Straightening And Heat: Honda/Acura

A question often asked of the Repairability Technical Support (RTS) team is, "Can heat be used to straighten?" Several OEMs provide steel repairability matrices that provide heating times and temperature limits based on the type of metal being repaired, while other OEMs have restrictions on using heat at all. Let's see what Honda/Acura has to say.

The Honda/Acura Steel Usage and Repairability matrix can be found on the Honda/Acura service site under USA ResourcesCollision Repair Information & Industry Position Statements. It can also be found on the Honda and Acura OEM Information pages on the RTS website. This matrix provides information on the following:

  • Ability to straighten with heat
  • Ability to straighten without heat
  • Approved use of heat temperature range
  • Method of heating

For example, 440 MPa high-strength steel (HSS) can be heated up to 1,112° F (600° C). "Heat may be applied with induction heater, copper stamp, heat gun or similar device but NO OPEN FLAME."

As you can see, there are specific use of heat guidelines that need to be followed to maintain structural integrity. Using heat during a repair when it is not permitted can compromise the vehicle structure and passenger safety. Always follow OEM procedures and recommendations when it comes to using heat for repairs to ensure a complete, safe, and quality repair.

For additional Honda/Acura information, check out the following pages:
Honda OEM Information
Acura OEM Information

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Collision Information Website Access: Honda/Acura
Honda/Acura Steel Usage And Repairability Matrix
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