I-CAR News – Ford

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.

One-Time-Use Parts: Ford/Lincoln

Posted on 4 June 2021

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"?

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Ford/Lincoln Bumper Cover Repairability Position Statement

Posted on 10 May 2021

Ford/Lincoln released position statements on May 3rd, 2021, about repairing bumper covers on vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

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Bumper Cover Repair With ADAS: Ford/Lincoln - UPDATE

Posted on 10 May 2021

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 Ford/Lincoln say on the subject?

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Ford/Lincoln Service Information Site VIN-Based Information Filtering

Posted on 22 April 2021

Service information sites are the standard on accessing repair and other vehicle information. Often these websites make minor upgrades or changes to navigating or otherwise using the site, but typically nothing that changes the information available on a particular vehicle.

However, on occasion, a service information website adds a feature that makes a difference in information available for the late-model vehicle being researched. Let’s take a look at the filtering features on the Ford/Lincoln website.

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Ford On Target 2021: Volume 1

Posted on 5 April 2021

Ford has released the first installment of their On Target publication for 2021. Features of this issue include an article on 2021 Ford Bronco vehicle construction, which identifies the type of steel that specific body parts are made from.

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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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Ford/Lincoln Has Video Procedures: 2015-Present Ford F-150 Outer Box Side Replacement

Posted on 16 February 2021

Ford has released a video on updated procedures for 2015-present F-150 outer box side replacement. It is important to know that these updated procedures apply ONLY to the F-150 and not to Super Duty trucks

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Ford Updates F-150 Outer Box Side Replacement Procedure

Posted on 17 December 2020

Ford has an exciting new update available for the Ford F-150 outer box side replacement and the attachment methods allowed.

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OEM Linking Pin: Ford F-150 Running Board Mounting Location Repairability

Posted on 16 December 2020

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. A common question when it comes to the 2015 and newer Ford F-150 is the repairability of the running board mounting location. Specifically, when the stud is torn out of the inner rocker panel (see Figure 1). We reached out to Ford for clarification.

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Ford On Target 2020: Volume 4

Posted on 11 December 2020

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2020: Volume 4. Features of this issue include an article on Ford supplemental restraints system (SRS), an overview of Ford blind spot information system (BLIS) Technology, and a continued look at the Ford lane keeping system. Also covered is a 2020 Lincoln Aviator/Ford Explorer frame assembly overview, construction material details for the 2020 Lincoln Corsair dash panel and front fenders, a look inside the industry, and a truly unprecedented year in review.

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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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Ford On Target 2020: Volume 3

Posted on 30 September 2020

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2020: Volume 3. Features of this issue include an article on Ford joining other OEMs to help fight counterfeit parts, an in-depth look on the proper use of a file belt sander when removing spot welds, and an overview of the 2021 Bronco and the redesigned 2021 F-150.

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Repairer Driven News: Ford F-150 - Proper Rivet Replacement And Rocker Panel Extrusion

Posted on 24 August 2020

Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article specifically covering the repair of the aluminum bodied F-150. The article focuses on misconceptions, or bad information that is widespread throughout the industry regarding rivets, and the rocker panel reinforcement.

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Ford/Lincoln Has Video Procedures: 2019 Ford Transit Side Panel Replacement

Posted on 13 August 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 the 2019 Ford Transit side panel repair video.

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Ford/Lincoln Has Video Procedures

Posted on 7 August 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 Ford/Lincoln.

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Ford On Target 2020: Volume 2

Posted on 2 July 2020

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2020: Volume 2. Features of this issue include an in-depth article on Ford’s position statement on the use of non-OEM structural rivets and glass. Information on the approved bonding adhesives for carbon fiber repairs on the Ford GT, and a continuation of the breakdown of the materials used in the construction of the 2020 Lincoln Corsair are also highlighted.

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Repairer Driven News: 2021 Ford F-150

Posted on 30 June 2020

Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article on the 2021 Ford F-150. The article focuses on the available hybrid powertrain known as PowerBoost. This system will give an estimated 700-mile driving range.

