Toyota Tundra Owners Manual: Maintenance and care

Toyota Tundra Owners Manual / Maintenance and care

Cleaning and protecting the vehicle exterior

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.

■Automatic car washes

  • Fold the mirrors and remove the antenna before washing the vehicle. Start washing from the front of the vehicle. Make sure to re-install the antenna and extend the mirrors before driving.
  • 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 using the car wash, check that the fuel filler door on your vehicle is closed properly.

■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 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.

■Precautions regarding the exhaust pipe Exhaust gases 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 hot exhaust pipe can cause burns.



■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.

■Antenna installation and removal precautions

  • Before driving, ensure that the antenna is installed.
  • When the antenna is removed, such as before entering an automatic car wash, make sure to store it in a suitable place so as not to lose it. Also, before driving, make sure to reinstall the antenna in its original position.

■When using a high pressure car wash 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

■Cleaning the high mounted stoplight and cargo lamps When using high-pressured car washers, the tip of the nozzle should be at least 20 in. (50 cm) from the car body. Water can seep lamp housing or the vehicle cabin if the nozzle is closer to the car body.

Cleaning and protecting the vehicle interior

The following procedures will help protect your vehicle's interior and keep it in top condition:

Protecting the vehicle interior

  • Remove dirt and dust using a vacuum cleaner. Wipe dirty surfaces with a cloth dampened with lukewarm water.
  • If dirt cannot be removed, wipe it off with a soft cloth dampened with neutral detergent diluted to approximately 1%.

    Wring out any excess water from the cloth and thoroughly wipe off remaining traces of detergent and water.

Cleaning the leather areas

  • Remove dirt and dust using a vacuum cleaner.
  • Wipe off any excess dirt and dust with a soft cloth dampened with diluted detergent.

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

  • Wring out any excess water from the cloth and thoroughly wipe off all remaining traces of detergent.
  • Wipe the surface with a dry, soft cloth to remove any remaining moisture. Allow the leather to dry in a shaded and ventilated area.

Cleaning the synthetic leather areas

  • Remove dirt and dust using a vacuum cleaner.
  • Wipe it off with a soft cloth dampened with neutral detergent diluted to approximately 1%.
  • Wring out any excess water from the cloth and thoroughly wipe off remaining traces of detergent and water.

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

■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.

■When cleaning the carpeted portions of the console box, etc.

If a strong adhesive tape is used, there is a possibility that the surface of the carpet could be damaged.


■Water in the vehicle

  • Do not splash or spill liquid in the vehicle.

    Doing so may cause electrical components, etc., to malfunction or catch fire.

  • Do not get any of the SRS components or wiring in the vehicle interior wet.

    An electrical malfunction may cause the airbags to deploy or not function properly, resulting in death or serious injury.

■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

  • Do not use the following types of detergent, as they may discolor the vehicle interior or cause streaks or damage to painted surfaces:
    • Non-seat portions: Organic substances such as benzene or gasoline, alkaline or acidic solutions, dye, and bleach
    • Seats: Alkaline or acidic solutions, such as thinner, benzene, and alcohol
  • Do not use polish wax or polish cleaner. The instrument panel's or other interior part's painted surface may be damaged.

■Preventing damage to leather surfaces Observe the following precautions to avoid damage to and deterioration of leather surfaces:

  • Remove any dust or dirt from leather surfaces immediately.
  • Do not expose the vehicle to direct sunlight for extended periods of time.

    Park the vehicle in the shade, especially during summer.

  • Do not place items made of vinyl, plastic, or containing wax on the upholstery, as they may stick to the leather surface if the vehicle interior heats up significantly.

■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 Toyota Safety Sense P) Do not allow glass cleaner to contact the lens. Also, do not touch the lens.

■Cleaning the inside of the back window

  • Do not use glass cleaner to clean the back window, as this may cause damage to the back window defogger heater wires. Use a cloth dampened with lukewarm water to gently wipe the window clean. Wipe the window in strokes running parallel to the heater wires.
  • Be careful not to scratch or damage the heater wires.


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