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Forward camera technologies | Advanced Safety System repairs

[fa icon="calendar'] Mon, Jan 11, 2016 @07:30 AM / by RICK ZIRBES posted in Advanced Safety Systems

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2016 - Forward camera technologies | Understanding Advanced Safety System repairs. The one thing I can tell you about the automotive industry is that safety technology is always moving forward.

But what I can’t tell you is, where and when it will stop. This is very evident with advanced technologies that are designed into cars and trucks to keep drivers, passengers and pedestrians safe.

The safety features installed in back, or the front of the vehicle do require maintenance if removed or replaced.

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BMW, Mini and Mercedes remote starts | Minneapolis remote starters

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, Dec 18, 2015 @07:30 AM / by RICK ZIRBES posted in remote starters

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BMW, Mini and Mercedes continues to provide leading technology with their electronics in their cars and SUV’s and that is paying off in many ways.

Remote Starters | For years these companies have in many ways pioneered innovations that have allowed their vehicles to interact with many other parts of the car, but also with the drivers as well. But oddly enough you still don’t see an OEM remote start from these companies.

Now, know that what these auto makers have created is a computer network that is on wheels.

Meaning that there is a central line of communication, this is sometimes referred to as a CAN network (Controller Area Network). This CAN network is what starts your car when you push the button on your dash or allows doors to unlock with the key fob. And how this is designed determines what the computer talks too.

The end result is it performs a task, monitors any systems in your vehicle and in this case give you the convenience of starting your car from a far.

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Moisture on your floor | What it can do to your Interior

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Dec 15, 2015 @06:30 AM / by RICK ZIRBES posted in interior repair

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Interior Repairs | It doesn't matter if it is water, gas, or some other chemical that has ran all over your floor and now is trapped under your carpet, it will bring with it bad results.

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Sunroof Repair | When things go wrong

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Dec 08, 2015 @06:30 AM / by RICK ZIRBES posted in Sunroof Repair

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Sunroof Repair | So, heard the term “know when to stop digging”?

This pretty much applies to everything, and your sunroof is no exception. There are a couple of factors that can determine the point when to throw in the towel as some might say, and get professional assistance.

First, let's start with what is the most common cause. We are talking about plastic, as in plastic arms, plastic joints and sometimes even plastic gears. With that, let's look at a couple of characteristics of the product and why it is used.

Manufacturers like it because it is lightweight and has some self-lubrication properties. To understand the ‘why’ of this statement, auto manufacturers are and have been for years finding ways to lighten up the vehicle to get better fuel mileage, and every ounce counts.

Plastics have come a long way from years past and properties like having little friction, adds a feature that allows them to use less grease or oil. To understand the full benefit of that statement, you need to understand what happens to the lubricant that is in your sunroof.

Temperature changes, like extreme cold, road film and dirt, leaves and sticks from trees and bushes all change how the lubricant performs or doesn’t perform. So if you live in an area that gets cold in the winter, has trees and sand or dirt on the road (and you don’t have to travel on a dirt road for this to fit), this applies to you even more.

Let's break this statement apart: Temperature, as it gets cooler the viscosity or thickness of the grease goes up, meaning a substance that might be little runny in the heat is now thicker than Jell-O in the winter. But make no mistake, just because you have a heated garage or don’t live in sub-zero temperature doesn't mean you will escape this.

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What is involved with cleaning up substance spills in a car?

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @06:30 AM / by RICK ZIRBES posted in auto interior spills

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Help with spills | As I have stated before, cars are now a collection of computers all sharing information and are really a network on wheels, that changes everything when it comes to repairs, including spills.


That creates a whole different mind set when it comes to cleaning and making sure that delicate electronics and safety systems are not compromised. If your goal is to return your vehicle to OEM specs / performance, read on.

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Windshield Cameras Repair and Confusion | Advanced Technologies

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @06:30 AM / by RICK ZIRBES posted in Advanced Safety Systems

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There has been a lot of questions raised about forward facing safety system cameras. And they are coming from many different areas of the automotive industry, and a lot of them are going unanswered.


Mainly from the Automotive Glass and Collision sector, since this is a part of the industry that works on current models.

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My Headliner is coming down, I need help with Interior Repairs

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @06:30 AM / by RICK ZIRBES posted in Minneapolis Headliner Repair

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Headliner Falling apart?  If you have owned a car for any amount of time, you probably have experienced material coming off the ceiling in your car or truck.

  • Why does this happen
  • What to do about it?
  • What is the right way to get OEM look & performance?

Headliner failure can and does happen, but the truth of the matter is, it is the foam backing that is the real culprit....

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Advanced Safety Systems Repair | the future of technicians

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Nov 03, 2015 @10:00 AM / by RICK ZIRBES posted in Safety Systems

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Because we specialize in advanced safety systems repair, I have had many conversations about the future of automotive technologies, mainly in the area of the safety systems that guide you down the road.

In these discussions the level of complexity regarding technology and repairs has brought up really good questions about:

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Crash mitigation and Lane Monitors | Advanced Safety Systems Repair

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Oct 29, 2015 @06:30 AM / by RICK ZIRBES posted in safety systems repair

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Repairing Advanced Safety Systems | Currently with many new safety system technologies having been introduced, the number of questions and concerns on how do we handle them is growing.

Our goal as safety systems experts is to get those vehicles back in service at the OEM standards they came with from the factory.

So, what happens...

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Self Parking Technology | Windshield Cameras | need to know 4 repairs

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @06:30 AM / by RICK ZIRBES

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When I read current articles about what it takes to fix current vehicle systems, the majority of systems can be addressed with an aftermarket scan tool.

This is good for basic emissions (engine) and driveline systems, not so when you start digging into safety and comfort systems.

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