I-CAR News – Jeep

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.

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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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) ADAS Repair Planning: Do You Have All The Information?

Posted on 22 September 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 FCA.

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Repairer Driven News: 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Plug-In Hybrid

Posted on 4 September 2020

Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article on the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid which features up to 25 miles of pure electric driving and all power modes available when shifted into 4 low.

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Non-SRS Wiring Repairs: FCA

Posted on 8 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 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 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

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FCA Has Video Procedures

Posted on 14 May 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 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

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Identifying The Correct Body Repair Manual: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Posted on 14 January 2020

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

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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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Identifying Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Programming Differences

Posted on 18 December 2019

While doing research on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for the RTS OEM Calibration Requirements Search, the RTS team noticed on some of the ADAS, there is a procedure called a “PROXI alignment”. We have researched what this means in order to give you clarity, in the event you see this procedure mentioned in the service manual.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Free Website: UPDATE

Posted on 13 December 2019

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has updated their free website, www.moparrepairconnect.com, with a new design and navigation. A key change is that Mopar Repair Connect no longer requires the creation of a username and password to access the site.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Position Statement: Glass Position Statement

Posted on 10 December 2019

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has released a position statement on the use of non-OEM glass. The Authentic Mopar® Glass Replacement position statement can be found on both the free and the paid websites. In the position statement, FCA states:

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Spot And Plug Weld Nugget Size: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Posted on 6 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 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has to say.

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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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Sectioning And Partial Part Replacement: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Posted on 18 October 2019

One of the top technical inquires received at Ask I-CAR is, “Is there a sectioning or partial replacement procedure available?” To help answer this question, RTS has an OEM Partial Part Replacement Search available. Here you will find information on if these procedures are available on a specific vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

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OEM Linking Pin: FCA Refinishing Park Assist Sensors

Posted on 25 September 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 if Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) allows parking sensors to be refinished.

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Repairer Driven News: FCA Window Repair Tips For Jeep And RAM

Posted on 20 August 2019

Repairer Driven News released an article pertaining to repair procedures for three popular FCA vehicles. Technicians may want to take note of these tips for the panoramic sunroof of the 2019 RAM 1500, and stationary window repair on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Posted on 19 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 Jeep Grand Cherokee ADAS.

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FCA Color Codes To Identify Adhesives, Foams, And Seam Sealers

Posted on 28 June 2019

Usage of adhesives, foams, and seam sealers has skyrocketed in recent years. Consumers demand their vehicles to be quieter, stronger, and last longer than ever before. With so much use of these materials, it can get confusing to figure out what material goes where, especially when looking at a diagram or a list of the required steps.

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FCA Guidelines For Composite Reinforcements

Posted on 24 June 2019

Stringent crash test ratings and fuel economy standards are making OEMs get creative with strengthening vehicles while maintaining or even lessening overall weight. Different materials are being used along with adding additional reinforcements. If you have repaired recent model year Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) vehicles, you may have noticed the usage of composite reinforcements.

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Backup Batteries and Main Battery Disconnect

Posted on 9 April 2019

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

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA): Aluminum Body Panel Corrosion Repair

Posted on 1 April 2019

Weight-saving aluminum is being used more and more on vehicles to aid in fuel economy. There has been a learning curve for collision technicians to be able to adapt to repairing aluminum. Also, with aluminum comes a form of oxidation that typically appears near the panel flanges. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) addresses this issue and how to fix it in a recently released Collision Bulletin.

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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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FCA Announces Their New Midsize Truck: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Posted on 13 December 2018

FCA has developed an addition to the Jeep family that will be available in 2019, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. This vehicle uses Jeep’s traditional body on frame design, with many other Jeep trademarks added into the overall look of the vehicle. Though the Gladiator may sport many of Jeep’s famous features, it brings some new materials and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for collision repair technicians to be aware of.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL)

Posted on 19 October 2018

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

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

Posted on 12 October 2018

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

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Jeep Cherokee

Posted on 26 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 Jeep Cherokee.

