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Ford develops new work tools for HV battery inspection and ADAS components

Ford develops new work tools for HV battery inspection and ADAS components

Through Dave La Chance
Announcements | Collision repair | Repair operations

With the increase in sales of its battery electric vehicles (BEVs), Ford Motor Co. announced the creation of a new work tool to assist with repairs involving the inspection of high voltage (HV) batteries under the Ford bodywork. and Lincoln BEV.

“When the HV battery or battery case sustains damage due to collision or transportation, it should be carefully inspected to determine if the damage is purely cosmetic or if repairs are needed.” Ford said in the latest issue of its On Target quarterly. “The new toolkit on this topic provides an overview of the warnings and cautions repairers need and what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable damage. “

“When it comes to the electrified fleet of Ford vehicles, we wanted to make sure that repairers were familiar with the unique repair characteristics of these vehicles, as well as the specialized tools, equipment, materials and precautions needed to repair them accurately and safely. completely safe, ”said the Ford customer. Chris Wallace, US Services Division Collision Manager.

Ford has also created two new work tools to manage Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), with and without window.

“ADAS components may require additional calibration steps or vehicle programming after the component or associated components have been removed, replaced or maintained,” Ford said. “The new work tools – one for ADAS with glass and one without – cover the description and location of components and the required calibration steps of each advanced driver assistance system. “

Guides identify specific ADAS components, with descriptions of how they work, and include all associated abbreviations. The glass version also shows where the ADAS components are located relative to the windshield or other fixed glass. This includes the head-up display module, located at the top of the driver’s side instrument panel at the base of the windshield.

Work tools are offered for information only. Detailed procedures are contained in the Ford Workshop Manual (WSM), accessible via Motorcraftservice.com, or the Ford Professional Technician Society (PTS) site. Cheat sheets do not replace the wealth of information contained in the WSM.

“These job aids allow us to provide the critical information our technicians need ahead of time, before they even need it, although the job aids are not a substitute for Ford OE repair procedures,” Wallace said.

The three documents are now available on FordCrashParts.com, and On Target is planning more clips in future issues.

For more information on electric vehicle repair or ADAS calibration, contact the Ford Crash Parts hotline at [email protected] or visit the I-CAR RTS portal at RTS.i-car.com.

Find more detailed repair information and repair procedures at Ford Service Information Website and to www.oem1stop.com/content/ford.

The current On Target contains a number of other informative features, including information on the best practices recently published by I-CAR for a HT disconnect / initialization procedure. The best practice has been developed by I-CAR subject matter experts in collaboration with Ford Motor Company, body shops, insurers, and tool and equipment manufacturers.

Ford recorded its best-selling BEVs last year, just behind Tesla. The OEM reported 27,140 Mustang Mach-E sales for the year and said it sold 12,284 electrified vehicles in December, up 121% from 2020. Ford intends to nearly double the capacity of production of the all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup to 150,000 vehicles per year, and to begin deliveries to Lightning and E-Transit customers, further increasing OEM’s EV share.

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Featured Image: A 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E. (Provided by Ford Motor Co.)

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