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Non-SRS Wiring Repairs: Ford/Lincoln

Posted on 19 June 2020

What is a non-SRS wiring repair? It is the repairing of an electrical component that is not part of the supplemental restraints system (SRS) 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. Let’s take a closer look at Ford/Lincoln.

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Ford/Lincoln Position Statement: Use Of Non-OEM Glass

Posted on 3 June 2020

Ford/Lincoln has released a position statement on the use of non-OEM glass on their vehicles.

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Ford/Lincoln Position Statement: Non-OEM Structural Rivets

Posted on 3 June 2020

Ford/Lincoln has released a position statement on the use of non-OEM structural rivets on their vehicles.

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Straightening And Heat: Ford/Lincoln 

Posted on 29 May 2020

A question often asked of the Repairability Technical Support (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 Ford/Lincoln has to say.

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Calibration Research Tips: Ford/Lincoln Module Programming

Posted on 12 May 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 Ford/Lincoln module programming.

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Ford/Lincoln ADAS Repair Planning: Do You Have All The Information?

Posted on 17 April 2020

While researching body repair manuals (BRM) and service manuals, we're creating OEM-specific articles for additional information needed when repair planning. The goal of these articles is to help repairers create a more complete and accurate repair plan. One key aspect of repair planning is being aware of the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) equipped on the vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at two examples from Ford/Lincoln.

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Ford/Lincoln: Coronavirus Recommended Disinfection Procedure

Posted on 2 April 2020

Ford/Lincoln has released two documents in regard to disinfecting for protection against the Coronavirus.

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Ford On Target 2020: Volume 1

Posted on 11 March 2020

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2020: Volume 1. Features of this issue include an in-depth article on the repair of the 2019 Ford Transit side panel. A continuation of their series on proper vehicle diagnostic methods, and a breakdown of the materials used in the construction of the 2020 Lincoln Corsair.

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OEM Linking Pin: 2015-Present Ford F-150 NVH Foam

Posted on 27 February 2020

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 for clarification on noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) foam replacement on a fender.

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Calibration Research Tips: Ford/Lincoln Adaptive Lighting

Posted on 18 February 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 Ford/Lincoln’s adaptive lighting systems.

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Calibration Research Tips: Ford/Lincoln Parking Sensor Operation Check

Posted on 14 February 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 Ford/Lincoln’s parking sensors.

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Your 2019 Favorites: Top Ten Sectioning and Partial Part Articles

Posted on 3 January 2020

Now that the new year is underway, let’s take a look at some of your favorite things from 2019. We will continue with your favorite sectioning and partial part replacement articles.

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Your 2019 Favorites: Top Articles

Posted on 2 January 2020

As 2020 rolls in, we can reflect back on what the previous year had to offer. Let's take a look at some of the collision industry information you've been most interested in from this past year. These are the most popular articles from 2019.

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Ford On Target 2019: Volume 4

Posted on 20 December 2019

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2019: Volume 4. Features of this issue include an overview of the 2019 Ford Ranger A-pillar reinforcement replacement, and how to identify Ford OEM glass.

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Ford Collision Report: OE Glass Video

Posted on 15 November 2019

Ford released a video about their fixed glass replacement. The video touches on key areas of glass removal and replacement. This is only an overview, and the vehicle-specific Workshop manual should always be referenced for glass procedures.

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Spot And Plug Weld Nugget Size: Ford/Lincoln

Posted on 13 November 2019

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 Ford/Lincoln has to say.

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OEM Linking Pin: Ford/Lincoln Overlap Measurement With Spot Welds

Posted on 30 October 2019

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 for clarification on what the panel overlap measurement should be if not specified in the Workshop manual when using squeeze-type resistance spot welding.

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Ford/Lincoln: ADAS Collision Report Video

Posted on 29 October 2019

Ford and Lincoln vehicles now come with many advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The ADAS Collision Report video goes into detail about these systems, and how important it is that they’re repaired and calibrated correctly.

