I-CAR News – Subaru

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.

Continue Reading...


Repairer Driven News: Subaru Inspection After A Collision Presentation

Posted on 9 November 2020

Repairer Driven News (RDN) released an article on a video lecture focused on Subaru inspection and replacement requirements after a collision.

Continue Reading...


I-CAR Subaru Collision Repair Overview Course

Posted on 23 October 2020

I-CAR has developed a course around collision repair of Subaru vehicles. The Subaru Collision Repair Overview course covers many different collision repair aspects as well as general information about Subaru models.

Continue Reading...


Bumper Cover Repair With ADAS: Subaru

Posted on 23 September 2020

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 Subaru say on the subject?

Continue Reading...


OEM Linking Pin: Subaru Welding Wire And Gas Clarification

Posted on 4 August 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 what welding wire and shielding gas should be used when repairing a Subaru.

Continue Reading...


Calibration Research Tips: Subaru Steering Responsive Headlight System

Posted on 10 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 look at the Subaru Steering Responsive Headlight (SRH) system.

Continue Reading...


Subaru Position Statement: Pre- and Post- Repair System Scanning - UPDATE

Posted on 10 April 2020

Subaru has updated their position statement on pre- and post-repair system scanning. The revised position statement gives a definition for what Subaru considers a collision.

Continue Reading...


Subaru Bulletin: Recommended Materials

Posted on 17 March 2020

Many times, OEMs reference the use of specific products. Often this information is included in the repair procedures. However, when it’s not, this information isn’t always easy to locate. Subaru has a bulletin, Recommend Material, available to assist you. Let’s take a look at where this bulletin can be found.

Continue Reading...


Subaru: New Car Information Manual

Posted on 5 March 2020

Subaru offers many online publications on its paid service site, from owner’s manuals to service manuals. These are essential resources when servicing and/or repairing a vehicle. There is, however, one you may not be aware of, or may not have thought to utilize - the New Car Information manual.

Continue Reading...


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.

Continue Reading...


I-CAR 360: 2019 Subaru Legacy Video Now Available

Posted on 17 December 2019

The I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team recently developed a new I-CAR 360 video on the 2019 Subaru Legacy. The video provides a 360° tour around the new Legacy. Let’s take a look.

Continue Reading...


Sectioning And Partial Part Replacement: 2019 Subaru Ascent

Posted on 2 December 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 Subaru Ascent

Continue Reading...


Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

Posted on 16 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 details than the calibration search provides. Let’s take a look at the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek ADAS.

Continue Reading...


2020 Subaru Outback Debuts New Front End and ADAS Features

Posted on 28 May 2019

Subaru is releasing their 2020 Outback with a lot of noteworthy changes. The first major change is the engine. Not seen for roughly a decade, Subaru is once again offering a turbocharged engine. On the Outback XT, a 2.4-liter turbocharged BOXER engine comes standard.

Continue Reading...


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.

Continue Reading...


Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2018 Subaru BRZ

Posted on 18 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 Subaru BRZ.

Continue Reading...


OEM Linking Pin: Subaru Airbag Precautions Clarification

Posted on 29 November 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. Recently we had a technical inquiry that asked for clarification on a caution found in the Airbag System > General Description of the service manual:

"When painting or performing sheet metal work on the front part of the vehicle, including the front wheel apron, front fender and radiator panel side, remove the front sub sensors and wiring harness of airbag system.

When painting or performing sheet metal work on the side of the vehicle, including the side sill, center pillar and front and rear doors, remove the front door impact sensor, side airbag sensors, curtain airbag sensor, satellite safing sensor and wiring harness of the airbag system."

We reached out to Subaru to verify if all the mentioned parts would need to be removed.

Continue Reading...


Locating ADAS Information: Subaru

Posted on 27 September 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.

Continue Reading...


OEM Linking Pin: Subaru Spot Weld Settings

Posted on 15 August 2018

Recently, a repair facility had a question on how to set up a spot welder for a Subaru repair procedure. I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) reached out to Subaru for clarification.

Continue Reading...


Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Subaru Legacy

Posted on 29 June 2018

One of the top technical inquires 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 Subaru Legacy.

Continue Reading...


Repairer Driven News: 2019 Subaru Forester

Posted on 16 May 2018

The upcoming 2019 Subaru Forrester is part of the new Subaru Global Platform, which looks to improve upon safety and driver comfort. The Forester is a big seller for Subaru, second only to the Outback. This means that technicians will inevitably be seeing the Forester in the future.

Continue Reading...


Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Subaru Crosstrek

Posted on 28 March 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 Subaru Crosstrek.

