Do-it-yourself maintenance

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Do-it-yourself service precautions

If you perform maintenance by yourself, be sure to follow the correct procedures
as given in these sections.

CAUTION:

CAUTION:
The engine compartment contains many mechanisms and fluids that may move suddenly,
become hot, or become electrically energized. To avoid death or serious injury,
observe the following precautions:
When working on the engine compartment
Make sure that the indicator on the “POWER” switch and the “READY” indicator
are both off.
Keep hands, clothing and tools away from the moving fans and engine drive belt.
Be careful not to touch the engine, power control unit, radiator, exhaust manifold,
etc. right after driving as they may be hot. Oil and other fluids may also be hot.
Do not leave anything that may burn easily, such as paper and rags, in the engine
compartment.
Do not smoke, cause sparks or expose an open flame to fuel. Fuel fumes are flammable.
When working near the electric cooling fans or radiator grille
Be sure the “POWER” switch is off.
With the “POWER” switch in ON mode, the electric cooling fans may automatically
start to run if the air conditioning is on and/or the coolant temperature is high.
Safety glasses
Wear safety glasses to prevent flying or falling material, fluid spray, etc. from getting
in your eyes.

NOTICE:
If you remove the air cleaner filter
Driving with the air cleaner filter removed may cause excessive engine wear due to
dirt in the air. Also, a backfire could cause a fire in the engine compartment.

Hood

Release the lock from the inside of the vehicle to open the hood.

Pull the hood lock release lever.

Pull the hood lock release lever.
The hood will pop up slightly.

Pull up the hood catch and lift

Pull up the hood catch and lift
the hood.

CAUTION:
Pre-driving check
Check that the hood is fully closed and locked.
If the hood is not locked properly, it may open while the vehicle is in motion and
cause an accident, which may result in death or serious injury.

Positioning a floor jack

When raising your vehicle with a floor jack, position the jack correctly.
Improper placement may damage your vehicle or cause injury.

Front

Rear

Rear

CAUTION:

CAUTION:
When raising your vehicle
Make sure to observe the following precautions to reduce the possibility of death or
serious injury:

Lift up the vehicle using a floor jack such as

Lift up the vehicle using a floor jack such as
the one shown in the illustration.
Do not use the jack that was supplied with your vehicle.
Do not put any part of your body underneath the vehicle when it is supported
only by the floor jack.
Always use automotive jack stands on a solid, level surface.
Do not start the hybrid system while the vehicle is supported by the floor jack.
Stop the vehicle on level, firm ground, firmly set the parking brake and shift the
shift lever to P.
Make sure to set the floor jack properly at the jack point.
Raising the vehicle with an improperly positioned floor jack will damage the vehicle
and may cause the vehicle to fall off the floor jack.
Do not raise the vehicle while someone is in the vehicle.
When raising the vehicle, do not place any objects on top of or underneath the
floor jack.
Vehicles with electronically modulated air suspension (if equipped):
Be sure to turn off the height control and stop the hybrid system. Otherwise, the
vehicle height may change in the automatic leveling function.

Engine compartment

1. Brake fluid reservoir.

1. Brake fluid reservoir.
2. Engine oil filler cap.
3. Engine oil level dipstick.
4. Power control unit coolant
reservoir.
5. Fuse boxes.
6. Engine coolant reservoir.
7. Radiator.
8. Condenser
9. Electric cooling fans.
10. Power control unit coolant
radiator.
11. Washer fluid tank.

Engine compartment cover

Removing the engine compartment covers

- Outside

- Front

- Front

- Installing the clips

- Installing the clips

Engine oil

Engine oil

With the engine at operating temperature and turned off, check the oil
level on the dipstick.

Checking the engine oil

1. Park the vehicle on level ground. After turning off the hybrid system,
wait more than five minutes for the oil to drain back into the
bottom of the engine.

2. Hold a rag under the end and pull

2. Hold a rag under the end and pull
the dipstick out.
3. Wipe the dipstick clean.
4. Reinsert the dipstick fully.
5. Holding a rag under the end, pull the dipstick out and check the
oil level.
6. Wipe the dipstick and reinsert it fully.

1. Low.

1. Low.
2. Full.

Adding engine oil

If the oil level is below or near the

If the oil level is below or near the
low level mark, add engine oil of
the same type as that already in the
engine.

Make sure to check the oil type and prepare the items needed before
adding oil.

1. Remove the oil filler cap by turning it counterclockwise.

1. Remove the oil filler cap by turning it counterclockwise.
2. Add engine oil slowly, checking the dipstick.
3. Install the oil filler cap by turning it clockwise.