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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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Ford On Target 2019: Volume 3

Posted on 24 October 2019

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2019: Volume 3. Features of this issue include an overview of the 2019 Ford F-150 Lane Keeping System, 2020 Ford Explorer vehicle-specific body construction, and highlights of the all-new 2020 Ford Escape.

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Ford/Lincoln Fixed Glass Replacement With Adhesive Moldings

Posted on 7 October 2019

Ford recently updated the information on their fixed glass procedures in regard to fixed glass with adhesive moldings.

Previously, the Ford On Target: 2019 Volume 2 stated that any stationary glass with adhesive moldings must be discarded, and a new glass installed. Ford has revised the Ford On Target 2019: Volume 2 with new information on replacing fixed glass with adhesive moldings. It now states:

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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: 2019 Ford Explorer

Posted on 6 August 2019

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 get questions in regard to calibration of ADAS. Many of these questions can be answered simply by searching 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 Ford Explorer ADAS.

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OEM Linking Pin: 2013-2014 Ford Fusion A-Pillar Laser Weld Replacement

Posted on 5 August 2019

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 how to replace the laser weld on the A-Pillar of a 2013 Ford Fusion.

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Repairer Driven News: Material Usage on 2020 Ford Escape

Posted on 12 July 2019

Ford’s redesigned 2020 Escape utilizes much more boron steel in the structure, it has been described as a "plentiful" amount. In addition to the boron usage, a long martensitic ultra-high strength steel tube goes from the A-pillar to the C-pillar. An article published by Repairer Driven News (RDN) goes into more detail.

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Ford On Target 2019: Volume 2

Posted on 19 June 2019

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2019: Volume 2. Features of this issue include 2019 Ford Ranger A-pillar outer panel removal guidelines, and 2019 legislative updates on State bills regarding OEM procedures. You will also find additional information about I-CAR and Ford collaborations, which highlights collision repair workshops and a schedule for the workshops.

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High-Strength Steel Prevalent in the 2020 Ford Escape

Posted on 10 May 2019

Ford’s 2020 Escape has been fully redesigned and is loaded with technology that collision repairers need to be aware of. This include different material usage, multiple powertrain options, and tons of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Let’s check out this update to the Escape.

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I-CAR 360: 2019 Ford Expedition/Lincoln Navigator Series Video Now Available

Posted on 24 April 2019

The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360 video on the 2019 Ford/Lincoln Expedition/Navigator. The video provides a 360 tour around the aluminum bodied Expedition/Navigator.

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OEM Linking Pin: 2015-Present Ford F-150 NVH Pads

Posted on 19 April 2019

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 NVH pad replacement on aluminum Ford F-Series pickups.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2019 Ford F-150

Posted on 29 March 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 Ford F-150.

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Ford On Target 2019: Volume 1

Posted on 21 March 2019

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2019: Volume 1. Features of the issue include collision repair procedures for the 2019 Ford Ranger front fender apron repair.

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OEM Linking Pin: Number of Welds on Ford/Lincoln Vehicles

Posted on 12 March 2019

When welding a replacement panel on a vehicle, it is important to know how many welds should be placed along the panel. When it comes to panel replacement on a Ford or Lincoln vehicle, the number of welds shown in a replacement procedure is not necessarily the number of welds that should be made on the vehicle being repaired.

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2019 Ford Ranger Overview

Posted on 28 February 2019

There are several videos available from Ford that gives a brief overview of the repairability of new models. The newest video is on the all new 2019 Ford Ranger.

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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 Ford Expedition

Posted on 28 December 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 Ford Expedition.

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Ford/Lincoln Position Statement: Pre- and Post-Repair System Scanning

Posted on 10 December 2018

All of the advancements in vehicle technology in recent years have led to Ford and Lincoln position statements on pre- and post-repair scanning. Let’s take a look at the guidelines laid out by Ford/Lincoln on this subject.

