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Safety First

From automatic brakes to lane keep assist to adaptive cruise control, today's vehicles are designed to help you drive safely.

But did you know that something as simple as routine maintenance or a fender bender can disrupt these life-saving features?

At Captain Dent, we have the solution to the problem of misaligned Advanced-driver assistance systems (ADAS). Ensuring the safety of your vehicle is our top priority

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You're driving down the highway at 75 MPH in the right lane when you come upon a vehicle moving a bit too slow for your liking. You quickly look in your rearview mirror to check for any oncoming vehicles. The left lane looks clear so you hit the turn signal in preparation to pass. Right before making your move, you glance in the left side mirror and that's when you see it: an illuminated yellow light alerting you to a vehicle in your blind spot. 

The feature that just saved you from colliding with the unseen vehicle is known as Blind Spot Monitoring and it is one of the many Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) designed to help drivers travel safely. These systems, when working properly, are wonderful tools that can alert drivers to dangers on the roadway and even intervene in potentially hazardous situations. Thanks to ADAS features, countless accidents have been avoided and lives have been saved. 

But imagine if these features stop functioning properly. The result can be tragic. This is why vehicle manufacturers require that every ADAS system be scanned and recalibrated after any event that is known to disrupt or misalign these critically important features. Such events include:

- Fender bender

- Glass replacement

- Wheel alignment

- Collision 

- Bumper repair

It is important to note that most malfunctioning safety systems do not display a warning light on the vehicle's dashboard. Since there is no visible alert, many repair facilities and body shops are unaware that a calibration is required per manufacturer guidelines. At Captain Dent, we employ the latest technology and highest industry standards to diagnose misaligned ADAS features and restore them to proper working order. We run factory level OEM scans on every make and model of vehicle on the road today and perform both dynamic and static calibration (depending on the manufacturer's requirements).

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS)?

What are Advanced driver- assistance systems


ADAS are technological features designed to increase the safety of driving a vehicle. Using a human-machine interface, ADAS can improve the driver's reaction time and raise awareness of potential dangers on the road. 

Which ADAS systems might be in my car?

Which ADAS systems might be in my car?

ADAS systems include:

  • adaptive cruise control

  • automatic braking

  • lane keep assist

  • traction control

  • lane departure warning

  • park assist

  • forward collision alert

  • rear park assist

  • 360° view

  • high beam safety system

I have an older vehicle. Do I have ADAS?

I have an older vehicle. Do I have ADAS systems?

In the US, ADAS became popular in the early 2000s. The first companies to incorporate ADAS into their vehicles were Cadillac, Toyota, Lexus, Infinity, Audi and GM. In 2015, ten of the top auto manufactures pledged to make Automatic Emergency Breaking standard equipment on all models. 

Why is scanning and calibrating important?

Why is scanning and calibrating important?

ADAS systems that are out of proper alignment may not function properly, resulting in an unsafe vehicle. By using the latest in scanning technology, we are able to determine which systems in your vehicle are out of alignment and then perform the proper calibration to return them to safe working order.

How do ADAS systems become misaligned?

How do ADAS systems become misaligned?

Causes of misaligned ADAS systems include but are not limited to:

  • Routine maintenance (such as an alignment)

  • Windshield replacement

  • Fender bender

  • Collision

  • Unplugging of internal wires (such as a back up camera)

Do I have to get my car scanned & 

Do I have to get my vehicle scanned & recalibrated?

Most vehicle manufacturers require that ADAS systems be scanned and recalibrated following collision events, glass replacement and certain mechanical repairs. Manufacturers release position statements for each vehicle model and year detailing when recalibration is required. 

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