Typical Calibration Requirements

Technicians should be aware of what’s required to keep advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) running safely after a collision. Whether that be aiming a camera, which can cause a system to not function as intended, or checking for diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs). For a basic understanding of what’s required, we’ve put together a series of articles that provide general information on what’s required to repair the system after a collision. Let’s take a look at what we learned in this series.

We learned that there can be sensors or cameras on all sides of a vehicle. If a vehicle is involved in a collision that is equipped with ADAS, a calibration will more than likely be required. The calibrations vary by OEM but can require the use of special alignment tools, along with targets. Most vehicles will require the use of a scan tool to perform a calibration. Also, calibrations can be both static (in-shop) or dynamic (on-road).

Being informed on these systems is important to a complete, safe, and quality repair. Many consumers are purchasing a certain vehicle specifically for these driver assistance features. The consumer knows the system is on their vehicle and they are relying on it to help keep them safe. Therefore, technicians also need to be aware when driver assistance systems exist and have the knowledge to properly repair the system.

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