Not too long ago, Mazda released a statement on how to perform a bumper repair on their CX3 vehicles. There have been significant changes in car repair over the past several years due to the advanced driver assist systems in today’s modern vehicles, commonly known as ADAS. We at Mid Island Collision Center feel that it’s our job to let car owners like you know about specific repair procedures that a car’s manufacturer releases. Not only will it give you insight on how a car should properly be repaired, but it also informs you of the importance of a shop following OEM repair procedures.
To correctly repair a vehicle, it requires extensive training from technicians to be up-to-date on how to work on today’s vehicles. It’s critical that these technicians check any repair procedures laid out by car manufacturers before any repair begins. This is because of the complexity involved because a wrong repair can cause severe, lasting damage to the vehicle. Almost every state in the country, including right here in New York, doesn’t require technicians to have a license to work on your vehicle. So, how do you know they are correctly repairing your vehicle? The answer is you really don’t…but where you take your car can make a big difference.
ADAS Technologies in the Bumper
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS for short, refers to the new technologies in your car designed for safety. Some of the ADAS systems that use sensors behind bumper covers include adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring. These advanced technologies are now commonly seen in today’s vehicles. However, 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.
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:
There are several OEMs with various levels of warnings in place when it comes to repairing the bumper of a 2019 CX3. If there are obstructions to the bumper in away, the blind-spot monitoring couldn’t be calibrated. In fact, there would have to be an entire rear bumper replacement if this specific ADAS system is damaged in any way. This is just one of the critical aspects of a shop knowing and following OEM repair procedures to be aware of these requirements for repairing your Mazda the right way (or any vehicle for that matter).
Here’s what Mazda has to say in the 2019 CX-3 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
The above diagram gave us a visual example of three common bumper repairs require specific OEM repair procedures. Despite the importance of these repairs, most technicians will repair a vehicle their way based on “experience.” However, each repair is unique and comes with its own set of repair procedures. No car repair is ever the same even if you and another car owner were hit the exact same way in the exact same vehicle. It will still be an entirely different repair. 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.
We know how much you care for your Mazda and only want to take it to be repaired somewhere that actually knows what they are doing and are not willing to take any shortcuts in the repair process. It’s important that you can trust that your New York auto repair shop will research the OEM repair procedures for your car BEFORE they begin any repair. These are the best technicians out there because they know the importance of following OEM repairs, just like our team of technicians right here at Mid Island Collision Center. Whenever an auto repair technician performs a repair solely based on “experience,” it 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’ll be left driving a vehicle that may look repaired, but is more damaged than ever before.
Who In New York Knows How To Repair My Mazda The Right Way?
Here at Mid Island Collision, our technicians are all highly trained in the importance of OEM repairs for each car that comes into our shop. We are always researching any of the latest repair procedures set out by car manufacturers because that’s the type of quality repair you deserve from a body shop.
We feel quite confident we’d be able to provide you with the excellence in customer service and high quality that you deserve. If you’d like to schedule an estimate or to get a free online quote, click here to get started. Or, feel free to give us a call at anytime at (516)-766-0101. We look forward to hearing from you!