Toyota Highlander HV 2009 Owners Manual

Cleaning and protecting the vehicle exterior

Cleaning and protecting the vehicle exterior

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4-1. Maintenance and care
Cleaning and protecting the vehicle exterior
Automatic car washes
Before washing the vehicle, do the following.
• Fold the mirrors back.
• Turn the power back door system off.
Brushes used in automatic car washes may scratch the vehicle surface
and harm your vehicle’s 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.
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 thor-
oughly 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.