Agreeing that batteries must be disconnected is not difficult to negotiate. With a little bit of research and some general understanding everyone can agree that it is necessary to disconnect the vehicle’s battery during most repairs.
Adding wheel alignment equipment lets you check every vehicle during the estimating process to determine if it will need a wheel alignment, which will likely lead to your shop performing more alignments and making more money.
With ADAS becoming so popular, the idea of no lights equals no problems needs to be reconsidered. When removing, inspecting and/or replacing an ADAS component or its mounting, for example a windshield, most manufactures require the system be calibrated.
Researching OEM position statements and repair procedures is required to arrive at an accurate diagnoses to perform proper repairs and understand specific calibration work may be needed to insure a safe repair is completed.
I was recently called to two different shops working on vehicles that would not start after being involved in accidents. It is not uncommon for this to happen, especially if there has been damage to wiring harnesses or possible blown fuses that would render certain operating systems that are vital to cranking or starting a vehicle inoperable.
What does an acceptable repair consist of? That depends on what is being repaired. Who makes the repair rules, and who is performing the repair. Who performs the wiring repairs in the shop you work at? What is their background? Are they a mechanical technician or a body technician?
I was called to a body shop with a hard start and CEL lamp illumination on a 2013 Toyota Sienna with a 3.5 Liter engine that was recently involved in a rear-end collision. The vehicle had been in the shop for quite a while due to extensive repairs.
Mitchell International, Inc. announced a milestone for the Mitchell Diagnostics system: 300,000 repair scans have been completed using the system. Mitchell also announced significant enhancements to its Freedom Platform, which helps facilitate the proper and safe repair of vehicles.
Today we have position statements for approximately 65 percent of vehicles on the road and an even greater percentage have the requirements in their repair procedures. With collision repair centers and insurance companies alike now knowing that there is a need, there are many hurdles to overcome.
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