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Quarterly Check-in: New Ford On Target touches on glass and ADAS, Mach-E welding and more

Toronto, Ontario — Ford dropped the third edition of its 2022 On Target newsletters last Thursday, where the legacy OEM offered a reminder to glass repair technicians, clarified some welding details on the Mustang Mach-E SUV and announced the approval of a lift table from Bosch.

Ford made a point of opening this issue of its seasonal repair newsletter with a note to glass repair technicians that windshields are for more than to just “keep the rain out,” but are now directly integrated with a vehicle’s electronic and software communications systems, making proper OEM-approved ADAS calibration procedure crucial following any glass repair or replacement.

To that end, the automaker is calling on glass technicians who work with Ford vehicles to come on board the Ford Certified Glass Network (FCGN), get themselves equipped with official Ford calibration tools and keep up with their regular over-the-air updates.

Ford also reaffirmed its stance on certain repair details concerning the Mustang Mach-E SUV, specifically that the use of heat is still prohibited on bumper beams present in the vehicle.

“Bumper beams are typically constructed of high-strength (HS) or stronger-class steel. If the bumper beam shows evidence of a kink or tear it is not repairable and must be replaced. The use of heat to repair these components is not allowed and will result in weak- ening the component. Minor damage may be corrected through cold straightening only,” read Ford’s newsletter.

Material composition of the Mustang Mach-E SUV’s front floor.
Material composition of the Mustang Mach-E SUV’s centre and rear floor.

Finally, Ford announced that the Bosch mobile lift table has been approved for use by facilities operating within the Ford Certified Collision Network (FCCN).

The company wrote in its newsletter that the tool has been shown to be effective in lifting, lowering and transporting heavy loads like batteries and engines, with a maximum lift strength of 1,400 kg.

The third volume of Ford’s On Target newsletter for 2022 can be found here.

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