Repairers Realm

Enter the Repairers Realm, a live web series where I-CAR's technical experts talk shop with you and make sense of information overload on all topics related to collision repair.

I-CAR Subject Matter Experts kick off each episode at the news desk, then move the conversation into the shop for detailed, how-to-demos.

Listen to their discussion, pick up tips from their demos and get your questions answered in the Q&A session at the end of each episode.

It's an online series for repairers with repairers. Don't miss it! Check the schedule for the next topic for discussion.

I-CAR Repairers Realm
Filming at the Tech Center



Electronically-Controlled Steering Systems
Watch November 24, 2021 @ 12 PM CST followed by a live Q&A with industry experts.

I-CAR experts continue the discussion on the electrification of steering and suspension in the second of a three-part series. An informative presentation, including a vehicle demo, will cover the design, operation, and the service and diagnostic considerations of electronic steering systems. Topics you may not think about in collision repair also will be discussed, with a focus on active returns, electrical end stops, steering angle sensors and the importance of using the correct diagnostic tool when programming.

Steering Angle Sensors (SAS)
Watch December 29, 2021 @ 12 PM CST followed by a live Q&A with industry experts.

Wrapping up a three-part series on the electrification of steering and suspension, I-CAR experts take a deeper dive into the steering angle sensor (SAS). They will identify possible locations of the SAS and look at live data using a diagnostic tool on a vehicle. Other topics that will be covered include misalignment; how the SAS ties into several systems, from stability control to ADAS; and potential consequences when they are not reset.


Electronically Controlled Ride Dampeners (Shocks and Struts)

Original Air Date: OCTOBER 27, 2021
Length: 0:23:28

Our October 27 episode kicks off a three-part series on electrification of steering and suspension. As vehicle manufacturers continue to improve ride comfort and handling capabilities, advanced technologies are added to model lineups. This initial episode in this series discusses vehicle ride control through the use of electronically-controlled shock absorbers and struts. Variable viscosity fluid and variable valve type methods also will be discussed as well as repair and diagnostic considerations.

Honda Laser Brazed Roof Replacement

Original Air Date: SEPTEMBER 29, 2021
Length: 0:51:27

I-CAR Subject Matter Experts will be joined by special guest Scott Kaboos, National Assistant Manager, Collision Repair Training and Technology. On this episode, we will showcase a Honda laser brazed roof replacement. Our team will highlight some of the parts and procedures commonly overlooked during the damage analysis process. We will also provide clarity on the attachment methods required when installing the replacement part, including prep and installation of the mounting tabs on the vehicle structure.

Pre- and Post-Scans and Programming

Original Air Date: AUGUST 25, 2021
Length: 0:49:31

You’ve heard them referred to “computers on wheels” and the modern vehicle technology you’re seeing on the road and in shops today require a pre-scan of their computer network to identify where the repair work is needed. However, the data is of no use without a knowledgeable technician or team of technicians to interpret and act on it. Donny Seyfer from the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) is our guest for this ADAS-related conversation. (Donny Seyfer / NASTF)

Glue Pull Repair (GPR)
Original Air Date: JULY 7, 2021
Length: 1:46:05

What are the benefits of Glue Pull Repair (GPR) when compared with alternative paintless dent repair methods? Discover why GPR continues to gain popularity in collision repair. Chris White, President of KECO Body Repair Products, joins the I-CAR team for our inaugural episode and LIVE Q&A session.


EV Summit Recap & Best Practices
Original Air Date: JULY 28, 2021
Length: 1:03:26

EVs is one trend you can’t afford to play catch up on – the learning curve is too high and proper procedures are critical for your personal safety. I-CAR recognized a need for an industry-vetted best practices for disconnecting high-voltage (HV) systems when the OEM has not published a position statement or vehicle-specific information. In this episode, I-CAR’s experts review key information on the critical HV disconnection step. You will be working on EVs, so it’s all relevant to your job: the step-by-step procedures for battery, service and diagnostic tool disconnection; measurement techniques for vehicle initialization; and safety precautions.