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Blind spot monitors | Who should repair, why it matters

Posted by RICK ZIRBES

Fri, Apr 17, 2015 @06:30 AM

Blind Spot Monitors | This is one of several safety conveniences I like to call 'dependent technologies'. 

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Topics: Advanced Safety Systems

CAN Bus systems - Wire Repair to Connectors | Getting it right

Posted by RICK ZIRBES

Mon, Apr 13, 2015 @06:30 AM

Given the fact that the automotive industry is producing technology beyond the capacities of most repair shops is a major concern. 

To properly be equipped and ready to handle the complexities of today’s repairs, it is important to examine the how and why of what that means to properly repair it back to OEM standards / performance.  

The method that is used to accomplish increased safety and comfort in today’s vehicles is still done by wires, sensors and computers. What has changed is not only the complexity, but also the way in which a repair is handled, measured, and completed.  

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Topics: Harness Wire Repair

Scan Tools Auto Repairs | Requirements beyond the generic scan tool

Posted by RICK ZIRBES

Fri, Apr 10, 2015 @06:00 AM

Scan tools and Automotive Repairs | What tools are needed to correctly fix an automobile built in the last 5-7 years?

How capable is the equipment you own?  So what does it take to work on newer cars? 

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Topics: OEM scan tools

Automobile Tech Trends | Keeping and eye - action plan on the future

Posted by RICK ZIRBES

Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @06:00 AM

Automotive Trends in Safety and Comfort Repairs | We are going through many dramatic changes in the automotive industry...

some have made the automobile much more technical to not only operate, but also to maintain and repair. 

All of this which is designed by the automakers to improve not only mileage, but to greatly improve our safety and comfort. Systems in the automotive world are constantly being reborn and improved.

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Topics: auto tech trends

Windshield Replacement | Not the same Glass Repair as yr last vehicle

Posted by RICK ZIRBES

Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @06:30 AM

The windshield glass in your car has gone through many changes and is continuing to change as safety technology takes over. 

Some examples are the types of glass, if it is tempered, laminated, and / or the way it is installed.  Options based on manufacture stem from windshields being glued or set in a rubber gasket, is it heated or does it have a special coating on the inside of it.  All of these advances are related to safety and efficiency for the vehicle as a whole.

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Topics: Advanced Safety Systems

Adaptive Cruise control repair Safety alert | Keeping families safe after repair

Posted by RICK ZIRBES

Mon, Mar 09, 2015 @05:30 AM

I would like to share my experiences with the Adaptive Cruise control, after the vehicle was worked on for a collision repair.

As a customer, you have just picked up the family SUV after getting repairs from an accident, and you’re headed out for the weekend - a full tank of fuel, the car loaded with family -heading down the freeway for a weekend of memories.  With cruise control on, radio playing, kids watching movies in the rear and hours of windshield time ahead you are relaxed and feeling good.  Out of the blue, a deer comes across the road ahead of the car in front of you, they hit the brakes….at that moment, you have just reached to adjust the radio or eat some snacks….Will the adaptive cruise control react correctly?  Will you and the vehicle slowdown in the moments ahead because the safety system functions correctly?   

These are the moments when improved safety systems mean the difference of a great weekend, or a life changing accident.  

Here’s how the system is supposed to work from the driver’s point of view.....

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Topics: adaptive cruise

Staying current, delivering safety and comfort | Auto Interior Repair

Posted by RICK ZIRBES

Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @10:00 AM

Delivering Safety and Comfort | How would you like to get into your vehicle every day knowing that all is going to be alright in the event of a crash / accident? This is why you bought that specific car in the first place, right?

We are a business that repairs the interiors of cars, performs electrical repair, and module reprogramming. We also calibrate new camera and radar systems needed for the adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation systems.

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Topics: Advanced Safety Systems

Safety Systems Repair | when calibration is necessary Part 2

Posted by RICK ZIRBES

Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @06:30 AM

So what causes these safety systems to need OEM specific calibrations?

It could be from something as simple as just disconnecting the component, the replacement of those components, or even the replacement of your windshield. In every repair, every situation, there are set recommendations by the manufacture that need to be followed to ensure occupant safety and a proper working safety system. This is one area that can have devastating results if procedures are ignored or overlooked. This not an area to cut corners on!

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Topics: Safety Systems

Safety Systems Repair | Adaptive cruise control, lane monitors - Where we are headed Part 1

Posted by RICK ZIRBES

Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @06:30 AM

There has been a lot of noise and discussions about automotive safety and where the automotive industry is heading and what we can expect in the near future.

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Topics: Safety Systems

Are you prepared for the new technologies? Repair Shop or Consumer, the answer may surprise you.t]

Posted by RICK ZIRBES

Mon, Jan 26, 2015 @06:30 AM

Are you prepared for the new technologies?  Repair Shop or Consumer, the answer may surprise you.

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Topics: Safety Systems

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