Radar ADAS Calibration
If the radar sensors in a vehicle are out of alignment by even a single degree or fraction of an inch, they can be aimed at an area significantly different than they should be 50 feet down the road.
Vehicle radar calibration requires tools, training, and precision that most auto repair and collision shops aren’t prepared to handle. If you’re tired of sending vehicles to the dealership for calibrations, check out ADAS Calibration Center in Cincinnati. We have all the same calibration tools as the dealerships, with less hassle and a faster turnaround time.
What’s Involved in ADAS Radar Calibration
ADAS radar calibration often requires both static (in-shop) and dynamic (on-road) calibration. What’s the difference, and why is each important? While each vehicle make and model has slightly different calibration requirements, here are some general guidelines.
Static (In-Shop) Calibration
First, the vehicle’s thrust line (an imaginary centerline drawn lengthwise through the car) must be determined and calibrated. A variety of tools, some of which incorporate lasers, are used to achieve proper alignment.
Next, the alignment must be tested using aiming targets placed at precise locations relative to the thrust line and sensor. Radar targets use metal elements that reflect radio waves back to the sensor and must be put a certain distance away from the vehicle, usually about 10 to 20 feet.
After that, some cars require additional mechanical leveling using special tools that incorporate bubble levels.
Finally, a scan tool is used to initiate the aiming process and, if necessary, provide instructions for adjusting the vertical aiming screw of a radar sensor.
Dynamic (On-Road) Calibration
Once radar has been calibrated in the shop, many vehicles also require additional on-road calibration. It requires driving the vehicle on fairly straight roads with clear lane markings for 5 to 30 minutes at predetermined speeds until the scan tool indicates calibration is complete or warning light in the dash goes out. Some systems calibrate best when they detect many objects, while others require a minimum of traffic. Every make and model has different requirements.
Reliable Radar Calibration in Cincinnati
Stop sending vehicles to the dealership for radar calibration after you perform a repair or service. ADAS Calibration Center in Cincinnati has faster turnaround times and better customer service than the dealerships.
With our personalized service, you’ll wonder why you ever dealt with the hassle of a dealership. And while radar calibrations must be done in our shop, our Mobile Solutions team can handle many other types of calibrations right in your own shop, as long as you’re within 50 miles of downtown Cincinnati.To learn more about why ADAS Calibration Center should be your partner for vehicle radar calibration, click here or call 513-831-0067 today.Schedule Service