Collision Repair News

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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.


Do you know what vehicle makers have collision repair information available? Do you know where you can go to find that out?


Have you misplaced your copy of the I-CAR Recycled Parts Request Form? Let us help you.

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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.


While doing research to update the OEM Partial Part Replacement Search we found there were several model years from Subaru that did not have a collision repair manual.


A cowl may also be referred to as a firewall or dash panel. It is common for cowls to be multi-piece parts. Typically, if the part is sold by the vehicle maker, it can be replaced as supplied. A cowl may have one or multiple layers of sheet metal. When this type of part is replaced, make sure to maintain the same panel layering as the original part.


How do you use a 3M™ Sun Gun™ to evaluate color? Do you just shine it straight at the panel like you would any old flashlight? Did you know that there is a procedure for getting the best results?


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.


Chrysler continues to publish bulletins specific to collision repair. These bulletins are being released whenever necessary, there is no set schedule. Chrysler wants these bulletins to be seen by the industry, so I-CAR has included them in this article for download.

Here is a comprehensive list of the Chrysler Collision Repair Bulletins that are available:


Because more aluminum panels are being used on vehicles to reduce weight, you are more likely than ever to have to remove a dent in an aluminum panel where you can't get access to the backside of the panel to push the dent out. Aluminum dent removal equipment is available for pulling dents out of aluminum panels using weld-on studs similar to the way you pull dents on steel panels. But, do you know what's different about the aluminum "stud welders" compared to the steel "stud welders"? Most dent pulling systems for aluminum panels use a capacitor-discharge type of welding technology as opposed to a resistance-weld type stud attachment.


In April 2014, Honda released the Body Repair News bulletin: 2015 Fit: New Model Body Repair Information. This bulletin is also available free of charge at: techinfo.honda.com

Did you know that the OEM collision repair procedures for aluminum intensive vehicles that include arc welding require GMAW MIG welders capable of welding in the pulse transfer mode? It's true. For this reason GMAW MIG pulse welders are also required for the I-CAR Welding Training & Certification: Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding (WCA03) that is required by some vehicle makers.


Did you know that in 2011, the Chrysler Group published a position statement that identifies that parts should be installed in their entirety unless there is a procedure? This is applicable to all Chrysler Group LLC lines including Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, and SRT.


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.


Did you know that in 2013, General Motors published a position statement that identifies that sectioning should only be performed in recommended areas? This warning is applicable to all GM lines including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC.