Technicians

Problems uncovered by Honda on the quality and safety of non-CAPA Certified aftermarket bumper parts are not new to CAPA.  “In fact, this is the reason why CAPA’s 501 bumper standard is so important—you simply don’t know if a part is truly...
The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) applauds the recent West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruling that the state's Automotive Crash Parts Act does not apply to the use of salvage/recycled OEM parts and as such, affirms the use of salvage/recycled OEM crash...
ALLDATA LLC, the leading provider of manufacturers' automotive repair information and solutions for the professional automotive service and collision repair industries, has launched ALLDATA Community, an interactive, highly-responsive environment for technicians to use...








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Welding is a vast topic in collision repair, and like many other segments in the industry, ever changing. I aim to address the most common types of welding in the shop, such as Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) — the correct name...
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After teaching a seminar recently, I received an email from an attendee, who works in a shop in Mississippi, asking me about one of the topics I discussed in the class. Essentially, I had reminded attendees that the automakers recommend (and I-CAR teaches) that before...
Donny Seyfer, ABRN Contributing Editor, contributed to this article.
Servicing hybrid air conditioning systems is either business as usual or new machines, new oils and different procedures. The trick is identifying which. Let’s get the business as usual hybrids out...
A unique method of paint restoration is allowing detailers to take high-profit business away from you. Get this business back without the expense of new equipment or training.

Less than three years ago, I did not think it was possible to formulate a clear coating that...
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Twelve high-school and post-secondary school students took home top honors in the Collision Repair Technology and Automotive Refinish Technology contests at the 2014 SkillsUSA competition, sponsored in part by 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division.

For nearly 20 years, the...
I-CAR® announced that its new, instructor-led Live Demo course, Documentation and Digital Photography (DOC01) is available to the industry. This course provides training in an interactive shop setting where the student uses his or her own camera to simulate...
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There’s a lot of information in the field on making and testing GMA (MIG) welds, but not too much on dressing the welds after they’re made on a vehicle. Any GMA (MIG) usually requires dressing the top surface of the weld.








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I-CAR® will offer multiple Professional Development Program™ (PDP) training courses during Industry Week in Detroit July 31 through August 2. PDP training opportunities at NACE will provide some of I-CAR’s newest courses, including the 2015 Ford F-150...
For nearly 20 years, the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has been helping collision repair students competing at the SkillsUSA National Championships prepare for careers in the collision repair field.  Again in 2014, 3M automotive experts will provide the training,...












Ron Olsson, president of Pro Spot International, Inc. talks with ABRN about helping create OEM repair procedures and getting the best equipment for your money.
ABRN: Pro Spot worked closely with Ford in the creation of the repair...
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PUERTO RICO —  The side that is most prepared always wins, says I-CAR’s Jeff Peevy. How can you prepare your shop for success every day? Training.
Peevy, Senior Director of Field Operations and Segment Development with I-CAR, spoke to attendees of the 2014...
I-CAR® will launch an all-new instructor-led course on July 7 for estimators and appraisers. I-CAR’s new Live Demo course, Documentation and Digital Photography (DOC01), will train industry professionals in an interactive shop setting where they will use their own...