A Toyota CRIB bulletin issued last month warns auto physique outlets to defend Toyota and Lexus audio system from metallic particles.
Toyota mentioned any of its audio system are in danger from the byproducts of physique work, but it surely singled out Lexus GS and IS rear audio system as significantly susceptible.
The OEM confirmed within the Collision Restore Info Bulletin (“CRIB”) No. 197 how particles can sneak in by means of the mud internet and thru the air gaps within the Lexus fashions’ subwoofers.
The automaker additionally mentioned audio system and seats ought to be protected by each a plastic masking and a welding blanket throughout any welding.
Awful or nonexistent sound is certainly the sort of factor a buyer would discover, so it will behoove repairers to evaluation the CRIB bulletin. Learn the entire thing and any formal speaker restore procedures (for instance, a elimination or set up) associated to your particular automobile on Toyota’s “TIS” OEM repair procedure site, techinfo.toyota.com.
Toyota has issued a number of CRIBs this 12 months, and it’s vital repairers sustain with such OEM advisories — which might embrace what the business would think about “place statements” — in addition to its conventional restore procedures. All will be discovered on the official OEM repar process website.
Different contemporary 2020 CRIBs embrace:
- In April, Toyota confirmed that it accredited AWS A5.18 ER70S-6 welding wire alongside the standard ER70S-Three for GMAW/MIG welding of gentle by means of extremely high-strength metal. (CRIB No. 196)
- It additionally defined that month that repairers might want to drill two retainer holes themselves in alternative quarter panel finish housing elements for 2018-20 Camrys; the service elements now not embrace the orifices. (Toyota didn’t say why this modified.) (CRIB No. 195)
- In March, Toyota provided restore/substitute pointers for welded outer panels. (CRIB No. 194)
- And in February, the OEM mentioned particular person full-frame elements might solely get replaced if a brand new OEM service half existed. It additionally warned towards sectioning frames anyplace aside from unique seams or joints and forbade heating what it referred to as a universally high-strength metal body portfolio. (CRIB No. 193)
JBL audio system in a 2013 Toyota Avalon are proven on this graphic. (Supplied by Toyota)
The rear of a 2018 Lexus GS 300 is proven. (Supplied by Toyota)