I-CAR News – Honda

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.

Honda/Acura ADAS Information Documents: UPDATE

Posted on 16 March 2021

Honda/Acura have released updated versions of their advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) related Job Aids.

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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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Hybrid And Electric Vehicle Precautions: 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

Posted on 26 January 2021

There are many precautions and instructions to follow while inspecting and 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 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid.

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Your 2020 Favorites: Top Ten Vehicles In OEM Calibration Requirements Search

Posted on 7 January 2021

Now that the new year is underway, let’s take a look at some of your favorite things from 2020. We will continue with your most visited vehicles in the OEM Calibration Requirements Search.

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Your 2020 Favorites: Top Articles

Posted on 6 January 2021

As 2021 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 2020.

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OEM Linking Pin: Honda/Acura Hood Striker Repairability

Posted on 1 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. Recently, we had a technical inquiry that asked about the repairability of a hood striker. We reached out to Honda/Acura for clarification.

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Honda/Acura: Who Requires Or Recommends MIG Brazing?

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. Let’s see what Honda/Acura 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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OEM Linking Pin: Honda/Acura - Some New OEM Bumper Covers May Need Special Preparation

Posted on 8 September 2020

Have you found when scuffing a new Honda/Acura OEM bumper cover that sometimes the coating appears to be as hard as iron? 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. With this in mind, we reached out to Honda/Acura for guidance.

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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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Honda/Acura Has Video Procedures

Posted on 2 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 Honda/Acura.

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Calibration Research Tips: Honda/Acura Rear View Cameras

Posted on 23 April 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 the Honda/Acura rear view cameras.

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Honda/Acura Body Repair News Bulletins: Corrosion Protection

Posted on 23 March 2020

Honda/Acura has released Body Repair News bulletins with their guidelines on corrosion protection for collision repairs. These guidelines apply to all Honda/Acura vehicles, and are to be used as a supplement to the body repair manual.

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Honda/Acura: UHSS Spot Welding Tip Specification

Posted on 12 March 2020

As you may already be aware, Honda/Acura body repair manuals (BRM) specify spot welding conditions for ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS) in their procedures. However, you may have noticed that the procedure does not identify the type of spot welding tip to use. Let’s take a look at what tip to use and where this information can be found.

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Calibration Research Tips: Honda Sensing

Posted on 26 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 Honda Sensing.

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OEM Linking Pin: Honda/Acura SRS Inspection Clarification

Posted on 15 January 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 the Honda/Acura SRS Component Replacement/Inspection After Deployment document located in vehicle-specific body repair manuals.

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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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Spot And Plug Weld Nugget Size: Honda/Acura

Posted on 4 December 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 Honda/Acura has to say.

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Repairer Driven News: Honda Body Repair Manual Perspective

Posted on 27 November 2019

The article released by Repairer Driven News (RDN) states that Honda body repair manuals and procedures are “written from the perspective of a body in white”. This means that other parts of the service site may need to be referenced for removal and installation of related parts, or other related operations, in order to proceed with procedures in the body repair manual (BRM).

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Honda/Acura: Body Repair Manual Welding & Sectioning Guideline Revisions - UPDATE

Posted on 8 October 2019

Honda/Acura have published updated Body Repair News bulletins on welding and sectioning.

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Repairer Driven News: 2020 Honda CR-V

Posted on 30 September 2019

Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article on the changes to the 2020 CR-V. The Honda CR-V now comes standard with Honda Sensing for all trim packages. This means that 90% of their entire vehicle line up is equipped with this system. With more advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), it is even more important to follow OEM procedures for calibrating these systems. In an earlier position statement, Honda states: “The proliferation of electronic control systems has increased the number of potential DTCs beyond the point where a dashboard indicator can be installed and/or illuminated for every DTC. Dashboard indicators are intended for driver notification, not vehicle diagnostics.”

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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: 2019 Honda Pilot

Posted on 11 September 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 gets 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 detail than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Honda Pilot ADAS.

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Repairer Driven News: Honda To Roll Out New Airbags In 2020

Posted on 4 September 2019

You may be seeing a new airbag in the not so distant future according to Honda. This passenger front airbag is a new design that is intended to “catch” the passenger, similar to how a baseball glove catches a ball. The airbag features three chambers instead of the traditional one chamber airbag.