Engine oil consumption

The amount of engine oil consumed depends on the oil viscosity, the quality of
the oil and the way the vehicle is driven.
More oil is consumed under driving conditions such as high speeds and frequent
acceleration and deceleration.
A new engine consumes more oil.
When judging the amount of oil consumption, keep in mind that the oil may
have become diluted, making it difficult to judge the true level accurately.
Oil consumption: Max. 1.1 qt./600 miles, 0.9 Imp. qt./600 miles (1.0 L per 1000
km)
If your vehicle consumes more than 1.1 qt. (1.0 L, 0.9 Imp. qt.) every 600 miles
(1000 km), contact your Lexus dealer.

After changing the engine oil (USA only)

The engine oil maintenance data should be reset. Perform the following procedure:
1. Display the trip meter “A” , then turn the “POWER” switch off.
2. While pressing the “ODO/TRIP” button, turn the “POWER” switch to
ON mode.

3. Keep the “ODO/TRIP” button pressed for

3. Keep the “ODO/TRIP” button pressed for
about 5 seconds. The resetting procedure is
complete when “000000” in the trip meter
flashes once and the message in the multiinformation
display disappears.

CAUTION:
Used engine oil
Used engine oil contains potentially harmful contaminants which may cause skin
disorders such as inflammation or skin cancer, so care should be taken to avoid
prolonged and repeated contact. To remove used engine oil from your skin, wash
thoroughly with soap and water.
Dispose of used oil and filters only in a safe and acceptable manner. Do not dispose
of used oil and filters in household trash, in sewers or onto the ground.
Call your Lexus dealer, service station or auto parts store for information concerning
recycling or disposal.
Do not leave used engine oil within the reach of children.

NOTICE:
To prevent serious engine damage
Check the oil level on a regular basis.
When replacing the engine oil
Be careful not to spill engine oil on the vehicle components.
Avoid overfilling, or the engine could be damaged.
Check the oil level on the dipstick every time you refill the vehicle.
Be sure the engine oil filler cap is properly tightened.

Coolant

The coolant level is satisfactory if it is between the “FULL” and “LOW”
lines on the reservoir when the engine and hybrid system are cold.

- Engine coolant reservoir

1. Reservoir cap.

1. Reservoir cap.
2. “FULL” line.
3. “LOW” line.
If the level is on or below the
“LOW” line, add coolant up to the
“FULL” line.

- Power control unit coolant reservoir

1. Reservoir cap.

1. Reservoir cap.
2. “FULL” line.
3. “LOW” line.
If the level is on or below the
“LOW” line, add coolant up to the
“FULL” line.

Coolant selection

Only use “Toyota Super Long Life Coolant” or similar high quality ethylene glycol
based non-silicate, non-amine, non-nitrite, and non-borate coolant with long-life
hybrid organic acid technology.
U.S.A.: “Toyota Super Long Life Coolant” is a mixture of 50% coolant and
50% deionized water. (Minimum temperature: -31°F [-35°C]).
Canada: “Toyota Super Long Life Coolant” is a mixture of 55% coolant and 45%
deionized water. (Minimum temperature: -44°F [-42°C]).
For more details about coolant, contact your Lexus dealer.

If the coolant level drops within a short time of replenishing

Visually check the radiators, hoses, engine/power control unit coolant reservoir
caps, drain cock and water pump.
If you cannot find a leak, have your Lexus dealer test the cap and check for leaks in
the cooling systems.

CAUTION:
When the engine and hybrid system are hot
Do not remove the coolant reservoir cap.
The cooling system may be under pressure and may spray hot coolant if the cap is
removed, causing burns or other injuries.

NOTICE:
When adding coolant
Coolant is neither plain water nor straight antifreeze. The correct mixture of water
and antifreeze must be used to provide proper lubrication, corrosion protection
and cooling. Be sure to read the antifreeze or coolant label.
If you spill coolant
Be sure to wash it off with water to prevent damaging to parts or paint.

Radiator and condenser

Check the radiator and condenser and clear any foreign objects.
If either of the above parts are extremely dirty or you are not sure of their
condition, have your vehicle checked by your Lexus dealer.

CAUTION:
The radiators and condenser may be hot after driving
Do not touch the radiator or condenser as they may be hot and burn you.

Brake fluid

Checking fluid level

The brake fluid level should be

The brake fluid level should be
between the “MAX” and “MIN”
lines on the tank.

Adding fluid

Make sure to check the fluid type and prepare the necessary item.

Brake fluid can absorb moisture from the air

Brake fluid can absorb moisture from the air

Excess moisture in the brake fluid can cause a dangerous loss of braking efficiency.
Use only newly opened brake fluid.

CAUTION:
When filling the reservoir
Take care because brake fluid can harm your hands or eyes and damage painted
surfaces.
If fluid gets on your hands or in your eyes, flush the affected area with clean water
immediately.
If you still experience discomfort, see a doctor.

NOTICE:
If the fluid level is low or high
It is normal for the brake fluid level to go down slightly as the brake pads wear out or
when the fluid level in the accumulator is high.
If the reservoir needs frequent refilling, may be a serious problem.

Washer fluid

If any washer does not work or the

If any washer does not work or the
warning message appears on the
multi-information display, the
washer tank may be empty. Add
washer fluid.

