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Toyota RAV4 Owners Manual: Cleaning and protecting the vehicle exterior

Toyota RAV4 Owners Manual / Maintenance and care / Cleaning and protecting the vehicle exterior

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

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

Automatic car washes

Before washing the vehicle:

Start washing from the front of the vehicle. Make sure to re-install the antenna and extend the mirrors before driving.

High pressure car washes

Notes for a smart key system (if equipped)

Aluminum wheels (if equipped)

Bumpers

Do not scrub with abrasive cleaners.

Caution

When washing the vehicle

Do not apply water to the inside of the engine compartment. Doing so may cause the electrical components etc. To catch fire.

Precautions regarding the exhaust pipes

Exhaust gases cause the exhaust pipes to become quite hot.

When washing the vehicle, be careful not to touch the pipes until they have cooled sufficiently, as touching hot exhaust pipes can cause burns.

Precautions regarding the blind spot monitor (if equipped)

If the paint of the rear bumper is chipped or scratched, the system may malfunction.

If this occurs, consult your toyota dealer.

Notice

To prevent paint deterioration and corrosion on the body and components (aluminum wheels etc.)

Wash the vehicle immediately in the following cases:

Cleaning the exterior lights

Antenna installation and removal precautions

Maintenance and care
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Cleaning and protecting the vehicle interior
The following procedures will help protect your vehicle’s interior and keep it in top condition: Protecting the vehicle interior Remove dirt and dust using a vacuum cleaner. Wipe dirty surfaces ...

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Shifting the shift lever
Vehicles without a smart key system While the engine switch is in the “on” position, move the shift lever with the brake pedal depressed. When shifting the shift lever between p and d, make sure that the vehicle is completely stopped. Vehicles with a smart key system While the en ...

Manual shifting test
Manual shifting test Hint: Through this test, it can be determined whether the trouble occurs in the electrical circuit or if it is a mechanical problem in the transaxle. If any abnormalities are found in the following test, the problem is in the transaxle itself. Disconnect ...

Power mirror control system
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