Body Construction And Material Repair Guidelines: Toyota/Lexus

What is the MPa of the front lower rail? What is the outer uniside made of: steel, aluminum, or composite? Can heat be used to straighten or is it cold straightening only? What are the repair limitations? These are just some of the questions that the RTS team fields on a daily basis.

As we know, today’s vehicles can be constructed from a wide variety of materials. Knowing if the OEM provides information on body construction materials and repair guidelines is a crucial step in providing a complete, safe, and quality repair. Let’s see what Toyota/Lexus has to say.

Toyota/Lexus provides a construction breakdown on various vehicle components. This information is typically found in vehicle-specific body repair manuals under: Introduction ➤ About This Vehicle ➤ Structural Outline. It is within this section that you will see an illustration that shows the various highlighted components with a table below providing the MPa and steel type.

Also located under Introduction are several other areas to aid you in the repair process. These areas include When Removing, Installing, Repairing or Replacing Parts and Work Notices and Precautions. Along with the information provide in the body repair manual, Toyota/Lexus has several Collision Repair Information Bulletins (CRIBs) pertaining to the repairability to be aware of, see below.

  • CRIB #161 - Collision Damage Repair Precautions
  • CRIB #176 - Approved Collision Repair Methods

Always refer to Toyota/Lexus service information for the most up-to-date CRIB information.

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:

Related I-CAR Courses