CAUTION:
When adding washer fluid
Do not add washer fluid when the hybrid system is hot or operating as washer fluid
contains alcohol and may catch fire if spilled on the hybrid system etc.

NOTICE:
Do not use any fluid other than washer fluid
Do not use soapy water or engine antifreeze instead of washer fluid.
Doing so may cause streaking on the vehicle’s painted surfaces.
Diluting washer fluid
Dilute washer fluid with water as necessary.
Refer to the freezing temperatures listed on the washer fluid tank.

12-volt battery

Location

The 12-volt battery is located on

The 12-volt battery is located on
the left-hand side of the luggage
compartment.

Removing the 12-volt battery cover

- Vehicles with a compact spare tire

Pull the lever upward to fold

Pull the lever upward to fold
back the front part of the deck
board.

Pull the folded deck board

Pull the folded deck board
upright.

Pull on the attached hook to

Pull on the attached hook to
extend the string.

Use the hook to secure the deck

Use the hook to secure the deck
board as shown in the illustration.

After removing the clips,

After removing the clips,
remove the 12-volt battery
cover.

- Vehicles with a full-size spare tire

Pull the lever upward to fold

Pull the lever upward to fold
back the front part of the deck
board.

Pull on the attached hook to

Pull on the attached hook to
extend the string.

Use the hook to secure the deck

Use the hook to secure the deck
board as shown in the illustration.

After removing the clips,

After removing the clips,
remove the 12-volt battery
cover.

Exterior

Make sure that the 12-volt battery terminals are not corroded and
that there are no loose connections, cracks or loose clamps.

1. Terminals.

1. Terminals.
2. Hold-down clamp.

Installing the 12-volt battery cover

Install the 12-volt battery cover

Install the 12-volt battery cover
with the clips.

Before recharging

When recharging, the 12-volt battery produces hydrogen gas which is flammable
and explosive. Therefore, observe the following precautions before recharging:
If recharging with the 12-volt battery installed on the vehicle, be sure to disconnect
the ground cable.
Make sure the power switch on the charger is off when connecting and disconnecting
the charger cables to the 12-volt battery.

After recharging/reconnecting the 12-volt battery

The hybrid system may not start. Follow one or both of the following procedures:
After opening and closing the driver’s door, wait 10 seconds and then attempt to
start the hybrid system. (If the system does not start the first time, repeat the procedure.)
With the shift lever in P and the “POWER” switch off, open and close any door
and then attempt to start the hybrid system.
If the system will not start even after multiple attempts at both methods, contact
your Lexus dealer.

CAUTION:
Chemicals in the 12-volt battery
The 12-volt battery contain poisonous and corrosive sulfuric acid and may produce
hydrogen gas which is flammable and explosive. To reduce the risk of death or serious
injury, take the following precautions while working on or near the 12-volt battery:
Do not cause sparks by touching the 12-volt battery terminals with tools.
Do not smoke or light a match near the 12-volt battery.
Avoid contact with eyes, skin and clothes.
Never inhale or swallow electrolyte.
Wear protective safety glasses when working near the 12-volt battery.
Keep children away from the 12-volt battery.
Where to safely charge the 12-volt battery
Always charge the 12-volt battery in an open area. Do not charge the 12-volt battery
in a garage or closed room where there is insufficient ventilation.
How to recharge the 12-volt battery
Only perform a slow charge (5 A or less). The 12-volt battery may explode if
charged at a quicker rate.
Emergency measures regarding electrolyte
If electrolyte gets in your eyes.
Flush your eyes with clean water for at least 15 minutes and get immediate medical
attention. If possible, continue to apply water with a sponge or cloth while
traveling to the nearest medical facility.
If electrolyte gets on your skin.
Wash the affected area thoroughly. If you feel pain or burning, get medical attention
immediately.
If electrolyte gets on your clothes.
It can soak through clothing on to your skin. Immediately take off the clothing and
follow the procedure above if necessary.
If you accidentally swallow electrolyte
Drink a large quantity of water or milk. Follow with milk of magnesia, beaten raw
egg or vegetable oil. Get emergency medical attention immediately.

CAUTION:
When replacing the 12-volt battery
Use a 12-volt battery designed for the RX450h. Failure to do so may cause gas
(hydrogen) to enter the passenger compartment, causing a fire or explosion.
For replacement of the 12-volt battery, contact your Lexus dealer.

NOTICE:
When recharging the 12-volt battery
Never recharge the 12-volt battery while the hybrid system is operating. Also, be
sure all accessories are turned off.

Tires

Replace or rotate tires in accordance with maintenance schedules and
treadwear.

Checking tires

1. New tread.

1. New tread.
2. Treadwear indicator.
3. Worn tread.
The location of treadwear indicators
is shown by the “TWI” or
“Δ” marks, etc., molded on the
sidewall of each tire.
Check spare tire condition and
pressure if not rotated.

