ADAS should be calibrated if a sensor or control module has been replaced or reoriented, if a vehicle has sustained structural damage and has been repaired, or if the sensor is behind the windshield, panel or facia that has been repaired or replaced.
Johnson urged shops to use OEM calibration tools for multiple reasons: “No OEM that I know approves aftermarket tools for calibration. OEM calibration tools are the most up-to-date and the most reliable, and they reduce risk of liability. There are remote options available that will come to your site and perform a calibration or do it over the internet, so you do have access to calibration tools, though it’s not always easy.”
Next, Johnson discussed which calibration data to maintain, sharing information presented by Dan Risley of CCC in the 2020 Crash Course. During each repair, the technician should document who performed repairs on the vehicle, including scanning and calibrations, along with their training level.
Documentation should also identify which repairs were completed, when the repairs were completed, where the repairs were completed, and why the specific repairs were completed or not performed.
“This is imperative. You want to have quality control procedures and document who did it and how they did it,” Johnson stressed.
Johnson also recommended maintaining calibration data to indicate the vehicle information being repaired, whether the calibration technician has specialized training and the type of tool used for calibration, including the software version.
“If you maintain and keep your tools and software up-to-date, maintain those records as well,” Johnson said. “Part of your quality control procedures should include making sure that your calibration tool software is up-to-date, and then document when those updates happened and what version of the software you used. It could save you a great deal of grief in the future if you can prove that you were using the current software version at the time that the calibration took place.
“Store the procedure version used. Vehicle manufacturers update procedures regularly and don’t always notify you when those procedures are updated, so maintaining the version used could be important. These items do not need to be stored in a single location, but they need to be easily retrievable.”
In conclusion, Johson said, "There are a lot of tools out there that claim they do it, and they may be just as good, but if you don’t have an OEM backing you up that this is how you should have completed a repair, who do you have backing you up?
"I know everyone in this industry wants to do the best repairs they can and make sure the vehicle is safe when it gets back on the road. Follow the proper procedures, and make sure you’re covering yourself and providing the information you need in case you need it.”
CIECA then opened the webinar up for a question-and-answer session.
As the May CIECAst concluded, Weidmann reminded attendees the webinar is eligible for an Automotive Management Institute credit.