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Toyota Camry Owner's Manual (2023): Cleaning and protecting the vehicle exterior

Toyota Camry Owner's Manual (2023) / Maintenance and care / Cleaning and protecting  / Cleaning and protecting the vehicle exterior

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

■Automatic car washes

■High pressure car washes

As water may enter the cabin, do not bring the nozzle tip near the gaps around the doors or perimeter of the windows, or spray these areas continuously.

■When using a car wash (vehicles with a smart key system)

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:

■Wheels and wheel ornaments

■Brake pads and calipers

Rust may form if the vehicle is parked with wet brake pads or disc rotors, causing them to stick. Before parking the vehicle after it is washed, drive slowly and apply the brakes several times to dry the parts.


Do not scrub with abrasive cleaners.

■Plated portions

If dirt cannot be removed, clean the parts as follows:


■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 gasses cause the exhaust pipes to become quite hot.

When washing the vehicle, be careful not to touch the pipes until it has cooled sufficiently, as touching a hot exhaust pipes 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, avoid using the system and consult your Toyota dealer.


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

■Cleaning the exterior lights


■When using a high pressure car wash

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