Articles by Larry Montanez

There are a multitude of systems in vehicles to protect the occupants. Shops, technicians and insurance personnel must also understand the importance of reading the repair manual during each and every repair.
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OEMs set equipment requirements that meet their standards. This can relate to pressure or force required to resistance weld a component, along with specific amperages, and pressure requirements for compressing structural rivets.
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A look at the why, how, truths and myths of scans
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Many shops across the country that are out of touch and repairing vehicles in the same ways they were repaired in the 60s and 70s.
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When a carbon fiber intensive vehicle sustains damage to the structural components the repair procedures and protocols take more skill and technique, and the OEM will have specific materials and products for the repair.
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Shop managers, damage assessors and technicians will need to make scanning, along with looking up procedures, as an SOP and calculate what needs to be charged for the operations.
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Today’s damage assessors, technicians and insurance adjusters must think differently and attend training to properly repair these new advanced materials.
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Vehicle-based electronic data recorders (EDRs) are designed to give automakers feedback on how and when airbags deploy, in order to improve the technology, make vehicles safer and essentially lessen occupant injuries, in real life crash events.
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