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Repairing Blind Spot Sensor Mounting Locations: Honda/Acura

Posted on 29 August 2019

As part of the research conducted by the I-CAR RTS team for the OEM Calibration Requirements Search, we have found that some OEMs provide measurements for blind spot sensor mounting locations. When this mounting location information is found, we will publish articles highlighting the information and where to locate it for that specific OEM.

When performing repairs, having measurements is a way to ensure the vehicle is repaired correctly. However, measurements are not always given for body panels. This typically isn’t a problem, until there are advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) involved, such as blind spot sensors. When mounting blind spot sensors on body panels, it can be crucial to have the mounting location straightened to the correct measurement. Some OEMs not only give measurements but may also provide alternative measuring methods to identify that the sensor is looking in the right direction. Let's see what Honda/Acura has to say.

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Repairer Driven News: 2012-15 Honda Civic Trunk Floor Serviceability

Posted on 3 July 2019

Part availability can play a major role in the repair plan for collision damaged vehicles. This is especially true when the way a part is serviced changes. Honda issued a Body Repair News publication reminding the collision industry that the trunk floor for the 2012-15 Honda Civic is not a single part anymore. Rather, it consists of four separate components.

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Honda/Acura: Additional High-Strength-Steel Welding Wire Approved

Posted on 14 June 2019

The Honda/Acura high-strength-steel welding wire has seen several changes in the past few years. The biggest change was going from Bosch DS980J to Bohler Union X96 welding wire. To answer the increased demand for the welding wire, Honda/Acura has expanded their list of welding wire types and suppliers.

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Honda/Acura: How To Locate Parts Information

Posted on 13 June 2019

Have you been looking for a quick and easy way to search for parts on the Honda or Acura vehicle in your shop? Well, in case you didn’t know, Honda/Acura provides a convenient link within their ServiceExpress pay website.

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Bumper Cover Repair With ADAS: Honda/Acura

Posted on 6 June 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 Honda/Acura say on the subject?

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OEM Linking Pin: 2018 Honda CR-V Trunk Sectioning

Posted on 31 May 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 the trunk floor sectioning procedure on a 2018 Honda CR-V.

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Honda/Acura Position Statement: Pre- and Post-Repair System Scanning - UPDATE

Posted on 22 May 2019

Honda /Acura have updated their position statement on pre- and post-repair scanning to give more clarification on what is expected for scanning.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2019 Honda Clarity

Posted on 17 May 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 Honda Clarity.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2019 Honda Fit

Posted on 28 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 2019 Honda Fit.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2019 Honda HR-V Crossover

Posted on 31 January 2019

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

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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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Non-SRS Wiring Repairs: Honda/Acura

Posted on 21 December 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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Honda/Acura Service Bulletin: Seam Sealers and Adhesives

Posted on 11 December 2018

Honda/Acura have released a service bulletin on December 7, updating their recommended list of seam sealers and adhesives for collision body repairs. The charts in the bulletin contain a variety of products from 3M, Fusor, SEM, and Kent.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2018 Honda CR-V

Posted on 4 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 Honda CR-V.

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Honda/Acura Updates Adhesive Recommendations

Posted on 17 October 2018

Honda/Acura has issued a new list of adhesive recommendations for specific Honda and Acura models. The body repair manual had specified using L&L L-0504 adhesive but is now advising the use of 3M 7333 Impact Resistant Structural Adhesive.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

Posted on 19 September 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 Accord Hybrid.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2018 Honda Fit

Posted on 7 September 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 Honda Fit.

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OEM Linking Pin: Honda/Acura Pedestrian Protection Brackets

Posted on 4 September 2018

Recently, a repair facility had a question on pedestrian protection bracket repairability. A pedestrian protection bracket tends to be used for mounting fenders to the upper rail. The bracket is designed to be collapsible in the event that a pedestrian gets hit by the vehicle and lands on the hood/fenders. The bracket will collapse, which will dampen the blown to the pedestrian. I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) reached out to Honda for clarification.

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Locating ADAS Information: Honda/Acura

Posted on 29 August 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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Repairer Driven News: 2019 Honda Pilot

Posted on 24 August 2018

The new 2019 Honda Pilot is set to arrive this year. A recent article by Repairer Driven News (RDN) covers many of the new features the collision repair industry will need to know.

