Operating the lights and windshield wipers

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Headlight switch

The headlights can be operated manually or automatically.

- U.S.A.

1. Turn off the daytime

1. running light system.Turn off the daytime
running light system.

2. side marker, parking,The headlights and
side marker, parking,
tail, license plate and
instrument panel lights
turn on and off automatically
(when the
“POWER” switch is in
ON mode).

3. tail, license plateThe side marker, parking,
tail, license plate
and instrument panel
lights turn on.

4. the lights listed aboveThe headlights and all
the lights listed above
turn on.

- Canada

1. Off.

1. 2. The headlights andOff.

2. side marker, parking,The headlights and
side marker, parking,
tail, license plate and
instrument panel lights
turn on and off automatically
(when the
“POWER” switch is in
ON mode).

3. tail, license plateThe side marker, parking,
tail, license plate
and instrument panel
lights turn on.

4. the lights listed aboveThe headlights and all
the lights listed above
turn on.

Turning on the high beam headlights

1. With the headlights on, push the

1. With the headlights on, push the
lever away from you to turn on
the high beams.
When the light switch is inposition, the Automatic High Beam
position, the Automatic High Beam
system will be activated.
Pull the lever toward you to the
center position to turn the high
beams off.
2. Pull the lever toward you to turn
on the high beams.
Release the lever to turn them off.
You can flash the high beams with
the headlights on or off.

AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System) (if equipped)

AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System) improves visibility at intersections
and on curves by automatically adjusting the direction of the light axis of
the headlights according to vehicle speed and the degree of the tire
angle that are controlled by steering input.
AFS operates at speeds of 6 mph (10 km/h) or higher.

Deactivating AFS

1. Press the menu switch.

1. Press the menu switch.
The multi-information display will
change modes to electronic features
control mode.
2. Press the “ENTER” switch
upwards or downwards until
AFS appears.

Press the “ENTER” switch to

Press the “ENTER” switch to
change to “OFF”.
The “AFS OFF” indicator will be
displayed.
Each pressing of the switch turns
“AFS” on and off.
Press the menu switch to change
to the normal display.

Daytime running light system

To make your vehicle more visible to other drivers, the daytime running lights turn
on automatically whenever the hybrid system is started and the parking brake is
released. Daytime running lights are not designed for use at night.
For the U.S.A.: Daytime running lights can be turned off by operating the switch.

Headlight control sensor

The sensor may not function properly if an

The sensor may not function properly if an
object is placed on the sensor, or anything
that blocks the sensor is affixed to the windshield.
Doing so interferes with the sensor detecting
the level of ambient light and may cause the
automatic headlight system to malfunction.

Automatic light off system

When the headlights come on: The headlights and tail lights turn off 30 seconds
after a door is opened and closed if the “POWER” switch is turned to ACCESSORY
mode or turned off. (The lights turn off immediately if pressed after all the doors are locked.)on the key is
pressed after all the doors are locked.)
When only the tail lights come on: The tail lights turn off automatically if the
“POWER” switch is turned to ACCESSORY mode or turned off and the
driver’s door is opened.
To turn the lights on again, turn the “POWER” switch to ON mode, or turn the light
switch off once and then back to .or Automatic headlight leveling system (if equipped).

Automatic headlight leveling system (if equipped)

The level of the headlights is automatically adjusted according to the number of
passengers and the loading condition of the vehicle to ensure that the headlights do
not interfere with other road users.

If the “AFS OFF” indicator flashes (if equipped)

It may indicate a malfunction in the system. Contact your Lexus dealer.

Customization

Settings (e.g. light sensor sensitivity) can be changed.

NOTICE:
To prevent 12-volt battery discharge
Do not leave the lights on longer than necessary when the hybrid system is off.

Automatic High Beam

The Automatic High Beam uses an in-vehicle camera sensor to assess the
brightness of streetlights, the lights of oncoming and preceding vehicles,
etc., and automatically turns high beam on or off as necessary.

Activating the Automatic High Beam system

Turn the headlight switch to the

Turn the headlight switch to the
position.

Push the lever away from you.

Push the lever away from you.
The Automatic High Beam indicator
will come on when the
headlights are turned on automatically
to indicate that the system
is active.

Turning the high beam on/off manually

- Switching to low beam

Pull the lever to original position.

Pull the lever to original position.

- Switching to high beam

Turn the light switch to

Turn the light switch toposition.
position.

High beam automatic turning on or off conditions

When all of the following conditions are fulfilled, high beam will be
automatically turned on (after approximately 1 second):
Vehicle speed is above approximately 20 mph (32 km/h).
The area ahead of the vehicle is dark.
There are no oncoming or preceding vehicles with headlights or
tail lights turned on.
If any of the following conditions are fulfilled, high beam will be automatically
turned off:
Vehicle speed drops below approximately 20 mph (32 km/h).
The area ahead of the vehicle is not dark.
Oncoming or preceding vehicles have headlights or tail lights
turned on.

