I-CAR News – Cadillac

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.

GM Repair Insights: Spring 2024

Posted on 13 May 2024

The spring edition of General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available.

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GM Repair Insights: Summer 2023

Posted on 20 March 2024

The summer edition of General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine has recently been made available.

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GM Repair Insights: Fall 2023

Posted on 20 March 2024

The fall edition of General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine has recently been made available.

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GM Repair Insights: Winter 2024

Posted on 20 March 2024

The winter edition of General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available.

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Repairer Driven News: GM First Responder EV Training

Posted on 28 February 2024

Repairer Driven News (RDN) has released an article highlighting free online battery electric vehicle (BEV) first responder training from General Motors (GM).

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OEM Linking Pin: GM Adhesively Bonded Joint Repair

Posted on 21 February 2024

As part of the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) OEM linking pin activity, we are helping to connect the collision repair industry to the vehicle makers. We‘ve had technical inquiries that asked for clarification on repairing parts or assemblies with adhesively bonded joints on GM vehicles.

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General Motors High-Voltage Technician Levels: UPDATE

Posted on 5 December 2023

As electric-only, hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles are increasing in sales, they are becoming more commonplace in repair facilities. Along with the unique powertrains that come with these vehicles, also comes unique safety concerns. Regardless of vehicle maker, high-voltage (HV) systems pose a threat of injury or death if not handled properly. Only personnel with the proper training, PPE, tools, equipment, and service information should perform work on the HV systems.

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I-CAR Just In Time: GM Exhaust Shield Fasteners

Posted on 26 September 2023

Sometimes seeing is understanding, that’s why I-CAR's technical team created the Just in Time video series to guide you through a variety of collision repair topics from ADAS and EVs to repair tips and tricks. These videos enable you to, in less than 5 minutes, learn something new. Let’s check out the tip the team has for General Motors (GM) exhaust shield fasteners.

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Back-To-Basics: Door Handle Tools

Posted on 22 September 2023

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. Tools for the door handle might not sound exciting, but they can save you frustration and possibly a refinish.

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Locating ADAS Information: GM - UPDATE

Posted on 15 September 2023

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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OEM Linking Pin: 2013-2019 Cadillac ATS Inner Quarter Panel Sectioning

Posted on 28 July 2023

As part of the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) OEM linking pin activity, we are helping to connect the collision repair industry to the vehicle makers. Recently, we had a technical inquiry that asked about inner quarter panel sectioning on a 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe.

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OEM-Approved Connector and Pigtail Repair Resources: General Motors

Posted on 6 July 2023

When confronted with a wiring harness repair, we often struggle finding the correct connector and pigtail repair kits. Often a specific connector may be used on multiple applications. If the connector is allowed to be replaced, what resources are available to locate approved wiring connector and pigtail repair kits? Let’s see what is available from General Motors (GM).

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Identifying The Correct Body Repair Manual: General Motors

Posted on 5 May 2023

Vehicle makers may group their body repair manuals (BRM) in several different ways. Sometimes the BRMs are grouped by a year range, some are listed as VIN specific, and others are arranged by a body code. Let’s take a look at General Motors (GM) to see how they group their BRMs.

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GM Repair Insights: Spring 2023

Posted on 28 March 2023

The spring edition of General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available.

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GM Repair Insights: Summer 2022

Posted on 3 March 2023

The summer edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available.

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GM Repair Insights: Winter 2023

Posted on 3 March 2023

The winter edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available.

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Weld-Through Primer Guidelines: Genesis

Posted on 30 September 2022

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 GMA 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 Genesis recommends and where this information can be found.

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Weld-Through Primer Guidelines: Tesla - UPDATE

Posted on 24 June 2022

Weld-through primers are generally a zinc-based product that are 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 GMA 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 Tesla recommends and where this information can be found.

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GM Repair Insights: Spring 2022

Posted on 8 June 2022

A spring edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available.

