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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).


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Wednesday, 10 November 2021 19:59

Honda Offers Cautions for Collision Repairers on New Acura Models

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American Honda said collision repairers should be aware of specific foam insulation clips that need to be used with the aluminum fenders on the 2022 Acura MDX and the 2021 Acura TLX. American Honda said collision repairers should be aware of specific foam insulation clips that need to be used with the aluminum fenders on the 2022 Acura MDX and the 2021 Acura TLX.

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Collision repairers need to be aware the aluminum fenders on the 2022 Acura MDX, released this past summer, and the 2021 Acura TLX, released about a year ago, require the use of specific insulation clips.

“If you do not use those insulation clips, if you use a regular tin clip or something else, there is a good chance that the dissimilar metals are going to corrode each other, and you’ll end up with fenders that are flopping in the breeze,” said Scott Kaboos, collision technical specialist for American Honda. “These are not one-time-use only. They can be reused. But you have to be sure to use those correct insulated clips.”

 

Both cars also have cast aluminum strut towers. There are procedures in Honda’s service information for inspecting the strut towers for damage by checking for cracks in coatings or body sealer. If those signs exist, the coatings need to be removed to inspect the rivets and conduct a dye penetrant test to make sure the casting is not cracked---if it is, it will need to be replaced.

 

In order to avoid shops needing to buy a self-piercing rivet gun to install a replacement strut tower, the part comes as part of an assembly that can be welded on.

 

“We do want you to apply body sealer over the self-piercing rivets, and on both seams, inside and out,” Kaboos cautioned. “That’s not going to come with the part you get in the box. That’s something body shops are expected to know and do.”

 

Kaboos said there are some simple blocks (part number 07AAF-TGVA100) auto body shops should use when removing a passenger side airbag on the 2021 TLX.

 

“Without those, it’s really easy to damage that airbag,” Kaboos said.

 

He said the inner and outer portions of the front rails on the vehicle are made of...


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