Tire rotation

- Vehicles with a compact spare tire

Rotate the tires in the order

Rotate the tires in the order
shown.
To equalize tire wear and extend
tire life, Lexus recommends that
tire rotation is carried out at the
same interval as tire inspection.

- Vehicles with a full-size spare tire

Rotate the tires in the order

Rotate the tires in the order
shown.
To equalize tire wear and extend
tire life, Lexus recommends that
tire rotation is carried out at the
same interval as tire inspection.

The tire pressure warning system

Your Lexus is equipped with a tire pressure warning system that uses
tire pressure warning valves and transmitters to detect low tire inflation
pressure before serious problems arise.

Installing tire pressure warning valves and transmitters

When replacing tires or wheels, tire pressure warning valves and transmitters
must also be installed.
When new tire pressure warning valves and transmitters are installed,
new tire pressure warning valve and transmitter ID codes must be registered
in the tire pressure warning computer and the tire pressure warning
system must be initialized. Have tire pressure warning valve and transmitter
ID codes registered by your Lexus dealer.

Initializing the tire pressure warning system

The tire pressure warning system must be initialized in the following
circumstances:

When tire inflation pressure is changed such as when changing travelling
speed or load weight
When changing the tire size.
When the tire pressure warning system is initialized, the current tire
inflation pressure is set as the benchmark pressure.

How to initialize the tire pressure warning system

1. Park the vehicle in safe place and turn the “POWER” switch off.
Initialization cannot be performed while the vehicle is moving.
2. Adjust the tire inflation pressure to the specified cold tire inflation
pressure level.
Make sure to adjust the tire pressure to the specified cold tire inflation
pressure level. The tire pressure warning system will operate based on
this pressure level.
3. Turn the “POWER” switch to ON mode.

4. Press and hold the tire pressure

4. Press and hold the tire pressure
warning reset button until the tire
pressure warning light flashes
slowly 3 times.
Wait for a few minutes with the “POWER” switch on and then
turn the “POWER” switch off.

Registering ID codes

The tire pressure warning valve and transmitter is equipped with a unique
ID code. When replacing a tire pressure warning valve and transmitter, it
is necessary to register the ID code. Have the ID code registered by your
Lexus dealer.

When to replace your vehicle’s tires

Tires should be replaced if:
You have tire damage such as cuts, splits, cracks deep enough to expose the
fabric, and bulges indicating internal damage.
A tire goes flat repeatedly or cannot be properly repaired due to the size or
location of a cut or other damage.
If you are not sure, consult with your Lexus dealer.

Replacing tires and wheels

If the ID code of the tire pressure warning valve and transmitter is not registered,
the tire pressure warning system will not work properly. After driving for about 20
minutes, the tire pressure warning light flashes for 1 minute and stays on to indicate a
system malfunction.

Tire life

Any tire over 6 years old must be checked by a qualified technician even if it has seldom
or never been used or damage is not obvious.

If the tread on snow tires wears down below 0.16 in. (4 mm)

The effectiveness of the tires as snow tires is lost.

Maximum load of tire

Check that the number given by dividing the maximum load by 1.10 of the replacement
tire is greater than 1/2 of the Gross Axle Weight Ratings (GAWR) of either
the front axle or the rear axle, whichever is greater.

For the GAWR, see the Certification Label.

For the GAWR, see the Certification Label.
For the maximum load of the tire, see the load
limit at maximum cold tire inflation pressure
mentioned on the sidewall of the tire.

Tire types

1 Summer tires.
Summer tires are high-speed performance tires best suited to highway driving
under dry conditions. Since summer tires do not have the same traction performance
as snow tires, summer tires are inadequate for driving on snow-covered
or icy roads. For driving on snow-covered roads or icy roads, the use of snow tires
is recommended. When installing snow tires, be sure to replace all four tires.
2 All season tires.
All season tires are designed to provide better traction in snow and to be adequate
for driving in most winter conditions, as well as for use year round. All season
tires, however, do not have adequate traction performance compared with
snow tires in heavy or loose snow. Also, all season tires fall short in acceleration
and handling performance compared with summer tires in highway driving.
3 Snow tires.
For driving on snow-covered roads or icy roads, we recommend using snow tires.
If you need snow tires, select tires of the same size, construction and load capacity
as the originally installed tires. Since your vehicle has radial tires as original
equipment, make sure your snow tires also have radial construction. Do not install
studded tires without first checking local regulations for possible restrictions.
Snow tires should be installed on all wheels.

Initializing the tire pressure warning system

Initialize the tire pressure warning system with the tire inflation pressure adjusted to
the specified level.

If you push the tire pressure warning reset switch accidentally

If initialization is performed, adjust the tire inflation pressure to the specified level
and initialize the tire pressure warning system again.

