Exterior Care

Dust off the vehicle body after you drive.Regularly inspect your vehicle for scratches on painted surfaces. A scratch on a painted surface can result in body rust. If you find a scratch, promptly repair it.

Washing the Vehicle

Wash the vehicle frequently. Further, make sure to wash the vehicle in the following circumstances:

  • If driving on roads with road salt.
  • If driving in coastal areas.
  • If tar, soot, bird droppings, insects, or tree sap are stuck to painted surfaces.
Do not spray water into the air intake vents. It can cause a malfunction.

Using an Automated Car Wash

  • Remove the audio antenna.
  • Fold in the door mirrors.

Make sure to follow the instructions indicated on the automated car wash.

Using High Pressure Cleaners

  • Keep sufficient distance between the cleaning nozzle and the vehicle body.
  • Take particular care around the windows. Standing too close may cause water to enter the vehicle interior.
  • Do not spray high pressure water directly into the engine compartment. Instead, use low pressure water and a mild detergent.

Applying Wax

A good coat of automotive body wax helps protect your vehicle’s paint from the elements. Wax will wear off over time and expose your vehicle’s paint to the elements, so reapply as necessary.


Chemical solvents and strong cleaners can damage the paint, metal, and plastic on your vehicle. Wipe away spills immediately.

Maintaining the Bumpers and Other Resin Coated Parts

If you get petrol, oil, engine coolant, or battery fluid on resin coated parts, they may be stained or the coating may peel. Promptly wipe it away using a soft cloth and water.

Ask a dealer about the correct coating material when you want to repair the painted surface of the parts made of resin.

Cleaning the Window

Wipe using a glass cleaner.

Maintaining Aluminium Wheels*

Aluminium is susceptible to deterioration caused by salt and other road contaminants. Use a sponge and mild detergent to wipe away promptly.
Be careful not to use harsh chemicals (including some commercial wheel cleaners) or a stiff brush. They can damage the clear coat of the aluminium alloy wheels that helps keep the aluminium from corroding and tarnishing.

Fogged Exterior Light Lenses

The inside lenses of exterior lights (headlights, brake lights, etc.) may fog temporarily if you have driven in the rain, or after the vehicle has been run through a car wash. Dew condensation also may build up inside the lenses when there is a significant enough difference between the ambient and inside lens temperatures (similar to vehicle windows fogging up in rainy conditions). These conditions are natural processes, not structural design problems in the exterior lights.
Lens design characteristics may result in moisture developing on the light lens frame surfaces. This also is not a malfunction.
However, if you see large amounts water accumulation, or large water drops building up inside the lenses, have your vehicle inspected by a dealer.

* Not available on all models