Hunter’s equipment follows the OEM service procedures, references the vehicle direction of travel—the thrust line—for target placement, integrates with the Hunter Aligner for Wheel Alignment verification before the calibration is completed, and integrates with HunterNet for online results storage.
Hunter Engineering says it’s a popular misconception that ADAS calibration tools require huge amounts of floor space. Most vehicles will not require all ADAS functions be adjusted at the same time, so simultaneously front, side and rear views are rarely necessary
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are not going anywhere, nor are the calibrations associated with these systems. Several studies suggest that, by 2025, ADAS will no longer be optional on new vehicles.
In other words: by 2025, every new or recent model year rolling onto your produc- tion floor will require some form of ADAS calibration. For many, this reality is already causing hiccups.
To learn more about the reality of offering ADAS calibration, Collision Repair chatted with the folks at Hunter Engineering to hear the company’s insights on ADAS calibration, including the features of its comprehensive calibration equipment.
Collision Repair: First, let’s get the big question off the table. When should ADAS calibrations be performed?
Hunter Engineering: Any time the vehicle manufacturer determines and documents when ADAS Calibrations are necessary. ADAS Calibration is almost always required after a collision, ADAS sensor replacement, or removal/re-installation of a sensor or mounting component such as a windshield, core support, side view mirror, etc.
Some OEMs also require ADAS calibration for some systems after services like wheel alignment, including VW, Audi, Porsche, Ford, Lincoln, BMW, Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge and others.
You should always check OEM procedure guidelines to verify whether a calibration is needed.
CR: Why is documentation so important when completing ADAS calibrations?
HE: Documentation is important for several reasons as it’s the proof of work done and the need to complete said work.
Service Documentation from the OEM determines when calibrations are required and how to complete them properly. Repair documentation not only records the vehicle condition before a calibration, many times with pictures and pre-scan results, but also records the successful calibration result from the scan tool and verifies codes do not remain after the calibration with post-scan results. This is not only proof the service was com- pleted correctly but is what most insurance companies want to authorize payment for such a service.
CR: How doesHunter’s equipment, specif- ically the DAS3000 and ADASLink systems, help to achieve proper ADAS calibrations?
HE: Hunter’s equipment follows the OEM service procedures, references the vehicle direction of travel—the thrust line—for target placement, integrates with theHunterAligner for Wheel Alignment verification before the calibration is completed, and integrates with HunterNet for online results storage.
CR: Where can readers learn more about Hunter Engineering’s products and services?
HE: You can find information on our website www.hunter.com, or search local reps in your area using our representative locator tool on the website.
I like how you mentioned that there are requirements and calibrations when operating ADAS, for safety. A couple of days ago, my cousin told me he was hoping to find a reliable ADAS calibration center that could help him with his ADAS vehicle that inadvertently applies auto-braking, and he asked if I had any idea what would be the best option to do. I’m thankful for this helpful article, I’ll tell him that it will be much better if he consults a trusted ADAS calibration center as they can help him with all his inquiries.
Thank you for mentioning that ADAS calibration, as well as the repair of a sensor or mounting part like a windscreen, is virtually always necessary following a crash. My sister claimed that the windscreen in her car was out of alignment following a collision and was not calibrated. I’ll advise her to have the windscreen calibrated so that the windscreen of her car can rest at the proper angle.