Challenges Ahead: Keeping Pace With Rapid Advances In Collision Repair

As the automotive industry moves deeper into the mobility arena, it also enters a more challenging realm for the collision repair industry. The wide array of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that provide active safety measures for vehicle occupants are powered by an electronic communication network that requires near-perfect accuracy when repaired after a collision.


2019 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra Course

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra vehicles have been fully redesigned. To help you stay abreast of the design changes and what these changes mean to the collision repair industry, General Motors (GM) has worked with I-CAR to develop a course.


Non-SRS Wiring Repairs: General Motors

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…


Collision Repair New Video: ADAS Calibrations Require Precision

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Don't believe everything you see on the internet….” While that statement is only partially true, it is an unfortunate reality for some recent advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) calibration ‘procedures’ we’ve seen. Some of the procedures will allow the system to calibrate, however, there is a dangerous consequence to relying on a YouTube video to calibrate a system: it likely won’t result in a complete, safe, quality repair.


What Does Installation Mean?

You may have noticed that there are many cameras/sensors, that according to the OEM Calibration Requirements Search, require calibration if installed. This statement has brought up questions from the collision industry. What does it mean to install something? If the tailgate that houses the 360° camera is installed, even though the camera wasn’t removed from the tailgate, does that qualify as the camera being installed? Let’s take a look at how to interpret this information.


Locating ADAS Information: GM

As a collision repair technician, there is one part of a service manual that houses all of the information you would ever need…right? This is not the case with modern vehicles. You may be required to look in numerous manuals to find the information required to safely repair the vehicle.


Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Chevrolet Silverado

One of the top technical inquires received at Ask I-CAR, "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 2017 Chevrolet Silverado.


GM Repair Insights: Spring 2018

A new issue of the General Motors (GM) publication, GM Repair Insights, Spring Issue 2018, is now available. This issue is packed with information on the new 2018 Buick Regal Tourx, GMs new training requirements, new Service Parts Identification (SPID) labels, and information on impact resistant structural adhesive.


IIHS's ADAS Search Tool

Vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) change the repair process before they even enter the repair facility. Knowing what systems the vehicle maybe equipped with will keep you ahead of the game when it comes to laying out your repair process. There are many different ways of figuring out what ADAS the vehicle may be equipped with, but a tool on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website can help simplify this.


Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Cadillac Escalade

One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR, "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 2017 Cadillac Escalade.


Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Buick Enclave

One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR, “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 2017 Buick Enclave.


In Case You Missed It: GM Repair Insights

In case you missed it, General Motors (GM) has released two issues of GM Repair Insights. They are Volume 2, 2017 and Volume 3, 2017. Each issue has great information about new models, technology, and repair. Let’s check out some highlights.


GM Repair Insights: The Winter Issue

Check out the latest issue of GM Repair Insights: Winter Issue '17-'18. This issue highlights the features of the new 2018 Colorado ZR2, provides a Resistance Spot Welded Full Panel Replacement procedure for the Colorado and GMC Canyon, along with several other articles.


General Motors Waterproof Rivets

On a 2017 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.


Body Construction and Material Repair Guidelines: General Motors

What is the MPa of the front lower rail? What is the outer uniside made of: steel, aluminum, or composite? Can heat be used to straighten or is it cold straightening only? What are the repair limitations? These are just some of the questions that the RTS team fields on a daily basis. As we know, today’s vehicles can be constructed from a wide variety of materials. Knowing if the OEM provides information on body construction materials and repair guidelines is a crucial step in providing a complete, safe, and quality repair. Let’s see what General Motors (GM) has to…


Corrosion Protection Guidelines: General Motors

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 General Motors (GM) says.


New Calibration Requirement from General Motors

There is new information available when it comes to windshield replacement on General Motors (GM) vehicles. In the past, forward facing camera calibration was not required when replacing the windshield. Let’s take a look at the new requirement from GM.


Additional Calibration Requirements: General Motors

The addition of the OEM Calibration Requirements Search to the RTS portal was a big step for the collision industry. While this new feature has been well received, there has been some confusion about what is included in the search tool. The OEM Calibration Requirements Search is designed to provide information on the calibration requirements that are needed for vehicles equipped with advance driver assistance systems (ADAS). This includes systems such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and collision braking. It does not include occupant classification systems (OCS), steering angle sensors, battery disconnects, or other calibrations/initializations required, when not…


GM Explains Pre- and Post-Repair Scanning

Check out the latest issue of GM Repair Insights Vol.1, 2017. This issue highlights the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, the Equinox front upper rail removal and replacement procedure, pre- and post-repair scans, along with several other articles. Let’s take a look at an article from this issue.


GM Introduces the New 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

A duo of articles posted on GM Repair Insights website covers the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. The articles describe some of the features of the new Equinox including, safety systems, technology, drivetrain, and powertrain. There is also, an article highlighting the upper rail replacement procedure. Let’s take a look at these articles.