How To Use The New OEM Calibration Requirements Search

Figure 1 - OEM Calibration Requirements Search now available.
Figure 1 - OEM Calibration Requirements Search now available.

The RTS Team has compiled countless hours of research to bring the industry the all new OEM Calibration Requirements Search. With this new search tool, you're able to find out what systems a 2016 model-year vehicle might be equipped with, along with any special requirements needed during a repair. This easy-to-use feature is packed with information to help with the repair process prior to logging into the OEM service information. Let’s see how this new feature works.

To search for a vehicle, click the blue “OEM Calibration Requirements Search” button on the left hand side of the screen. Select the year, make, and model from the drop-down menus then click the "Search". Select the vehicle from the list of search results by clicking on the blue text.

The make, model, and year of the vehicle along with small picture are displayed near the top of every screen. There are also links to Vehicle System Definitions, I-CAR Best Practice: Collision Repair Diagnostics Definitions, and addition OEM specific information from the RTS portal.

OEM Calibration Requirements SearchFigure 2 - Camera/sensors affects certain systems and can be identified in this section.

The systems displayed are the systems that may be available on the vehicle you selected. The systems are color-coded for easy identification on all makes and models. Under the colored box is the OEM nomenclature for that particular system. Knowing the OEM name for the system will aid in searching repair manuals for procedures. The blue links are the cameras/sensors that contribute data to that system. These links bring you directly to the calibration requirements for that specific cameras/sensors (located on the lower section of the page, See Figure 2).

The color-coded system charts identify if the particular system may set a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) or turn on a malfunction indicator lamp (MIL). Please note that a DTC or MIL may not always be triggered immediately, so follow the requirements for when a calibration is required, along with OEM procedures. Also, if "No" is selected under the MIL section of the chart, the vehicle may still display a warning message on the vehicle message center.

OEM Calibration Requirements SearchFigure 3 - Calibration requirements can be found under the camera/sensor.

The lower portion of the page lists the cameras/sensors the vehicle might be equipped with, along with the general location of those cameras/sensors on the vehicle and the OEM name. Listed below that are events that make calibration of the camera/sensor necessary. Followed by the systems affected if calibrations are not completed, which uses the same color-coded boxes seen earlier to tie the system and camera/sensor together, (See Figure 3). Finally, to the right, is another chart that displays if the camera/sensor will set a DTC. It also contains information on if calibration will require a scan tool or other special tools. Special tools can be many different items from something that will need to be made (such as cutting PVC pipes or a specific size piece of plywood) to OEM specialty tools (such as a metal radar reflector or a target mat).

A preview of the calibration matrix is available here.

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