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.
What happened with the technology that proved its worth in other industries and once seemed destined to quickly move into the automotive world? Pull up a chair and pour yourself a cup of coffee. The answer to that question is long and involved.
Blind Spot Monitoring system implementation can vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer. Repair professionals must check the vehicle manufacturer’s repair procedures for details on proper repair and calibration.
There are three systems you will most commonly encounter: blind spot monitoring, lane watch and frontal collision avoidance (also used for dynamic cruise control). Each system for every vehicle model has specific dynamic or static calibrations.
I was called to a shop for a 2017 Honda CRV that was recently involved in a front end collision. The shop was concerned about the Collision Avoidance & Lane Keeping Assist System icons being illuminated on the instrument cluster
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Here’s a look at control arm and stabilizer bar replacement in a popular compact vehicle, the new Chevy Cruze, using instructions provided by GM. Use the lessons learned here, particularly the need to use specialized tools and precise calibrations, in all your suspension work.
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.
This next-generation vehicle scan, diagnostic and repair solution delivers comprehensive and accurate full system scans of the computer systems in today’s vehicles to ensure their operability before putting them back on the road after a collision or mechanical repair.
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