Calibration After Windshield Replacement

Forward facing camera on a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

The automotive glass industry had reached out to the Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team previously with questions on OEM glass replacement requirements. This led to the OEM Glass Replacement articles, which are available for free on the RTS Portal. Recently, the team was contacted again asking for clarification on when calibration is required, specifically with a windshield replacement.

A great tool to answer these types of questions is the I-CAR OEM Calibration Requirements Search. You can search by year/make/model or any combination of these. Currently we have 2016 and 2017 models available, with 2018 models to be added soon. Our search tool has information on:

  • Which ADAS options are available for that model.
  • If a DTC will be set if there is a system issue.
  • If a MIL will illuminate if there is a system issue.
  • Location(s) of any cameras and/or sensors.
  • The events that will necessitate calibration (such as removing the glass or replacing a camera/sensor).
  • If special tools are required for calibration.
  • If a scan tool is required for calibration.
  • If a DTC will set if the procedure is done incorrectly or isn't done.
  • The name of the cameras and/or sensors used in the OEM repair information

This information can then be printed off as a PDF to provide documentation of the required next steps.

The OEM Calibration Requirements Search does NOT contain:

  • The repair procedures for calibrating systems. (access to OEM information is required for the correct procedures)
  • A list of part numbers for the special tools.
  • Any information that could take the place of OEM information.

By using this tool, you can quickly identify if a calibration will be required. This will also aid in the process of researching the repair information, educating the customer, and scheduling an appointment as required for any additional procedures.

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