I-CAR News – BMW

Your job requires that you keep on top of the latest in vehicle, tool, and equipment technology – I-CAR is committed to helping you do so in one convenient place. We regularly publish OEM-specific articles. We’ve gathered these articles, based on make, to assist you with complete, safe, and quality repairs.

Where Do I Find Other Types Of Information In BMW/Mini

Posted on 20 May 2021

Navigating OEM websites can be challenging when searching for collision repair procedures, especially as no two OEM websites are alike. What happens when you need to find other types of repair information, such as, "What needs to be inspected after a supplemental restraints system (SRS) deployment", or "Does the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) require a scan tool or specialty tool?" Let's take a closer look at the BMW/Mini website.

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Repairer Driven News: BMW Reminder To Check OEM Procedures

Posted on 26 March 2021

Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article on BMW vehicles and the importance of checking and following OEM procedures.

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Spot And Plug Weld Nugget Size: BMW/Mini

Posted on 11 March 2021

Did you know that many OEMs specify nugget size for spot and plug welds? This information is typically found within vehicle-specific repair procedures or can be found under general welding guidelines. Let’s see what BMW/Mini has to say.

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OEM Emergency Response Guides

Posted on 25 February 2021

Are you looking for OEM emergency response guides (ERGs)? The Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team has located these guides and either houses them on the RTS website, provides links to webpages that house them, or provides articles with instructions on how to locate them.

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Repairer Driven News: BMW Incorrect Windshield Use

Posted on 19 February 2021

Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article on BMW vehicles and a few things to consider when repairing them. The article covers two main areas of concern.

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BMW/Mini: Who Requires Or Recommends MIG Brazing?

Posted on 17 February 2021

In Europe, MIG brazing has been required or recommended on a widespread basis for several years. In the U.S., MIG brazing is not as common but is becoming more prevalent. As the RTS team is researching MIG brazing information, we are putting together a series of articles that identify OEM-specific MIG brazing recommendations and requirements for vehicles in the U.S. Let’s see what BMW/Mini has to say.

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Who Requires Or Recommends MIG Brazing? UPDATE

Posted on 25 November 2020

In Europe, MIG brazing has been required or recommended on a widespread basis for several years. In the U.S., MIG brazing is not as common but is becoming more prevalent. As the RTS team is researching MIG brazing information, we are putting together a series of articles that identify OEM-specific MIG brazing recommendations and requirements for vehicles in the U.S.

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Calibration Research Tips: BMW/Mini Calibration Information Table

Posted on 20 October 2020

While searching for information on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on an OEM repair information site, you may come across unique calibration procedures or events. These events can vary by year and model, even within a particular make. As the RTS team has been researching these systems, we have been identifying these atypical circumstances. In order to help you better understand them, we are putting together a series of articles that will help with the repair and calibration of ADAS. Let’s take a closer look at BMW/Mini calibration requirement information.

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I-CAR BMW Collision Repair Overview Course

Posted on 24 September 2020

I-CAR released a collision repair overview course for BMW. This course covers the history of BMW, online service information, construction materials, restraints inspection, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and more

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How To Find BMW Position Statements

Posted on 29 April 2020

Position statements are an important part of the repair process. They highlight specific information on areas such as, pre- and post-scanning, calibration, bumper cover repair, recycled parts, etc. These statements are sometimes used in conjunction with repair procedures, or they may update information found within repair procedures.

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BMW Position Statement: Pre- and Post-Repair System Scanning - UPDATE

Posted on 10 April 2020

BMW has released a position statement related to pre- and post-repair system scanning. The statement applies to All vehicles equipped with on board diagnostics II (OBD II).

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2019 BMW 7 Series iPerformance

Posted on 21 June 2019

One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is “Is there a sectioning or partial replacement procedure available?” To help answer this question, RTS has an OEM Partial Part Replacement Search available. Here you will find information on if these procedures are available on a specific vehicle. Lets take a closer look at the 2019 BMW 7 Series iPerformance.

