Lexus NX: Maintenance and care

Lexus NX Owners Manual / Maintenance and care

Maintenance and care

Cleaning and protecting the vehicle exterior

Perform cleaning in a manner appropriate to each component and its material.

Cleaning instructions

If water does not bead on a clean surface, apply wax when the vehicle body is cool.

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

■Automatic car washes

Start washing from the front of the vehicle.

Extend the mirrors before driving.

■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.

■Note for a smart access system with push-button start

■Aluminum wheels

■Bumpers Do not scrub with abrasive cleaners.

■Front side windows water-repellent coating (vehicles with water-repellent coating)


■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 wipers) Set the wiper switch to off.

If the 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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  1. Off
  2. AUTO

■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 pipe until it has cooled sufficiently, as touching a hot exhaust pipe can cause burns.

■Precautions 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 Lexus dealer.


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

■Cleaning the exterior lights

■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 repeat for the passenger side. When returning the wipers to their original position, do so from the passenger side first.

■When using an automatic car wash (vehicles with rain-sensing windshield wipers) Set the wiper switch to the off position.

If the wiper switch is in "AUTO", the wipers may operate and the wiper blades may be damaged.

■When using a high pressure car wash

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

Do not hold only the wiper blades when raising them, or it may cause deformation of the wiper blades.

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Cleaning and protecting the vehicle interior

Perform cleaning in a manner appropriate to each component and its material.

Protecting the vehicle 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.

■Handling the 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.

■Front side windows with UV protective coating (vehicles with UV protective coating) The front side windows have UV protective coating. To prevent any damage to the UV protective coating, observe the following:


■Water in the vehicle

■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.


■Cleaning detergents

■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.

■When cleaning the inside of the windshield (vehicles with Lexus Safety System+ 2.0) Do not allow glass cleaner to contact the lens. Also, do not touch the lens.

■Cleaning the inside of the rear window


■Cleaning the front side windows Do not use any compound or abrasive product (e.g., glass cleaner, detergent, wax) to clean the windows. It may damage the coating.

Cleaning the air intake vents

Clean the air intake vents by the following procedures to prevent dust from accumulating in them, or to prevent them from clogging.

There are air intake vents on the both sides of the seats.

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■ Cleaning the air intake vents

1. Remove the dust from the vents with a vacuum cleaner etc.

Clean the vents of the both sides.

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2. Start the hybrid system and check that the warning message on the multi-information display disappears.

It may take about 20 minutes before the warning message disappears.

■Cleaning the air intake vents


■When cleaning the air intake vents When cleaning the air intake vent, make sure to only use a vacuum to suck out dust and clogs. If a compressed air blow gun, etc. is used to blow out dust and clogs, the dust or clogs may be pushed into the air intake vent, which may affect the performance of the hybrid battery (traction battery) and cause a malfunction.

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■To prevent damage to the vehicle Observe the following precautions. Failure to do so may cause damage to the vehicle.

Cleaning the areas with satin-finish metal accents

■Cleaning the areas with satin-finish metal accents The metal areas use a layer of real metal for the surface. It is necessary to clean them regularly. If dirty areas are left uncleaned for long periods of time, they may be difficult to clean.

Cleaning the leather areas

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

■Caring for leather areas Lexus recommends cleaning the interior of the vehicle at least twice a year to maintain the quality of the vehicle's interior.

Cleaning the synthetic leather areas



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