Bumper Cover Repair with ADAS: Toyota/Lexus

Bumper Cover Repair with ADAS: Toyota/Lexus

A simple bumper repair on a modern vehicle may not be as simple as it seems. New technologies like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and other advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) utilize sensors behind the bumper covers. The ability for these sensors to be able to see clearly normally requires special caution when considering a bumper repair. Many OEMs have different levels of warnings when it comes to repairing bumper covers with ADAS. So, what does Toyota/Lexus say on the subject?

When considering making a repair on a Toyota or Lexus rear bumper cover you will want to first access the document titled, “Precautions For Blind Spot Monitor.” This document is has vehicle-specific information pertaining to bumper cover repairs with blind spot monitoring, and is housed in the Introduction area of the collision manual. Here you will find exact vehicle-specific information pertaining to bumper cover repairs with blind spot monitoring.

For starters, they Toyota/Lexus gives exact locations with measurements to indicate what areas can and cannot be repaired. They go on to break down different examples of repairs to show what an acceptable repair would look like versus one that may cause problems. They state that no filler, cracks, or tears can be in the blind spot sensor field of vision. However, all of those types of damages can be on the cover so long as they aren’t in the restricted areas. Another restriction is when blending basecoat over the sensor areas, you must fully coat the area of the sensor. They don’t want the basecoat thickness to be tapering out in the sensors field of vision.

These are just some examples of bumper repair restrictions from Toyota/Lexus. Always be sure to reference the vehicle-specific body repair manual and training materials prior to performing any repairs.

For additional Toyota/Lexus information, check out the following pages:
Toyota OEM Information
Lexus OEM Information

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