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?


Did you know that Volkswagen provides a build guide for their vehicles, 1999 to present? This guide is an invaluable resource in aiding you make sure you find the correct body repair manual.


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 Volkswagen Tiguan.


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. So, what does Volkswagen say on the subject?


We often receive the Ask I-CAR inquiries: "Does Volkswagen have a position statement on pre- and post-repair system scanning? Do they plan on coming out with one?"


Since advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), scanning, and calibration first started becoming relevant, members of the collision repair industry have required as much knowledge as possible on these subjects. I-CAR’s Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team continues to be on the leading edge of research and education. Our goal is to help communicate information to the industry, and a great way to do this is through Collision Repair News articles.


Are you wondering if a particular OEM or organization has a published position statement on pre-repair and post-repair scanning? We have compiled a list of most of the position statements on the subject, so you can easily find the particular statement you are looking for. The following articles give you a brief summary of the position statement along with a link to the full statement.


Now that the new year is underway, let’s take a look at some of your favorite things from 2018. We will continue with your favorite sectioning and partial part replacement articles.


As 2019 rolls in, we can reflect back on what the previous year had to offer. Let’s take a look at some of the collision industry information you’ve been most interested in from this past year. These are the most popular articles from 2018.


It seems everyday concerns about fuel economy and the environment take a grasp on the collision industry. Differing construction materials, fastening methods, and vehicle technology will force many repairers to adapt to new repair methods. According to an article by Repairer Driven News, the strongest force in vehicles may be electric vehicles.


The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360° video on the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. The video provides a 360° tour around the Atlas. Let’s take a look.


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.


In case you missed it, the sixth installment of the I-CAR Collision Reporter - The Recalibrate Issue, has been released. What does the recalibrate issue have to offer?


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.


On occasion OEMs will make two completely different vehicles with the same nameplate during the same model year. Many times, the outgoing model will have “classic” or “limited” added to the nameplate. The incoming model will hold the original nameplate. If the wrong body repair manual is unknowingly selected, the vehicle may be improperly repaired. As a recent example shows this is the case with the new incoming Volkswagen Tiguan.


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 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.


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.


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 Volkswagen Tiguan.


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 Volkswagen website.


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 Volkswagen Jetta.

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