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One-Time-Use Parts And Fasteners: General Motors

Posted on 1 April 2022

What is a one-time-use part, and how do you determine if a fastener, clip, or part can be reused? These are questions that we are confronted with in the collision industry quite a lot. The other big question is "Where do I find this information?"

As the Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team researches OEMs for one-time-use fastener/part information, we are putting together a series of articles on how and where to locate this information for specific OEMs. Let's take a look at General Motors (GM).

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Locating OEM-Approved HV Tools: General Motors

Posted on 24 March 2022

When researching procedures for disabling a high-voltage (HV) vehicle, you may notice that many of the procedures require the use of specific tools. Some of them are OEM-specific tools or scan tools. Often identifying and locating where to purchase these specific tools can be difficult.

The RTS team is researching how to find these tools to make it easier for technicians performing these tasks. As we research the location of these special tools, we are compiling the information in a series of OEM-specific articles.

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GM Repair Insights: Winter 2022

Posted on 14 January 2022

A winter edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available.

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GM Repair Insights: Fall 2021

Posted on 29 October 2021

A fall edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available.

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GM ADAS Information Document: UPDATE

Posted on 20 October 2021

General Motors (GM) has a document that covers advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) information. The document provides an overview of all ADAS and components in one convenient location.

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Repairer Driven News: General Motors Ultra Cruise

Posted on 13 October 2021

Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article highlighting an upcoming advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) change for General Motors (GM).

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GM Repair Insights: Summer 2021

Posted on 3 September 2021

A summer edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available. The issue highlights the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.

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Rivet Guns: Does My Shop Need Them?

Posted on 23 July 2021

When performing collision repairs, there are more attachment methods available than ever before. OEMs specify which attachment methods are recommended or required. If a method is not listed as an option, it should not be used.

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OEM Emergency Response Guides: General Motors

Posted on 1 July 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: GM Updates Repair And Inspection Document

Posted on 11 June 2021

Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article on General Motors (GM) post-crash inspections and repair requirements document.

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Locating OEM-Approved ADAS Tools: General Motors

Posted on 2 June 2021

When researching calibration procedures for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), you may notice that many of the procedures require the use of specific tools. Some tools may be everyday items like string, tape, levels, paper, etc. However, many of them are OEM-specific tools or scan tools. Often identifying and locating where to purchase these specific tools can be difficult.

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GM Repair Insights: Spring 2021

Posted on 19 April 2021

A spring edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available. This issue highlights the all-new 2021 Buick Envision’s technology, performance, and safety.

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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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Steel Spot And Plug Weld Nugget Size: GM - UPDATE

Posted on 12 February 2021

Did you know that some 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 General Motors (GM) has to say.

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GM Repair Insights: Winter 2021

Posted on 13 January 2021

A winter edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available.

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General Motors: Who Requires Or Recommends MIG Brazing?

Posted on 30 December 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. Let’s see what General Motors (GM) 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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I-CAR Collision Repair Of The 2021 General Motors (GM) Full-Frame Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) Course

Posted on 16 October 2020

The GM full-frame SUVs have undergone a redesign for 2021. This has brought about various structural changes, as well as construction material changes.

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GM Repair Insights: Fall 2020

Posted on 14 October 2020

A fall edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available.

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Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Article Hotspot

Posted on 17 September 2020

Since hybrid and electric vehicles 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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GM Repair Insights: Summer 2020

Posted on 22 July 2020

A summer edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available.

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Refinishing Park Assist Sensors: GM

Posted on 21 July 2020

Park assist sensors are part of the park assist system, just one of many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) found on vehicles today. Damaged sensors are typically replaced and may require painting to match the vehicle. Vehicle makers often provide information on the painting of new sensors. Some vehicle makers do not recommend refinishing sensors with minor finish damage because excessive paint thickness may adversely affect the operation of the park assist system. However, other vehicle makers allow refinishing and provide guidelines. Let’s see what General Motors (GM) has to say.

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OEM ADAS Information Documents

Posted on 1 July 2020

As advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are now commonplace and becoming available on even entry level models. Having information on ADAS, and when calibration is required for these systems is more important than ever.