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Ford On Target 2018: Volume 3

Posted on 5 November 2018

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2018: Volume 3. Features of the issue include highlights of the 2019 Ford Ranger, aluminum rivet bonding techniques, and part 2 of roof replacement procedure on a 2018 Ford F-150. Let’s take a look at this edition.

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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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Ford On Target 2018: Volume 2

Posted on 13 August 2018

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2018: Volume 2. Let’s take a look at this edition.

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Where Do I Find Other Types Of Information In Ford/Lincoln?

Posted on 6 June 2018

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 restraint 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 Ford/Lincoln website.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Ford F-150

Posted on 11 May 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 F-150.

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Locating ADAS Information: Ford/Lincoln

Posted on 9 April 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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Ford On Target: 2018 Volume 1

Posted on 21 March 2018

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2018: Volume 1. Features of the issue include collision repair options for the new Expedition and Navigator, highlights of the new Ford EcoSport, information on the new Ford Ranger, and repair procedures for both the EcoSport and the Continental. Let’s take a look at this edition.

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Updated Ford and Lincoln Position Statements Available

Posted on 13 March 2018

Ford and Lincoln updated their position statements. The updated position statements are available on the RTS portal under the OEM Information tab. Let’s take a look at what’s changed.

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OEM Linking Pin: 2015-2017 Ford F-150 Cab Floor

Posted on 8 February 2018

What does Ford say about sectioning the cab floor and reinforcements on a 2015-2017 Ford F-150?

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Repairer Driven News: 2019 Ford Ranger Unveiled

Posted on 2 February 2018

It’s auto show time and the highly anticipated Ford Ranger was shown off at the North American Auto Show. Some, but not all, details have been released on the Ranger. Repairer Driven News (RDN) published an article with some of the available details on the new midsize truck.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Ford Explorer

Posted on 1 February 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 Ford Explorer.

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OEM Linking Pin: Ford Updates Recommended Steel Repairability Matrix

Posted on 25 January 2018

Ford has updated their Recommended Steel Repairability Matrix

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I-CAR 2018 Ford Expedition And Lincoln Navigator Aluminum Body And Structural Repair Course

Posted on 15 December 2017

The 2018 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator are beginning to roll off the showroom floor. The 2018 models have been fully redesigned. This includes an all-new aluminum body on a steel frame. Similar to the 2015 Ford F-150, there will be a bit of a learning curve for repairing these vehicles. Luckily, I-CAR has an online course available, the 2018 Ford Expedition And Lincoln Navigator Aluminum Body and Structural Repair course covers important information that you will need to know to repair the new Expedition/Navigator.

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Ford On Target 2017 Volume 3

Posted on 30 November 2017

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2017: Volume 3. Features of the issue include the introduction of the new Expedition and Navigator, highlights of the Lincoln Continental, and a fixed glass removal procedure. Let’s take a look at this this edition.

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Dynamic Calibration Video Exclusive with Bosch's Steve Zack

Posted on 28 September 2017

Recently, we caught up with scan tool expert Steve Zack, Bosch Technical Instructor, to learn more about calibration requirements for forward-facing cameras and sensors. To learn more about our conversation with Steve, check out this great video.

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Where Did the Ford Inertia Switch Go?

Posted on 21 September 2017

Remember how much time was spent trying to figure out why a newly repaired Ford vehicle wouldn’t start? Then only to find out that someone bumped the Ford Inertia Fuel Shutoff Switch during reassembly. You might have noticed that those switches, with the red button have disappeared. Let’s take a look at what happened to them.

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OEM Linking Pin: Ford F-150 Factory Installed Running Boards

Posted on 29 August 2017

Many of the 2015-2017 Ford F-150s come with factory installed running boards. If you have had to replace the inner rocker panel lately, you may have noticed that the replacement inner rocker panel was missing hardware to install the running board after replacement. So, we reached out to our contacts at Ford to find the answer to this problem.

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Ford On Target: 2017 Volume 2

Posted on 2 August 2017

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2017: Volume 2. Features of this volume include repair procedures, future technologies, and replacement parts availability. Let’s take a look at this issue of On Target.

