Technicians

Toyota’s new state-of-the-art Collision Repair & Refinish Training Facility in Plano, Texas now provides a full line up of classes, in addition to the classes offered at the Torrance, California, West Caldwell, New Jersey and Jacksonville, Florida collision...
Workplace diversity is a priority across all PPG Industries’ business units. Supporting that corporate-wide commitment — a key part of PPG’s core values — the Automotive Refinish division of PPG recently released a video celebrating the company...
Miller Electric Mfg. LLC announces the WE BUILD VIP Experience sweepstakes to recognize the mutual appreciation between Miller and welders who use Miller® equipment. It’s the second giveaway in 2018 as part of the WE BUILD campaign, which honors the many ways that...
PPG has introduced a course to train technicians in the craft of refinish preparation. The course is intended to answer a critical industry need for knowledgeable and skilled assistant technicians. The two-day class, called “Refinish Preparation Specialist Training,...
Today, Dent Fix launched the new video-based educational platform and event information center available on their newly enhanced website: www.DentFix.com.
 
The goal of the initiative is to gather all the repair knowledge the company has acquired over the last 39...
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Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part series on understanding plastic and composite repair with adhesives. See Part One to learn how to make successful plastic repairs with adhesives, plus why shop management should carefully consider the cost of...
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There I was reviewing estimates at a shop and found “floor pull” written on two estimates where the damage was assessed by the same insurance adjuster. As the shop manager and I were discussing the issue with floor pulls the insurance adjuster walked up to the...
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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...
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The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), awarded the “Automotive Excellence Award” to Honda Motor Company for their advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) innovations in the 2018 Honda Odyssey....
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Mike Anderson’s free “Learn to Research, Research to Learn” webinar on May 24 will be a follow-up to the previous month’s session, offering even more insights into obtaining technical repair information for Nissan and Infiniti vehicles.
“There...
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With the rapid developments in vehicle technology, use of new materials and introduction of advanced safety systems, ongoing training in evolving collision repair techniques is becoming more important than ever. Chief University makes it easy for technicians who participate...
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Having worked in the automotive field for 30-plus years, I’ve seen a considerable amount of change. The biggest changes have come in the form of electronic advancement. When I started working on cars, there was nothing to protect connections from...
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A new standard for how collision shops operate is quickly taking over the industry. For a number of highly performing larger shops, it’s already here. It’s a new standard dictated by market demands, insurance company requirements and –...
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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 (Figure 1) that was recently involved in a rear-end collision. The vehicle had been in the shop for quite a while due to extensive...
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Now that the collision repair industry has moved past the stigma of repairing plastic automotive parts rather than just replacing them, adhesives provide an economical and uncomplicated solution for technicians to make successful repairs. 
Each year, the...