The Automatic High Beam can be operated when

The “POWER” switch is ON mode.

Limitations of the Automatic High Beam

Do not rely on the Automatic High Beam. Always drive safely, taking care to
observe your surroundings and turning high beam on or off manually if necessary.

Camera sensor detection information

High beam may not be automatically turned off in the following situations:
• When oncoming vehicles suddenly appear from a curve.
• When the vehicle is cut in front of by another.
High beam may be turned off if an oncoming vehicle that is using fog lights without
using the headlights is detected.
House lights, street lights, red traffic signals, and illuminated billboards or signs
may cause the high beam to turn off.

The following factors may affect the amount of time taken to turn high beam on
or off:
• The brightness of headlights, fog lights, and tail lights of oncoming and preceding
vehicles.
• Road conditions (wetness, ice, snow etc.).
• The number of passengers and amount of baggage.
High beam may be turned on or off when unexpected by the driver.
In the situations below, the system may not be able to correctly detect the surrounding
brightness levels, and may flash or expose nearby pedestrians to the
high beam. Therefore, you should consider turning the high beam on or off
manually rather than relying on the Automatic High Beam system.
• In bad weather (rain, snow, fog, sandstorms etc.).
• The windshield is obscured by fog, mist, ice, dirt etc.
• The windshield is cracked or damaged.
• The inside rear view mirror or camera sensor is deformed or dirty.
• Surrounding brightness levels are equal to those of headlights, tail lights or
fog lights.
• Vehicles ahead have headlights that are either switched off, dirty, are changing
color, or have are not aimed properly.
• When driving through an area of intermittently changing brightness and
darkness.
• When frequently and repeatedly driving ascending/descending roads, or
roads with rough, bumpy or uneven surfaces (such as stone-paved roads,
gravel tracks etc.).
• When frequently and repeatedly taking curves or driving on a winding road.
• There is a highly reflective object ahead of the vehicle, such as a sign or a mirror.
• The vehicle's headlights are damaged or dirty.
• The vehicle is listing or tilting, due to a flat tire, a trailer being towed etc.
• The Automatic High Beam indicator is flashing.
• The high beam and low beam are repeatedly being switched between in an
abnormal manner.
• The driver believes that the high beam may be causing problems or distress to
other drivers or pedestrians nearby.

If the Automatic High Beam indicator flashes

It may indicate a malfunction in the system. Contact your Lexus dealer.

Temporary lowering sensor sensitivity

The sensitivity of the sensor can be temporarily lowered.
To lower the sensitivity, push and hold the “AUTO” button on the inside rear view
mirror for 15 to 20 seconds, and release. The indicator light on the inside rear view
mirror will flash to indicate that the sensitivity has been lowered.
When the “POWER” switch is turned off, the sensitivity will be returned to its normal
level.

Customization that can be configured at your Lexus dealer

The Automatic High Beam can be turned off.

NOTICE:
Notes when using the Automatic High Beam system

Observe the following to ensure that the

Observe the following to ensure that the
Automatic High Beam functions correctly.
Do not touch the camera sensor.
Do not subject the inside rear view mirror or the camera sensor to a strong
impact.
Do not disassemble the camera sensor.
Do not spill liquid onto the inside rear view mirror or the camera sensor.
Do not apply window tinting or stickers to the camera sensor or the area of windshield
near the camera sensor.
Do not place items on the dashboard. There is a possibility that the camera sensor
will mistake items reflected in the windshield for streetlights, the headlights of
other vehicles, etc.
Do not install a parking tag or any other accessories near or around the inside
rear view mirror and the camera sensor.
Do not overload the vehicle.
Do not modify the vehicle.
Do not replace windshield with non-genuine windshield.
Contact your Lexus dealer.

Fog light switch

The fog lights improve visibility in difficult driving conditions, such as in rain
and fog.

- U.S.A.

1. Turns the front fog

1. lights off.Turns the front fog
lights off.

2. lights on.Turns the front fog
lights on.

- Canada

1. Turns the front fog

1. lights off.Turns the front fog
lights off.

2. lights on.Turns the front fog
lights on.

Fog lights can be used when

The headlights are on in low beam.

Windshield wipers and washer

- Intermittent windshield wipers with interval adjuster
The wiper operation is selected as follows by turning the switch ring.
When intermittent windshield wiper operation is selected, the wiper
interval can be also adjusted.

1. Off.

1. 2. Intermittent windshieldOff.

