Toyota CH-R Owners Manual: Cleaning and protecting the vehicle exterior

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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.

■Self-restoring coat (if equipped) The vehicle body has a self-restoring coating that is resistant to small surface scratches caused in a car wash, etc.

  • The coating lasts for 5 to 8 years from when the vehicle is delivered from the plant.
  • The restoration time differs depending on the depth of the scratch and outside temperature.

    The restoration time may become shorter when the coating is warmed by applying warm water.

  • Deep scratches caused by keys, coins, etc., cannot be restored.
  • Do not use wax that contain abrasives.

■Automatic car washes

  • Fold the mirrors before washing the vehicle. Start washing from the front of the vehicle. Make sure to extend the mirrors before driving.
  • Brushes used in automatic car washes may scratch the vehicle surface and harm your vehicle's paint.
  • Rear spoiler may not be washable in some automatic car washes. There may also be an increased risk of damage to vehicle.

■High pressure car washes

  • Do not allow the nozzles of the car wash to come within close proximity of the windows.
  • Before using the car wash, check that the fuel filler door on your vehicle is closed properly.

■Note for a smart key system (if equipped) If the door handle becomes wet while the electronic key is within the effective range, the door may lock and unlock repeatedly. In that case, follow the following correction procedures to wash the vehicle:

  • Place the key in a position 6 ft. (2 m) or more separate from the vehicle while the vehicle is being washed. (Take care to ensure that the key is not stolen.)
  • Set the electronic key to battery-saving mode to disable the smart key system.

■Aluminum wheels (if equipped)

  • Remove any dirt immediately by using a neutral detergent.
  • Wash detergent off with water immediately after use.
  • To protect the paint from damage, make sure to observe the following precautions.
    • Do not use acidic, alkaline or abrasive detergent
    • Do not use hard brushes
    • Do not use detergent on the wheels when they are hot, such as after driving or parking in hot weather

■Bumpers and side moldings Do not scrub with abrasive cleaners.


■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.

■When cleaning the windshield (vehicles with rain-sensing windshield wiper)

Set the wiper switch to off.

If the wiper switch is in "AUTO", the wipers may operate unexpectedly in the following situations, and may result in hands being caught or other serious injuries and cause damage to the wiper blades.

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  • When the upper part of the windshield where the raindrop sensor is located is touched by hand

  • When a wet rag or similar is held close to the raindrop sensor

  • If something bumps against the windshield

  • If you directly touch the raindrop sensor body or if something bumps into the raindrop sensor

■Precautions regarding the exhaust pipe Exhaust gasses cause the exhaust pipe to become quite hot.

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

■Precaution regarding the rear bumper with 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.



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

  • Wash the vehicle immediately in the following cases:
    • After driving near the sea coast
    • After driving on salted roads
    • If coal tar or tree sap is present on the paint surface
    • If dead insects, insect droppings or bird droppings are present on the paint surface
    • After driving in an area contaminated with soot, oily smoke, mine dust, iron powder or chemical substances
    • If the vehicle becomes heavily soiled with 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.
  • To prevent the wheels from corroding, remove any dirt and store in a place with low humidity when storing the wheels.

■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 to the surfaces of the lights.

    Wax may cause damage to the lenses.

■To prevent damage to the windshield wiper arms When lifting the wiper arms away from the windshield, pull the driver side wiper arm upward first, and then the passenger side. When returning the wipers to their original position, do so from the passenger side first.



■When using a high pressure car wash

  • When washing the vehicle, do not let water of the high pressure washer hit directly or the vicinity of the camera. Due to the shock from the high pressure water, it is possible the device may not operate as normal.
  • Do not bring the nozzle tip close to boots (rubber or resin manufactured cover), connectors or the following parts. The parts may be damaged if they come into contact with high-pressure water.
    • Traction related parts
    • Steering parts
    • Suspension parts
    • Brake parts
  • Keep the cleaning nozzle at least 11.9 in. (30 cm) away from the vehicle body. Otherwise resin section, such as molding and bumpers, may be deformed and damaged.

    Also, do not continuously hold the nozzle in the same place.

■When raising the windshield wiper arms Make sure to hold the hook parts of the wiper arms to raise them.

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