Going Beyond Just the Written Procedures

2017 Kia Cadenza
2017 Kia Cadenza

If you have repaired a vehicle with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that required calibration, you may have noticed the complexity of some of the calibration procedures. Many calibrations require the use of a scan tool along with other special tools. These calibration procedures may require that the technician layout a grid, make measurements, find the center point of the vehicle, and even move the vehicle a specified distance. When reading the procedure on the OEM site you may find your head spinning, while trying to figure out what exactly you are supposed to be doing. However, there are some OEMs that have produced videos that go along with these procedures to aid in understanding the calibration process. Let’s take a look at what some of the OEMs are that have done this.

Honda created videos that walk you through the forward-facing camera and front radar aiming procedures. They show how to setup the vehicle and the steps needed to complete the calibration. There is also a video that explains the special tools required to perform the calibration. These videos can be found when searching for the radar or camera aiming procedures at techinfo.honda.com. Note, there may not be a video for every model.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) also has videos highlighting different procedures on their pay website, techautority.com. Many of the newer models have videos for the calibration procedure on the forward-facing camera and the front radar, which can be found in Electronic Control Models in the Electrical section under Service Information. They also have some videos highlighting special tools and how to unbox and setup these tools. There are also occasional videos for how to remove and install different components on certain vehicles. For example, on a 2015 Chrysler 200 there is a video explaining how to remove the exterior door handle. Note there may not be a video for every model.

Kia has vehicle-specific videos for several of their models at www.kiatechinfo.com. There are videos for forward-facing camera, 360° camera view, and front radar calibrations. Also, there are a few videos showing things like bumper removal and liftgate adjustment. These videos can be found under the Publication tab under Tech Videos.