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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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...the foam dam that must be used in replacing the roof---to ensure the adhesive, a specified 3M product, doesn’t flow out of the joint while it cures---but Kaboos found a Kent product that works.

 

“If you skip that part of the step, there’s a good chance you’re not going to have enough adhesive left in that joint when you’re done,” Kaboos cautioned.

 

The 2022 Civic also has a hem flange on the rear side outer panel the 2021 model did not.

 

“Honda has a special tool to install these available in our Honda tool rental program,” Kaboos said. “Or you can buy it, but I’ll be absolutely honest: It is ridiculously expensive. It was designed in Japan, and by the time it got through the build process, they had put such tight tolerances on it, that it is extremely expensive. We are working on that. But probably your best solution is to go through the tool rental program and just rent it from us.”

 

Rounkles also provided more information about the automaker’s auto body shop certification program, which will begin transitioning certified shops from ProFirst to the new Honda and Acura Certified Collision program on their next renewal date. He said the company hasn’t ruled out certifying additional shops in some markets.

 

“We are currently technically full in terms of the number [of shops] we wanted to have in our certification program,” Rounkles said. “But we will add shops as needed based on geographical and units-in-operation conditions. We do not have a specific radius of how close a [certified] shop can be to another one. We’re going to try not to put one right across the street from another, but I can tell you that I have actually seen four certified shops in a two-block area. But that’s because in the metro area, that’s where they put all the body shops. So we will have situations like that.”

 

He said Honda maintains a waiting list for shops interested in joining the program.

 

“As units-in-operation change, or shops decide to no longer be certified, we will reach out to the shops that we have on our list first before we go seeking other shops,” Rounkles said.

 

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