Friday, 22 July 2016 13:16

Honda Issues Statement on Diagnostic Scanning as it Relates to Collision Repair

Honda has issued a statement regarding post-collision diagnostic scan and calibration requirements for Honda and Acura vehicles.

The company listed the following minimum scans, inspections, and/or calibrations required in order to avoid improper collision repairs:

• A preliminary diagnostic scan during the repair estimation phase to determine what Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) may be present, so proper repairs may be included.
• A post repair diagnostic scan to confirm that no DTCs remain.

  • Any repair that requires disconnection of electrical components in order to perform the repair will require a post-repair diagnostic scan to confirm if the component is reconnected properly and functioning. 
  • Damage that requires body parts replacement will always require a post-repair diagnostic scan.

• Some safety and driver assistive systems will require inspections, calibration, and/or aiming after collision or other body repairs.

A significant point made within the statement is that "the presence or absence of dashboard indicators/warning lights is not an acceptable method to determine if post collision diagnostic scans are necessary." Honda further clarified this point by stating that "Dashboard indicators are intended for driver notification, not vehicle diagnostics."

The company also provided background on scan requirements, diagnostic recommendations, inspection/calibration/aiming requirements, and information on how to obtain service information, i-HDS diagnostic software and interface hardware.

Click here to read the full statement.