by Bob Beranek
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I have written three prior posts on lane departure systems and this will make my fourth. Again, my friend Mitch Becker from ABRA Auto Body and Glass sent me a bulletin about the 2015 Honda Civic. The lane departure camera for the Civic is located on the exterior rearview mirrors. I assumed that cameras mounted to the header or outside rearview mirrors were not our concern because we never displaced the cameras so re-calibration was unnecessary.

I was wrong.

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Mitch reminded me that we replace the exterior rearview mirror glass or mounting plate, and sometimes we displace the mirror housing to replace the door glass or remove interior panels. He also mentioned the fact that if the power to the camera is interrupted, it more than likely will also need re-calibration. He is absolutely correct on these facts which means that if you replace the glass, mounting plate or housing on the exterior rearview mirrors or if you disconnect the camera power connectors while changing the door glass, it is to your best interest to check and see if the vehicle manufacturer recommends or requires re-calibration of the lane departure cameras.

Lane departure systems are going to eventually be on every vehicle you work on so how the camera is mounted to the vehicle determines how you will handle the calibration. Some vehicles will not need calibration because it is not removed or displaced.  Others will require dealer involvement to re-calibrate. Maybe it is a good time to look into an add-on to your glass replacement business, calibration services.

We don’t do many gasket-set windshields any more. However, while visiting my friends at Aegis Tools International last week, we talked about how installers used to use a length of nylon braided rope to install a windshield. I thought I would document a use for rope that not many technicians today have even heard of. I’m sure most automotive glass technicians have at least witnessed a rope-in installation sometime in their career but I bet few of you have seen or heard of roping-in the chrome molding into a gasket.

First of all, most foreign gasket windshields used a system of decorative chrome moldings that insert into the gasket similar to the old DW819 with chrome installation. I’m talking about the six-piece rigid chrome moldings with the “L” shaped flange that insert into a groove in the gasket and not the chrome insert that locked the gasket to the glass they used in the later models.

One of the most difficult was the older Subaru models with four-sided chrome. Like the DW819, the chrome was inserted before the glass was roped into the opening, but unlike the Ford version the chrome did not have an “L” flange to insert.  Rather it used a rubber flap on the gasket that fit over a “rolled” inner edge of the chrome.

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Getting that gasket to firmly grasp that “rolled” edge was a real challenge that most technicians would gladly skip if they could. As a matter of fact, there were guys (not me, of course) who practiced their selling skills by convincing the customer to forgo the reinstallation of the chrome saying, “it looks better without the chrome, doesn’t it?”

So, what do you do when the customer says, “No, I want the chrome put back in.” Here’s the trick:

—You use a 1/8th inch braided nylon rope inserted into the groove of the gasket where the chrome is to be inserted.

—Place the chrome molding where it is to be inserted.

—Use your thumb to apply slight pressure on the top of the chrome molding while pulling the rope outwards from the glass edge.

Move your thumb as the rope is pulled. The rubber flap is forced up and over the underside “rolled” edge grasping it and keeping it in place.

This works like a charm and unless the chrome “rolled” edge is bent or damaged, it will work every time.

I am ready for my training and exam proctoring coming up in San Antonio, Texas, and I can’t wait until next week. As most of you know, I live in Wisconsin and this winter has been slow in leaving God’s Country. We have had one of the harshest winters in memory and I am looking forward to the warm and dry climate of south central Texas and the camaraderie of my friends and colleagues in the automotive glass industry.

My trip to Texas is not a vacation, however. While I enjoy the Riverwalk and the many sites of the city, my job at the show is to highlight the benefit of training and certification to the south central region of the country.

One of this year’s goals of the Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) is to increase the number of qualified technicians in the industry. The group is promoting this by bringing the training and exam to technicians in their own backyards. The accreditation course I teach will be held on April 10th from 3-5 p.m. and then the exam will be given directly after that from 5-6:30 p.m. Not only do you get “to-the-test” training but you also get to take the accreditation exam for free. Pre-registration is now closed, but on-site registration is still available. For details, click here. If your company is an AGSC-Registered Member Company or if you decide to become AGSC-Registered while in San Antonio, you pay nothing. Non-members pay only $49 per person, a cost that includes the price of the exam. You cannot beat this deal.

The program consists of two hours of test preparation and training, and then the accreditation exam itself. I will be covering the material necessary to give you the best chance of passing the exam. This course is aimed at techs who are already competent glass installers. My course helps as a refresher with material that techs don’t necessarily see in their everyday practice. Obviously, because of the time we have, the class cannot be all inclusive when it comes to automotive glass installation training, but I will give you the high points to better your odds of passing the exam.

I know what you’re thinking. That’s great for Texas but what about those of us in the great Northeast? Don’t worry. I will be in Baltimore during the Auto Glass Week™ in October, with the same great opportunity.

Would you like a certification refresher course in your region or within your organization? All that is needed is a room and enough technicians ready to learn what’s new and willing to prove their knowledge. For $49 per person for non-AGSC Registered Members and free for AGSC-Registered Members, this is a great cost effective way to build your credentials and improve your reputation in your market. You might just learn something while you’re at it. How can you not jump at this opportunity?

So, get on Facebook, tweet on Twitter, call your local organization, bug your distributor and organize a group to bring AGSC to your region for training and the accreditation exam. AGSC and I want to make you shine in your market by giving you the means to build your business through training and recognition. I hope to see you soon.