When the initialization of the tire pressure warning system has failed

Initialization can be completed in a few minutes. However, in the following cases,
the settings have not been recorded and the system will not operate properly. If
repeated attempts to record tire inflation pressure settings are unsuccessful, have
the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer.
When operating the tire pressure warning reset button, the tire pressure warning
light does not flash 3 times.
After carrying out the initialization procedure, the tire pressure warning light
flashes for 1 minute then stays on after driving for 20 minutes.

Routine tire inflation pressure checks

The tire pressure warning system does not replace routine tire inflation pressure
checks. Make sure to check tire inflation pressure as part of your routine of daily
vehicle checks.

Tire pressure warning system certification

TPMS Transmitter FCC ID: PAXPMV107J.
IC ID: 3729A-PMV107J.
TPMS Receiver FCC ID: HYQ13BCX.
IC ID: 1551A-13BCX.
- For vehicles sold in the U.S.A..
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following
two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation.

FCC WARNING:
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
- For vehicles sold in Canada.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference
that may cause undesired operation of the device.

CAUTION:
Tire pressure warning system operation
The tire pressure warning system may not provide warning immediately if a tire
bursts or if sudden air leakage occurs.
When inspecting or replacing tires
Observe the following precautions to prevent accidents. Failure to do so may cause
damage to parts of the drive train, as well as dangerous handling characteristics,
which may lead to an accident resulting in death or serious injury.
Do not mix tires of different makes, models or tread patterns. Also, do not mix
tires of remarkably different treadwear.
Do not use tire sizes other than those recommended by Lexus.
Do not mix differently constructed tires (radial, bias-belted or bias-ply tires).
Do not mix summer, all season and snow tires.
Do not use tires that have been used on another vehicle.
Do not use tires if you do not know how they were used previously.
When initializing the tire pressure warning system
Do not push the tire pressure warning reset switch without first adjusting the tire
inflation pressure to the specified level. Otherwise, the tire pressure warning light
may not come on even if the tire inflation pressure is low, or it may come on when
the tire inflation pressure is actually normal.

NOTICE:
Repairing or replacing tires, wheels and tire pressure warning valves and transmitters
When removing or fitting the wheels, tires or the tire pressure warning valves and
transmitter, contact your Lexus dealer as the tire pressure warning valves and transmitters
may be damaged if not handled correctly.
To avoid damaging the tire pressure warning valves and transmitters
Do not use liquid sealants on flat tires.
Driving on rough roads
Take particular care when driving on roads with loose surfaces or potholes.
These conditions may cause losses in tire inflation pressure, reducing the cushioning
ability of the tires. In addition, driving on rough roads may cause damage to the
tires themselves, as well as the vehicle’s wheels and body.
If tire inflation pressure of each tire becomes low while driving
Do not continue driving, or your tires and/or wheels may be ruined.

Tire inflation pressure

Tire inflation pressure

The recommended cold tire inflation pressure and tire size is displayed
on the tire and loading information label.

- Type A

- Type B

- Type B

Inspection and adjustment procedure

Inspection and adjustment procedure

1. Tire valve.

1. Tire valve.
2.Tire pressure gauge.

1. Remove the tire valve cap.
2. Press the tip of the tire pressure gauge onto the tire valve.
3. Read the pressure using the gauge graduations.
4. If the tire inflation pressure is not at the recommended level,
adjust the pressure.
If you add too much air, press the center of the valve to deflate.
5. After completing the tire inflation pressure measurement and
adjustment, apply soapy water to the valve and check for leakage.
6. Put the tire valve cap back on.

Tire inflation pressure check interval

You should check tire inflation pressure every two weeks, or at least once a month.
Do not forget to check the spare.

Effects of incorrect tire inflation pressure

Driving with incorrect tire inflation pressure may result in the following:
Reduced fuel efficiency.
Reduced driving comfort and tire life.
Reduced safety.
Damage to the drive train.
If a tire needs frequent inflating, have it checked by your Lexus dealer.

Instructions for checking tire pressure

When checking tire inflation pressure, observe the following:
Check only when the tires are cold.
If your vehicle has been parked for at least 3 hours or has not been driven for
more than 1 mile or 1.5 km, you will get an accurate cold tire inflation pressure
reading.
Always use a tire pressure gauge.
The appearance of the tire can be misleading. In addition, tire inflation pressure
that is even just a few pounds off can degrade ride and handling.
Do not reduce tire inflation pressure after driving. It is normal for tire inflation
pressure to be higher after driving.
Never exceed the vehicle capacity weight.
Passengers and luggage weight should be placed so that the vehicle is balanced.

CAUTION:
Proper inflation is critical to save tire performance
Keep your tires properly inflated. Otherwise, the following conditions may occur
and result in an accident causing death or serious injury:
Excessive wear.
Uneven wear.
Poor handling.
Possibility of blowouts resulting from overheated tires.
Poor sealing of the tire bead.
Wheel deformation and/or tire separation.
A greater possibility of tire damage from road hazards.