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Body Construction and Material Repair Guidelines: Ford/Lincoln

Posted on 26 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 Ford/Lincoln has to say.

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Corrosion Protection Guidelines: Ford/Lincoln

Posted on 27 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 Ford/Lincoln says.

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Additional Calibration Requirements: Ford/Lincoln

Posted on 26 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 Ford/Lincoln vehicles.

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Structural Sectioning Procedures: Ford/Lincoln

Posted on 8 May 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 Ford/Lincoln says about structural sectioning.

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Ford On Target - 2017 Volume 1: Outer B-Pillar Removal

Posted on 29 March 2017

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2017: Volume 1. Features of this issue include how Ford has made the 2017 Super Duty an all-aluminum body over a steel frame, following suit of the F-150. The article describes many of the specs and features of the new model. Ford also has shared an outline for removing the B-Pillar Outer Panel. Let’s take a look at this procedure.

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Ford On Target - 2017 Volume 1: Super Duty Frame

Posted on 20 March 2017

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2017: Volume 1. One of the articles discusses the construction and repairability of the frame on the 2017 Super Duty. Ford has made the 2017 Super Duty an all-aluminum body, over a steel frame following suit of the F-150. With mixed materials, special considerations need to be taken with the frame construction. The article describes what materials the frame is comprised of, and how it is constructed. Also, what parts are available for repairing the frame after a collision. Let’s take a look at the new Super Duty frame.

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2017 Ford Super Duty Outer Box Side: UPDATE

Posted on 13 March 2017

New body design, new procedures, new instruction sheets, same repair question; “What self-piercing rivets (SPRs) should we use to replace the outer box side on the 2017 Ford Super Duty?”

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OEM Linking Pin: Ford/Lincoln Outer Uniside Sectioning

Posted on 6 March 2017

We have had several inquiries about steel outer uniside sectioning on Ford and Lincoln vehicles. To find the answers you need, let’s look at the Ford/Lincoln repair information.

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OEM Linking Pin: Ford Mustang Quarter Panel Sectioning

Posted on 27 February 2017

A hot topic question that the ASK I-CAR team has been repeatedly asked, “Does Ford have an approved sectioning procedure for the outer quarter panel that does not require the removal of the roof panel?” We now have the answer!

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OEM Linking Pin: 2017 Ford Super Duty Instruction Sheets Now Available

Posted on 8 February 2017

Through I-CAR OEM Linking PIN activity, Ford has released instruction sheets for the new 2017 aluminum body F-Series Super Duty. These instruction sheets, similar to the sheets previously released for the F-150 when it made the change to aluminum, are now available on the Repairability Technical Support (RTS) Portal. Let’s take a look at what is included in these sheets and how to access them.

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Weld-Through Primer Guidelines: Ford/Lincoln

Posted on 25 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 Ford/Lincoln recommends and where this information can be found.

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2016 SEMA - Ford F-150 Box Side Replacement: UPDATE

Posted on 29 November 2016

For those of you that weren’t able to attend the 2016 SEMA show there was a live demonstration on replacing the aluminum box side on the Ford F-150. But luckily Collision Hub’s cameras were rolling. Let’s take a look at the video.

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Ford On Target: 2016 Volume 3

Posted on 28 October 2016

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2016: Volume 3. Features of this volume include the new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty design and vehicle highlights for the 2017 Escape.

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Collision Information Website Access: Ford/Lincoln

Posted on 24 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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Ford/Lincoln Glass Replacement Requirements

Posted on 2 September 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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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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Selecting The Correct Welding Equipment: Aluminum Welding

Posted on 28 June 2016

When it comes to selecting your next piece of welding equipment, there are many different choices. Let’s take a look at how you can choose wisely for your repair facility.

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Duplicating the OEM Attachment Method May Not Always Be The Proper Repair Process

Posted on 16 June 2016

The Ask I-CAR team continues to field calls stating: “I was sent the wrong rivets.”

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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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Ford And Lincoln Restraints Wiring

Posted on 16 May 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 Ford and Lincoln position on this subject.

