I-CAR News – Nissan

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.

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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High-Voltage Technician Levels: Nissan

Posted on 19 January 2021

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

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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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Who Requires Or Recommends MIG Brazing? UPDATE

Posted on 25 November 2020

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

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Calibration Research Tips: Nissan/INFINITI Action Tests

Posted on 23 June 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 Nissan/INFINITI action tests.

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Where Do I Find Other Types Of Information In Nissan/INFINITI?

Posted on 17 June 2020

Navigating OEM websites can be challenging when searching for collision repair procedures, especially as no two OEM websites are alike. What happens when you need to find other types of repair information, such as, ""What needs to be inspected after a supplemental 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 Nissan/INFINITI websites.

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Repairer Driven News: 2021 Nissan Rogue

Posted on 16 June 2020

Repairer Driven News (DRN) released an article on the 2021 Nissan Rogue. The article focuses on changes to the structure, body, and safety features, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: 2019 Nissan Murano

Posted on 27 November 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 using the OEM Calibration Requirements Search. However, there are some questions that may need more details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Nissan Murano.

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Identifying The Correct Body Repair Manual: Nissan/INFINITI

Posted on 22 November 2019

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 Nissan/INFINITI to see how they group their BRMs.

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Nissan Rogue vs Rogue Sport – Not Just A Different Trim Package

Posted on 5 September 2019

At first glance, the Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport may seem like they are the same vehicle with a different trim package. However, the vehicle structure, body repair manuals (BRM), parts, and procedures are completely different from each other. This is why it is important to make sure the correct manual is selected for repairs.

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Sectioning And Partial Part Replacement: 2019 Nissan 370Z

Posted on 1 August 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 2019 Nissan 370Z.

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Nissan Tech News: March 2019

Posted on 15 April 2019

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

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Nissan Tech News Website Houses Valuable Information

Posted on 11 April 2019

Did you know Nissan has a website that houses lots of useful information for collision repair technicians? Conveniently, this website is free to sign up for and once logged in, you have to access a wide variety of information on Nissan vehicles.

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I-CAR 360: 2018 Nissan LEAF Video Now Available

Posted on 7 February 2019

I-CAR has a newly released 360 video with a overview of the new, full electric 2018 Nissan LEAF! This video will run through important information about new ADAS within the vehicle, as well as structural changes and repair information like sectioning and partial part procedures that are available through the OEM. The 360 video also covers high voltage charging and high voltage disable procedures for service and repair work. With the new Nissan LEAF, comes more advanced technology. This video overviews some of the ADAS and their functions, as well as calibration requirements.

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I-CAR 2018 Nissan LEAF Technologies And Repair Considerations Course

Posted on 28 January 2019

The Nissan LEAF is among the increasing number of vehicles on the road with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). With this increase of technology, comes the need to learn about these systems. Let’s take a look at some of the areas that will be covered by the I-CAR Nissan LEAF Technologies and Repair Considerations course.

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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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Nissan/INFINITI Position Statement: Pre- and Post-Repair System Scanning - UPDATE

Posted on 14 January 2019

Nissan/INFINITI updated their position statement on pre- and post-repair scanning. The revised position statement touches on more subjects and gives additional information on the subject.

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Nissan/INFINITI Position Statements Available: UPDATE

Posted on 14 January 2019

There's a new addition to the OEM Information page for Nissan/INFINITI. Nine new and revised position statements have been released for each manufacturer that are now available for viewing on the I-CAR RTS website.

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Nissan/INFINITI: Single-Use Parts Replacement Position Statement

Posted on 14 January 2019

It is often asked, can this fastener, clip, or part be reused? How can we tell if it can or cannot be reused?

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OEM Linking Pin: Nissan Rogue Liftgate Clarification

Posted on 5 December 2018

As the industry continues to ask about servicing the Nissan Rogue liftgate, we reached out to Nissan and they provided us with this letter as their answer.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2018 Nissan Kicks

Posted on 13 November 2018

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

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Locating ADAS Information: Nissan/INFINITI

Posted on 22 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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OEM Linking Pin: Nissan/INFINITI Non-SRS Wiring Repairs

Posted on 8 August 2018

As part of the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) initiative's OEM linking pin activity, we are helping to connect the collision repair industry to the vehicle makers. Recently we have had several technical inquiries asking about non-SRS wiring repairs on Nissan and INFINITI vehicles. We reached out to Nissan/INFINITI for clarification.

