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Bumper Cover Repairs With ADAS: Mercedes-Benz

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 Mercedes-Benz say on the subject?


Great Designs in Steel 2019 Presentations: A Closer Look - 2019 Acura RDX

During the 2019 Acura RDX presentation at the 2019 Great Designs in Steel highlights some changes that sets this vehicle apart from the from the previous model years of the RDX. Although this body structure has been used in the RDX since 2014, there has been several changes made to the structure for 2019 model year. Let’s take a closer look at a couple of these structural changes.


ADAS Features Standard on the 2019 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander has undergone many changes through the years, and the changes continue into 2019 for both hybrid and gas models. The Highlander is still a large SUV that is capable of seating eight people, but there are some new features that collision repair professionals should keep an eye out for.


High-Strength Steel Prevalent in the 2020 Ford Escape

Ford’s 2020 Escape has been fully redesigned and is loaded with technology that collision repairers need to be aware of. This include different material usage, multiple powertrain options, and tons of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Let’s check out this update to the Escape.


Back-to-Basics: Removing Parts for Access

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to replacing panels or repairing other body components, there are some things to consider in order to carry out a more complete repair.


Back To Basics: Masking vs Removing

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to refinishing, there are a few guidelines to remember when making a decision to either mask or remove a part.


Great Designs in Steel 2019

The RTS team will be at the 2019 Great Designs in Steel Conference! We will be covering presentations that are important to the industry.


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?


Bumper Cover Repairs with ADAS: General Motors

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 General Motors(GM) say on the subject?


I-CAR Collision Reporter - The Anniversary Issue

The eighth installment of the I-CAR Collision Reporter – The Anniversary Issue, has been released. I-CAR is celebrating their 40th anniversary with a special expanded edition of Collision Reporter focused on the past, present and future of I-CAR and the collision repair industry.


I-CAR 360: 2019 Ford Expedition/Lincoln Navigator Series Video Now Available

The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360 video on the 2019 Ford/Lincoln Expedition/Navigator. The video provides a 360 tour around the aluminum bodied Expedition/Navigator.


Audi Shares Repair Considerations for e-tron

Critical information for the 2019 Audi e-tron is now available through the RTS website. This information includes important guidelines for repairing the high-voltage vehicle. Here is what you can find within these documents from Audi:


Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2019 Honda Clarity

One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is, “Is there a sectioning or partial replacement procedure available?” To help answer this question, RTS has an OEM Partial Part Replacement Search available. Here you will find information on if these procedures are available on a specific vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the 2019 Honda Clarity.


OEM Linking Pin: 2015-Present Ford F-150 NVH Pads

As part of the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) OEM Linking Pin activity, we are helping to connect the collision repair industry to the vehicle makers. Recently we had a technical inquiry that asked about NVH pad replacement on aluminum Ford F-Series pickups.


Toyota Collision Pros: Spring 2019

Toyota has launched their latest edition of Collision Pros on their Collision Repair Training website. Some highlights in this issue that you may want to check out are the important details regarding pre- and post-repair checklists, and Toyota Technical Information Systems (TIS).


Nissan Tech News: March 2019

An article in Nissan Tech News highlights different repair methods and procedures used in repairing Nissan vehicles. Nissan Sectioning Repair Tips article discusses reasons why a certain part may not be able to be sectioned, different welding methods, and ways to research and understand the body repair manual. Some reasons sectioning may be prohibited are due to material usage like ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS), panel layering/construction, or if the damage is in a crumple zone.


Nissan Tech News Website Houses Valuable Information

Did you know Nissan has a website that houses lots of useful information for collision repair technicians? Conveniently, this website is free to sign up for and once logged in, you will have to access a wide variety of information on Nissan vehicles.


Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2019 Audi A4 Allroad

One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is, “Is there a sectioning or partial replacement procedure available?” To help answer this question, RTS has an OEM Partial Part Replacement Search available. Here you will find information on if these procedures are available on a specific vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the 2019 Audi A4 Allroad.


Backup Batteries and Main Battery Disconnect

Backup batteries sometimes referred to as auxiliary or supplemental batteries, serve an important role in maintaining power for certain vehicle systems even while the 12-volt battery power is cut. The backup batteries can aid in emergency situations by maintaining power for features like GM OnStar, Toyota Safety Connect System, and FCA Assist to name a few.


Selecting The Correct Welding Equipment

In case you missed it, RTS issued several different articles outlining some features and variables to consider when purchasing welding equipment. When it comes to selecting your next piece of welding equipment, there are many different choices.