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GM Has Video Procedures

Posted on 24 June 2020

Looking for more information about a specific repair procedure? Some OEMs are now providing videos within the repair procedures on their service site. Vehicle makers may also have additional websites that contain repair videos. As we research OEM websites and find these helpful videos, we will write articles to let you know. Let’s take a closer look at General Motors (GM).

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Straightening And Heat: General Motors

Posted on 20 May 2020

A question often asked of the Repairability Technical Supports (RTS) team is, "Can heat be used to straighten?" Several OEMs provide steel repairability matrices that provide heating times and temperature limits based on the type of metal being repaired, while other OEMs have restrictions on using heat at all. Let’s see what General Motors (GM) has to say.

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GM Repair Insights: Spring 2020

Posted on 19 May 2020

A spring edition of the General Motors (GM) Repair Insights magazine is now available.

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Where Do I Find Other Types Of Information In General Motors?

Posted on 19 March 2020

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 General Motors (GM) website.

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Calibration Research Tips: GM Manuals That Share A Common Platform

Posted on 4 March 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 help with the repair and calibration of ADAS. Let’s take a look at GM manuals that cover multiple vehicles.

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Sectioning And Partial Part Replacement: 2020 Toyota RAV4

Posted on 3 March 2020

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 Replacemet 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 2020 Toyota RAV4.

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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: 2019 Cadillac XT5

Posted on 19 February 2020

While many have noticed that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are showing up on vehicles, there still is confusion on what is required of these systems after a collision occurs. The Ask I-CAR team frequently gets questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by using the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Cadillac XT5.

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GM Repair Insights Website

Posted on 6 February 2020

The GM Repair Insights website is back up after being down for a number of months. The Repairer News section of the site has solutions to specific issues for GM vehicles, such as wind noise on full-size trucks. With the re-publishing of this website, comes two new issues of the Insights magazine.

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Repairer Driven News: Cadillac Automated Lane Changing

Posted on 30 January 2020

Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article on Cadillac’s upgraded version of their hands-free driving system, Super Cruise. This improved system will allow the vehicle to change lanes with no driver input, other than engaging the turn signal.

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Sectioning And Partial Part Replacement: 2020 Cadillac CT5

Posted on 23 January 2020

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 2020 Cadillac CT5.

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Vehicle Technology And Trends 2020

Posted on 29 October 2019

The 2020 model year vehicles are starting to roll off the assembly line and into showrooms. The I-CAR course, Vehicle Technology And Trends 2020, covers the technology, model releases, and trends. Keeping up-to-date on the 2020 models and features is vital to the blueprinting and repair process.

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General Motors: Overlap Joint Procedure In Body Repair Manual

Posted on 15 October 2019

Many General Motors repair procedures call for an overlap joint when replacing certain panels. There is now a separate “Overlap/Backing Plate Sectioning” procedure in some of the body repair manuals (BRM) on how to carry out the overlap joint.

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Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Precautions: 2019 Chevrolet Volt

Posted on 23 September 2019

There are many precautions and instructions to follow while repairing hybrid and electric vehicles. To help you find this information, RTS has an OEM Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Disable Search page. Here you will find step-by-step instructions on how to find the disable procedure in the service manual. You will also find precautions for welding, refinishing, and if a scan tool and DVOM are required for disabling. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Chevrolet Volt.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2019 Cadillac XT4

Posted on 9 August 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 2019 Cadillac XT4.

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Repairer Driven News: Mid-Engine 2020 Corvette Stingray

Posted on 23 July 2019

Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article on the 2020 Corvette Stingray, which outlines the variety of materials used in the light-weight construction of the vehicle. The mid-engine vehicle has been called “a smart mixed-materials strategy” by Chevrolet.

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Ram Heavy Duty Vehicles Require Special Attention For The Front Upper Rail

Posted on 12 June 2019

For the 2019 model year, Ram has made updates to their heavy-duty line of trucks. As with most redesigns, there have been many notable changes, not only to the vehicles style and function, but also to the way it should be repaired. Let’s take a look at the things to look for on the upper rail.

