The tenth installment of I-CAR Collision reporter - The Talent issue has been released. This issue focuses on the challenges the industry is facing with acquiring and retaining talent.

ABRN recently released an article titled, Taking A Closer Look At Bonding, Riveting, And Welding. The focus of the article is not on the technical aspect, but on the importance of following OEM procedures when performing repairs.

As the number of aluminum vehicles continues to rise, the need for aluminum welding also increases. This year at SEMA, I-CAR offers you a chance to get your hands on some of today’s latest aluminum welders and to ask questions of some of our foremost welding experts.

The Kia Collision Repair Overview course has a lot of information that will help you throughout the repair process. Some information you will find in the course includes:

The 2020 model year vehicles are starting to roll off the assembly line and into showrooms. The I-CAR course, Vehicle Technology And Trends 2020, covers the technology, model releases, and trends. Keeping up-to-date on the 2020 models and features is vital to the blueprinting and repair process.

Mazda recently unveiled the MX-30 electric vehicle. It is important to note that this is a European-specific vehicle. However, with OEMs often using global platforms, it is likely that many of the features highlighted may end up on the USA models.

Ford and Lincoln vehicles now come with many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The ADAS Collision Report video goes into detail about these systems, and how important it is that they’re repaired and calibrated correctly.

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2019: Volume 3. Features of this issue include an overview of the 2019 Ford F-150 Lane Keeping System, 2020 Ford Explorer vehicle-specific body construction, and highlights of the all-new 2020 Ford Escape.

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 A7.

Hyundai recently announced its plans to introduce a new artificial intelligence (AI) based cruise control system to future vehicles. This will better match the adaptive cruise control system to individual driving style.

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

Did you know that many OEMs specify nugget size for spot and plug welds? This information is typically found within vehicle-specific repair procedures or can be found under general welding guidelines. Let’s see what Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has to say.

Hyundai released a position statement recently relating to collision repair. Let’s take a look at what this statement is about.

The Honda Body Repair Manual & Sectioning Guideline Revisions (Revised September 2019) and Acura Body Repair Manual & Sectioning Guideline Revisions (Revised September 2019) documents have been updated. These new guidelines supersede any prior publications.

Ford recently updated the information on their fixed glass procedures in regard to fixed glass with adhesive moldings. Previously, the Ford On Target: 2019 Volume 2 stated that any stationary glass with adhesive moldings must be discarded, and a new glass installed. Ford has revised the Ford On Target 2019: Volume 2 with new information on replacing fixed glass with adhesive moldings. It now states:

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to inspecting repairs for quality, there are many things to look for in order to avoid failures throughout the repair process.

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to deciding whether to repair or replace an aluminum panel, there are a few things to keep in mind.

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 head-up display. However, sometimes it is concealed in places one may not expect.

As you may know, there are many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that need calibration/programming during or after the repair process. This is why it is important to learn about these different systems, where they are often located, and how they work. The RTS team had complied list of articles proven to be helpful when dealing with ADAS, calibration, and scanning.

Repairer Driven News released an article on the changes to the 2020 CR-V. The Honda CR-V now comes standard with Honda Sensing for all trim packages. This means that 90% of their entire vehicle line up is equipped with this system. With more advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), it is even more important to follow OEM procedures for calibrating these systems. In an earlier position statement, Honda states: “The proliferation of electronic control systems has increased the number of potential DTCs beyond the point where a dashboard indicator can be installed and/or illuminated for every DTC. Dashboard indicators are intended…