Electric cars are becoming more popular than ever and the number of them on the road is increasing every year. Repairer Driven News recently published an article about how electric cars could lead to more crashes. This potential increase is tied to the way electric cars function.


Toyota has released their second edition for 2019 of their Collision Pros online magazine. This edition touches on a variety of collision repair topics, such as the Toyota Supra, training, affixing emblems, calibration, and more.


Since its unveiling, the OEM Calibration Requirements Search has become a go to source for calibration requirements research for many in the industry. Due to ever changing OEM information the search function is constantly being updated. In addition, every year the current model year information needs to be researched and added to the RTS Portal.


The OEM Partial Part Replacement Search page is a simple way to find out if an OEM has a published procedure available for sectioning or partial part replacement at factory seams. The RTS Team has been researching OEM repair manuals to compile data to keep this search function up-to-date.


You may be seeing a new airbag in the not so distant future according to Honda. This passenger front airbag is a new design that is intended to “catch” the passenger, similar to how a baseball glove catches a ball. The airbag features three chambers instead of the traditional one chamber airbag.


Systems that can remind the drivers that they may have a child or pet in the back seat of the vehicle have been around since 2016. Since the original systems have been introduced, more OEMs have been following suit in an effort to eliminate children and pets being left in hot vehicles.


Carbon fiber has been used in the automotive industry for some time now. Its strong and light weight properties made it a commonly used material for exotic vehicles. Due to the unique properties of carbon fiber, GMC has decided to utilize the material in an optional pickup truck box. This optional box will be available on select late 2019 and 2020 GMC light duty pickups. So, what does this mean for repairers?


What is a non-SRS wiring repair? It is the repairing of an electrical component that is not part of the supplemental restraint system circuit (usually identified by yellow wire looms). As technology increases on vehicles, so does the number of components that utilize electricity. Many of the sensors and modules are becoming smarter and more sensitive. If the wire is too long, the wrong gauge, or spliced in the wrong location it can cause malfunctions in the components that it’s powering. Many OEMs have different restrictions and guidelines for repairing wiring that does not control SRS components. On the other…


At first glance, the Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport may seem like they are the same vehicle with a different trim package. However, the vehicle structure, body repair manuals (BRM), parts, and procedures are completely different from each other. This is why it is important to make sure the correct manual is selected for repairs.


On the 2017 and newer Chevrolet Cruze, if you read through some of the procedures, like the Rear Wheelhouse Panel Replacement procedure, you may find yourself asking, “What is the waterproof rivet B1 referenced in the installation procedure?” Let’s find out.


Repairer Driven News released an article pertaining to repair procedures for three popular FCA vehicles. Technicians may want to take note of these tips for the panoramic sunroof of the 2019 RAM 1500, and stationary window repair on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and 2020 Jeep Gladiator.


A key factor in collision repair is making long-lasting repairs. When a vehicle is repaired, many areas of corrosion protection are disturbed. This creates corrosion hot spots, that left untreated will lead to corrosion, and potentially a repair failure. However, there are certain precautions that can be taken to safely and properly restore the corrosion protection throughout the repair process. OEMs often give specifications on restoring corrosion protection. These specifications generally include seam sealer, adhesives, foam fillers, and cavity waxes. Let’s take a look at what Audi says.


Calibration of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is a somewhat sensitive procedure. The cameras and sensors used are highly technical and can be mis-calibrated if not all requirements are met before calibration is performed. It’s important to carefully read the calibration procedure to make sure that the vehicle meets all of the requirements before starting.


While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are showing up on vehicles, there still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently gets questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by searching the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek ADAS.


When performing straightening repairs, having measurements is a sure-fire way to ensure the vehicle is repaired back to spec. However, many times measurements are not given for outer body panels. This isn’t the end of the world until you bring advanced driver assistance systems into the works. When mounting ADAS sensors on repaired body panels it can be crucial to have the mounting location straightened perfectly. Some OEMs have procedures on getting the measurements needed to make sure the sensor is looking in the right direction.


When performing straightening repairs, having measurements is a sure-fire way to ensure the vehicle is repaired back to spec. However, many times measurements are not given for outer body panels. This isn’t the end of the world until you bring advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) into the works. When mounting ADAS sensors on repaired body panels it can be crucial to have the mounting location straightened perfectly. Some OEMs have procedures on getting the measurements needed to make sure the sensor is looking in the right direction.


Repair facilities are constantly looking for ways to become more efficient. One of the ways that may increase efficiency is infrared (IR) lights.


While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are showing up on vehicles, there still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently gets questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by searching the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more detail than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Honda Pilot ADAS.


The I-CAR RTS OEM Glass Replacement page has gathered information from vehicle makers on stationary glass replacement and approved products for their vehicles into one location to help ensure complete, safe, and quality repairs. Since the launch in 2017, there have been some significant changes in vehicle systems that impact windshield replacement procedures.


While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), are showing up on vehicles, there still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently get questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by searching the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee ADAS.