Regardless of whether or not you’re familiar with our blogs, we at Mid Island Collision Center make it a point to educate our customers about the different repair procedures your car manufacturer requires during the repair process. We do this because Long Island drivers are constantly receiving lousy, unsafe collision repair, simply because a body shop didn’t take the necessary time to look up the repair procedures released by your car’s manufacturer. These repair procedures are not “suggestions” on how your vehicle should be repaired, but the only way your car can be repaired the right way that guarantees your car can protect you the way it was designed to.
However, we wouldn’t be writing this if every body shop was repairing your car the right way. Unfortunately, most shops will still fix your vehicle the way they have for years, ignoring these OEM repair procedures because the technicians feel their experience is more important than what the OEM says. In fact, here in New York, technicians are required to be licensed to work on your car. This is why you really want to do your research before deciding on a shop and know the difference between a qualified auto repair shop and one who will just “fix” the visible damage.
When it comes to repairing the 2017 Honda Odyssey, Honda has specific repair requirements when working on this vehicle. We want Long Island drivers to know what these areas are so you know the things to look for when you receive an estimate. If you don’t see any of the below repair procedures on the estimate, then that shop is putting your life at risk.
Significant Changes to the 2017 Odyssey
The exterior of the Honda Odyssey hasn’t had much change over the past few years since the 2011 model. However, there are significant changes to the vehicle’s structure in the 2017 model that technicians need to be aware of. Otherwise, they’ll most likely repair your specific Odyssey the same way they would with any other Odyssey that is in their shop, dismissing the critical information regarding a repair on the 2017 model.
For starters, the 2011-2013 Odyssey model was made of 59% High Strength Steel (HSS) and featured Honda’s Ace Body Structure (ABS). Then in 2014, Honda had a whole new generational change in the ABS, increasing the amount of HSS utilized, not to mention integrating aluminum into the vehicle’s structure. The 2017 model has continued to be modified to adapt to these changes and is composed of more high-tensile steel “than ever before.” According to Honda, “…this contributes to higher body rigidity and reduced weight, which directly benefits ride and handling, interior quietness, performance, and efficiency, without compromising crash safety or long-term durability.”
Repairing the Odyssey
Since there are a repair manual and repair manual supplement available for technicians, they must pay careful attention to any differences the supplement may have from the manual. Honda states, “if the procedure in the supplement different from the original [manual]…that information supersedes the original information. However, if there is no procedure in the supplement, the original procedure applies.”
Aiming and Calibration Requirements
Whenever you hear about alignment, aiming, or calibration procedures for your car, these are newer repairs required for vehicles equipped with any form of ADAS technology. Since this technology is usually a combination of ultrasonic, camera, and/or radar sensors, calibration/aiming is a required procedure any time these vehicles are being repaired. Most shops will ignore any calibration requirements because they assume if there’s no visible damage to any of these systems, then they are functioning the way they should be. However, even one degree can cause total repair failure in these systems.
The 2017 Odyssey comes with a variety of ADAS technology. The forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems use the same upper windshield camera, which means they have specific repair requirements. If either the camera or windshield is removed or replaced (commonly known as R&R) at anytime during the repair process, the camera unit will need an aiming procedure.
Blindspot warning is also available on the 2017 Odyssey. If either the left or right blind spot warning sensors are removed or replaced, Honda requires an alignment procedure. In the rearview passenger mirror, you probably noticed a camera. This is part of the 2017 Odyssey’s lane watch system. This camera will need to be realigned if any of the following things occur in the repair process:
-The camera is removed or replaced
-Door mirror is removed or replaced
-The door panel is repaired
Even if your mirrors were only slightly clipped in a busy parking lot, aiming and calibration is still required. The whole point of technicians performing aiming procedures is to make sure the cameras are aimed in the right direction. That way, so the advanced safety systems can perform the way they need to. Without a proper aiming procedure or calibration of these systems, your safety would be compromised.
Sectioning Requirements on the 2017 Odyssey
Because the 2017 Odyssey is composed of a combination of materials, it’s essential to your safety that a technician knows the sectioning requirements on your vehicle. You wouldn’t want parts removed off your car that wasn’t supposed to, only to be replaced with inferior-quality aftermarket parts. And yet, many repair shops do precisely that, even on the newest models out on the road complete with all sorts of advanced technology and sophisticated materials. As we mentioned earlier, technicians must look up in the repair manual and repair manual supplement on how and where to repair different areas on your car.
When it comes to repairing the lower rail on the Odyssey, there isn’t a sectioning procedure, but there is a partial part replacement procedure at a factory seam near the cow. The rear rail and rear floor don’t allow sectioning, but there are several partial part replacement at factory seam procedures available.
As you might assume from the name, a partial part procedure is different from a full part replacement procedure or sectioning. However, the average technician will likely go ahead and perform a sectioning procedure since this is how they’d repair the same damaged area on any other car. This is not only illegitimate repair practice, but it is unsafe, and you should only take your vehicle somewhere that follows what Honda has to say.
Who In Long Island Knows How To Repair My 2017 Odyssey The Right Way?
Here at Mid Island Collision Center, we want Long Island drivers to feel empowered when they get their car repaired and know what they deserve in the repair process. Honda, like every other car manufacturer, has these repair procedures for a reason. Because of this, we are proud to say we are a Honda OEM Certified Repair Shop. This means our team has all the necessary training, tools, and equipment for repairing your vehicle exactly as Honda wants us to.
Too many times, shops are cutting corners in the repair process and as a result, the quality of the repair is compromised and your safety is at risk. We feel quite confident we’d be able to provide you with the excellence in customer service and high quality that you deserve.
We look forward to hearing from you!