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Having The Correct Web Browser

Posted on 13 July 2018

You get a new computer, you have everything setup, you start to access an OEM information website, you get to where the manual used to open and you get a blank screen instead. Now what?

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Nissan/INFINITI Updated Manuals To Electronic Service Manual (ESM)

Posted on 8 May 2018

Nissan/INFINITI has a new Electronic Service Manual (ESM) for service information on many 2017 and 2018 models. This also includes the Body Repair Manual (BRM). Let's take a look at the new ESM for Nissan/INFINITI.

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Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Nissan Maxima

Posted on 4 May 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 Nissan Maxima.

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OEM Linking Pin: Nissan Maxima Outer Quarter Panel

Posted on 19 February 2018

We were recently asked: "On a 2017 Nissan Maxima, can I section the outer quarter panel in an area other than what is shown in the body repair manual (BRM)?" To find out the answer, we reached out to our contacts at Nissan.

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

Posted on 8 January 2018

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

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

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When ADAS Can't See: Blind Spot Monitoring System

Posted on 22 December 2017

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

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

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Repairer Driven News: Navigating Nissan Service Manuals

Posted on 15 December 2017

An article by Repairer Driven News (RDN), talks about a new navigation video for Nissan repair information. Let’s take a look at this video.

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OEM Linking Pin: Spot Welding On Nissan/INFINITI

Posted on 4 December 2017

You’ve been asking us if Nissan/INFINITI allows spot welding on their vehicles, because the body repair manuals (BRM) only shows plug welding in the replacement procedure. Through our I-CAR linking pin activity, we reached out to Nissan/INFINITI for the answer. Let’s take a look at their response.

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Body Construction and Material Repair Guidelines: Nissan/INFINITI

Posted on 20 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 Nissan/INFINITI has to say.

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Repairer Driven News: 2018 Nissan Armada Platinum Rearview Mirror

Posted on 7 September 2017

New features continued be to offered and the versatile rearview mirror option on the 2018 Nissan Armada is no exception. Let’s take a look at the article as reported by Repairer Driven News (RDN).

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Additional Calibration Requirements: Nissan/INFINITI

Posted on 9 August 2017

The addition of the OEM Calibration Requirements Search to the RTS portal was a big step for the collision industry. While this new feature has been well received, there has been some confusion about what is included in the search tool. The OEM Calibration Requirements Search is designed to provide information on the calibration requirements that are needed for vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). This includes systems such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and collision braking.

It does not include occupant classification systems (OCS), steering angle sensors, battery disconnects, or other calibrations/initializations required, when not related directly to ADAS. Let’s take a look at what additional items may require calibrations/initializations on Nissan/INFINITI vehicles.

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Corrosion Protection Guidelines: Nissan/INFINITI

Posted on 13 July 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 Nissan/INFINITI says.

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Structural Sectioning Procedures: Nissan/INFINITI

Posted on 15 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 Nissan/INFINITI says about structural sectioning.

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Weld-Through Primer Guidelines: Nissan

Posted on 23 March 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 Nissan recommends and where this information can be found.

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OEM Linking Pin: Nissan Blind Spot Warning Clarification

Posted on 8 March 2017

We recently posted a position statement from Nissan regarding bumper repairs on vehicles equipped with Blind Spot Warning System. There was some uncertainty around some of the wording, so we reached out to Nissan to get some clarification on what the statement meant. Let’s take a look at what we found out.

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Nissan Position Statement - Blind Spot Warning (BSW) Precautions

Posted on 23 February 2017

Nissan released a new position statement addressing the repairability of a damaged rear bumper cover on vehicles equipped with Blind Spot Warning (BSW). Let’s take a look at what is included in this position statement.

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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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Collision Information Website Access: Nissan/INFINITI

Posted on 21 November 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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Nissan/INFINITI Glass Replacement Requirements

Posted on 22 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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Nissan Position Statement - Power Window Servicing Post-Repair

Posted on 11 August 2016

The power windows on Nissan vehicles are now equipped Auto-Up Operation and Anti-Reverse features. Let’s take a look at Nissan’s position on when these features need to be initialized.