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Honda/Acura Keyword Search

Posted on 2 August 2018

Honda and Acura use keyword searches to find repair information on the Service Express website. These keywords allow you to efficiently get to the repair information you are researching. Honda and Acura have made information easily accessible at techinfo.honda.com.

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Honda/Acura Keyword Search: Deployment

Posted on 23 July 2018

Honda and Acura use keyword searches to find repair information on the Service Express website. These keywords allow you to efficiently get to the repair information you are researching. When searching for information on replacing a supplemental restraint system (SRS) component after deployment, Honda and Acura have made component inspection, and replacement requirements, easily accessible at techinfo.honda.com.

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Honda/Acura Keyword Search: VIN Code

Posted on 12 July 2018

Honda and Acura use keyword searches to find repair information on the Service Express website. These keywords allow you to efficiently get to the repair information you are researching. When finding information on your vehicle and decoding your VIN, Honda and Acura have made information on Vehicle Build Data easily accessible at techinfo.honda.com.

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Honda Has Released The 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Body Repair News Bulletin

Posted on 10 July 2018

Honda has released the 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Body Repair News bulletin. This document gives an overview on some of the new features in the 2018 Accord Hybrid that may cause changes in how the vehicle is repaired. It highlights the use of 1500 MPa steel in the B-pillar as a stiffener. Also, in the B-pillar, there is a region containing 560-695 MPa steel where Honda allows a sectioning procedure.

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Honda/Acura Keyword Search: Body Repair Manual

Posted on 5 July 2018

Honda and Acura use keyword searches to find repair information on the Service Express website. These keywords allow you to efficiently get to the repair information you are researching. When repairing a vehicle, Honda and Acura have made information on body repairs easily accessible with body repair manuals (BRM) at techinfo.honda.com.

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Honda/Acura Keyword Search: Diagnostic Trouble Codes

Posted on 25 June 2018

Honda and Acura use keyword searches to find repair information on their Service Express website. These keywords allow you to efficiently get to the repair information you are researching. When diagnosing a vehicle, Honda and Acura have made information on diagnostic trouble codes (DTC), easily accessible at techinfo.honda.com.

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Honda/Acura Releases New Parts Information: UPDATE

Posted on 22 June 2018

Honda and Acura released an updated parts position statement: Driver Assist / Safety Systems May Fail Unless OE Parts Used. This statement supersedes the original publication issued November 2014. Whereas the old position statement listed only a limited number of specific models, the new statement has been broadened to cover all Honda and Acura vehicles equipped with the options listed in the original position statement.

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Honda Has Released The 2019 Honda Insight Body Repair News Bulletin

Posted on 21 June 2018

Honda has released the 2019 Honda Insight Body Repair News bulletin: 2019 Insight Model Series: New Body Repair Information.

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Honda/Acura Keyword Search: SRS

Posted on 19 June 2018

Honda and Acura use keyword searches to find repair information on the Service Express website. These keywords allow you to efficiently get to the repair information you are researching. When removing supplemental restraint systems (SRS), Honda and Acura have made information on removal and installation easily accessible at techinfo.honda.com.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Honda Civic Sedan

Posted on 15 June 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 Honda Civic Sedan.

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Honda/Acura Keyword Search: Fitting

Posted on 12 June 2018

Honda and Acura use keyword searches to find repair information on their Service Express website. These keywords allow you to efficiently get to the repair information you are researching. When replacing external parts on a vehicle, Honda and Acura have made information on panel gaps and dimensions easily accessible at techinfo.honda.com.

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Honda/Acura Steel Usage And Repairability Matrix

Posted on 7 June 2018

Honda/Acura release a steel usage and repairability matrix to the industry. Let’s take a closer look.

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Honda/Acura Keyword Search: Aiming

Posted on 5 June 2018

Honda and Acura use keyword searches to find repair information on the Service Express website. These keywords allow you to efficiently get to the repair information you are researching. With advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), comes the need to aim and calibrate those systems. Honda has made calibrating these systems easier through keyword searches at techinfo.honda.com.

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Honda/Acura Keyword Search: Settings

Posted on 31 May 2018

Honda and Acura use keyword searches to find repair information on the Service Express website. These keywords allow you to efficiently get to the repair information you are researching. There are many options when personalizing a vehicle, but Honda and Acura make it easy with their model-specific “Personalized Settings Worksheet.” This document can be accessed with a subscription to the Service Express website and one keyword.

