When you see “ADAS Calibration” on your estimate from a Palmdale auto body shop, you may be wondering what it means and what does it have to do with getting your car repaired. Is it really necessary for your car or is there another option?
Here at Telesis Collision Center, we want to tell California drivers about what specific car repair procedures mean for your car and what you can expect when you take your car into the shop. That way, you know just how important these particular repair procedures are for your vehicle and gives you a better understanding of what things mean on your auto body repair estimate.
Below, we describe what an ADAS Calibration is, the importance of this type of repair, and what you can expect.
What Is ADAS?
Almost every new U.S. car that is sold comes equipped with some type of ADAS technology. As we move towards a future of self-driving vehicles, ADAS is the beginning of this new future. ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and are the advanced safety features your car is built with to provide higher level of safety on the road. This is accomplished through a complex system of cameras, radar, sensors and onboard computers. They are designed to enhance your ability to drive free of error or to fully take over in the event that there is no longer proper attention from the driver.
Some of the most common ADAS features that you may have in your own vehicle are:
- Blindspot detection
- Forward collision warning
- Lane departure warning
- Adaptive cruise control
- Emergency braking
The ADAS system’s in today’s advanced vehicles are made up of a network of sensors. The most common of these sensors are ultrasonic, camera, and radar. These sensors are necessary for the ADAS safety features to properly operate to “see” what’s happening and view the surroundings. They are essentially a pair of eyes located everywhere on the car to provide you with the assistance of computers to correct improper driving behaviors and physical human limitations. ADAS technologies cannot stop a collision from happening, but they can certainly help prevent it from happening.
Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA for short, made rearview cameras a requirement for all new vehicles. Over 200 people are killed annually from backover accidents with an additional 14,000 injuries contributed to rear related accidents. These numbers are too high, so hopefully, ADAS technologies can reduce these numbers and make the roads a safer place for all.
What Is ADAS Calibration?
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.” ADAS calibration requires specialized equipment and tools with highly trained technicians capable of adjusting or resetting these systems. Each one of these sensors is precisely positioned to perform their designed safety features. Only the best auto body shops have highly trained technicians capable of accurately performing an ADAS calibration with the specialized tools and equipment.
Calibration is necessary if the camera or sensor’s position is altered in any way. It may not seem like a big deal, but it is extremely important when it comes to the calibration of the ADAS systems in your car. AAA states, “…a sensor on the car that is out of alignment by a fraction of an inch or even one degree will be aimed at an area significantly off-axis 50 or more feet down the road.” (AAA)
In other words, if one of these sensors is a mere inch out of alignment, it will focus on an area at least 50 feet away and won’t be able to protect you with its designed advanced safety features. It’s pretty scary to think that a mere inch or degree can create a world of difference to what goes on inside your vehicle. Even a simple fender bender can put you at serious risk for being in another accident. You want to take your vehicle to a body shop that knows the importance of ADAS calibration.
Failure to properly calibrate a sensor can also cause the following to happen:
- Increased steering effort
- Steering wheel vibration
- Vehicle steering pull
- Diagnostic trouble codes, commonly known as “DTC,” stored in the vehicle’s computer system.
What does ADAS Recalibration Involve?
Recalibrating an ADAS system often requires that we bring your vehicle to the dealer to perform the re-calibration. Each manufacturer has their own methods to calibration. In fact, some manufacturers will require your vehicle to be full of gas, be placed on perfectly level ground, and the sensors are aimed at recalibration targets while the system is being updated through a scanning device hooked to your vehicle’s OBD port and monitored by a certified technician sometimes remotely. It is a very precise and lengthy process that has to be performed, or it can seriously jeopardize the overall safety and ADAS functionality in your car. It’s often best to have the dealer who specializes in just that one brand to recalibrate the vehicle. We’ll then bring it back to the shop for delivery.
When is an ADAS Calibration Needed?
An ADAS Calibration is necessary whenever any of the sensors on a vehicle are disrupted in any way. This can be from a fender bender, collision, or various service repairs. These repairs can include wheel alignment, windshield replacement, suspension repairs, change in tire size, and even car roof repair.
Calibration is also necessary whenever a sensor or its mounting bracket is repaired in any way or when the front airbag deploys, deflecting off the front windshield. Lastly, ADAS calibration will be needed “when there is a related DTC in the car’s computer memory” or following any technical repair procedures laid out by a manufacturer. A DTC stands for Diagnostic Trouble Code and those are stored in the vehicle’s computer memory every time there is an issue with any of the ADAS systems.
Who in Palmdale Knows How To Perform An ADAS Calibration?
Here at Telesis Collision Center, we know that an ADAS calibration means much more than making sure all the sensors in your vehicle are installed. It takes skill, the right equipment, and specialized knowledge to perform an ADAS calibration.
Our team of highly-trained technicians knows the importance of these advanced repairs, which is why we never cut corners in the repair process. Our technicians are I-CAR Gold Class certified, which is the highest level of certification an auto repair technician can receive. This is because we care about our customers and giving you the highest quality of auto body repair service out there for your car.
When ADAS recalibrations can be done in house, we use the latest tools and equipment when performing an ADAS calibration, ensuring everything is properly calibrated before returning it to you. We’re telling you this information because we care about your safety and want you to get the best care out there for your car.
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