and the maximum heat allotment. The second page of the matrix is a chart of Descriptions of GM Steel.


19565Figure 1 - These crimp and seal splice sleeves have special heat shrink sleeves on each end that shrink around the wire and form an air-tight seal.Confusion exists within the collision industry concerning the repair of some damaged wiring and wiring connectors for restraint systems. The perception is that restraint system wiring should never be repaired. While it is true that some vehicle makers do not recommend the repair of wiring and connectors for the restraints system, others have very detailed printed procedures and even offer repair kits expressly for the repair of restraint system wiring. Repairing damaged restraint system wiring, when applicable and the parts and procedures are available, can save unnecessary replacement of the main body and instrument panel wiring harnesses.


I-CAR published this article to help with an issue due to compatibility mode on internet explorer, we have now added a video based on customer feedback below.

If a website seems to be broken, the problem often times is a browser setting on your computer called compatibility mode. This is a tool that Internet Explorer has so that older websites will still display correctly, the only problem is that it will also cause the newer websites to display in an almost unreadable way. It is common for Internet Explorer to have compatibility mode set to "Display All Websites In Compatibility Mode". If this is the case then some of the websites you visit will not display correctly.


The 2010-2015 Chevrolet Camaro is built on a General Motors global rear-wheel drive platform and shares some of the same chassis parts with the Pontiac GTO and G8. Although the new Camaro looks like a 1969 Camaro, it is quite different from a collision repair point of view. This article will cover some of the repair options and considerations when working on a collision-damaged Camaro. General Motors body repair procedures can be accessed at the GM Genuine Parts website. To access service information for mechanical and electronic systems, visit www.acdelcotds.com.


By now, we've all seen the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) videos of the small overlap frontal crash test. IIHS has just released a study called Structural Design Strategies for Improved Small Overlap Crashworthiness Performance.


What needs to be done before starting work on a compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or propane) vehicle?


The I-CAR developed OEM Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Disable Search has also been updated to include all Toyota hybrid vehicles through the 2015 model year.


The I-CAR developed OEM Partial Parts Replacement Search on the RTS Portal now features all Toyota vehicles through the model year 2015.


HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – January 22, 2015 – I-CAR®, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced today the launch of the OEM Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search on the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) Portal as part of its continuous effort to build a robust, centralized hub of valuable industry information to give collision repair professionals the answers they need as quickly as possible.


Acura has released three new Body Repair News bulletins:


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 autonews.com. 


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