Navigating OEM websites can be challenging when searching for collision repair procedures, especially as no two OEM websites are alike. What happens when you need to find other types of repair information, such as, "What needs to be inspected after a supplemental restraint system (SRS) deployment?", or "Does the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) require a scan tool or specialty tool?"


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.


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.


Toyota/Lexus provides their welding requirements in one central location in each vehicle-specific collision repair manual. This includes information on the type of welding wire and shielding gas to be used. These requirements should always be followed. However, in addition, Toyota/Lexus has released collision Repair Information Bulletin (CRIB) #196 that updates the types of welding wire that can be used.


As part of the research conducted by the I-CAR RTS team for the OEM Calibration Requirements Search, we found that some OEMs provided measurements for blind spot sensor mounting locations. When this mounting location information was found, we published articles highlighting the information and where to locate it for that specific OEM.


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 Toyota/Lexus has to say.


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:


While searching for information on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on an OEM repair information site, you may come across unique calibration procedures or events. These events can vary by year and model, even within a particular make. As the RTS team has been researching these systems, we have been identifying these atypical circumstances. In order to help you better understand them, we are putting together a series of articles that will help with the repair and calibration of ADAS. Let’s take a closer look at Toyota Safety Sense.


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 Replacemet 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 2020 Toyota RAV4.


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:


In case you missed it, there are now articles on how to purchase a subscription from specific OEMs. Why do you need a subscription to an OEM website if you have full subscription access to the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal?


While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are showing up on vehicles, there still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently gets questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by using the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Lexus RX.


Toyota has released their second edition for 2019 of their Collision Pros on their Collision Repair Training website. This edition touches on a variety of collision repair topics, such as the Toyota Supra, training, affixing emblems, calibration, and more.


Carbon fiber has been used in the automotive industry for some time now. Its strong and light weight properties made it a commonly used material for exotic vehicles. Due to the unique properties of carbon fiber, GMC has decided to utilize the material in an optional pickup truck box. This optional box will be available on select late 2019 and 2020 GMC light duty pickups. So, what does this mean for repairers?


As part of the research conducted by the I-CAR RTS team for the OEM Calibration Requirements Search, we have found that some OEMs provide measurements for blind spot sensor mounting locations. When this mounting location information is found, we will publish articles highlighting the information and where to locate it for that specific OEM. When performing repairs, having measurements is a way to ensure the vehicle is repaired correctly. However, measurements are not always given for body panels. This typically isn’t a problem, until there is an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) involved, such as blind spot sensors. When mounting…


While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), are showing up on vehicles. There still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently get questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by searching the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Toyota Camry ADAS.


Automotive advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are well known and are frequently discussed. These systems bring safety advancements that are unprecedented, and until recently, were just the subject of science fiction.


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 Lexus UX 200.


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.


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).

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