Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association newsletter
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August 2, 2016
The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association met at the Country Tavern Barbecue at 6:30 PM. Our meeting was called to order by our President, Chris Shepherd, Collision Instructor for the Caddo Career and Technology Center. We were led in prayer by Mark Monroe, Collision Instructor for the Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning. Abigail Shepherd led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Chris then read the Anti-Trust law.
Old business covered were dues are now due for those that haven't paid, and we need to sell two more ads. For those that haven't paid their dues, you can fill out our online form for your dues by clicking here. You can then print the email you receive and mail it in with your dues, or bring it to the next meeting. If you are interested in sponsoring us, just click on one of the "Advertise With Us" buttons at the top of this newsletter. Our newsletter is seen by shops over the tri-state area. Other business that was discussed was the Johnny Dickerson Memorial Golf Tournament that I-CAR is having on October 8, 2016, at the Firewheel Golf Course in Garland, TX. To read I-CAR's press release, click here. We'll continue to watch for further updated information about the Golf Tournament. NACE is meeting in Anaheim, CA August 9th - 13th. The BPCC 100 will wave the green flag to start the race on September 24, 2016. For those that don't know, this is an annual race to raise money for scholarships. It's a great family event, so mark your calendars. For more information, click here.
Next we discussed some new business. 3M's "Hire a Hero" calendars are still available. For more information about the calendars, click here to read how 3M and Collision Repair Education Foundation has joined together in this campaign. The Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) is having a Texas Auto Body Trade Show with Mike Anderson as the Keynote Speaker. It will be held on September 16th and 17th. For more information, click here. Bill Burnside with FinishMaster discussed the new delivery method that I-CAR is implementing. If you have courses that you need to complete, you will have to plan ahead. For more information, click here to read I-CAR's "Ways to Train" page.
We received a letter from the Principal of Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning thanking the NWLCRA for donating money to help the Collision Repair students attend the SKILLSUSA competition. Chris read the letter to us. The letter is addressed to Bill, but is intended for everyone in the association. To see the letter, click here. We are proud of our local Collision Repair students and their accomplishments! Congratulations to Austin Wallace, that placed 32nd out of 36 in the Refinish category, and Levi Glasgow, that placed 20th out of 45 in this National SKILLS competition. Congratulations to Mark Monroe, Collision Instructor for the Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning. SKILLS will be adding more to the competition. They are adding a structural component that will involve the Rail section. Students will have to determine if the rail can be repaired, and if so, how and what procedure will they use to repair the rail. Mark also added that Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning is working with the National Auto Body Council to "Recycle Rides". This program will involve Technicians that are working in the Collision Industry and are willing to donate their time to work alongside the students to repair a vehicle. Once the vehicle has been repaired, it will be donated to a person in need of a vehicle.
Our meeting about Hot Topics began with a discussion about Pre and Post Scan diagnostics. In the next few weeks, Mike Anderson will meet with Honda, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Audi, and Nissan. These auto makers state that it is mandatory that a pre-scan be done prior to repair. Mike Anderson will moderate a panel discussion at the upcoming NACE conference in Anaheim in August to discuss diagnostic scanning requirements. This panel discussion will be hosted by the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS). With modern cars, QC is different than the way it was performed in the past with older cars. With all the sensors and other electronic components, QC must use pre-scan diagnostic to find any Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC). To read the complete article by Brian Albright titled "Diagnostic Scan Requirements Increase for Collision Repair", click here.
Another article Bill brought up was one written by Mike Anderson in August of 2013! In this article, Mike states that he has conducted seminars and asked the question "How many of you have done a zero-point calibration on a Toyota after completing collision repairs?". Hardly anyone raised their hand. They don't even know what he was talking about. He pointed out that part of what goes along with this problem is a common myth he hears; "If there are no warning lights on the dash, it's all good." This article should be a concern for all, as it was written three years ago, but could have been written today! To read this article, click here.
Darrell Amberson wrote a recent article titled "Are You On Board with Vehicle Diagnostics?" In this article, he tells about a collision shop that performed a wheel alignment. There were no dash warning lights indicating any problems. While doing the test drive to verify the vehicle did not pull to the right or left, a scary problem occurred. They were in the right lane, when another vehicle came up at a faster speed in the left lane. When the faster car passed, the car they were test driving steered to the right! The accident avoidance system detected the other vehicle. The tech performed a scan and found a fault code indicating that the steering angle sensor was not properly calibrated. He performed the calibration and the wheel alignment. The problem was cured. Thankfully it was detected before returning the vehicle to the customer. To read this article, click here.
Mike Anderson wrote another article that was recently published in FenderBender. It is titled "A Modern Approach to Quality Control". He states that using an outdated QC process for today's vehicles puts your customer and your business at risk. In this article, Mike states that scanning is no longer an additional element of the repair process; it is an absolutely critical aspect of QC-ing a vehicle. To read this article, click here.
Below are some of the auto makers that have stated their position on Pre and Post Repair Scans. Just click on the auto maker for their articles placed on fenderbender.com, i-car.com, and downloadable pdf's.