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Non-Reusable Parts: What You Need to Know

Identifying and understanding non reusable parts

Collision and refinish repairs to Toyota-built vehicles often include de-trimming as well as disassembly and reassembly. These tasks can require the replacement of non-reusable parts during the repair process. Toyota’s Collision Repair Information Bulletin (CRIB) #188 titled ‘Non-Reusable Parts’ published in February 2015 points out: “Toyota non-reusable parts are designed to be installed only once. If removed, they must be replaced and not reused.” Toyota strongly recommends the use of Genuine New Toyota OEM parts.

Collision repair and refinish professionals need to research the processes and procedures outlined in model-specific Repair Manuals to identify any non-reusable parts that may be part of a repair. The reasons that parts are identified as ‘Non-Reusable’ are most often due to the fact that they will not fit or function as intended if reused.

CRIB #180 titled 'Use of Non OEM Parts on Toyota Vehicles' clearly defines the reasons why Genuine New Toyota OEM parts are the only sure way to restore a damaged Toyota vehicle to the genuine original quality, safety, durability, and dependability built into these vehicles at the factory.

Let's say that the extent of damage to a 2015 Camry front door requires that it be replaced. Along with the obvious 'Door Shell' and any other damaged components, there are seventeen components listed as non-reusable in the door 'Components' illustrations in the Repair Manual. OEM replacement parts are the only right choice for the reasons mentioned above.

Some estimating systems provide information on non-reusable parts; however, Toyota's technical information system (TIS) is the most accurate resource for identifying -non-reusable parts.

CRIBs #180 and #188 and model-specific Repair Manuals can be accessed TIS www.techinfo.toyota.com.