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Nissan Position Statement - Seat Belt Replacement Considerations

Posted on 2 August 2016

Seat belts are an essential safety feature for occupants of a vehicle. Let’s take a look at Nissan’s position statement regarding seat belt replacement guidelines.

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Nissan Position Statement - Calibration of Around View Monitor

Posted on 19 July 2016

Cameras, cameras, cameras! Nissan’s Around View Monitor system can be found on many of their vehicles. These cameras are located in the front, rear, and both sides of the vehicle. Let’s take a look at Nissan’s position on when calibration is required.

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Nissan Position Statement - Required Radar Recalibration Post-Repair

Posted on 13 July 2016

As part of Nissan’s “Safety Shield Technology” many vehicles are equipped with a front radar sensor. Let’s take a look at Nissan’s position on when calibration is required for the radar sensor.

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Always Follow Vehicle Maker Procedures

Posted on 7 July 2016

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

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Restraints Wiring Repairs

Posted on 23 May 2016

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

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Great Designs in Steel 2016 Presentations: A Closer Look - 2016 Nissan Titan XD

Posted on 20 May 2016

In case you missed it Jeff Tessmer, Tom Domlovil, and Chris Hartley from Nissan North America presented AHSS Technologies in the 2016 Nissan Titan XD at Great Designs in Steel 2016.

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Nissan and INFINITI Restraints Wiring

Posted on 11 April 2016

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

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OEM Linking Pin: Nissan Plastic Liftgate Repairability

Posted on 8 April 2016

The 2014-19 Nissan Rogue (BRM T32) and the 2009-14 (BRM Z51) Nissan Murano both have a plastic liftgate with limited repairability. Let's take a look at your options.

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Great Designs in Steel 2015 Presentations: A Closer Look - 2016 Nissan Maxima

Posted on 6 July 2015

In case you missed it, David Coakley and Jonathan Zischke from Nissan North America presented" Advanced High-Strength Steel Technologies in the 2016 Nissan Maxima" at Great Designs in Steel 2015.

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Great Designs in Steel 2015 Presentations: A Closer Look - 2015 Nissan Murano

Posted on 17 June 2015

Repairer Driven News recently published an article, based on a presentation at Great Designs In Steel (GDIS), on the 2015 Nissan Murano.

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OEM Linking Pin: Nissan Exposed Seam Sealer

Posted on 8 May 2015

Check out the quarter panel on this 2015 Nissan NV. That's a vertical line of exposed seam sealer from the OEM. It can be found on the 2500 and 3500 versions of this vehicle dating back to model year 2013. Seam sealer isn't normally exposed like this on the exterior of the vehicle, so what do you do with it if you have to replace it?

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Step-By-Step: Accessing Nissan Repair Information

Posted on 5 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 video on the Nissan 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 front-end damage and what to do with the bumper energy absorber, crush boxes, and bumper reinforcement.

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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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What's An INFINITI Rear Side Member Extension?

Posted on 29 October 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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Nissan Releases Caring For Matte Paint Finish Bulletin

Posted on 17 October 2014

We've added the 2015 Nismo GRT; Caring For And Repairing Matte Paint Finish service bulletin from Nissan North America that addresses caring for and repairing matte paint finish.

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

Posted on 13 August 2014

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

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It's Not Just About Aluminum

Posted on 30 July 2014

Today's Vehicles Require Updated Collision Repair Tools and Training

By Jason Bartanen

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

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Is There a Procedure for Disassembling a Service Assembly?

Posted on 19 June 2014

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

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

Posted on 6 May 2014

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

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What's A Nissan Rear Side Member Extension?

Posted on 1 April 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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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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OEM Linking Pin: Nissan 370Z Roof Panel Replacement

Posted on 19 March 2014

The roof panel on the 2013 Nissan 370Z is laser-welded along the roof-to-side panel mating flange from the factory. Through a routine technical inquiry from a collision repair facility, the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support team was asked if a Nissan procedure existed for replacing the roof panel.

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