Cleaning and protecting the vehicle exterior

Perform the following to protect the vehicle and maintain it in prime condition.

Working from top to bottom, liberally apply water to the vehicle body, wheel wells and underside of the vehicle to remove any dirt and dust.

Wash the vehicle body using a sponge or soft cloth, such as a chamois.

- For hard-to-remove marks, use car wash soap and rinse thoroughly with water.

- Wipe away any water.

- Wax the vehicle when the waterproof coating deteriorates.

If water does not bead on a clean surface, apply wax when the vehicle body is cool.

Automatic car washes

Fold the mirrors back before washing the vehicle.

- Brushes used in automatic car washes may scratch the vehicle surface and harm your vehicles paint.

High pressure car washes

Do not allow the nozzles of the car wash to come within close proximity of the
windows.

- Before car wash, check that the fuel filler door on your vehicle is closed properly.

Touch-up paint (if equipped)

Touch-up paint may be used to cover small chips or scratches.

Apply the paint soon after the damage occurs or corrosion may set in. To apply the
touch-up paint so it is hardly noticeable the trick is to apply it only to the bare spots.

Apply only the smallest amount possible and do not paint the surface around the scratch or chip.

Aluminum wheels

Remove any dirt immediately by using a neutral detergent. Do not use hard brushes
or abrasive cleaners. Do not use strong or harsh chemical cleaners. Use the same mild detergent and wax as used on the paint.

Bumpers and side moldings

Do not scrub with abrasive cleaners.

To prevent deterioration and body corrosion

Wash the vehicle immediately in the following cases: After driving near the sea coast.

After driving on salted roads.

If you see coal tar or tree sap on the paint surface.

If you see dead insects or insect droppings on the paint.

After driving in an area contaminated with soot, oily smoke, mine dust, iron powder or chemical substances.

If the vehicle becomes heavily soiled in dust or mud.

If liquids such as benzene and gasoline are spilled on the paint surface.

- If the paint is chipped or scratched, have it repaired immediately.

CAUTION:
Caution about the exhaust pipe Exhaust gasses cause the exhaust pipe to become quite hot.

When washing the vehicle, be careful not to touch the pipe until it has cooled sufficiently,
as touching a hot exhaust pipe can cause burns.

NOTICE:
To protect your vehicles painted surfaces Do not use organic cleaners such as benzene or gasoline.

Cleaning the exterior lights - Wash carefully. Do not use organic substances or scrub with a hard brush.

This may damage the surfaces of the lights.

- Do not apply wax on the surfaces of the lights.

Wax may cause damage to the lenses.

When using an automatic car wash (vehicles equipped with the rain-sensing windshield wipers)

Set the wiper switch to the off position.


Set the wiper switch to the off position.

If the wiper switch is in AUTO, the wipers may operate and the wiper blades may be damaged.

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