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General Motors Free Body Repair Manuals No Longer Available

Posted on 22 May 2019

As you may know, General Motors has removed the body repair manuals from their free website www.gmparts.com.

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Cadillac Unveils the CT5 for 2020

Posted on 20 May 2019

Cadillac is releasing a new sedan with a substantial amount of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The CT5 is equipped with many of the systems that you would expect to see in a luxury car, along with some new improvements not yet seen before in the market.

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Bumper Cover Repair With ADAS: General Motors

Posted on 7 May 2019

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 General Motors (GM) say on the subject?

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General Motors: Spot-Weld Replacement

Posted on 16 April 2019

There is sometimes confusion on how many spot welds to use when replacing body components. Sometimes you replace what you removed, sometimes you use more or less than what was removed. It all depends on the particular vehicle you are repairing and what the manufacturer requires to be done. Luckily General Motors (GM) has a good way of identifying how many welds to use to install the new part.

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Nissan Tech News: March 2019

Posted on 15 April 2019

An article in Nissan Tech News highlights different repair methods and procedures used in repairing Nissan vehicles. Nissan Sectioning Repair Tips article discusses reasons why a certain part may not be able to be sectioned, different welding methods, and ways to research and understand the body repair manual. Some reasons sectioning may be prohibited are due to material usage like ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS), panel layering/construction, or if the damage is in a crumple zone.

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Backup Batteries and Main Battery Disconnect

Posted on 9 April 2019

Backup batteries sometimes referred to as auxiliary or supplemental batteries, serve an important role in maintaining power for certain vehicle systems even while the 12-volt battery power is cut. The backup batteries can aid in emergency situations by maintaining power for features like GM OnStar, Toyota Safety Connect System, and FCA Assist to name a few.

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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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GM Navigation Video: UPDATE

Posted on 22 March 2019

General Motors (GM) has updated their www.acdelcotds.com service and repair information website. This update to the website changes how to find the collision repair information you need.

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General Motors Goes Beyond Written Procedures

Posted on 5 March 2019

We’ve shared that OEMs like FCA, Honda/Acura, and Kia have videos within their procedures. Now, General Motors (GM) has added videos to various procedures in service manuals at www.acdelcotds.com.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2018 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In

Posted on 8 February 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 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In.

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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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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2018 Kia Stinger

Posted on 20 November 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 2018 Kia Stinger.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2018 Nissan Kicks

Posted on 13 November 2018

One of the top technical inquires 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 Nissan Kicks.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

Posted on 25 October 2018

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 2017 Ford C-MAX Hybrid.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2018 Fiat 124 Spider

Posted on 2 October 2018

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 Fiat 124 Spider.

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Non-SRS Wiring Repairs: General Motors

Posted on 28 September 2018

What is a non-SRS wiring repair? It is the repairing of an electrical component that is not part of the supplemental restraints system circuit (usually identified by yellow wire looms). As technology increases on vehicles, so does the number of components that utilize electricity. Many of the sensors and modules are becoming smarter and more sensitive. If the wire is too long, the wrong gauge, or spliced in the wrong location it can cause malfunctions in the components that it’s powering. Many OEMs have different restrictions and guidelines for repairing wiring that does not control SRS components. On the other hand, there are OEMs that don’t allow wiring repairs at all, so full harness replacement is the only option.

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GM: Applying Impact Resistant Structural Adhesives

Posted on 12 September 2018

According to gmrepairinsights.com, there are rules that must be followed when using impact resistant (I.R.) structural adhesives. Per Bob Hiser, GM Lead Service Engineer, “The glue doesn’t tell you what it is or how to fix it.” This means that being trained and following the OEM repair instructions are crucial to a proper repair.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Chevrolet Malibu

Posted on 17 August 2018

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 2017 Chevrolet Malibu.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Lexus CT200h

Posted on 10 August 2018

One of the top technical inquiries received at Ask I-CAR is, “Is there a sectioning or Partial Part 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 Lexus CT200h.

