In modern automobiles, the computer controls safety technologies, such as lane departure warning and blind-spot detection. These features save lives on the road. However, a collision—even a small fender bender—can throw these systems out of balance. As part of collision repairs, a mechanic must also conduct electronic recalibration.
Why Electronic Recalibration Is Necessary
Collision repair isn’t just about restoring the frame and crumple zone. Today’s cars have multiple computers, sensors, and radars, all of which are ultra-sensitive. A collision can knock these components out of alignment. This may result in a safety feature’s failure to activate, such as an airbag not deploying. Similarly, an alert on your dashboard may fail to light up. This places the driver and passengers at serious risk. Even minor impacts causing only a small dent can cause decalibration.
How Does Recalibration Work?
There’s a lot more to electronic recalibration than just recording numbers from a diagnostic test code. This won’t always reveal underlying problems. Repairs aside, the mechanic must also:
- Scan for vehicle-specific codes for error messages
- Clear any diagnostic codes
- Recalibrate or “reset” radars and sensors according to manufacturer specifications
Technicians need to check that the cameras, lasers, and other technologies are aimed correctly. An OBD port scan alone may be inadequate. Testing requires commercial calibration tools, and not all auto body services have these in their shops.
Apart from the collision, the collision repair itself can also throw the system out of sync. This is why the inspector must perform diagnostics before releasing the vehicle back to the customer.
We Perform Electronic Recalibration
Entrust repairs to Doug’s Auto Collision Center. Our standard operating procedure is comprehensive and includes diagnostics of a car’s full suite of safety technology. We restore a vehicle’s outer appearance, restore the auto paint, and take care of internal diagnostics through electronic recalibration.
Collision Repairs & Electronic Recalibration in Bellevue
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