Continue Reading...


Subaru: Roof Molding Studs

Posted on 12 March 2018

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. When searching for repair procedures, knowing what to look for can save valuable time. Recently the Ask I-CAR team was asked, is there is a procedure for the roof molding bolts on a Subaru?

Continue Reading...


OEM Linking Pin: Subaru Steering Columns

Posted on 26 February 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. Recently we had a technical inquiry that asked, "Does the steering column require inspection after any type of collision, regardless if the airbag deployed?" We reached out to Subaru for clarification.

Continue Reading...


Where Do I Find Other Types Of Information In Subaru?

Posted on 16 February 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 Subaru website.

Continue Reading...


Sectioning and Partial Part Replacement: 2017 Subaru Outback

Posted on 26 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 Subaru Outback.

Continue Reading...


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.

Continue Reading...


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).

Continue Reading...


Body Construction and Material Repair Guidelines: Subaru

Posted on 30 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 Subaru has to say.

Continue Reading...


Tips for Navigating OEM Websites: Subaru

Posted on 14 August 2017

Subaru has changed the layout of their repair information website. You will notice that the site has a new look and improved navigation. Convenient new features make finding repair information easier. Let’s take a look at what has changed.

Continue Reading...


Subaru Position Statement: Pre- and Post- Repair System Scanning

Posted on 28 July 2017

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

Continue Reading...


Subaru Collision Position Statements Available

Posted on 27 July 2017

Subaru’s position statements can now be access directly from the I-CAR RTS Portal. These position statements are housed in the Subaru OEM Information page. Let’s take a look at what these position statements include.

Continue Reading...


Additional Calibration Requirements: Subaru

Posted on 30 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. 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 Subaru vehicles.

Continue Reading...


Corrosion Protection Guidelines: Subaru

Posted on 31 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 Subaru says.

Continue Reading...


Structural Sectioning Procedures: Subaru

Posted on 10 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 Subaru says about structural sectioning.

Continue Reading...


Weld-Through Primer Guidelines: Subaru

Posted on 28 February 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 Subaru recommends and where this information can be found.

Continue Reading...


Collision Information Website Access: Subaru

Posted on 3 January 2017

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.

Continue Reading...


Subaru Glass Replacement Requirements

Posted on 22 July 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.

Continue Reading...


OEM Linking Pin: New Subaru Body Repair Manuals

Posted on 11 July 2016

While doing research to answer Ask I-CAR inquries and to update the website, we found there were several model years from Subaru that did not have a collision repair manual.

Continue Reading...


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:

Continue Reading...


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.

Continue Reading...


Subaru Restraints Wiring

Posted on 4 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 Subaru position on this subject.

Continue Reading...


Reading Subaru Repair Procedures

Posted on 21 January 2016

When you look at a Subaru repair procedure, it might seem a bit confusing at first glance. The first thing you may notice is there is very little text for the procedure. So let's take a closer look and clear up any confusion.

Continue Reading...


Subaru EyeSight Overview

Posted on 18 September 2015

Subaru has a camera-based, driver-assist system that they call EyeSight. The Subaru EyeSight system uses a camera that has color recognition so it can see the red brake lights on the vehicle ahead or an upcoming red traffic light. It also has the ability to detect objects such as traffic lanes, certain street signs, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians. A vehicle with EyeSight could have an automatic braking system, automatic throttle management, adaptive cruise control, or it may also be tied to the lane keep assist system. With all of the things this system can do, when and how does it affect collision repair?

Continue Reading...


Step-By-Step: Accessing Subaru Repair Information

Posted on 23 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 Subaru OEM Information page.

Continue Reading...


What's A Subaru Rear Skirt?

Posted on 4 November 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.

Continue Reading...


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.

Continue Reading...


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.

Continue Reading...


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?

Continue Reading...


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?

Continue Reading...


OEM Linking Pin - Subaru Collision Repair Manual Availability

Posted on 28 April 2014

While doing research to update the OEM Partial Part Replacement Search we found there were several model years from Subaru that did not have a collision repair manual.

Continue Reading...


Subaru Collision Repair Information Is Available

Posted on 20 March 2014

Subaru has been growing in market share over the past few years. With more and more Subarus on the road everyday, what is the collision repair industry going to do about repairing these vehicles that are being seen with more regularity?

Continue Reading...


OEM Linking Pin: Subaru Clarifies Airbag Replacement

Posted on 18 March 2014

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 had a technical inquiry that asked, "Do you have to replace a front passenger airbag on a Subaru even if only the driver's airbag deployed? The repair information seems to indicate that it should."

Continue Reading...