2019 Mazda3 Release

The 2019 Mazda3 was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year with the goal of increasing driver comfort. This includes a redesigned body and engine. In addition, more advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) will be available.


Locating ADAS Information

As a collision repair technician, it may seem like all the necessary information you would need would be located in the service manual, but this is not the case for modern vehicles. Sometimes the information for a complete repair can be housed in multiple manuals. Fortunately, The Repairability Technical Support Portal (RTS) has videos on how to navigate each OEM website.


2018 SEMA: I-CAR ADAS Panel Discussion

Tuesday at SEMA, I-CAR will be holding a panel discussion on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and real-world collision challenges. The panel was headed by Jason Bartanen (Industry Technical Relations Director, I-CAR), Jake Rodenroth (Director of Industry Relations, asTech), and Jason Zeise (Mechanical Operations Manager, LaMettry's Collision, Inc.).


Common Mistakes: Post-Repair Scanning

Sometimes going back to basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. Simply clearing codes after collision repairs are completed may not ensure all issues within a system have been repaired.


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.


Locating ADAS Information: Mazda

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.


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.


Corrosion Protection Guidelines

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 we learned in this series.


Where Do I Find Other Types of Information in Mazda?

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?” Let's take a closer look at the Mazda website.


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.


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.


OEM Linking Pin: Finding Mazda Missing BRMs

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. We recently noticed that some of the Mazda body repair manuals (BRM) were missing for certain model years. We reached out to Mazda for clarification.


Mazda Releases Pre- and Post-Repair Scanning Statement

Mazda, as with many other OEMs, has issued a pre- and post-repair scanning position statement. Let’s take a look at this position statement.


When ADAS Can't See

Collision repairs on vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can have more restrictions than vehicles without ADAS. Items that historically would be a simple repair may now need to be replaced. The ADAS needs to be able to see/sense in some way, whether it be by radar, camera-view, ultrasonic, etc. Repairers need to keep sensor/camera field of vision clear to avoid system malfunctions. For example, repair material that would normally be used to repair a gouge in a bumper cover is now a problem because it can block the sensor’s field of vision and may not allow the…


When ADAS Can't See: Collision Warning and Braking System

Collision repairs on vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can have more restrictions than vehicles without ADAS. Items that historically would be a simple repair may now need to be replaced. The ADAS needs to be able to see/sense in some way, whether it be by radar, camera-view, ultrasonic, etc. Repairers need to keep sensor/camera field of vision clear to avoid system malfunctions. For example, repair material that would normally be used to repair a gouge in a bumper cover is now a problem because it can block the sensor’s field of vision and may not allow the…


When ADAS Can't See: Adaptive Cruise Control System

Collision repairs on vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can have more restrictions than vehicles without ADAS. Items that historically would be a simple repair may now need to be replaced. The ADAS needs to be able to see/sense in some way, whether it be by radar, camera-view, ultrasonic, etc. Repairers need to keep sensor/camera field of vision clear to avoid system malfunctions. For example, repair material that would normally be used to repair a gouge in a bumper cover is now a problem because it can block the sensor’s field of vision and may not allow the…


When ADAS Can't See: Front/Rear Cross Traffic Systems

Collision repairs on vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can have more restrictions than vehicles without ADAS. Items that historically would be a simple repair, may now need to be replaced. The ADAS needs to be able to see/sense in some way, whether it be by radar, camera-view, ultrasonic, etc. Repairers need to keep sensor/camera field of vision clear to avoid system malfunctions. For example, repair material that would normally be used to repair a gouge in a bumper cover is now a problem because it can block the sensor’s field of vision and may not allow the…


When ADAS Can't See: Lane Departure Warning/Lane Keep Assist System

Collision repairs on vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can have more restrictions than vehicles without ADAS. Items that historically would be a simple repair may now need to be replaced. The ADAS needs to be able to see/sense in some way, whether it be by radar, camera-view, ultrasonic, etc. Repairers need to keep sensor/camera field of vision clear to avoid system malfunctions. For example, repair material that would normally be used to repair a gouge in a bumper cover is now a problem because it can block the sensor’s field of vision and may not allow the…


When ADAS Can't See: Blind Spot Monitoring System

Collision repairs on vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can have more restrictions than vehicles without ADAS. Items that historically would be a simple repair may now need to be replaced. The ADAS needs to be able to see/sense in some way, whether it be by radar, camera-view, ultrasonic, etc. Repairers need to keep sensor/camera field of vision clear to avoid system malfunctions. For example, repair material that would normally be used to repair a gouge in a bumper cover is now a problem because it can block the sensor’s field of vision and may not allow the…


Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Mazda CX-9

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 Mazda CX-9.

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