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Active Suspension for Road Handling

Posted on 3 April 2019

Suspension systems are made to absorb most of the impact of a bump in the road. This ultimately increases the ride quality from inside the vehicle. Over time, suspension has greatly improved. There are several different types of suspension, including active suspension.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2018 BMW i3

Posted on 25 January 2019

One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is, “Is there a sectioning or partial replacement procedure available?” To help answer this question, RTS has an OEM Partial Part Replacement Search available. Here you will find information on if these procedures are available on a specific vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the 2018 BMW i3.

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ADAS, Calibration, And Scanning Article Hotspot

Posted on 14 January 2019

Since advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), scanning, and calibration first started becoming relevant, members of the collision repair industry have required as much knowledge as possible on these subjects. I-CAR’s Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team continues to be on the leading edge of research and education. Our goal is to help communicate information to the industry, and a great way to do this is through Collision Repair News articles.

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BMW/Mini: Repair Stage 3

Posted on 26 December 2018

In this series, we will be highlighting the four different BMW Repair Stages. Though not each of the stages may apply to a particular repair, it is beneficial to familiarize yourself with each. The stages are located in vehicle-specific body repair manuals under 0 Contents of Body, General - Repair Method section (see Figure 1). Let’s take a closer look at the additional information available in Repair Stage 3.

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BMW/Mini: Repair Stage 2

Posted on 19 December 2018

In this series, we will be highlighting the four different BMW Repair Stages. Though not each of the stages may apply to a particular repair, it is beneficial to familiarize yourself with each. The stages are located in vehicle-specific body repair manuals under 0 Contents of Body, General - Repair Method section (see Figure 1). Let’s take a closer look at the additional information available in Repair Stage 2.

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Repairer Driven News: 2018 BMW 3 Series

Posted on 4 October 2018

BMW’s 3 Series for the 2019 model year has gone through some changes for the new generation. Many of these changes will affect the way repairs will be carried out.

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Locating ADAS Information: BMW/Mini

Posted on 18 September 2018

As a collision repair technician, there is one part of a service manual that houses all of the information you would ever need…right? This is not the case with modern vehicles. You may be required to look in numerous manuals to find the information required to safely repair the vehicle.

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BMW/Mini: Repair Stage 1a

Posted on 16 July 2018

In this series, we will be highlighting the four different BMW Repair Stages. Though not each of the stages may apply to a particular repair, it is beneficial to familiarize yourself with each. The stages are located in vehicle-specific body repair manuals under 0 Contents of Body, General - Repair Method section (see Figure 1). Let’s take a closer look at the additional information available in Repair Stage 1a.

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BMW/Mini: Importance Of Reading Procedure Hyperlinks

Posted on 28 June 2018

When it comes to repair information, no two vehicle makers are the same. Which is why it's critical to understand what you are reading in the repair procedure. Many OEMs provide links within the repair procedure that expand on what needs to be completed. Often, some related procedures may appear missing because they have to be accessed via a link within the main procedure. Let’s take closer look at BMW’s repair procedures.

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Repairer Driven News: 2019 BMW M850i

Posted on 26 June 2018

The all new 2019 BMW M850i is coming to America. The new 8 Series comes with some very exclusive features including an adaptive cruise control system that functions at speeds up to 130 mph. BMW describes the vehicles new easy out feature for parking. BMW states, “the vehicle can steer itself in reverse at up to 6 mph for 55 yards to help a vehicle out of a tight spot by retracing the car’s last movements in drive.”

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Additional Reference Information: BMW

Posted on 30 May 2018

As repairs become more and more complex, technicians can no longer solely rely on just the information provided in the body repair manual. OEM websites also provide supporting reference documentation in other areas. Let’s see where to look on BMW.

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Bumper Cover Repair With ADAS: BMW

Posted on 1 May 2018

A simple bumper repair on a modern vehicle may not be as simple as it seems. New technologies like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) utilize sensors behind the bumper covers. The ability for these sensors to be able to see clearly, normally requires special caution when considering a bumper repair. Many OEMs have different levels of warnings when it comes to repairing bumper covers with ADAS. So, what does BMW say on the subject?