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Ford On Target 2016 Volume 1 Available

Posted on 30 March 2016

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2016: Volume 1. Features of this volume include the 2015 F-150 front door-skin panel installation procedure, an overview of the new 2016 Mustang, and a glimpse into the future of vehicle lighting at Ford.

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Ford/Lincoln Website Navigation Video: UPDATE

Posted on 8 February 2016

Ford/Lincoln has updated the Motorcraft Service Information website at: www.motorcraftservice.com The updated website changes how to find the collision repair information you need.

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Is A Spot Welder A Required Tool?

Posted on 13 January 2016

If you are working on a late model vehicle you're most likely going to run into high-strength steel and that will affect the attachment method that will be required. Let's take a look at what some of vehicle makers have to say on spot welding.

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Collision Repair Diagnostics — The Next Essential Collision Repair Process

Posted on 18 December 2015

Article originally appeared in Repairer Driven News on December 17, 2015

By Steve Marks

Would you ever attempt to repair a late-model collision-damaged vehicle without three-dimensional measuring? Of course you wouldn’t. Without measuring, it isn’t possible to determine the extent of damage, or to identify hidden damage – which can impact the safety of drivers and passengers in future accidents.

Yet, every day, many vehicles are returned to owners with hidden damage because according to technicians, “There isn’t a warning lamp illuminated on the dash.”

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2015 Ford Instruction Sheets With The Part

Posted on 22 October 2015

Since the release of the 2015 Ford F-150, 2015 F-150 Collision Repair Sheets have been included with the replacement parts. These sheets have the part numbers and attachment methods available for a particular part. Some of these sheets have been updated to improve repairability. So how do you know if there has been an update to the repair sheet for the part that you are replacing?

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Ford F-150 Adaptive Cruise Control Recall

Posted on 2 October 2015

Ford has issued a recall on the 2015 Ford F-150 adaptive cruise control (ACC) system. Let's take a look at how this may affect your customers and prevent a potential comeback.

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Ford Lane Keep Assist Overview

Posted on 30 September 2015

On the new Ford F-150, lane keep assist is an available option. With any of the advanced vehicle safety systems, one of the most important things to know is how to identify the system is on the vehicle at the repair facility. Once identified, information is needed on when calibration is required and what tools and equipment are needed to perform the calibration. Let's take a look at the lane keep assist system on the 2015 Ford F-150.

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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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I-CAR 360 Video: 2015 Ford F-150 – We’d Like Your Feedback

Posted on 31 August 2015

The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new video concept and we’re looking for your feedback. The concept videos provide a 360 tour around a late model, popular vehicle; the first being the 2015 Ford F-150. The videos are designed to inform collision repair professionals of potential items you may encounter when an unfamiliar, new vehicle arrives at your facility. The goal of the videos is not to teach 'how' to repair, but to heighten your awareness that special tools, equipment, and training may be required.

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When Is A Scan Tool Required?

Posted on 25 August 2015

Recently, two collision repair diagnostic experts suggested that 70% of today’s collision damaged vehicles require some type of diagnostic work. That’s a lot of vehicles! So it comes as no surprise that I-CAR has received a number of Ask I-CAR inquiries asking when collision repair diagnostics are required.

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OEM Linking Pin: 2015 Ford F-150 Outer Box Side Replacement Options - UPDATE

Posted on 7 August 2015

The method for replacing the outer box side on the 2015 Ford F-150 has been a popular area of discussion, and many people are asking, "What are my options and is one missing?"

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Great Designs in Steel 2015 Presentations: A Closer Look - 2015 Ford Edge

Posted on 13 July 2015

In case you missed it, John Reed from Ford Motor Company presented "Advanced High-Strength Steel Technologies in the 2015 Ford Edge" at Great Designs in Steel 2015.

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2015 Ford F-150: It’s Not All Aluminum

Posted on 2 July 2015

While you’ve undoubtedly heard about Ford’s revolutionary new F-150 and its aluminum-intensive unitized body, the frame remains steel. However, similar to its aluminum body, the frame has also been redesigned.

