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?
These sessions will feature content in a variety of the most relevant topics in the collision repair industry, offering attendees countless opportunities to become more knowledgeable business owners moving forward.
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.
The future shop, with an efficiently implemented linear remanufacturing model, will achieve touch time approaching 100 percent, as someone is always on a vehicle, as opposed to one technician having to dance around several cars at a time.
At MACS 2018 we learned a lot about what’s going on in the industry, some changes that are taking place, and even about where the industry might be headed in the near future. Here’s a recap of just a few topics we discussed at the event.
We begin the saga at Assured Autoworks in Melbourne, Fla. This reputable shop is owned and run by my good buddy, Brin Kline. Like many times before, he acquired the subject of this month's article as a “tow-in” from another local shop.
New EPA regulations will require new vehicles offered for sale starting in the 2021 MY to use a refrigerant other than R134a. OEMs have also been incentivized to use these alternatives before the phase-out deadline as they can earn emissions credits by making the change early.
AHSS is the fastest growing material in automotive applications according to a 2015 report by Ducker Worldwide. Over the past five years, the amount of AHSS used each year in automotive applications has been 10 percent higher than forecasted.
Trainer and consultant Mike Anderson of Collision Advice continues his series of FREE monthly webinars, entitled “Learn to Research, Research to Learn,” with a session conducted Monday, April 23, focused on Nissan’s “TechInfo” website.
I started out my diagnosis on a 2003 Ford Escape with an automatic 3.0 VIN 1 24 Valve V-6 with the customer interview to gather the information and the complaint — with just shy of 200K on the odometer, the MIL light is on. Then I gather some codes and data, come up with a plan, repair and verify. Little did I know my plans were about to be derailed!
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