What Does ADAS Calibration Mean On My Auto Body Repair Estimate?

Car repair can be an extremely confusing time, especially when you see all sorts of phrases on your repair estimate that you’ve never even heard of. If it’s been a while since you’ve gotten your car repaired, a lot has changed even over the past 5 years. No car repair is ever the same, even if the same vehicle is hit the same way. The best body shops know this and create unique repair plans for each car that comes in. The technicians at these shops never take any short cuts in the repair process.

That said, when you see “ADAS Calibration” on your estimate from an auto body shop in Houston, what does it mean? Is this important for the safety of your car? Here at Total Auto Services, we want to educate our customers about the different repair procedures for your car. That way, you have a better understanding of what to expect when getting your car repaired. We’re here to help explain what an ADAS calibration is and why it’s important for the overall safety of you and your vehicle.

What Is ADAS? 

 Almost every new car sold in America comes equipped with some form of ADAS as a standard feature. ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and are advanced technologies built into your car to keep you safer on the road. These systems are created and engaged through complex system of cameras, radar, sensors and onboard computers.

Some of the most common ADAS systems you’ll see in vehicles are the following:

  • Blindspot detection
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Lane departure warning 
  • Adaptive cruise control 
  • Emergency braking

As mentioned above, the ADAS systems in today’s advanced vehicles are made up of a network of sensors. The most common of these sensors are ultrasonic, camera, and radar. These sensors are necessary for the ADAS safety features to properly operate and “see” what’s happening around your car. They are essentially a pair of eyes located everywhere on the car to provide you with technology-based assistance in correcting improper driving behaviors.

Just last year, the NHTSA made rearview cameras a requirement for all new vehicles. Over 200 people are killed annually from backover accidents with an additional 14,000 injuries contributed to rear related accidents. This has got to end, and hopefully, with ADAS technologies, it can.

What Is ADAS Calibration? 

According to AAA, “an ADAS calibration is a process carried out to correctly align the cameras and sensors of a car so that its ADAS system can work as intended.” ADAS calibration requires specialized equipment and tools with highly trained technicians capable of adjusting or resetting these systems. Each one of these sensors is precisely positioned to perform their designed safety features on your vehicle. The best auto body shops have highly trained technicians who know the intricacy involved with ADAS calibration. These technicians are highly capable of accurately performing an ADAS calibration with specialized tools and equipment, repairing your car the way it should be. 

If the position of these cameras or sensors is altered in any way, calibration will be required. In fact, “…a sensor on the car that is out of alignment by a fraction of an inch or even one degree will be aimed at an area significantly off-axis 50 or more feet down the road.” (AAA

In other words, if one of these sensors is a mere inch out of alignment, it will focus on an area at least 50 feet away and won’t be able to protect you with its designed advanced safety features. It’s pretty scary to think that a mere inch or degree can create a world of difference to what goes on inside your vehicle. Even a simple fender bender can put you at serious risk for being in another accident. You want to take your vehicle to a body shop that knows the importance of ADAS calibration. 

Failure to properly calibrate a sensor can also cause the following:

  • Increased steering effort 
  • Steering wheel vibration 
  • Vehicle steering pull 
  • Diagnostic trouble codes, commonly known as “DTC,” stored in the vehicle’s computer system. 

What does ADAS Recalibration Involve? 

Recalibrating an ADAS system most often requires that we bring your vehicle to the dealer to perform the re-calibration. It’s extremely complicated and can seriously damage your vehicle if done wrong. Each manufacturer has their own methods and some require that the vehicle have a full tank of gas, be placed on a perfectly level ground, and the sensors are aimed at recalibration targets while the system is being updated through a scanning device hooked to your vehicle’s OBD port and monitored by a certified technician sometimes remotely. It is a very precise and lengthy process that has to be performed or the vehicle will not only be unsafe but might even function improperly. Because we at Total Auto Services repair a variety of vehicles, it is often best to have the dealer who specializes in that brand to recalibrate the vehicle. Once completed, we’ll bring it back to the shop for your delivery.

When is an ADAS Calibration Needed? 

An ADAS Calibration is necessary whenever any of the sensors on a vehicle are disrupted in any way. This can be from a fender bender, collision, or various service repairs. These repairs can include wheel alignment, windshield replacement, suspension repairs, change in tire size, and car roof repair. 

Calibration is also necessary whenever a sensor or its mounting bracket is repaired in any way or when the front airbag deploys, deflecting off the front windshield. Lastly, ADAS calibration will be needed “when there is a related DTC in the car’s computer memory” or following any technical repair procedures laid out by a manufacturer. A DTC stands for Diagnostic Trouble Code and those are stored in the vehicle’s computer memory every time there is an issue with any of the ADAS systems.

Who in Houston Knows How To Perform An ADAS Calibration? 

Here at Total Auto Services, we know what it means to properly perform an ADAS calibration. It’s much more than making sure all the sensors in your vehicle are installed. It takes skill, the right equipment, and technicians who trained to perform these type of repairs. You want to take your car to be repaired at a body shop that is skilled and dedicated to giving you the best repair out there for your car.

We are committed to giving Texas drivers the highest quality auto collision repair and to make the process as stress-free as possible. Any customer of ours quickly sees how we stand apart from other body shops because we genuinely care about you and your car. We will work with you and any insurance company to ensure you get your car back to you as soon as possible!

Our team of technicians are highly skilled and know the importance of following OEM repair procedures. We never cut corners in the repair process because we never want to put your safety at risk.

We look forward to hearing from you and showing you the Total Auto Services difference! 

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