Back-To-Basics: Door Intrusion Beams

Sometimes going back-to-basics can make the difference between a quality repair and a failed repair. When it comes to a damaged door intrusion beam, here are some things to consider.

The door intrusion beam is located in the door shell and behind the door skin. The door intrusion beam is important because it provides occupant protection in a side-impact collision.

If the intrusion beam is damaged in any way, it must be replaced. It should not be straightened. The door intrusion beam may be attached to brackets on the door shell. Damaged parts that attach to the door intrusion beam should not be straightened.

A bolt-on door intrusion beam can typically be replaced separately. A damaged weld-on door intrusion beam requires replacement of the door shell.

Straightening or repairing a door intrusion beam or its mounting locations could compromise the occupants safety within the passenger compartment.

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