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2015 Ford F-150 Repair Information

Posted on 26 June 2015

The Instruction Sheets aren't the only resource that Ford has made available for repairing the 2015 Ford F-150. Ford also has repair information in the Body and Paint section of the Workshop Manual. Here's why it's helpful to reference both the Instruction Sheets and Workshop Manual.

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Sourcing Rivets for 2015 Ford F-150 Repairs

Posted on 3 June 2015

Many of you have been wondering how you will obtain the elusive blind rivets, solid rivets, and self-piercing rivets (SPRs) that you will need when you get one of those new aluminum 2015 Ford F-150s in your repair facility. We can help you out with that because we recently ordered some for ourselves.

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How To Video for the Henrob Self-Piercing Rivet Tool

Posted on 23 April 2015

Have you recently purchased a Henrob self-piercing rivet (SPR) removal and installation tool as part of your 2015 Ford F-150 tool package? Are you looking for more information on how to use it?

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Ford Releases Update to 2015 Ford F-150 Box Side Collision Repair Sheets

Posted on 21 April 2015

Ford released an update to the 2015 F-150 F-Series Box Side Outer Assembly Collision Repair Sheet. The updated version in now available on our website.

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Step-By-Step: Accessing Ford/Lincoln Repair Information

Posted on 14 April 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 Ford OEM Information and/or Lincoln OEM Information page.

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Ford On Target: 2015 Volume 1

Posted on 20 March 2015

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2015: Volume 1. Features of this volume include where to find the 2015 Ford F-150 installation instructions and updated approved paint systems for refinish.

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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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One Month of Production on the Books for the 2015 Ford F-150

Posted on 11 December 2014

On November 11, 2014, Ford announced that the 2015 Ford F-150 production has begun for delivery this month. It's been a month, have you seen one yet?

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Want More Detailed Repair Information On The 2015 Ford F-150?

Posted on 5 December 2014

Now that the 2015 F-150 Instruction Sheets are available on the I CAR Repairability Technical Support Portal, you may also want more details about the procedures. For that information, the best place to look is Ford's repair information website: www.motorcraftservice.com. This is a pay site, with short-term access options.

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Ford F-150 Collision Repair Instruction Sheets Part Numbers

Posted on 4 December 2014

FAQ: What is the purpose of the part numbers in the upper right corner of the 2015 F-150 Instruction Sheets?

Answer: The part numbers are used for two different replacement options:

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2015 Ford F-150 Collision Repair Sheets: Updates

Posted on 3 December 2014

In case you missed it, Ford released the 2015 F-150 Collision Repair Sheets. There have been some minor edits to the following sheets and the updated versions have been replaced on our website.

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2015 Ford F-150 Collision Repair Instruction Sheets, Why Are There So Many Part Numbers?

Posted on 26 November 2014

With the release of the 2015 Ford F-150 Collision Repair Instruction Sheets there are bound to be a few questions. So lets take a look, at first glance it may be slightly overwhelming but it really is simpler than it may first appear. Each sheet has a list of all the part numbers and quantity of the rivets that may be used in a particular spot. Due to the fact there are different fastener options there are multiple part numbers for each of the attachment locations.

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I-CAR Releases 2015 Ford F-150 Collision Repair Sheets on Repairability Technical Support Portal

Posted on 21 November 2014

I-CAR®, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced today that 51 collision repair instruction sheets, just released by Ford for the now launching 2015 Ford F-150, are now available on the I‑CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) Portal. The 2015 Ford F-150 collision repair instruction sheets provide important detailed instructions on part removal and installation procedures for front rail (apron tube) installation, pillars and rocker panel installation, roof and roof rail installation, and more.

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Becoming Ford F-150 Recognized Aluminum Repairer

Posted on 28 October 2014

FAQ: What tools and equipment do I need to repair the new Ford F-150?

ANSWER: There are a wide variety of options available and you need to asses what will work for your shop.

