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John Yoswick

John YoswickJohn Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit www.CrashNetwork.com).


He can be contacted at john@crashnetwork.com 

Tuesday, 07 September 2021 20:55

Honda Increasing Crash Parts Production, Transitioning Certified Auto Body Shops Over Time

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Collision repairers need to be aware of the replacement procedure for the laser-brazed roof panel on the 2022 Honda Civic requires a combination of welding, adhesive and mechanical fasteners. Collision repairers need to be aware of the replacement procedure for the laser-brazed roof panel on the 2022 Honda Civic requires a combination of welding, adhesive and mechanical fasteners.

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...polish that entire area evenly. The thickness of the paint affects the radar quite a bit.”

 

He said that also means no blending of primer or color can be done in that area.

 

“It is a challenge if you have damage near that area, I’m not going to lie to you,” Kaboos said. “There’s going to be more bumpers replaced than in the past generation of Civic.”   
  
Another change to the 2022 Honda Civic collision repairers need to be aware of is the resin composite front bulkhead, replacing mild steel one on the previous Civic model. The automaker says the design improves access to the engine compartment for assembly and service but also that it should be checked for cracks following a collision.

 

“It can look fine, but when you wet it down, all of a sudden a crack can become apparent,” Rounkles said. “So you really need to pay attention to that. While the vehicle may not have gotten hit hard enough to hit into the rails, these [composite parts] can crack and not be overly visible.”

 

Kaboos concurred.

 

“I know just spraying a little wax and grease remover on it to add a little gloss does make those cracks show up a lot better,” he said.

 

Kaboos said the 2022 Civic is now the third Honda model with a laser-brazed roof panel that requires a combination of welding, adhesive and mechanical fasteners for replacement. Shops need to be aware they must order a number of brackets and bolts in addition to the replacement roof panel.

 

Kaboos and Rounkles said they sought to have the parts bundled as a kit with the roof panel, but think because the parts come from different vendors, creating a kit wasn’t feasible for the automaker.

 

Honda also doesn’t supply much information about...