How To Use The OEM Calibration Requirements Search

Figure 1 - OEM Calibration Requirements Search now available.

The RTS Team has compiled countless hours of research to bring the industry the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. This search tool will enable you to find out what advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) 2016 and newer vehicles might be equipped with. The search results will also list calibration requirements and if any specific tools may be needed. This easy-to-use feature is packed with information to help with the repair process prior to logging into the OEM service information. Let’s see how this new feature works.

To search for a vehicle, click the blue OEM Calibration Requirements Search button on the left-hand side of the screen. Select the year, make, and model from the dropdown menus then click the Search. Select the vehicle from the list of search results by clicking on the blue text.

The make, model, and year of the vehicle along with small picture are displayed near the top of every screen. There are also links to Vehicle System Definitions, the ADAS, Calibration, And Scanning Article Hotspot, and Additional RTS OEM Information on the RTS portal.

OEM Calibration Requirements SearchFigure 2 - Camera/sensors affects certain systems and can be identified in this section.

The systems displayed are the systems that may be available on the vehicle you selected. The systems are color-coded for easy identification on all makes and models. Under the colored box is the OEM nomenclature for that particular system. Knowing the OEM name for the system will aid in searching repair manuals for procedures. The blue links are the cameras/sensors that contribute data to that system. These links bring you directly to the calibration requirements for those specific cameras/sensors located on the lower section of the page (see Figure 2).

The color-coded system charts identify if the particular system may set a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) or turn on a malfunction indicator lamp (MIL). Please note that a DTC or MIL may not always be triggered immediately, so follow the requirements for when a calibration is required, along with OEM procedures. If Yes is marked for the system, it indicates that the system has the capability to set a DTC and/or turn on a MIL. It is not a guarantee that a DTC or a MIL will be triggered. A specific chain of events may be required for it to trigger. If No is marked, the repair manual indicates that a DTC and/or MIL will not be triggered. Also, if No is selected under the MIL section of the chart, the vehicle may still display a warning message on the vehicle message center. If Not Identified is selected, it indicates that there was no information available in the service manual at the time of research. The same is true for cameras/sensors. If Yes is marked for a camera/sensor, it indicates that the camera/sensor has the capability to set a DTC, but not that it necessarily will.

If the camera/sensor has been replaced, a DTC may be set indicating that calibration is required. However, calibration may also be required if the bumper cover is removed, but a DTC will not be set because the vehicle does not have the capability to realize the bumper cover was removed.

OEM Calibration Requirements SearchFigure 3 - Calibration requirements can be found under the camera/sensor.

The lower portion of the page lists the cameras/sensors the vehicle might be equipped with, along with the general location of those cameras/sensors on the vehicle and the OEM name. Listed below that are events that make calibration of the camera/sensor necessary. Beneath this are the systems affected if calibrations are not completed. This uses the same color-coded boxes seen earlier to tie the system and camera/sensor together (see Figure 3). Finally, to the right, is another chart that displays if the camera/sensor will set a DTC. It also contains information on if calibration will require a scan tool or other special tools. Special tools can be many different items from something that will need to be made (such as cutting PVC pipes or a specific size piece of plywood) to OEM specialty tools (such as a metal radar reflector or a target mat).

This matrix does not currently contain all production vehicles sold in the United States. Please refer back to this page frequently to ensure the most up-to-date information. The contents are based on the repair information available from the vehicle maker. Updates and additions will be posted as they become available. To ensure that the most recent information is used, always refer to the vehicle maker's technical information.

Additional I-CAR Collision Repair News you may find helpful:
ADAS, Calibration, And Scanning Article Hotspot
Why Can’t I Find Certain Vehicles In The OEM Calibration Requirements Search?

Related I-CAR Courses