NOTICE:
When inspecting and adjusting tire inflation pressure
Be sure to put the tire valve caps back on.
Without the valve caps, dirt or moisture could get into the valve and cause air leakage,
which could result in an accident. If the caps are lost, replace them as soon as
possible.

Wheels

If a wheel is bent, cracked or heavily corroded, it should be replaced.
Otherwise, the tire may separate from the wheel or cause a loss of handling
control.

Wheel selection

When replacing wheels, care should be taken to ensure that they
are equivalent to those removed in load capacity, diameter, rim
width, and inset*.
Replacement wheels are available at your Lexus dealer.
*: Conventionally referred to as “offset”.
Lexus does not recommend using the following:
Wheels of different sizes or types.
Used wheels.
Bent wheels that have been straightened.

Aluminum wheel precautions

Use only Lexus wheel nuts and wrenches designed for use with
your aluminum wheels.
When rotating, repairing or changing your tires, check that the
wheel nuts are still tight after driving 1000 miles (1600 km).
Be careful not to damage the aluminum wheels when using tire
chains.
Use only Lexus genuine balance weights or equivalent and a
plastic or rubber hammer when balancing your wheels.

When replacing wheels

The wheels of your vehicle are equipped with tire pressure warning valves and
transmitters that allow the tire pressure warning system to provide advanced warning
in the event of a loss in tire inflation pressure. Whenever wheels are replaced,
tire pressure warning valves and transmitters must be installed.

CAUTION:
When replacing wheels
Do not use wheels that are a different size from those recommended in the
Owner’s Manual, as this may result in loss of handling control.
Never use an inner tube in a leaking wheel which is designed for a tubeless tire.
Doing so may result in an accident, causing death or serious injury.

NOTICE:
Replacing tire pressure warning valves and transmitters
Because tire repair or replacement may affect the tire pressure warning valves
and transmitters, make sure to have tires serviced by your Lexus dealer or other
qualified service shop. In addition, make sure to purchase your tire pressure
warning valves and transmitters at your Lexus dealer.
Ensure that only genuine Lexus wheels are used on your vehicle.
Tire pressure warning valves and transmitters may not work properly with nongenuine
wheels.

Air conditioning filter

The air conditioning filter must be cleaned or changed regularly to maintain
air conditioning efficiency.

Removal method

1. Set the air conditioning system to recirculated mode.
The air conditioning filter case cannot be removed with the system in
the outside air mode.
2. Turn the “POWER” switch off.

3. Open the glove box. Lift and

3. Open the glove box. Lift and
remove the partition.

4. Remove the glove box cover.

4. Remove the glove box cover.

5. Remove the filter cover.

5. Remove the filter cover.

6. Remove the air conditioning filter

6. Remove the air conditioning filter
and replace it with a new
one.
The “↑UP” mark shown on the
filter should be pointing up.

Cleaning method

If the filter is dirty, clean by blowing

If the filter is dirty, clean by blowing
compressed air through the
filter from the underside.
Hold the air gun 2 in. (5 cm)
from the filter and blow for
approximately 2 minutes at
72 psi (500 kPa, 5.0 kgf/cm2
or bar).
If an air gun is not available,
have the filter cleaned by
your Lexus dealer.

Checking interval

Inspect, clean and replace the air conditioning filter according to the maintenance
schedule. In dusty areas or areas with heavy traffic flow, early replacement may be
required. (For scheduled maintenance information, please refer to the “Owner's
Manual Supplement” or “Scheduled Maintenance”.)

If air flow from the vents decreases dramatically

The filter may be clogged. Check the filter and replace if necessary.

NOTICE:
To prevent damage to the system
When using the air conditioning system, make sure that a filter is always installed.
When cleaning the filter, do not clean with water.

Electronic key battery

Replace the battery with a new one if it is discharged.

You will need the following items:

Flathead screwdriver.
Small Phillips-head screwdriver.
Lithium battery (CR1632).

Replacing the battery

Take out the mechanical key.

Take out the mechanical key.

Remove the cover.

Remove the cover.

Remove the depleted battery.

Remove the depleted battery.
Insert a new battery with the “+”
terminal facing up.

Use a CR1632 lithium battery

l Batteries can be purchased at your Lexus dealer, local electrical appliance
shops or camera stores.
Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer.
Dispose of used batteries according to the local laws.

If the electronic key battery is discharged

The following symptoms may occur:
The smart access system with push-button start and wireless remote control will
not function properly.
The operational range is reduced.

When the card key battery needs to be replaced (if equipped)

The battery for the card key is available only at Lexus dealers. Your Lexus dealer
can replace the battery for you.

CAUTION:
Removed battery and other parts
Keep away from children.
These parts are small and if swallowed by a child, they can cause choking.

NOTICE:
For normal operation after replacing the battery
Observe the following precautions to prevent accidents:
Always work with dry hands.
Moisture may cause the battery to rust.
Do not touch or move any other components inside the remote control.
Do not bend either of the battery terminals.