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General Motors Now Accepting Collision Repair Network Applicants

Posted on 9 August 2018

General Motors (GM) has launched their new Collision Repair Network and it is now open for enrollment. There are a number of qualifications an interested shop will be required to meet, including I-CAR training.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Posted on 3 August 2018

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 Volkswagen Atlas.

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Great Designs in Steel 2018 Presentations: A Closer Look - 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

Posted on 23 May 2018

In case you missed it, Jeff Sulik, Engineering Group Manager and Joy Geeraerts, Senior Design Release Engineer from General Motors Company presented The All-New 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Structure Review at Great Designs in Steel 2018.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Cadillac Escalade

Posted on 6 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 Cadillac Escalade.

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OEM Linking Pin: 2007-2017 Jeep Compass Ground Bolts

Posted on 1 February 2018

Have you replaced the driver's side rail extension on a 2007 - 2017 Jeep Compass? Did you notice that the service part did not come with the ground bolts? What should you do?

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Metal Panel Bonding on General Motor’s Vehicles

Posted on 5 December 2017

General Motors (GM) has updated their Metal Panel Bonding technical document on their gmparts website. Let’s take a look at this document.

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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. Let’s take a look at this article.

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Understanding The Collision Warning And Braking System

Posted on 31 August 2017

A key part of being able to diagnose a problem with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is understanding how the system works. Knowing what is happening inside the system will help you properly diagnose why the system may be failing. This will prevent replacing parts that are not causing the system issue. Let’s take a look at the inner workings of a collision warning and collision braking system.

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Understanding The Adaptive Cruise Control System

Posted on 25 August 2017

A key part of being able to diagnose a problem with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is understanding how the system works. Knowing what is happening inside the system will help you properly diagnose why the system may be failing. This will prevent replacing parts that are not causing the system issue. Let’s take a look at the inner workings of an adaptive cruise control system (ACC).

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Repairer Driven News: GM Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding Expands for 2018 Models

Posted on 22 August 2017

What’s on the repair agenda for 2018 GM vehicles? The expanded use of squeeze-type resistance spot welding (STRSW) over plug welds in the collision repair process. Repairer Driven News (RDN) published an article highlighting this upcoming change.

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Body Construction And Material Repair Guidelines: General Motors

Posted on 19 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 General Motors (GM) has to say.

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Corrosion Protection Guidelines: General Motors

Posted on 23 June 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 General Motors (GM) says.

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New Calibration Requirement From General Motors

Posted on 18 May 2017

There is new information available when it comes to windshield replacement on General Motors (GM) vehicles. In the past, forward facing camera calibration was not required when replacing the windshield. Let’s take a look at the new requirement from GM.

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Additional Calibration Requirements: General Motors

Posted on 5 May 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 General Motors (GM) vehicles.

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Weld-Through Primer Guidelines: Porsche

Posted on 24 April 2017

Weld-through primers are generally a zinc-based product that are 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 GMA 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 Porsche recommends and where this information can be found.

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Collision Hub - Repair University Live: OEM Repair Procedures Featuring General Motors and I-CAR

Posted on 4 April 2017

Collision Hub is a well-known source for collision repair news and information. On the Collision Hub website, you can find a monthly news report (Collision Hub Network News - CHNN), a blog, Repair University, and a relatively new feature Repair University Live. To view Repair University Live, you will need to purchase a subscription. However, the next episode, coming up on April 12, at 12:00 PM Eastern, will be sponsored by BASF, so it will be free to the public. Let’s take a look at how to view this episode and what it will include.

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Structural Sectioning Procedures: General Motors

Posted on 22 March 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 General Motors (GM) says about structural sectioning.

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I-CAR 360: Chevrolet Bolt Video Now Available

Posted on 20 March 2017

The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360 video on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The video provides a 360 tour around the new Bolt EV.

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Weld-Through Primer Guidelines: General Motors

Posted on 11 January 2017

Weld-through primers are generally a zinc-based product that are 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 GMA 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 General Motors (GM) recommends and where this information can be found.