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 BMW X5

Posted on 27 April 2018

One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR, “Is there a sectioning or partial replacement procedure available?” To help answer this question, RTS has an OEM Partial Part Replacement Search available. Here you will find information on if these procedures are available on a specific vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the 2017 BMW X5.

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When ADAS Can't See: Front/Rear Cross Traffic Systems

Posted on 8 January 2018

Collision repairs on vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) can have more restrictions than vehicles without ADAS. Items that historically would be a simple repair, may now need to be replaced. The ADAS needs to be able to see/sense in some way, whether it be by radar, camera-view, ultrasonic, etc. Repairers need to keep sensor/camera field of vision clear to avoid system malfunctions. For example, repair material that would normally be used to repair a gouge in a bumper cover is now a problem because it can block the sensor’s field of vision and may not allow the sensor to function properly.

Some OEMs have warnings against making repairs in front of sensors/cameras or a certain distance from the sensors/cameras. However, many times there is also a list of other items that can block the sensor/camera view. Let’s take a look at some common things or materials that can interfere with the front/rear cross traffic system.

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When ADAS Can't See: Blind Spot Monitoring System

Posted on 22 December 2017

Collision repairs on vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) can have more restrictions than vehicles without ADAS. Items that historically would be a simple repair may now need to be replaced. The ADAS needs to be able to see/sense in some way, whether it be by radar, camera-view, ultrasonic, etc. Repairers need to keep sensor/camera field of vision clear to avoid system malfunctions. For example, repair material that would normally be used to repair a gouge in a bumper cover is now a problem because it can block the sensor’s field of vision and may not allow the sensor to function properly.

Some OEMs have warnings against making repairs in front of sensors/cameras or a certain distance from the sensors/cameras. However, many times there is also a list of other items that can block the sensor/camera view. Let’s take a look at some common things or materials that can interfere with the blind spot detection system (BSD).

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Repairer Driven News: 2018 BMW X3 Undergoes Changes

Posted on 21 November 2017

BMW’s latest generation of the X3 has undergone some major changes, including a 121 pound drop in weight. Repairer Driven News (RDN) posted an article highlighting many of the changes to the new model. Let’s take a look at some of these changes.

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Repairer Driven News: Clarification of BMW Repair Techniques

Posted on 19 September 2017

Have you ever wondered why BMW does not have a scanning position statement, or why BMW requires rivet bonding instead of welding in some cases? Repairer Driven News (RDN) has recently posted an article where they asked BMW some of these questions. Let’s see what they had to say.

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Tackling the Repair of Mixed-Material Vehicles

Posted on 11 September 2017

ABRN published an article titled, "Tackling the Repair of Mixed-Material Vehicles" today authored by Jake Dembroski, Industry Technical Support Assistant at I-CAR. Let’s take a look at this article.

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Additional Calibration Requirements: BMW/Mini

Posted on 17 August 2017

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 BMW/Mini vehicles.

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Body Construction And Material Repair Guidelines: BMW/Mini

Posted on 12 July 2017

What is the MPa of the front lower rail? What is the outer uniside made of: steel, aluminum, or composite? Can heat be used to straighten or is it cold straightening only? What are the repair limitations? These are just some of the questions that the RTS team fields on a daily basis.

As we know, today’s vehicles can be constructed from a wide variety of materials. Knowing if the OEM provides information on body construction materials and repair guidelines is a crucial step in providing a complete, safe, and quality repair. Let’s see what BMW/Mini has available to us.

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Structural Sectioning Procedures: BMW/Mini

Posted on 6 June 2017

Ask I-CAR receives many technical inquiries referring to sectioning. The collision repair industry wants to know where can you section, does the OEM have a sectioning procedure, and where can I find the sectioning procedure? Most OEMs allow sectioning to outer body panels and the front and rear rails. Sectioning reinforcements is not as common, as most reinforcements are replaced at factory seams.