Checking and replacing fuses

If any of the electrical components do not operate, a fuse may have blown.
If this happens, check and replace the fuses as necessary.

1. Turn the “POWER” switch off.
2. Remove the engine compartment cover.
3. Open the fuse box cover.
- Engine compartment (type A fuse box)

Push the tab in and lift the lid off.

Push the tab in and lift the lid off.

- Engine compartment (type B fuse box)

Push the tab in and lift the lid off.

Push the tab in and lift the lid off.

- Engine compartment (type C fuse box)

Push the tab in and lift the lid off.

Push the tab in and lift the lid off.

- Driver's side instrument panel

Remove the lid.

Remove the lid.

- Luggage compartment (type A fuse box)

- Luggage compartment (type B fuse box)

- Luggage compartment (type B fuse box)

Remove the terminal cover.

Remove the terminal cover.

After a system failure, see “Fuse layout and amperage ratings”
for details about which fuse to check.

Remove the fuse with the pullout

Remove the fuse with the pullout
tool.
Check if the fuse has blown.

- Type A

1. Normal fuse.

1. Normal fuse.
2. Blown fuse.
Replace the blown fuse with a
new fuse of an appropriate
amperage rating. The amperage
rating can be found on the fuse
box lid.

- Type B

1. Normal fuse.

1. Normal fuse.
2. Blown fuse.
Replace the blown fuse with a
new fuse of an appropriate
amperage rating. The amperage
rating can be found on the fuse
box lid.

- Type C

1. Normal fuse.

1. Normal fuse.
2. Blown fuse.
Replace the blown fuse with a
new fuse of an appropriate
amperage rating. The amperage
rating can be found on the fuse
box lid.

- Type D

1. Normal fuse.

1. Normal fuse.
2. Blown fuse.
Replace the blown fuse with a
new fuse of an appropriate
amperage rating. The amperage
rating can be found on the fuse
box lid.

- Type E

1. Normal fuse.

1. Normal fuse.
2. Blown fuse.
Replace the blown fuse with a
new fuse of an appropriate
amperage rating. The amperage
rating can be found on the fuse
box lid.

- Type F

1. Normal fuse.

1. Normal fuse.
2. Blown fuse.
Contact your Lexus dealer.

Fuse layout and amperage ratings

Engine compartment (type A fuse box)

Engine compartment (type B fuse box)

Engine compartment (type B fuse box)

Engine compartment (type C fuse box)

Engine compartment (type C fuse box)

Driver’s side instrument panel

Driver’s side instrument panel

Luggage compartment (type A fuse box)

Luggage compartment (type A fuse box)

Luggage compartment (type B fuse box)

Luggage compartment (type B fuse box)

After a fuse is replaced

After a fuse is replaced

If the lights do not turn on even after the fuse has been replaced, a bulb may
need replacement.
If the replaced fuse blows again, have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus
dealer.

If there is an overload in the circuit

The fuses are designed to blow before the entire wiring harness is damaged.

CAUTION:
To prevent system breakdowns and vehicle fire
Observe the following precautions.
Failure to do so may cause damage, and possibly a fire or injury.
Never use a fuse of a higher amperage rating than that indicated, or use any
other object in place of a fuse.
Always use a genuine Lexus fuse or equivalent.
Never replace a fuse with a wire, even as a temporary fix.
This can cause extensive damage or even fire.
Do not modify the fuses or fuse boxes.

NOTICE:
Before replacing fuses
Have the cause of electrical overload determined and repaired by your Lexus
dealer as soon as possible.

Headlight aim

Vertical movement adjusting bolts

- Vehicles with discharge headlights

1. Adjustment bolt A.

1. Adjustment bolt A.
2. Adjustment bolt B.

- Vehicles with LED headlights

1. Adjustment bolt A.

1. Adjustment bolt A.
2. Adjustment bolt B.

Before checking the headlight aim

1. Make sure the vehicle has a full tank of gas and the area around
the headlight is not deformed.
2. Park the vehicle on level ground.
3. Sit in the driver’s seat.
4. Bounce the vehicle several times.

Adjusting the headlight aim

- Vehicles with discharge headlights

Turn bolt A in either direction

Turn bolt A in either direction
using a Phillips-head screwdriver.
Remember the turning direction
and the number of turns in mind.

Turn bolt B the same number of

Turn bolt B the same number of
turns and in the same direction
as step 1 using a Phillips-head
screwdriver.
If the headlight cannot be
adjusted using this procedure,
take the vehicle to your Lexus
dealer to adjust the headlight
aim.

- Vehicles with LED headlights

Turn bolt A in either direction

Turn bolt A in either direction
using a Phillips-head screwdriver.
Remember the turning direction
and the number of turns.

