We at Statesville Collision Center are always looking for the latest repair procedures your car’s manufacturer releases. We do this not only to inform our team of technicians but also because feel it’s part of our job to let car owners like you know about these specific repair procedures. This allows you to have a better understanding of the importance of an auto body shop following OEM repair procedures in the repair process.
That said, Mazda recently released a statement on how to perform a bumper repair on their CX3 vehicles. 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. This is due to the complexity of present-day car repair, which is not as simple as just using a few tools. We wanted to let North Carolina Mazda car owners about this repair procedure so you know what type of repair you should have for your car.
The days of taking your car to be repaired to an auto body shop where the same service can be repaired on every car are now over. In fact, car repair is so complex, that it requires extensive training from the technicians to be up-to-date on how to work on today’s vehicles. Also, they need to constantly 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.
So, how do you know they are correctly repairing your vehicle, especially when they don’t need a license? It’s anyone’s guess, but ultimately it 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 advanced technologies used to only be available in luxury cars, but they have now become a standard feature in most of today’s vehicles. Some of the ADAS systems that use sensors behind bumper covers include adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring. In order to maintain the functionality of these advanced safety features, they require specific repair your car’s manufacturer releases. 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.
Mazda’s CX3 Bumper Cover Repair Procedures
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 a 2019 CX3 bumper cover, there are several OEMs with various levels of warnings. The blind-spot monitoring couldn’t be calibrated if there are obstructions on the bumper. The entire rear bumper would have to be replaced if the area around this specific ADAS system is damaged.
This is what Mazda said in their 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
As you can see in the diagram above, there specific OEM repair procedures for three common types of bumper repairs. Despite the importance of these repairs, most technicians approach a repair based on “experience.” 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.
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. You want to feel confident that whoever is repairing your Mazda is aware of the importance of these OEM repair procedures and will not cut any corners in the repair process.
Who In North Carolina Knows How To Repair My Mazda The Right Way?
We at Statesville Collision Center are always researching the latest repair procedures from every car manufacturer to ensure you are getting the best repair out there for your car. We do this because we know that these are the safest repairs out there for your car, so why should anyone have to take a shortcut on safety?
We’re here to help you in North Carolina with any of your auto repair needs. We are in 10% of auto repair shops to achieve I-CAR Gold Class status. This means that our technicians have received the highest level of training and know what it means to repair your car the right way. We are always checking OEM repair procedures and know what it takes to give you the best possible repair out there!
We look forward to hearing from you!