There is a false belief out there affecting car owners across the country. That belief is that the same car repair can be performed on every car. This couldn’t be further from the truth, mostly because of the advanced technologies today’s cars are built with. Because of the advanced driver assist systems in today’s modern vehicles, repairing a bumper is nowhere near as simple as what it used to be.
We at Total Auto Services feel that it’s our job to let Texas car owners like you know about specific repair procedures that a car’s manufacturer releases. That way, you have a better understanding of the importance of a shop following OEM repair procedures when repairing your car.
Car repair is extremely complex nowadays. It requires extensive training from the technicians to be up-to-date on how to work on today’s vehicles. Also, they need to always to be checking the car’s manufacturer to see what the latest repair procedures are for each vehicle. It’s incredibly complex and can cause severe, lasting damage to the vehicle if incorrectly repaired. Almost every state in the country doesn’t require technicians to have a license to work on your vehicle. How do you know they are correctly repairing your vehicle, especially when they don’t need a license to operate on your car? The answer is you really don’t, but it all comes down to where you take your car to be repaired.
ADAS Technologies in the Bumper
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS for short, refers to the new technologies in your car designed for safety. These come pretty much standard in today’s vehicles. Some of the ADAS systems that use sensors behind bumper covers include adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring.
Although ADAS technologies are commonly seen in most cars on today’s roads, they require specific repair procedures released by your car’s manufacturer to maintain the advanced safety features your vehicle is built with. These are known as OEM repairs, which are the best for your vehicle. They are straight from the manufacturer instructing technicians on how to repair your specific vehicle.
This is why it’s important for Mazda owners to know what Mazda has to say for bumper repair on CX3 vehicles. We realize that you may not know to look up OEM repair procedures for your car, which is why we are providing this information for you.
Mazda’s CX3 Bumper Cover Repair Procedures
Recently, Mazda released a statement on how to properly perform a bumper repair on their CX3 vehicles. Although we are specifically discussing bumper repair on the CX3, the diagram below demonstrates the ways Mazda instructs technicians to repair bumpers on the 2019 CX-5 in three possible scenarios:
When it comes to repairing the bumper cover on a 2019 Mazda CX3, there are several OEMs with various levels of warnings. If there were obstructions on the bumper, the blind-spot monitoring couldn’t be calibrated. In fact, technicians would have to replace the entire rear bumper if the area around this specific ADAS system was damaged.
Here’s what Mazda has to say in the 2019 CX-5 repair manual:
“Radar aiming cannot be performed correctly if obstructions which interfere with radar emission are stuck on the blind spot monitoring (BSM) control modules or the rear bumper. Perform the following procedure before performing the radar aiming.
—Verify that there is no water, mud, soiling, sticker adhesion, or repairs done using putty application on the surface of the rear bumper and that there is no mud, soiling, or scratches on the blind spot monitoring (BSM) control modules…If the rear bumper around the BSM control module is damaged, replace the rear bumper.”
The Importance of Following OEM Repair Procedures
Despite the importance of OEM repairs, most technicians will repair a vehicle their way based on “experience.” The above diagram showed three common bumper repairs that require specific OEM repair procedures. However, each repair is unique and comes with its own set of repair procedures. Due to the critical role BSM plays in vehicular safety, this is why repair technicians might need to replace the bumper if there’s any damage.
You want to take your Mazda to an auto repair shop that knows to check the OEM repair procedures before they begin any repair for any vehicle. These are the best technicians out there because they know the importance of following OEM repairs. Any auto repair technician that performs a repair solely based on “experience” can severely damage the ADAS systems your car is built with. Not to mention, the overall structural integrity of the vehicle can also be damaged in the repair process.
Who In Houston Knows How To Properly Repair My Mazda?
We at Total Auto Services always put our customer’s safety as a top priority, which is why we’re always looking up the latest OEM repair procedures from every car manufacturer.
We know that car repair is extremely stressful, which is why we’re committed to providing you the highest level of care and service, so you’ll always feel at ease. Any customer of ours quickly sees how we stand apart from other body shops because we genuinely care about you and your car.
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