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I-CAR 360: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Video Now Available

Posted on 27 August 2018

The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360° video on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The video provides a 360° tour around the Wrangler. Let’s take a look.

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Where Do I Find Other Types Of Information In FCA?

Posted on 20 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 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) TechAuthority website.

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Locating ADAS Information: FCA

Posted on 24 May 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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OEM Linking Pin: FCA Body Repair Manual Updates

Posted on 25 April 2018

As part of the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) OEM linking pin activity, we are helping to connect the collision repair industry to the vehicle makers. We recently noticed that the Dodge Dart body repair manual (BRM) was missing from the free site and that front upper rail sectioning procedures had been missing on certain RAM pickups. We reached out to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for clarification.

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FCA's Non-Structural Sheet Metal Repair Manual

Posted on 19 March 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (FCA) Non-Structural Sheet Metal Repair manual is available at www.moparrepairconnect.com. This guide is referenced in many of the older FCA body repair manuals (BRM). Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know.

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OEM Linking Pin: 2007-2017 Jeep Compass Ground Bolts

Posted on 1 February 2018

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

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Repairer Driven News: 2019 RAM 1500 New Features

Posted on 22 January 2018

An article by Repairer Driven News talks about a the all new RAM 1500.

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Repairer Driven News: 2019 RAM 1500 Materials

Posted on 22 January 2018

An article by Repairer Driven News talks about the materials used on the 2019 RAM 1500.

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All New Jeep Wrangler Body Repair Manual Available

Posted on 19 January 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) unveiled the new Jeep Wrangler for 2018. The new Wrangler (JL) will be produced for some time, along with the past generation Wrangler (JK) Both will be 2018 model years. Though the traditional Jeep styling has not strayed far from its roots, the Wrangler (JL) is a very different vehicle.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Posted on 1 December 2017

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 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA): Welded Sheet Metal Repairs and Replacements

Posted on 9 November 2017

The RTS team frequently receives inquiries on the sectioning and/or replacement of welded-on panels on Fiat Chrysler Automotive vehicles. The questions boil down to, what do you do when there isn’t a procedure available? Let’s revisit the FCA Collision Bulletin that addresses this.

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Body Construction and Material Repair Guidelines: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Posted on 1 August 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 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has to say.

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Corrosion Protection Guidelines: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Posted on 15 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 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) says.

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Great Designs in Steel 2017 Presentations: A Closer Look - 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Posted on 1 June 2017

In case you missed it, Jeff Tibbenham and James Truskin from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC. presented "Advanced High-Strength Steel Technologies in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica" at Great Designs in Steel 2017.

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Additional Calibration Requirements: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Posted on 11 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. 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 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) vehicles.

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Structural Sectioning Procedures: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Posted on 30 March 2017

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

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

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OEM With Free Collision Repair Information

Posted on 10 February 2017

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has a website where you can download body repair manuals and other collision repair information for FREE. Let’s take a look.

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Weld-Through Primer Guidelines: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) - UPDATE

Posted on 19 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 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recommends and where this information can be found.

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Collision Information Website Access: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Posted on 10 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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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Glass Replacement Requirements

Posted on 23 August 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.

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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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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Position Statement: Pre- and Post-Repair System Scanning

Posted on 9 June 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC (FCA) has released a position statement related to pre- and post-repair system scanning.

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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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2015-16 RAM 1500 Modifications

Posted on 12 May 2016

They may look the same on the outside, but they’re not on the inside. Did you know that in 2015, RAM updated the 1500 (DS) with modifications, reinforcement additions, and structural adhesive to improve collision impact performance?

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Adds Updated Body Repair Manuals

Posted on 18 March 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has updated their free repair information website www.moparrepairconnection.com with new body repair manuals (BRMs). Let's take a look at what has been added.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Restraints Wiring

Posted on 15 March 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 Fiat Chrysler Automobile's (FCA) position on this subject.

