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One of the top technical inquires 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 2017 Kia Optima.


What is the MPa of the front lower rail? What is 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 with today’s vehicles, they can be constructed from a wide variety of materials. To repair vehicles, 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.


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…


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 Kia says.


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 Kia has to say.


Have you noticed anything different looking on new vehicle grilles? If you have, you may have thought what is that strange looking flat spot? Sometimes this flat area is somewhat hidden by a manufacturer emblem. Other times it’s integrated into the grille itself, including grille lines. Let’s take a look at this new design element and what it’s hiding.


Ask I-CAR receives many technical inquiries referring to sectioning. The collision repair industry wants to know where can you section, does the OEM have a sectioning procedure, and where can I find the sectioning procedure? Most OEMs allow sectioning to outer body panels and the front and rear rails. Sectioning reinforcements is not as common, as most reinforcements are replaced at factory seams. Parts are made from various materials including HSS, UHSS, aluminum, and carbon fiber. These parts also have complex designs to collapse or transfer collision forces in a specific manner. Introducing a sectioning joint to many of these…


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…


If you have repaired a vehicle with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that required calibration, you may have noticed the complexity of some of the calibration procedures. Many calibrations require the use of a scan tool along with other special tools. These calibration procedures may require that the technician layout a grid, make measurements, find the center point of the vehicle, and even move the vehicle a specified distance. When reading the procedure on the OEM site you may find your head spinning, while trying to figure out what exactly you are supposed to be doing. However, there are some…


Weld-through primers are generally a zinc-based product that is applied to the mating surfaces prior to welding. When the weld is performed, the zinc liquefies and flows into the weld-pool, protecting the weld from corrosion. Many OEMs have a position on when and how to use weld-through primer or when it shouldn’t be utilized. Let’s see what we have found for weld-through primer guidelines.


Weld-through primers are generally a zinc-based product that is applied to the mating surfaces prior to welding. When the weld is performed, the zinc liquefies and flows into the weld-pool, protecting the weld from corrosion. Many OEMs have a position on when and how to use weld-through primer or when it shouldn’t be utilized. Let’s see what Kia recommends and where this information can be found.


Why do I need a subscription to an OEM website if we have full subscription access to the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal? This is a question received on a regular basis through Ask I-CAR. Let’s take a look at why and how to purchase an OEM subscription.


The role of the windshield is a lot more complex than simply allowing a view of the road ahead. It is considered a structural part of the vehicle as it contributes to the strength of the roof and A-pillars. The windshield helps to manage collision energy and has become an integral part of several advanced safety systems. It is commonly asked; what is required when replacing a windshield? With this question in mind, we will be presenting a series of articles that highlight some of the requirements from various OEMs. Let’s see what Kia has to say.


The role of the windshield is a lot more complex than simply allowing a view of the road ahead. It is considered a structural part of the vehicle as it contributes to the strength of the roof and A-pillars. The windshield helps to manage collision energy and has become an integral part of several advanced safety systems. It is commonly asked; what is required when replacing a windshield? With this question in mind, we will be presenting a series of articles that highlight some of the requirements from various OEMs. Let’s see what Ford/Lincoln has to say.


The question is often asked, "Can supplemental restraint system wiring be repaired?" The answer is: it depends on the vehicle maker. Let's take a look at Kia's position on this subject.


In case you missed it, there is now an article posted that identifies what each OEM generally uses for part terminology in their body repair manuals. All of the different names can be confusing, especially when repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models.


Over the past few months, we've been sharing OEM position statements on restraints wiring repairs. Now we're bringing them all together in one place for easy reference.


What better way to start off the New Year than to take a look at some of your favorite things from the previous year? Let's recap 2015 by reviewing some of your favorite searches, questions and articles last year on the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support Portal.


In case you missed it, there are now step-by-step instructions on how to access all the OEM repair information websites. The step-by-step instructions complement the how-to-videos on the OEM Information pages.


Per your requests, we are adding step-by-step instructions on how to access the vehicle maker repair information to complement our the how-to-videos on the OEM Information pages. Easily reference this article by clicking the link under the video on the Kia OEM Information page.