Bumper Cover Repairs With ADAS: Ford/Lincoln

Bumper Cover Repairs With ADAS: Ford/Lincoln

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. So, what does Ford/Lincoln say on the subject?

Though Ford/Lincoln do not prohibit repairs on bumper covers with blind spot monitoring, their body repair manuals state that excessive build-up of materials on the rear bumper sides can inhibit the blind spot monitors ability to function as intended. Per the Ford/Lincoln workshop manual, “There should be no bumper stickers or body filler material used on the rear side bumper cover in the vicinity of the SODL or SODR.” Ford/Lincoln has addressed the limitations to bumper repair by placing the blind spot monitors behind the taillights instead of the bumper cover on some models. Many front radars are also placed behind non-repairable plastic covers.

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