Dan Espersen, Author at BodyShop Business
OEM Procedures for 2011 Cadillac Escalade’s Inflatable Restraint Side Impact Sensor

ALLDATA provides instructions on how to ensure safe seat belt and airbag systems for this vehicle make and model.

Mechanical Repairs May Help Fix Your Bottom Line

Detailed mechanical information can eliminate the need for body shops to outsource certain jobs, increasing their profits and giving them more control over their repair schedules.

Vehicle Diagnostics in Collision Repair

Proliferation of electronic components and data buses is forcing collision industry to join scan tool revolution.

Collision Avoidance Systems As Revenue Opportunities

After your shop repairs a vehicle, it might look as good as new, but how about all those electronic systems that need resetting, reinitializing and adjusting? In the past, you may have subletted these “non-collision” jobs to a mechanical shop. But today, with the right information and a good scan tool, you can keep these jobs – and the profits they generate – in house.

Chevrolet Volt, Ford F-150 Repair Procedures

For this article, specific examples of OE procedures, diagrams, specifications, technical service bulletins (TSBs) and safety precautions are taken from ALLDATA Collision S3500.

Lexus, GM Repair Procedures

Here are some excerpts from current OE repair articles and TSBs found in ALLDATA Collision S3500.

Sectioning the Front Hinge A-Pillar of the Buick Regal

Here is an excerpt of an OE repair article for a 2011 Buick Regal A-pillar – front hinge pillar body sectioning (upper).

Bearing and TPMS Procedures on Infiniti Vehicles

Sometimes it’s the little things that trip you up. You apply all of your knowledge, talent, time and energy to restoring a vehicle to like-new condition after it has been in a collision. You’re ready to deliver the car to the customer, but one of the headlamps, of all things, won’t illuminate. Or, the vehicle

TSBs Can Generate an Additional Income Stream

So what does it mean for you to “one up” the competition? You’ve invested time and money to install the latest and greatest software systems throughout your business. You have the best frame rack and electronic measuring devices available on the market. You have the most talented welders who allow you to replace panels and

Addressing Memory Functions in Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX

Today’s complex vehicles are forcing collision repair facilities to address repair issues they never had to address a few years ago. The diagnostic age is upon us, and without the proper tools, training and information to properly assess and repair these vehicles’ complex systems, your shop may be forced to outsource many repairs that you

Recharging A/C Compressor for ’09 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Once upon a time, consumers, and many times technicians, knew of only one kind of oil, and that was “black gold” or “Texas tea.” But not anymore. How many types of lubricants are used in today’s vehicles? If I listed them all here, it would take up most of this article. I think you get

Replacing a Hyundai Tucson Bumper Cover

This Tech Tip is based on a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) issued by Hyundai. TSBs describe known conditions or manufacturer-recommended changes in procedures and processes. This TSB provides information on changes in the Hyundai Tucson (LM) rear bumper cover and retainers (Figure 1). Changes include: • The size of the retainer slot holes in the rear