Reading Toyota/Lexus Repair Procedures: It May Take More Than One Procedure

One of the many functions of the Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team is to assist the collision repair industry with understanding repair procedures. The team often receives questions such as, "Does this part need to be removed?" or "What is the preferred attachment method?" Let’s take a closer look at reading Toyota/Lexus repair procedures.

Toyota/Lexus will typically provide what additional procedures are required in order to complete the part replacement procedure. For example, on a 2020 Toyota Corolla:

  • To replace the front lower rail, the Front Side Member replacement procedure specifies, "with the front fender apron assembly removed"
  • The Front Fender Apron Assembly replacement procedure states, "with the radiator support assembly upper side support assembly and cowl top side upper panel assembly removed"
  • The Cowl Top Side Upper Panel replacement procedure specifies, "with the cowl top side panel removed"

This means that to replace the front lower rail, four additional procedures need to be researched and documented in order to properly complete this procedure. This does not factor in any additional parts that may need to be removed for access.

Some related information has to be accessed via a link within the main procedure and should not be overlooked. These links can show you additional procedures, what products to use for corrosion protection, seam sealers, adhesives, and other necessary items that are important in completing a repair.

Being diligent with reading and understating the procedure, including any additional procedures, is vital to help ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.

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

Additional I-CAR Collision Repair News you may find helpful:
Back-To-Basics: Removing Parts for Access
Collision Information Website Access: Toyota/Lexus/Scion
Step-By-Step: Accessing Toyota, Lexus, And Scion Repair Information


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