Technicians

The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) and I-CAR know how important it is for your staff to be on top of the ever-evolving complexities of vehicle technology. In October 2017, I-CAR announced nine new vehicle and technology specific training courses; and in...
Automatic braking systems are just one of the many Advanced Driver Assistance Systems that help drivers reduce crashes. These systems use sensors and brake controls to help prevent high-speed accidents. Some of the automatic braking systems can prevent accidents completely...
Modern vehicles are increasingly equipped with many new features which make the roads a safer place for everyone. However, these new technologies increase the challenges for technicians. Many vehicles are now equipped with Blind Spot Monitoring systems. A Blind Spot Monitor...
Diagnostic freeze frame data, if available, can give a repairer clues to when a diagnostic trouble code was triggered. Freeze frame data is a record of many different control units, including; fuel systems, calculated loads, engine coolant temperature, fuel trim, engine...
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Honda announced a major change to their Mechanical Repair Equipment section of their ProFirst certification requirements document. The link to the ProFirst Honda Certified tools and equipment requirements is provided here:  http://profirstinfo.honda.com/...
ASA and Bosch will collaborate on a new diagnostics training series in 2018, covering major repair topics facing collision and mechanical shops.
The series will cover diagnostic tool selection, pre/post scanning, module reprogramming, advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS)...
One way to reduce expensive paint redos is to implement one simple standard operating procedure (SOP).
Innovative Tools, the makers of the Scangrip Multimatch LED Color-Match Light, suggests that before applying clearcoat, turn off the booth lights and turn on the...
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In the early 1800s, engineers and entrepreneurs worked to construct the first horseless carriage. In 1885, Carl Benz was the first to produce and patent a gasoline-powered automobile. Thirty years later the one-millionth Model T rolled off of Henry Ford’s production...
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The automotive market is constantly evolving to keep up with consumer demands as well as government regulations. In addition, major automakers are competing for business globally. These factors create an environment for innovation, driving the latest industry trends in...
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Why and when do fit, finish and quality matter? They matter when your customers bring their vehicle to your shop for collision repair and they look to you to provide advice along with reliable parts and quality repair. When you offer your customer Genuine Toyota Parts...
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I was called to a shop for a 2017 Honda CRV (Figure 1) 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 (Figure 2). The shop owner was...
Welding instructors can take advantage of a new “curriculum in a cabinet” from Lincoln Electric®. The Teaching Aid Toolbox is a ready-made instructional resource that contains a number of visual aids for use in the classroom.
This mobile cabinet –...
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During the previous articles in this series, many grades of advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) were introduced. Additional collaborative work between the steel and automotive industries is leading to the development of a new third generation of AHSS (3rd Gen AHSS). This...
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Switching from working in a brick and mortar mechanical shop to going to work for Mobile Auto Solutions (MAS) — which services nearly 1,300 shops in a four-state radius — a little over five years ago was a real eye opener to auto repair. With insurance companies...
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When customers evaluate shop performance, they tend to lean most heavily on two sensory responses, look and feel. Shops focus heavily on the first as they return cracked, bent and broken finishes and parts to factory specs using the latest technology and training. This...