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Minimum Driveaway Time For Urethane Adhesive

Posted on 3 October 2014

With the release of the updated I-CAR Stationary Glass (GLA02e) course, I-CAR is recognizing minimum driveaway time for urethane adhesive. This is a time specification that the glass industry has agreed on when a vehicle that has had a stationary glass replacement can be released to the customer. It is when the adhesive has achieved enough strength to pass Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) 212, windshield retention, and 208, occupant protection.

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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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Ford On Target: Volume 2

Posted on 11 September 2014

Ford has released their publication, Ford On Target 2014: Volume 2. Read about the 2015 Ford F-150 and the greener single-stage paint process on the 2015 Ford Transit.

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Ford On Target Available Here

Posted on 29 August 2014

You may or may not have read them, so here's your chance to catch up! Archived issues of the Ford On Target publication from 2013 are now available.

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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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What's A Ford/Lincoln Back Panel?

Posted on 15 August 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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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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2015 Ford Mustang to Employ Extensive Use of HSS & UHSS

Posted on 8 July 2014

Earlier this year, at Great Designs in Steel 2014, Ford shared details about the construction of the 2015 Ford Mustang. The 2015 Mustang will use a variety of different steels, from mild to ultra-high-strength (UHSS), throughout the vehicle structure.

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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 Ford Lap-Joint Backer Plate?

Posted on 13 May 2014

In your recent pursuit of late-model Ford sectioning information, you've scanned past the term "lap-joint backer plate" in their body repair manuals. Wait a minute, pause, rewind, what is a lap-joint backer plate and how do you make that?

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OEM Linking Pin: Did You Think That Ford Was Allowing General Sectioning?

Posted on 9 May 2014

"NOTE: The following steps provide a general guideline for replacement of body structure components. Refer to exploded views for specific component and assembly information." Additionally Ford says "Where possible, create a backer piece using a portion of the old panel. This will create a stronger joint."

These statements are found in the 2007-2014 Ford Mustang body repair manual under "Inner Body Reinforcing Panels" at www.motorcraftservice.com. Like others, you may have questioned if this is a general guideline giving you permission to apply general sectioning guidelines.

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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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The Aluminum Difference

Posted on 9 December 2013

What's Iowa Got To Do With It?

by Jason Bartanen

We've seen a lot of changes in vehicle technology over the years. With each of these changes come new challenges and new opportunities. When the unibody vehicle was introduced, repair professionals were required to change their approach to collision repair, from damage analysis through the repair process. With the introduction of GMA (MIG) welding, additional requirements for repairs included new training and equipment. And passive restraint systems presented a completely different type of challenge, involving electronics and diagnostics.

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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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Ford F-150 Body Mount Cage Nuts

Posted on 22 December 2011

Beginning with the 2009 model year Ford F-150, the cab body mount bolts are secured with a cage nut. The cage nut is held in position inside a cage nut retainer that is attached to the inside of a floor crossmember. The crossmember is attached to the underside of the floor pan, which creates an enclosure for the cage nut. The retainer has two nut retaining tabs, one on each opposing side of the nut that are folded against the nut to hold it in place (see Figure 1).

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2012 Ford Focus Active Grille Shutters

Posted on 29 June 2011

When making collision repairs to the 2012 Ford Focus, be aware that the vehicle may be equipped with an active grille shutter system (see Figure 1). This motorized system is located in front of the radiator, which places it in a vulnerable position during front-end collisions.

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Collision Repair And The 2011 Ford Fiesta

Posted on 17 December 2010

The 2011 Ford Fiesta is a complete reintroduction of the model name, and one glance will tell you the new Fiesta bears hardly any resemblance to its earlier 1978 namesake (see Figure 1). The Fiesta is based on Ford's new global B-platform, which is planned for use on more vehicles in the next few years. It's available in a four- and five-door body style. Both of the styles are classified as a mini-car. The 2011 Ford Fiesta is the first mini-car to earn a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety since the introduction of a new roof strength test.

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