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Partial Service Part/Assembly Replacement Procedures at Factory Seams: Honda/Acura

Posted on 26 April 2018

Does Honda/Acura have procedures for replacing a partial service part or assembly at factory seams?

While Honda/Acura vehicles may not have a replacement procedure for every part of every vehicle, they provide documentation on how parts can be replaced at a factory seam. However, certain requirements need to be met before replacing parts as a partial part or disassembling a service part at factory seams.

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Honda Has Released The 2018 Honda Odyssey Body Repair News Bulletin

Posted on 12 February 2018

Honda has released the 2018 Honda Odyssey Body Repair News bulletin:

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Honda Pilot

Posted on 19 January 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 Honda Pilot.

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Honda Has Released the 2017 Clarity Series Body Repair News Bulletin

Posted on 17 January 2018

Honda has released the Body Repair News bulletin: 2017 Clarity Series: Body Repair Information.

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Honda/Acura Outer Uniside Sectioning Joints

Posted on 11 January 2018

The age-old debate of what kind of sectioning joint should be used, on an outer uniside, seems never ending. One OEM says open-butt joint, others say butt joint with backing, and others use a lap joint. Some OEMs even require different sectioning joints within their product line. Honda/Acura have simplified this and now require the same joint type for every sectioning joint on an outer uniside.

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2018 Honda Accord Roof Replacement

Posted on 20 December 2017

The Honda Accord has been redesigned for the 2018 model year. Many changes came with the redesign including material use, attachment methods, and technology. A big change to take note of is the outer roof replacement procedure. This procedure differs a lot from any Honda roof replacement procedure we have seen in the past. From the factory, the Accords roof is attached with weld bonding in the corners and laser brazing on the sides. However, repair facilities will be unable to duplicate the laser brazing to reattach the roof. So how will the Accord’s roof be reattached?

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Honda Has Released The 2018 Honda Accord Body Repair News Bulletin

Posted on 12 December 2017

Honda has released the 2018 Honda Accord Body Repair News bulletin:

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Even One Degree Can Cause ADAS Failure

Posted on 27 November 2017

An article by Collision Repair Mag, from October 19, 2017, brings to light an IIHS study that proves that there is no margin for error when it comes to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Calibration is important, but if the parts that are being used are not manufactured correctly, the ADAS can be affected. Let’s take a look at how ADAS can be affected.

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TPMS Without the Sensor in the Tire

Posted on 16 November 2017

As of 2007 federal law required that vehicles be equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Most vehicles have a TPMS sensor located in tire that senses and reports the pressure of each tire. However, Honda has done away with this system on some of their models. Let’s take a look at this other system and what we need to know about it.

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OEM Linking Pin: Honda/Acura Weld-On Attachments

Posted on 14 November 2017

You’ve been asking us if Honda/Acura allows weld-on pins, washers, and tabs on outer body panels. Through our I-CAR linking pin activity, we reached out to Honda/Acura for the answer. Let’s take a look at their response.

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Honda 1500 MPa Welding

Posted on 8 November 2017

When Honda updated the Body Repair News: Body Repair Manual Welding & Sectioning Guideline Revisions in July there is a piece of information you may have missed. Let’s take a look.

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Honda/Acura Service News Article for Windshield Replacement

Posted on 6 October 2017

Did you know that Honda/Acura has a Service News Article that calls attention to the importance of using an OEM replacement windshield?

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I-CAR 360: Honda Odyssey Video Now Available

Posted on 20 September 2017

The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360° video on the 2017 Honda Odyssey. The video provides a 360° tour around the Odyssey. Let’s take a look.

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Body Construction and Material Repair Guidelines: Honda/Acura

Posted on 13 September 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 Honda/Acura has to say.

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Great Designs in Steel 2017 Presentations: A Closer Look - 2018 Honda Odyssey

Posted on 13 June 2017

In case you missed it, Nic Goldsberry from Honda R&D America Inc. presented The All-New 2018 Honda Odyssey at Great Designs in Steel 2017.

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Additional Calibration Requirements: Honda/Acura

Posted on 1 June 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. 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 Honda/Acura vehicles.

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Great Designs in Steel 2017 Presentations: A Closer Look - 2017 Honda Ridgeline

Posted on 24 May 2017

In case you missed it, Steve Behm from Honda R&D America Inc. presented "The 2017 Honda Ridgeline " at Great Designs in Steel 2017.

