Here at Telesis Collision Center, our Subaru customers tend to be the most brand loyal and car-educated of our customer base. As a result, you are probably very familiar with all the ADAS features that your Subaru came equipped with and you may even know about the components that make those systems work. If you are not familiar with ADAS, and what is involved in the recalibration, but want to learn more, this is an article for you.
What Is ADAS?
Almost every car you see on the road today will be equipped with some ADAS technology. ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and are the advanced safety features your Subaru is built with you keep you safe on the road. These features used to only be available in luxury vehicles. But over the past few years, ADAS features have become standard in almost every car. As of May 2018, the NHTSA made it a requirement for all new cars to come standard with a rearview camera.
For the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, it comes with a few different ADAS systems. These are:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Park assist
- Rear cross-traffic
- Collision warning/braking
- Lane departure warning
- Lane keep assist
When we get a Subaru equipped with these advanced driver systems at our shop, we know it’ll require calibrations. This type of repair is extraordinarily complicated because the ADAS systems are made up of a network of sensors. The most common of these sensors are radar, camera, and ultrasonic. These sensors are necessary for the ADAS features to work correctly in order to “see” what’s happening around your car and keep you safe on the road.
According to AAA, “an ADAS calibration is a process carried out to correctly align the cameras and sensors of a car so that its ADAS system can work as intended.” These types of calibrations require specialized tools and equipment that only highly trained technicians can perform.
2019 Subaru Crosstrek ADAS Calibration
For a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, it has its own unique ADAS that differs from the standard front radar system. The average car uses front radar sensors, but not the Subaru Crosstrek. Instead, it uses a dual-camera system placed at the top of the windshield, commonly known as “Eyesight.” The Eyesight cameras are used for lane keep assist, lane departure warning, collision warning/braking systems, and adaptive cruise control. If Eyesight is damaged in any way, calibration will be required.
There are also four ultrasonic sensors in the rear bumper cover to assist in parking and control Subaru’s automatic braking system. The rear bumper cover of the Crosstrek has a radar sensor on each side that helps with blind-spot detection. Calibration will also be required for these systems, even if it’s only a minor dent. To better put this into perspective, according to Subaru, if a sensor is only one degree off, it can be equivalent to a difference 50 feet in the system’s calculations.
The final camera sensor in the Subaru Crosstrek can be found in the rear decklid and is the rearview camera system. Each one of these sensors will require OEM calibrations to maintain their functionality. Because Subaru has a non-traditional system for most of its ADAS, it’s even more critical that repairers follow the OEM Calibration requirements specific to the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek model.
What is involved in an ADAS calibration?
For most body shops, it requires a trip to the dealer to perform the calibration. But generally speaking, the car will need to be parked and level with a full tank of gas. Sometimes they even require weights to be added to the interior to simulate passengers. A computer controller is plugged into the OBD2 port and a factory authorized technician will begin the scan and recalibration process. In some ways, it is a little bit like rebooting a very complicated computer.
Sometimes the vehicle will need to be placed in front of a “target” which can resemble a very large QR code. This allows the sensors to see the pattern and aids in recalibration.
This is why vehicles are often brought to the dealer because they require vehicle-specific targets, and processes that would be hard for a shop that fixes all vehicles to own.
Where In Quartz Hill Can I Get My 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Repaired?
We at Telesis Collision Center are always looking at what is the latest in collision repair procedures for every car manufacturer, such as Subaru. We do that because we are committed to helping you with any of your auto repair needs. This is what separates us from our competition.
We have been serving the Antelope Valley for nearly 25 years. At Telesis, each one of our technicians is I-CAR Gold Class certified and up-to-date on the latest OEM Repair procedures. We know that these repair procedures change frequently, and that’s why we are always checking what the most recent requirements are for your car.
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