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FCA/Stellantis ADAS Repair Planning: Do You Have All The Information?

While researching body repair manuals (BRM) and service manuals, we're creating OEM-specific articles for additional information needed when repair planning. The goal of these articles is to help repairers create a more complete and accurate repair plan. One key aspect of repair planning is being aware of the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) equipped on the vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at FCA/Stellantis.

When replacing components that contain a camera or sensor, it may not be enough to just look at the replacement procedure. Often it is important to also refer the Service Information ➤ Electrical ➤ Electronic Control Modules category of the service manual. The replacement procedure may not mention that an attached component, like a camera, needs calibration after installation or replacement. For example:

  • On a 2020 Chrysler Pacifica that is equipped with a forward-facing camera mounted near the rearview mirror, the camera is removed when replacing the windshield. FCA/Stellantis instructs: "If equipped, install the Forward Facing Camera (FFC), (Refer to 08 - Electrical/8E - Electronic Control Modules/Module, Forward Facing Camera/Removal and Installation)." The hyperlinked procedure will lead to the calibration requirement. The windshield replacement procedure only says to "install the Forward-Facing Camera (FFC)". It does not mention that the camera needs to be calibrated. However, one of the forward-facing camera calibration requirements is: "If the FFC and/or windshield has been removed or replaced." This is not mentioned in the windshield removal and installation procedure.
  • On a 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the windshield installation procedure is separate from the removal procedure. FCA/Stellantis states: "Install the optional Forward Facing Camera (FFC) (if equipped) to the windshield bracket. Follow the calibration procedure involved with the installation procedure of the FFC." This directly calls out the need for calibration but does not provide a link to the procedure.

The service manual, in most cases, provides hyperlinks within replacement procedures that take you from one necessary procedure to another. If the hyperlinks are clicked on and followed, they may take you to important information on ADAS components. However, it is essential for a proper repair that procedures for ADAS components be looked at directly in of the service manual. This is just an example of why multiple procedures may need to be referenced to perform proper repairs on an FCA/Stellantis vehicle with ADAS.

When repair planning, it is always important to look further than just the specific replacement procedure. Additional operations may be needed, such as initialization or calibration procedures. Every OEM has a different way to arrange information in a BRM or service manual. It’s no longer as simple as looking up a single procedure. Being diligent with researching and understanding the complete procedure and any corresponding operations is vital to a complete, safe, and quality repair.

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