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GM Glass Replacement Requirements

Posted on 10 November 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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General Motors Position Statement: Pre- and Post-Repair System Scanning

Posted on 21 October 2016

As the industry continues to ask, are pre- and post-repair scans necessary, General Motors provides their answer.

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Collision Information Website Access: General Motors

Posted on 17 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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General Motors Updates Position Statements

Posted on 23 August 2016

General Motors has followed suit with other OEMs by updating their position statement to disallow the use of recycled and salvage parts.

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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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Future OEM Joining Technologies

Posted on 27 May 2016

As OEMs continue to evolve the joining technologies used for new steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, and mixed material vehicles, I-CAR often gets questions of “what does this mean for the collision repair industry?”

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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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General Motors Restraints Wiring

Posted on 22 March 2016

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

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2016 Cadillac CT6 Repair Network: UPDATE

Posted on 4 March 2016

With the March release of the 2016 Cadillac CT6, there is no better time to become part of the Cadillac repair network. So what is involved in becoming part of the repair network? Let's take a look.

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Common Refrain At SCRS SEMA Event: You Must Follow OEM Guidelines

Posted on 9 November 2015

Article originally appeared in Repairer Driven News on November 5, 2015 By John Huetter

The days of fixing a car based on your own skill and experience alone are over. You’ve got to reference and follow the OEM procedures every time.

This was stressed over and over by experts in such diverse fields as scanning, joining, steel and aluminum Thursday at the Society of Collision Repair Specialists OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit at SEMA.

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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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What Is the Vehicle of the Future Made Of?

Posted on 23 September 2015

The question is often asked, what material will be used in the car of the future? Should we concentrate on learning how to repair steel, aluminum, magnesium, or carbon fiber? For that answer, we need to look at present-day vehicles for some clues.

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Paint Friendly Service Parts Coming From GM: UPDATE

Posted on 14 August 2015

As a follow-up to the previous article on Paint Friendly Service Parts Coming From GM, General Motors has already begun supplying the part kits for some of their paint-to-match assemblies. The parts initially include door mirrors, headlamps, and door handles for some vehicles in 2015. For the 2016 model year, they will become available for most models, and for more than just these parts.

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OEM Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Disable Update - General Motors

Posted on 14 July 2015

The I-CAR developed OEM Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Disable Search has been updated to include all General Motors makes including Buick, Cadilla, Chevrolet, and GMC hybrid vehicles through the 2015 model year.

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2015 Cadillac ATS Strut Tower Replacement

Posted on 1 July 2015

A 2015 Cadillac ATS comes in that requires strut tower replacement. This is typically a straight forward repair, but on this vehicle the strut tower is cast aluminum. So now what?

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Step-By-Step: Accessing General Motors Repair Information

Posted on 13 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 Chevrolet OEM Information, Buick OEM Informationpage, GMC OEM Informationpage, and Cadillac OEM Information page.

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Bumper Energy Absorbers, Crush Boxes, and Bumper Reinforcements

Posted on 28 February 2015

Let's go back to basics with the ever-popular what to do with bumper energy absorbers, crush boxes, and bumper reinforcements.

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Recommended General Motors Steel Repairability Matrix

Posted on 9 February 2015

The Recommended GM Steel Repairability Matrix is a chart that identifies GM’s repair recommendations according to the type of steel that the part is made from. The matrix contains information on the steel identification stamping symbols, steel grade, GM specifications, recommended welding methods, cold repairability, use of heat for repairs, the temperature range that should be used, and the maximum heat allotment. The second page of the matrix is a chart of Descriptions of GM Steel.

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Restraints System Wiring Repairs

Posted on 6 February 2015

19565Figure 1 - These crimp and seal splice sleeves have special heat shrink sleeves on each end that shrink around the wire and form an air-tight seal.Confusion exists within the collision industry concerning the repair of some damaged wiring and wiring connectors for restraints systems. The perception is that restraints system wiring should never be repaired. While it is true that some vehicle makers do not recommend the repair of wiring and connectors for the restraints system, others have very detailed printed procedures and even offer repair kits expressly for the repair of restraints system wiring. Repairing damaged restraints system wiring, when applicable and the parts and procedures are available, can save unnecessary replacement of the main body and instrument panel wiring harnesses.