Parts are made from various materials including HSS, UHSS, aluminum, and carbon fiber. These parts also have complex designs to collapse or transfer collision forces in a specific manner. Introducing a sectioning joint to many of these parts will alter how the part reacts to those collision forces. For this reason, sectioning a part is only allowed if supported by vehicle maker repair information. Let’s see what BMW/Mini says about structural sectioning.

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Corrosion Protection Guidelines: BMW/Mini

Posted on 23 May 2017

A key factor in collision repair is making long-lasting repairs. When a vehicle is repaired, many areas of corrosion protection are disturbed. This creates corrosion hot spots, that left untreated will lead to corrosion, and potentially a repair failure. However, there are certain precautions that can be taken to safely and properly restore the corrosion protection throughout the repair process. OEMs often give specifications on restoring corrosion protection. These specifications generally include seam sealer, adhesives, foam fillers, and cavity waxes. Let’s take a look at what BMW/Mini says.

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BMW/Mini New Repair Site

Posted on 14 March 2017

If you have used the BMW/Mini repair information website since the first of the year, you may have noticed a message. This message was stating the BMW/Mini was transitioning from WebISTA to AIR for the delivery platform to find repair information. WebISTA has been removed from the BMW site as of March 1st. Let’s check out the new AIR platform and how to navigate it.

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BMW Forward Facing Camera Replacement

Posted on 20 January 2017

When advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are replaced after an accident, there may be some fine print that you don’t want to overlook. BMW/Mini has some interesting requirements after the KAFAS or forward facing camera is replaced, that the customer needs to be aware of.

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I-CAR 360: BMW 7 Series Video Now Available

Posted on 18 January 2017

The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360 video on the 2017 BMW 7 Series. The video provides a 360 tour around the all new 7 Series.

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Weld-Through Primer Guidelines: BMW/Mini

Posted on 5 January 2017

Weld-through primers are generally a zinc-based product that is applied to the mating surfaces prior to welding. Corroding zinc forms zinc oxide, which protects the steel. This is called sacrificial corrosion. For a quality weld to be made it’s required that the weld-through primer be removed from the direct weld zone before welding the joint, when MIG welding. Many OEMs have a position on when and how to use weld-through primer or when it shouldn’t be utilized. Let’s see what BMW/Mini recommends and where this information can be found.

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BMW/Mini Glass Replacement Requirements

Posted on 20 October 2016

The role of the windshield is a lot more complex than simply allowing a view of the road ahead. It is considered a structural part of the vehicle as it contributes to the strength of the roof and A-pillars. The windshield helps to manage collision energy and has become an integral part of several advanced safety systems.

It is commonly asked, "What is required when replacing a windshield?" With this question in mind, we will be presenting a series of articles that highlight some of the requirements from the various OEMs. As always, it is important to read through each vehicle-specific procedure to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.

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Collision Information Website Access: BMW/Mini

Posted on 2 October 2016

Why do I need a subscription to an OEM website if I have full subscription access to the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) portal? This is a question received on a regular basis through Ask I-CAR. Let’s take a look at why and how to purchase an OEM subscription.

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Always Follow Vehicle Maker Procedures

Posted on 7 July 2016

We often receive Ask I-CAR inquiries asking: “what does I-CAR recommend?” Many times these questions are in regards to sectioning, straightening, or part replacement/attachment methods. Our first response is always:

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Restraints Wiring Repairs

Posted on 23 May 2016

Over the past few months, we've been sharing OEM position statements on restraints wiring repairs. Now we're bringing them all together in one place for easy reference.

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BMW Restraints Wiring

Posted on 25 April 2016

The question is often asked, "Can supplemental restraint system wiring be repaired?" The answer is: it depends on the vehicle maker. Let's take a look at BMW position on this subject.

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OEM Partial Parts Replacement Search Update - BMW i3 And i8

Posted on 19 November 2015

The I-CAR developed OEM Partial Parts Replacement Search on the RTS Portal now features updates on the BMW i3 and i8 vehicles through model year 2015.

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Active Headrest Overview

Posted on 25 September 2015

Some vehicles are equipped with an active headrest. These headrests are designed to move forward during a rear collision to reduce the chance of whiplash injury. Let's take a look at some of the key points when working with an active headrest and some of the resources to find information.

