Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2019: Volume 4. Features of this issue include an overview of the 2019 Ford Ranger A-pillar reinforcement replacement, and how to identify Ford OEM glass.

Toyota has released the latest edition of their Collision Pros magazine on their Collision Repair Training website. This edition covers a variety of collision repair topics, such as:

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 for clarification on the Honda/Acura SRS Component Replacement/Inspection After Deployment document located in vehicle-specific body repair manuals.

Vehicle makers may group their body repair manuals (BRM) in several different ways. Sometimes the BRMs will be grouped by a year range, some are listed as VIN specific, and others are arranged by a body code. Let’s take a look at FCA to see how they group their BRMs.

As vehicles are becoming more advanced, we are finding technology where it never was before. Sometimes it is in plain sight, such as infotainment systems, GPS, and a head-up display. However, sometimes it is concealed in places one may not expect.

The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360 video on the 2019 Subaru Legacy. The video provides a 360° tour around the new Legacy. Let’s take a look.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has released a position statement on the use of non-OEM glass. The Authentic Mopar® Glass Replacement position statement can be found on both the free and the paid websites. In the position statement, FCA states:

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 for clarification on the radiator core support procedure on the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra new model light duty (LD).

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has updated their free website,, with a new design and navigation. A key change is that Mopar Repair Connect no longer requires the creation of a username and password to access the site.

While doing research on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for the RTS OEM Calibration Requirements Search, the RTS team noticed on some of the ADAS systems, there is a procedure called a “PROXI alignment”. We have researched what this means in order to give you clarity, in the event you see this procedure mentioned in the service manual.

Repairer Driven News released an article focusing on factory spot welds and how OEM repair procedures may differ from how it was assembled at the factory. It touches on how factory equipment compares to what is available to the collision repair facilities and the effect this may have on the repair procedure.

The article released by Repairer Driven News (RDN) states that Honda body repair manuals and procedures are “written from the perspective of a body in white”. This means that other parts of the service site may need to be referenced for removal and installation of related parts, or other related operations, in order to proceed with procedures in the body repair manual (BRM).

Repairer Driven News released an article that provides insight on Toyota occupant classification systems (OCS). It covers what the systems do, why it is important to calibrate them, and when calibration is required.

Repairer Driven News released an article highlighting the return of the Voyager. It will be Chryslers entry level minivan, replacing the Chrysler Pacifica L and LX trims.

Shawn Collins from 3M products sat down for a one-on-one discussion on adhesive cartridges. You will find useful information on shelf life, partially used cartridges, expandable foam, and curing issues.

Ford released a video about their fixed glass replacement. The video touches on key areas of glass removal and replacement. This is only an overview, and the vehicle-specific Workshop manual should always be referenced for glass procedures.

As 2020 rolls in, we can reflect back on what the previous year had to offer. Let’s take a look at some of the collision industry information you’ve been most interested in from this past year. These are the most popular articles from 2019.

Now that the new year is underway, let’s take a look at some of your favorite things from 2019. We will continue with your favorite sectioning and partial part replacement articles.

Glue Pull Repair (GPR), don’t you mean paintless dent removal (PDR)? PDR is the art of removing panel dents by either pushing or pulling the metal without damaging the finish. GPR finds its origins in PDR and it has been adopted as a more conventional panel straightening technique.

Repairer Driven News has released two articles highlighting an underutilized resource. That resource could be a pipeline for an industry that is struggling to acquire and retain talent.