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Corrosion Protection Guidelines: Honda/Acura

Posted on 9 May 2017

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

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Structural Sectioning Procedures: Honda/Acura

Posted on 6 April 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 Honda/Acura says about structural sectioning.

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OEM Linking Pin: Honda Spot Welder Settings

Posted on 3 March 2017

When spot welding on a Honda vehicle, what settings should be used if the body repair manual doesn’t specify? We were recently asked this question so we escalated it up to Honda. Let’s see what they had to say.

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Battery Disconnect Considerations

Posted on 21 February 2017

When a damaged vehicle enters a collision repair facility, many times the repairs require the battery to be disconnected. Operations such as welding, SRS repairs, engine work, and body panels being open for extended periods of time, can all require that the battery be disconnected. At one time the radio presets would be written down before the battery was disconnected and programmed after the battery was reconnected. However, today many OEMs have special precautions or steps that need to be taken when disconnecting the battery. Let’s take a look at what some OEMs require when disconnecting the battery.

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Weld-Through Primer Guidelines: Honda/Acura

Posted on 20 December 2016

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 Honda/Acura recommends and where this information can be found.

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Honda/Acura Glass Replacement Requirements

Posted on 13 October 2016

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

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

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Collision Information Website Access: Honda/Acura

Posted on 21 September 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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Honda/Acura Easy Backup Sensor Diagnostics

Posted on 9 September 2016

Backup or parking sensors are being installed on a large number of today’s vehicles. Sensors can become damaged in collisions and it can be difficult to diagnose. However, Honda/Acura has an easier way to let technicians know which sensor may be damaged.

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Honda/Acura To Send Out Takata Recall Posters

Posted on 30 August 2016

The Takata airbag recall affects more than 25 automotive brands. In an effort to get these safety recalls completed, Honda/Acura is getting the word out on which vehicles have open recalls. Honda/Acura will be sending out posters, to be hung in repair facilities, that help make consumers aware that the recall exists and what Honda/Acura vehicles are affected. How can you help get these recalls completed? Let’s take a look.

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2016 MY Information in 2013 Honda/Acura Body Repair News

Posted on 17 August 2016

In case you missed it, in 2015 Honda/Acura revised a couple of their Body Repair News publications to include 2016 model year information. The titles did not change, so check the revision dates to make sure that you are looking at the correct versions.

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I-CAR 360: Honda Civic Sedan Video Now Available

Posted on 1 August 2016

The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360 video on the 2016 Honda Civic sedan. The video provides a 360 tour around the all new Civic sedan.

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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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Honda Has Released The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Body Repair News Bulletin

Posted on 5 July 2016

Honda has released the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Body Repair News bulletin:

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Great Designs in Steel 2016 Presentations: A Closer Look - 2016 Honda Civic

Posted on 6 June 2016

In case you missed it Shawn Crichley and TJ Palesanos from Honda R&D America Inc. presented "New Global Model Introduction: The All-New 2016 Honda Civic" at Great Designs in Steel 2016.

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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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2016 Honda Civic Body Repair News Bulletin: UPDATE

Posted on 22 April 2016

Honda has released an update to the 2016 Honda Civic Body Repair News bulletin:

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OEM Linking Pin: Honda Updates Current Generation Body Structures

Posted on 24 March 2016

Honda and Acura updated several of their current generation vehicle structures. Let's take a look at which vehicles have changed and where the updated information can be found.

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OEM Linking Pin: Honda/Acura Sectioning Clarification - UPDATE

Posted on 11 March 2016

In 2014, our contacts at Honda provided us with clarification on their Body Repair News on welding and sectioning. Here are the highlights of their sectioning clarification.

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What's A Honda/Acura Front Bulkhead?

Posted on 25 February 2016

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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Honda Has Released The 2016 Honda HR-V Body Repair News Bulletin

Posted on 15 February 2016

Honda has released the 2016 Honda HR-V Body Repair News bulletin:

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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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Honda Oil Requirements For A/C Systems With R-1234yf

Posted on 4 December 2015

Did you notice the A/C refrigerant that is in the 2016 Honda Civic? It's R-1234yf and it’s no typo that Honda is requiring POE compressor oil for this system and not PAG (like other OEMs).