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Making Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) A Standard Feature

Posted on 24 September 2015

A group of vehicle makers got together recently and discussed the future of automatic emergency braking (AEB) technology in their vehicles. This feature is designed to reduce the severity and frequency of collisions; but no matter how good it is, it will never prevent all accidents from happening. So what do you need to know in order to repair vehicles with AEB, and how do you know the system is functioning properly?

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Rivet Bonding Is Just For Aluminum - Right?

Posted on 6 August 2015

Rivet bonding is a standard repair method for aluminum-intensive vehicles like the 2015 Ford F-150, Jaguar XJ, and Audi A8 whether it's replacing welded or rivet bonded parts. You may be thinking that aluminum vehicles are the only ones that require rivet bonding. Are they? There's a vehicle maker that has been requiring rivet bonding even on their steel body vehicles.

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Step-By-Step: Accessing BMW/Mini Repair Information

Posted on 9 March 2015

Per your requests, we are adding step-by-step instructions on how to access the vehicle maker repair information to complement our how-to-videos on the OEM Information pages. Easily reference this article by clicking the link under the video on the BMW OEM Informationpage and/or Mini OEM Information page.

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Carbon Fiber Repair On The BMW i3

Posted on 7 November 2014

On the BMW i3 with the carbon fiber passenger cell, the question is often asked, how do we repair damage to the carbon fiber? For that answer BMW presented an overview of the repairs at the 2014 SEMA show. The simple answer is that you cannot repair the passenger cell the way that you would repair a sheet molded compound (SMC) part.

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Weld-Through Primer Requirements On The OEM Technical Information Matrix

Posted on 28 August 2014

Let's continue our breakdown of the columns in the OEM Technical Information Matrix. The eighth column calls out if the vehicle maker requires the use of weld-through primer on flanges in preparation for welding.

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Collision Repair Attachment Methods, Description, and Equipment Requirements Information on the OEM Technical Information Matrix

Posted on 13 August 2014

Let's continue our breakdown of the columns in the OEM Technical Information Matrix. The seventh column calls out if the vehicle maker has information in regard to the recommended attachment method and the equipment required for complete, quality, and safe repairs.

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Is There a Procedure for Disassembling a Service Assembly?

Posted on 19 June 2014

The fourth column in the OEM Technical Information Matrix, Partial Service Part/Assembly Replacement Procedures at Factory Seams, can get a little tricky without further clarification. For the most part, this is a column that I-CAR is still researching published OEM information to get the answers to. The question is: Does the vehicle maker have procedures for replacing a partial service part or assembly at factory seams?

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What's A BMW/Mini Engine Support?

Posted on 7 May 2014

When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts. All of the different names can be confusing, especially when repairing a variety of vehicle makes and models.

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The I-CAR OEM Technical Information Matrix - What Is It, And How Does It Help The Collision Industry?

Posted on 6 May 2014

Do you know what vehicle makers have collision repair information available? Do you know where you can go to find that out?

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Carbon Fiber Why Does It Matter?

Posted on 5 February 2014

Carbon fiber is being used on many late-model vehicles and has become a buzzword in the industry. This article answers some questions you may have been wondering about on the use and repair of carbon fiber.

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Bonding And Rivet Bonding Technology On Steel BMW Vehicle Parts

Posted on 26 April 2012

As BMW Groups' vehicle construction technology advances, so does the repair process required to fix them properly. Conventional welding, which has been used primarily in BMW Groups' repair processes in the past, is slowly becoming the secondary method to bonding and rivet bonding technology. BMW currently recommends primarily using bonding and rivet bonding to replace exterior body panels, structural parts, and sectioning specific locations in conjunction with VIN-specific repair procedures. Changes in recommended repair procedures affect all current production models. This does not mean that all models, and all parts, are affected though. Consulting VIN-specific repair procedures should always be the first step in the repair process. The same is true for Mini and for Rolls-Royce vehicles (see Figure 1).

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