What Subaru says about repairing the 2019 Subaru Legacy – Information for Pennsylvania Subaru owners

If you or someone you know owns a 2019 Subaru Legacy and are currently needing repair, look no further. We at 3D Collision Centers are aware of the latest requirements in repairing Subaru vehicles and we are here to let you know what they are. We do this because not every auto body shop in Pennsylvania follows these repair procedures, but we do because your safety is our number one priority. 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. 

This might seem a bit over the top, especially if you’re only tapped 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 that can have substantial damage and you wouldn’t even know. Most body shops won’t take the additional step to look up the guidelines released by the manufacturer, 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 Pennsylvania 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. Otherwise, there’s no saying just how well your car would be able to protect you or if anything would be working properly, even if the car looks “fixed.” 

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. 

Below are 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.

You might be wondering what any of this means? 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, let’s say you were slightly tapped from behind in a busy parking lot. 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:

One of the biggest reasons why we are telling you this is because Pennsylvania 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 3D Collision Centers, we have committed ourselves to provide you with the highest level of collision repair that Pennsylvania has to offer, especially when it comes to Subaru repair. That’s why we are proud to say that we are among the 10% of auto body repair shops in the country that are I-CAR Gold Class trained. This is especially important when looking for the best place to take your car to be repaired when technicians aren’t legally required to follow OEM repair procedures.

In addition to providing you with only the safest and correct repair, we will work with you and your insurance company to ensure the process is as stress-free as possible. You can think of us as your agency/policyholder liaison!

We have 7 different locations across Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery Counties. Feel free to give us a call at anytime at (877)-692-7776. For a list of the phone numbers for each of our locations or to schedule an estimate, click here.

We look forward to showing you the 3D difference!