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What's A GM Center Pillar?

Posted on 22 December 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. Thankfully, General Motors (GM) uses terms that most of us are familiar with.

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Today’s Advanced Vehicles Require Changes in Collision Repair Attachment Methods – Part 1

Posted on 20 December 2014

This article originally appeared in the November/December edition of Fixed Ops Magazine.

Collision repair professionals are no different than any other professional – we are resistant to change. It took many years for repairers to make the switch to “MIG welding” for welding early unibody vehicles. (For this article we’ll use the term gas metal arc welding (GMAW) metal inert gas (MIG), or GMA (MIG)). (More on the reason, later.) It was a technology that was unfamiliar to many and there wasn’t a perceived need for change. History would prove otherwise, as there may not be a collision repair business in the country that doesn’t have a GMA (MIG) welder.

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Repair or Replace? – Material Tensile Strength Key to Repairability

Posted on 23 September 2014

Repair or Replace? – Material Tensile Strength Key to Repairability

Jason Bartanen, I-CAR Director, Industry Technical Relations

The world of steels continues to evolve at a rapid pace and repair professionals need to keep up. In order to perform complete, safe, and quality repairs, it’s imperative to identify the type of material we’re working with, to know what is repairable, and know which options we have for part replacement when straightening is not an option.

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Strategy Based Diagnostics In Collision Repair

Posted on 19 September 2014

by Chuck Olsen, Collision Diagnostic Services (CDS)

Strategy Based Diagnostics is an automotive best practice routine that was initially published by GM after studying and observing successful technicians in the field who consistently meet or exceed productivity standards with the lowest levels of "re-checks" or "comebacks." Since GM published this best practice, Strategy Based Diagnostics has been adopted by most in the automotive repair field.

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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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It's Not Just About Aluminum

Posted on 30 July 2014

Today's Vehicles Require Updated Collision Repair Tools And Training

by Jason Bartanen

Ever since the unveiling of the 2015 Ford F-150 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, the U.S. automotive industry has been buzzing about this game changing, aluminum intensive vehicle.

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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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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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Can You Section A General Motors Vehicle Without A Procedure?

Posted on 28 March 2014

Did you know that in 2013, General Motors published a position statement that identifies that sectioning should only be performed in recommended areas? This warning is applicable to all GM lines including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC.

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I-CAR Training and Certification: Steel Sectioning Course Updated

Posted on 7 November 2013

To help the industry be better prepared for repairing new vehicles, I-CAR has updated the Training and Certification: Steel Sectioning. With the changes to vehicles happening daily from new materials, thinner materials, new technologies, and new repair procedures, collision repair technicians have had to update their skills to repair the new vehicles.

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General Motors eAssist Electric System

Posted on 11 October 2012

Another version of electric-assist vehicle technology is showing up in collision repair facilities. General Motors in 2012 introduced what it refers to as "light electrification" technology on select models. This system is called eAssist, and is available on some 2012 Buick LaCrosse, Regal, and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu models (see Figure 1).

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General Motors Overlap Sectioning Joint

Posted on 31 May 2012

Until recently, General Motors has generally specified butt joints with backings when sectioning parts of a uniside. However, an overlap joint is now being required for some uniside sectioning joints. This is being done to reduce the transfer of heat from GMA welding into heat-sensitive high- and ultra-high-strength steel reinforcements. The concern with a butt joint with backing is that the backing piece does not extend to the pinchweld flange, and leaves the reinforcement exposed. As a result, a GMA weld is made on the pinchweld flange area of the reinforcement (see Figure 1).

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Three-Dimensional Measuring Equipment - Is It Really Necessary?

Posted on 8 September 2011

I-CAR has been emphasizing the importance of three-dimensional measuring since its founding in 1979, but is it really required to repair a vehicle? After all, three-dimensional measuring systems are considerably more expensive compared to the much more affordable tape measure or tram gauge (see Figure 1).

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