Mazda’s New Position on Bumper Cover Repair With ADAS

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Recently, Mazda released a statement on how to properly perform a bumper repair on their CX3 vehicles. Due to the advanced driver assist systems in today’s modern vehicles (also known as ADAS), repairing a bumper is nowhere near as simple as what it used to be. Here at Autotech Collision Service, we feel that it’s our job to let New Jersey car owners like you know about specific repair procedures that a car’s manufacturer releases. That way, you have a better understanding of the importance of an auto repair shop following OEM repair procedures when you take your car to be repaired.

In today’s day and age, car repair is extremely complex and difficult. Technicians to be up-to-date on how to work on today’s vehicles, which requires extensive training. Also, they need to always to be checking the car’s manufacturer to see what the latest repair procedures are for each vehicle. It’s incredibly complex and can cause severe, lasting damage to the vehicle if incorrectly repaired. Almost every state in the country doesn’t require technicians to have a license to work on your vehicle (including right here in New Jersey). So, how can you know that an auto body shop is properly repairing your car? It’s anyone’s guess, but it comes down to where you take your car to be repaired. 

Mazda’s CX3 Bumper Cover Repair Procedures

Although we are specifically discussing bumper repair on the CX3, the diagram on this link  gives you a visual demonstration of the various ways Mazda instructs technicians to repair bumpers on the 2019 CX-5 in three possible scenarios.

When a technician approaches a repair on a 2019 Mazda CX3 bumper cover, he or she will need to look up the exact OEM repair procedure. In fact, there are several OEMs released with various levels of warnings. The blind-spot monitoring couldn’t be calibrated if there are obstructions on the bumper. The entire rear bumper would have to be replaced if the area around this specific ADAS system is damaged.

Here’s what Mazda has to say in the 2019 CX-3 repair manual: 

“Radar aiming cannot be performed correctly if obstructions which interfere with radar emission are stuck on the blind spot monitoring (BSM) control modules or the rear bumper. Perform the following procedure before performing the radar aiming. 

—Verify that there is no water, mud, soiling, sticker adhesion, or repairs done using putty application on the surface of the rear bumper and that there is no mud, soiling, or scratches on the blind spot monitoring (BSM) control modules…If the rear bumper around the BSM control module is damaged, replace the rear bumper.” 

The Importance of Following OEM Repair Procedures 

As you saw in the diagram, the three common bumper repairs require specific OEM repair procedures. Despite the importance of these repairs, there are many technicians will that will approach repairing a vehicle solely based on “experience.” However, each repair is unique and comes with its own set of repair procedures. Due to the critical role BSM plays in vehicular safety, this is why repair technicians might need to replace the bumper if there’s any damage. 

We understand that you want to take your Mazda to be repaired at an auto repair shop that knows the importance of checking OEM repair procedures before any repair is started on any vehicle. When technicians do this, it tells you that they are the best out there because they know the importance of following OEM repairs. If an auto repair technician performs a repair solely based on “experience,” they can severely damage the ADAS systems your car is built with. Not to mention, the overall structural integrity of the vehicle can also be damaged in the repair process. Instead of getting a repaired car returned back to you, you’ll get a vehicle that’s a target for an accident. Nobody wants that.

Who In New Jersey Knows How To Repair My Mazda The Right Way? 

We at Autotech Collision Service are always researching the latest repair procedures for every vehicle that comes into our shop. We know the importance of following OEM repair procedures and never short cut on any repairs, no matter how much experience our technicians may have.

Here at Autotech Collision Center, we’ve been serving Southern New Jersey for nearly 30 years. We are customer-focused and know what it means to perform a safe repair. At Autotech, all of our technicians have received extensive training and are up-to-date on the latest OEM Repair procedures. We will work with you and your insurance company to ensure a stress-free repair.

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