Additional Calibration Requirements: Ford/Lincoln

The addition of the OEM Calibration Requirements Search to the RTS portal was a big step for the collision industry. While this new feature has been well received, there has been some confusion about what is included in the search tool. The OEM Calibration Requirements Search is designed to provide information on the calibration requirements that are needed for vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). This includes systems such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and collision braking.

It does not include occupant classification systems (OCS), steering angle sensors, battery disconnects, or other calibrations/initializations required, when not related directly to ADAS. Let’s take a look at what additional items may require calibrations/initializations on Ford/Lincoln vehicles.

Information for additional calibrations can be found in the vehicle-specific Workshop manuals. The need for calibration is sometimes found in the replacement procedure for various parts. Some of the additional items needing calibration/initialization are as follows:

  • power liftgate
  • occupant classification system (OCS)
  • power windows
  • tire pressure monitoring sensor (TPMS)
  • shock absorbers
  • sunroof

Ford/Lincoln also, have a warning about disconnecting the battery. Per the Ford/Lincoln Workshop manual: “NOTE: When the battery is disconnected and connected, some abnormal drive symptoms may occur while the vehicle relearns its adaptive strategy. The vehicle may need to be driven to allow the PCM to relearn the adaptive strategy values.”

There are many more systems that may need to be calibrated after removal or a collision. Make sure to check the repair manual to know what systems may be affected by the repairs that you are performing to help ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.

For additional Ford/Lincoln information, check out the following pages:
Ford OEM Information
Lincoln OEM Information

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