2. wiper operation.Intermittent windshield
wiper operation.

3. wiper operation.Low speed windshield
wiper operation.

4. wiper operation.High speed windshield
wiper operation.

5. Temporary operation.

6. Increases the intermittent

6. Increases the intermittent
windshield wiper frequency.
7. Decreases the intermittent
windshield wiper frequency.

8. Washer/wiper dual operation.

8. Washer/wiper dual operation.
The wipers will automatically
operate a couple of times after
the washer squirts.
If the headlights are on, the
headlight cleaners will operate
once.

- Rain-sensing windshield wipers (if equipped).
When operate automatically whenis selected, the wipers will operate automatically when
the sensor detects falling rain. The system automatically adjusts wiper
timing in accordance with rain volume and vehicle speed.
When sensitivity can be adjusted as followsis selected, the sensor sensitivity can be adjusted as follows
by turning the switch ring:

1. Off.

1. 2. Rain-sensing wiperOff.

2. operation.Rain-sensing wiper
operation.

3. operation.Low speed wiper
operation.

4. operation.High speed wiper
operation.

5. Temporary operation.

6. Sensor sensitivity (high).

6. Sensor sensitivity (high).
7. Sensor sensitivity (low).

8. Washer/wiper dual operation.

8. Washer/wiper dual operation.
The wipers will automatically
operate a couple of times after
the washer squirts. (After operating
several times, the wipers
operate one more time after a
short delay to prevent dripping.)
If the headlights are on, the
headlight cleaners will operate
once.

The windshield wipers and washer can be operated when

The “POWER” switch is in ON mode.

Effects of vehicle speed on wiper operation

Vehicle speed affects the following even when the wipers are not in AUTO mode:
Intermittent wiper interval
Wiper operation when the washer is being used (delay until drip prevention
wiper sweep occurs)
When low speed wiper operation is selected, wiper operation will be switched from
low speed to intermittent wiper operation only when the vehicle is stationary.
(However, when the sensor sensitivity is adjusted to the highest level, the mode cannot
be switched.)

Raindrop sensor (vehicles with rain-sensing windshield wipers)

The raindrop sensor judges the amount of

The raindrop sensor judges the amount of
raindrops.
An optical sensor is adopted. It may not operate
properly when sunlight from the rising or
setting of the sun intermittently strikes the
windshield, or if bugs etc. are present on the
windshield.

If the wiper switch is turned to the while the “POWER” switch is inposition while the “POWER” switch is in
ON mode, the wipers will operate once to show that AUTO mode is activated.

In extremely hot or cold weather (vehicles with rain-sensing windshield wipers)

The rain-sensing wiper operation will turn off if the windshield gets extremely hot (at
more than 194°F [90°C]) or cold (at less than 5.0°F [-15°C]). If the windshield wipers
cease operation while in AUTO mode, change to a mode other than AUTO.

If no windshield washer fluid sprays

Check that the washer nozzles are not blocked if there is washer fluid in the windshield
washer fluid reservoir.

CAUTION:
Caution regarding the use of windshield wipers in AUTO mode (vehicles with
rain-sensing windshield wipers).
The windshield wipers may operate unexpectedly if the sensor is touched or the
windshield is subject to vibration in AUTO mode. Take care that your fingers or anything
else do not become caught in the windshield wipers.

NOTICE:
When the windshield is dry
Do not use the wipers, as they may damage the windshield.
When the washer fluid tank is empty
Damage to the washer fluid pump may be caused if the lever is pulled toward you
and held continually.
When a nozzle becomes blocked
Do not try to clear it with a pin or other object. The nozzle will be damaged.

Rear window wiper and washer

The wiper operation is selected by moving the lever as follows:

1. Off.

1. 2. Intermittent windowOff.

2. wiper operation.Intermittent window
wiper operation.

3. operation.Normal window wiper
operation.

4. operation.Washer/wiper dual
operation.

5. operation.Washer/wiper dual
operation.

The rear window wiper and washer can be operated when

The “POWER” switch is in ON mode.

NOTICE:
When the rear window is dry
Do not use the wipers, as they may damage the rear window.
When the washer fluid tank is empty
Damage to the washer fluid pump may be caused if the lever is operated continually.
When a nozzle becomes blocked
Do not try to clear it with a pin or other object. The nozzle will be damaged.

Headlight cleaner switch

Washer fluid can be sprayed on the headlights.

Press the switch to clean the

Press the switch to clean the
headlights.

The headlight cleaner can be operated when

The “POWER” switch is in ON mode and the headlight switch is turned on.

NOTICE:
When the washer fluid tank is empty
Do not press the switch continually as the washer fluid pump may overheat.

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