If you own a 2019 Subaru Legacy and are currently looking for the right auto body repair shop, there are new requirements for technicians to follow when repairing your vehicle. These guidelines are not only the preferred option, but there are reasons why Subaru requires either partial or full-part replacement on just about anywhere your car gets hit.
Sure, this might seem a bit excessive, especially if you’re only in a minor fender bender. However, modern-day vehicles like the 2019 Legacy are equipped with advanced safety technology in multiple areas of the car. Most body shops won’t take the additional step, but if you want your vehicle to be protecting you the way it was designed to, then these repair procedures are the only way to go.
We want to inform Palmdale Subaru owners about the various repairs out there for their cars. If you get an estimate back from a body shop and it doesn’t have the following procedures on it, then that shop is potentially putting your safety at risk.
Calibration requirements for Subaru:
Subaru has different procedures for repairing their vehicles to make sure everything is working the way it was designed to after a collision repair.
To properly repair the various sensors on your Subaru Legacy, a technician will have to perform a calibration. According to AAA, “an ADAS calibration is a process carried out to correctly align the cameras and sensors of a car so its ADAS systems can work as intended.” Calibration requires specialized equipment and tools performed by highly trained technicians capable of adjusting or setting these systems.
On a Subaru, the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) systems are known as EyeSight. Because the 2019 Subaru Outback has several different sensors placed throughout the car, calibration is a requirement to make sure everything is working the way it should. If you don’t see calibration on your repair estimate, then your safety is at risk.
Here at the different sensors located on the 2019 Outback:
- Two camera sensors located on the rearview mirror, part of Subaru’s EyeSight system. This system is designed for adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, pre-collision braking, and throttle management.
Since these two camera sensors are attached to the windshield, the cameras will require calibration if the windshield is removed or replaced.
- Parking-assist sensors might be located in the rear bumper, part of Subaru’s reverse automatic braking system.
- The blind-spot detection sensors might also be located in the corners of the bumper, with indicator lights in the side mirrors.
If any of these sensors or the bumper is removed, the sensors will need to be calibrated.
- Inside the trunk lid is the backup camera, which will require an aiming (alignment) procedure if it’s removed.
Additional reasons why following Subaru repair procedures are required:
Obviously, your car isn’t just one big sensor and is structurally made up of a body of different pillars. These are the vertical supports on a vehicle, critical for holding the glass in place and make up the overall structural integrity of any car, including the roof. Subaru has specific requirements depending on where a technician is cutting, welding, replacing, or sectioning. They need to look up the repair procedures because certain areas on the Legacy, like the outer B-pillar, have a partial part replacement procedure. However, the inner B-pillar and the B-pillar reinforcement require a full part replacement. The B pillar is the part of the car that the front door latches into and rear doors are mounted onto if it is a 4 door. It is a structural component.
What does that mean? It means that on the outside of the b-pillar, it is ok for us to cut the damaged section out, and weld a replacement panel in. However, if the damage to the B-pillar includes the inner B pillar, then the whole B pillar will have to be replaced.
Post-repair requirements for Subaru:
Subaru also created what’s known as a “Post Repair Safety Inspection” for repairers to ensure nothing gets missed and everything is working correctly. Even if the airbags didn’t deploy or you were in a minor fender bender, the steering column must be removed and inspected and is a required part of this particular safety inspection.
Now say you were in a fender bender. There might be additional damage to your car that isn’t visible without further inspection. But if it’s something like a camera sensor knocked out of alignment, this can create significant problems in your vehicle. A camera sensor that’s off by a mere degree can mean total failure in the ADAS systems.
This is just one of the most critical reasons why Subaru stressed that whatever needs to be repaired, replaced, or the size of the damage, “ALL repairs must undergo the Post Repair Safety Inspection.”
Where you take your car to be repaired matters:
California is one of many states where repair technicians aren’t legally required to have a license to work on your vehicle. This means they can ignore the Post Repair Safety Inspection and calibration requirements for your Subaru, giving you a repair that is nowhere what you need. Let alone what you deserve out of a body shop.
Why trust us with your Subaru repair needs:
Here at Telesis Collision Center, we have dedicated ourselves to becoming experts in Subaru repair that we are a Subaru OEM Certified autobody repair shop. Ever since January 2019, over a thousand body shops have strived to achieve this certification. We feel very fortunate to have ours so we can help California drivers with their repair needs.
As you read above, you must take your Subaru somewhere that knows how to repair your car the right way. We feel confident we can provide you with the repair you need. We have been serving the Antelope Valley for nearly 30 years and feel we can give you the best possible service for any of your Subaru repair needs.
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