There’s a stark difference between being ready for advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) calibrations and becoming fully capable for the new world of collision repair. The first step in performing any proper ADAS calibration is understanding and verifying the areas of concern by obtaining as much information from the customer and the vehicle as you can. Next, you must perform a vehicle diagnostic check to verify proper operation of the vehicle’s imbedded systems and record any DTCs. Conduct a thorough visual inspection, review the history of the vehicle and check your list of FAQs:
• When does/did the condition occur?
• Is/was there physical damage contributing to the condition?
• How long does the condition last?
• How often does the condition occur?
• Are there aftermarket accessories on the vehicle?
Review your diagnostic categories. Ensure you have evaluated all symptoms and conditions both described by the customer and observed by the technician. Finally, isolate the root cause, repair and verify the connection. Many times, verification of a DTC or symptom may involve road testing the vehicle and performing additional scanning. If the concern cannot be found or isolated, a re-evaluation is necessary.The final step of any diagnostic process must always be repair verification. You would perform a Dynamic Systems Verification. You would use video recordings or photos to document any of the steps taken to perform the proper calibration.While straightforward, developing and implementing the strategy-based approach to ADAS, diagnostics, and Calibrations does not happen overnight. Once you’ve secured your strategy, you are ADAS capable and ready to take on the new world of collision repair.
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