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Toyota RAV4 Owners Manual: Cleaning and protecting the vehicle interior

Toyota RAV4 Owners Manual / Maintenance and care / 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 with a cloth dampened with lukewarm water.

Cleaning the leather areas

Use a diluted water solution of approximately 5% neutral wool detergent.

Cleaning the synthetic leather areas

Caring for leather areas

Toyota recommends cleaning the interior of the vehicle at least twice a year to maintain the quality of the vehicle’s interior.

Shampooing the carpets

There are several commercial foaming-type cleaners available. Use a sponge or brush to apply the foam. Rub in overlapping circles. Do not use water.

Wipe dirty surfaces and let them dry. Excellent results are obtained by keeping the carpet as dry as possible.

Seat belts

Clean with mild soap and lukewarm water using a cloth or sponge. Also check the belts periodically for excessive wear, fraying or cuts.

Caution

Water in the vehicle

An electrical malfunction may cause the airbags to deploy or not function properly, resulting in death or serious injury.

Cleaning the interior (especially instrument panel)

Do not use polish wax or polish cleaner. The instrument panel may reflect off the windshield, obstructing the driver’s view and leading to an accident, resulting in death or serious injury.

Notice

Cleaning detergents

Do not use the following types of detergent, as they may discolor the vehicle interior or cause streaks or damage to painted surfaces:

Do not use polish wax or polish cleaner. The instrument panel’s or other interior part’s painted surface may be damaged.

Preventing damage to leather surfaces

Observe the following precautions to avoid damage to and deterioration of leather surfaces:

Water on the floor

Do not wash the vehicle floor with water.

Vehicle systems such as the audio system may be damaged if water comes into contact with electrical components such as the audio system above or under the floor of the vehicle. Water may also cause the body to rust.

Notice

When cleaning the inside of the windshield (vehicles with lda [lane departure alert] and automatic high beam)

Be careful not to touch the camera sensor

If the camera is accidentally scratched or hit, lda and automatic high beam may not operate properly or may cause a malfunction.

Cleaning the inside of the rear window

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 ...

Maintenance
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Other materials:

Rear window wiper and washer
Turning the end of the lever turns on the rear window wiper, and pushing the lever away from you turns on the rear window wiper and washer. For the u.S.A. Intermittent operation Normal operation Washer/wiper dual operation For Canada Intermittent operation Normal oper ...

License plate light assembly
Components Removal Disconnect cable from negative battery terminal Caution: Wait at least 90 seconds after disconnecting the cable from the negative (-) battery terminal to prevent airbag and seat belt pretensioner activation. Remove back door center garnish (see page ed-59) ...

Air-fuel ratio (a/f) and heated oxygen (ho2) sensor monitors (active air-fuel ratio control type)
Preconditions The monitor will not run unless: 2 Minutes or more have elapsed since the engine was started. The engine coolant temperature (ect) is 75°c (167°f) or more. Cumulative driving time at a vehicle speed of 48 km/h (30 mph) or more exceeds 6 minutes. Air-fuel rat ...

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