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Honda/Acura Restraints Wiring

Posted on 13 November 2015

When it comes to supplemental restraint systems (SRS) wiring repairs there are a wide range of procedures between vehicle makers, so it is always important to check the service information before considering any repairs. Let's take a look at the Honda/Acura recommendations for SRS wiring repair.

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2016 Honda Civic Built With 1,500 MPa Steel Rear Rails - Complete Part Replacement Required

Posted on 10 November 2015

Earlier this year, at Great Designs In Steel (GDIS), Honda unveiled how they achieved a 20% weight reduction in rear rail design. The information was shared in presentation from Honda engineers titled “Hot Stamp Rear Frame Optimization” (http://bit.ly/1WPnYsq). The solution included a hot stamped single piece stamping that resulted in a 1,500 MPa steel rear rail. That 1,500 MPa design has now made its way into production and is found on the 2016 Honda Civic.

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Honda Has Released The 2016 Honda Civic Body Repair News Bulletin

Posted on 4 November 2015

Honda has released the 2016 Honda Civic Body Repair News bulletin:

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Sectioning Joint Configuration Terminology

Posted on 17 September 2015

When it comes to terminology in repair procedures, there is often a great deal of confusion as to what type of sectioning joint is called out in a specific repair procedure. To help end some of that confusion, let's look at the three basic sectioning joints.

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Honda Has Released The 2016 Honda Pilot Body Repair News Bulletin

Posted on 8 June 2015

Honda has released the 2016 Honda Pilot Body Repair News bulletin:

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Step-By-Step: Accessing Honda And Acura Repair Information

Posted on 3 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 Honda OEM Information page and/or Acura 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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Working On CNG Or LPG Vehicles

Posted on 29 January 2015

What needs to be done before starting work on a compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG or propane) vehicle?

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Honda Has Released Two New Body Repair News Bulletins

Posted on 17 January 2015

Honda has released two new Body Repair News bulletins:

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Honda And Acura Release New Body Repair News: Approved Collision Repair Tools

Posted on 16 January 2015

January 2015, Honda and Acura released the Body Repair News bulletins: Honda-Approved Collision Repair Tools and Acura-Approved Collision Repair Tools.

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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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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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Honda/Acura Emergency Response Guides Available

Posted on 21 August 2014

There's a new addition to the OEM Information for Honda and Acura. An icon has been added that will link you to a page that contains hybrid vehicle Emergency Response Guides and an Emergency Response Quick Reference.

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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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Working With Boron-Alloyed Steel - Attachment GMA (MIG) Welding

Posted on 7 August 2014

When GMA (MIG) welding ultra-high-strength steel (UHSS), like boron-alloyed steel, there are a few additional things to consider. Most UHSS parts are typically replaced using squeeze-type resistance spot welds (STRSW) at a factory seam and GMA (MIG) plug welds used to attach the part where a spot welder cannot reach.

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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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2015 Honda Fit Body Repair Information

Posted on 11 April 2014 In April 2014, Honda released the Body Repair News bulletin: 2015 Fit Series: Body Repair Information. This bulletin is also available free of charge at: techinfo.honda.com

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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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New Honda "Body Repair News" Publication

Posted on 16 August 2013

A new free publication from Honda features body repair information on their new models. The first two editions of Body Repair News are now available on Honda's Service Express website. The premier publication in the series focuses on new model body repair information for the 2014 Acura MDX and the second edition covers the 2013 Honda Accord. Subsequent Body Repair News editions will be created, or updated, for each new model and any minor model change where significant body design changes are made.

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MIG Brazing on the 2013 Honda Accord

Posted on 17 July 2013

If you haven't been exposed to MIG brazing yet, it's likely that you will be in the not-too-distant future. More and more popular vehicles are requiring MIG brazing for attaching certain high-strength steel (HSS) parts when making collision repairs. An example of this is on the 2013 Honda Accord.

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Tire Considerations For Honda And Acura Vehicles

Posted on 11 October 2010

There are times when collision repairs on Honda and Acura vehicles will include replacing tires. If tires need to be replaced, it is important that the appropriate size and model number tires are installed. Some replacement tires may have the same manufacturer, be the same size and model name, and look identical, but may not be the recommended replacement. Similar tires may be engineered for two entirely different types of vehicles. When replacing tires, always verify the manufacturer part number for the replacement tires (see Figure 1).

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