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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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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) - Straightening and Heat

Posted on 15 October 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has a Collision Bulletin that has the requirements for the use of heat when straightening.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Has New Website Address For Repair Information

Posted on 12 August 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has updated the web address of the TechAuthority repair information website to www.techauthority.com This new website changes how to find the collision repair information you need.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Website Navigation Video: UPDATE

Posted on 20 July 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has updated the TechAuthority repair information website to www.techauthority.com/ This new website changes how to find the collision repair information you need.

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Step-By-Step: Accessing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Repair Information

Posted on 27 May 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 videos on the following OEM pages:

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FCA Body Repair Manual (Pay Site) Navigation Video Now Available

Posted on 25 February 2015

Check out the new videos icon on the OEM Information pages for Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Alfa Romeo on the RTS website.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Collision Bulletin: UPDATE

Posted on 31 December 2014

We've added the Collision Bulletin from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that addresses safety certification and tire pressure label replacement guidelines.

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What's A Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/RAM Shotgun?

Posted on 29 December 2014

When it comes to repair information, vehicle makers use a wide variety of terminology for replacement parts, but Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM keep it pretty basic.

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Does Chrysler Allow Repairs To Supplemental Restraint Wiring Harnesses?

Posted on 22 October 2014

This is a question that is often asked and it is sometimes difficult to find the answer unless you know where to look. The answer on Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Alfa Romeo vehicles is "yes" but it depends on a few factors. The biggest limitation is that, the repair has to be on the main harness side, not a pigtail. The pigtails are wires that come directly out of a part like an airbag module, a clock spring, or a seat belt pretensioner.

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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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Weld-Through Primer Requirements On The OEM Technical Information Matrix

Posted on 28 August 2014

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

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

Posted on 13 August 2014

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

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Is There a Procedure for Disassembling a Service Assembly?

Posted on 19 June 2014

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

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Weld Bonding Required on Chrysler Vehicles

Posted on 20 May 2014

So you've got a Chrysler sitting in your repair facility and a service part, but no installation procedure. What do you do? On any other steel vehicle, you would duplicate the original attachment method and plug welds are ok, but not a Chrysler. A couple of years ago (August 14, 2013 to be exact) Chrysler released the collision repair bulletin, Welded Sheet Metal Repairs and Replacements 31-007-12, that changed the way that their vehicles should be repaired. In this bulletin it states that: "weld bonding of replacement panels is the recommended installation method to utilize when repairing Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, or Ram vehicles."

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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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Chrysler Publishes Collision Repair Bulletins: UPDATE

Posted on 16 April 2014

Chrysler continues to publish bulletins specific to collision repair. These bulletins are being released whenever necessary, there is no set schedule. Chrysler wants these bulletins to be seen by the industry, so I-CAR has included them in this article for download.

Here is a comprehensive list of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Collision Repair Bulletins that are available:

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Can You Section An FCA Vehicle Without A Procedure?

Posted on 2 April 2014

Did you know that in 2011, the Chrysler Group (aka Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) published a position statement that identifies that parts should be installed in their entirety unless there is a procedure? This is applicable to all lines including Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, and SRT.

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Working With Boron-Alloyed Steel - What's In A Name? (UHSS)

Posted on 26 March 2014

Vehicle makers each have there own way of organizing their repair information. The names of the materials and even the names of different parts of vehicles may vary.

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Three-Dimensional Measuring Equipment - Is It Really Necessary?

Posted on 8 September 2011

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

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Corrosion Protection To Structural Part Interiors

Posted on 4 August 2011

There has been a longstanding recommendation to apply epoxy primer, as well as anti-corrosion compound, on the inside of rails and pillars and rocker panels as a last step for structural repairs. Going back as far as the July/August 1988 I-CAR Advantage, in the article "Restoring Corrosion Protection," is the following step for providing corrosion protection to enclosed interior surfaces: "Apply primer. Two-part epoxy recommended. Then apply anti-corrosion compound." The reason given, is that on areas where the coatings have been entirely removed, this is a two-step process that is replacing the two original coatings, zinc and E-coat.

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