Turn bolt B the same number of

Turn bolt B the same number of
turns and in the same direction
as step 1 using a Phillips-head
screwdriver.
If the headlight cannot be
adjusted using this procedure,
take the vehicle to your Lexus
dealer to adjust the headlight
aim.

Light bulbs

You may replace the following bulbs by yourself. The difficulty level of
replacement varies depending on the bulb. If necessary bulb replacement
seems difficult to perform, contact your Lexus dealer.
For more information about replacing other light bulbs, contact your Lexus
dealer.

Preparing for light bulb replacement

Check the wattage of the light bulb to be replaced.

Front bulb locations

- Halogen headlights.

- Discharge headlights

- Discharge headlights

- LED headlights

- LED headlights

- Rear bulb locations

- Rear bulb locations

Replacing light bulbs

Replacing light bulbs

Daytime running lights (discharge headlights)

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

Unplug the connector while

Unplug the connector while
depressing the lock release.

Headlight high beams (halogen headlights)

1. Before replacing the bulbs:
- Left side.

Move the fuse box.

Move the fuse box.

- Right side

Move the washer fluid filter opening.

Move the washer fluid filter opening.

2. Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

2. Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

3. Unplug the connector while

3. Unplug the connector while
depressing the lock release.

Headlight high beams (LED headlights)

Turn the cover counterclockwise

Turn the cover counterclockwise
and remove it.

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

Unplug the connector while

Unplug the connector while
depressing the lock release.

Headlight low beams (halogen headlights)

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

Unplug the connector while pressing

Unplug the connector while pressing
the lock release.

Parking lights (halogen headlights and discharge headlights)

1. Before replacing the bulbs:
- Left side.

Move the fuse box.

Move the fuse box.

- Right side.

Move the washer fluid filter opening.

Move the washer fluid filter opening.

2. Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

2. Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

3. Unplug the connector while

3. Unplug the connector while
depressing the lock release.

Parking lights (LED headlights)

1. Before replacing the bulbs:
- Left side.

Move the fuse box.

Move the fuse box.

- Right side.

Move the washer fluid filter opening.

Move the washer fluid filter opening.

2. Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

2. Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

3. Remove the light bulb.

3. Remove the light bulb.

Front turn signal lights

1. Before replacing the bulbs:
- Left side.

Move the fuse box.

Move the fuse box.

- Right side.

Move the washer fluid filter opening.

Move the washer fluid filter opening.

2. Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

2. Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

3. Remove the light bulb.

3. Remove the light bulb.

Front side marker lights (halogen headlights and discharge headlights)

1. Before replacing the bulbs:
- Left side.

Move the fuse box.

Move the fuse box.

- Move the fuse box..

Move the washer fluid filter opening.

Move the washer fluid filter opening.

2. Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

2. Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

3. Remove the light bulb.

3. Remove the light bulb.

Front side marker lights (LED headlights)

1. Before replacing the bulbs:
- Left side.

Move the fuse box.

Move the fuse box.

- Right side.

Move the washer fluid filter opening.

Move the washer fluid filter opening.

2. Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

2. Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

3. Remove the light bulb.

3. Remove the light bulb.

Rear turn signal and tail lights

Remove the access hole cover.

Remove the access hole cover.
Use a flathead screwdriver
wrapped in a cloth.

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.
1. Tail light.
2. Rear turn signal light.

Remove the light bulb.

Remove the light bulb.
1. Tail light.
2. Rear turn signal light.

Rear side marker lights (right side)

Remove the bolts using a Phillipshead

Remove the bolts using a Phillipshead
screwdriver and remove the
clip.

1. Removing the clip.

1. Removing the clip.
2. Installing the clip.

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

Remove the light bulb.

Remove the light bulb.

Rear side marker lights (left side)

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

Remove the light bulb.

Remove the light bulb.

Tail and back-up lights

Remove the access hole cover.

Remove the access hole cover.
Use a flathead screwdriver
wrapped in a cloth.

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.
1. Tail light.
2. Back-up light.

Remove the light bulb.

Remove the light bulb.
1. Tail light.
2. Back-up light.

Lights other than the above

If any of the lights listed below has burnt out, have it replaced by your
Lexus dealer.
Headlight low beams (discharge bulbs).
Front fog lights.
Side turn signal lights.
Stop lights.
High mounted stoplight.
License plate lights.

Discharge headlights

If voltage to the discharge bulbs is insufficient, the bulbs may not come on, or may
go out temporarily. The discharge bulbs will come on when normal power is
restored.

LED light bulbs

The headlight low beams (if equipped), side turn signal lights, stop lights, licence
plate lights and high mounted stoplight consist of a number of LEDs. If any of the
LEDs burn out, take your vehicle to your Lexus dealer to have the light replaced.

Condensation build-up on the inside of the lens

Contact your Lexus dealer for more information in the following situations. Temporary
condensation build-up on the inside of the headlight lens does not indicate a
malfunction.
Large drops of water are built up on the inside of the lens.
Water has built up inside the headlight.

CAUTION:
Replacing light bulbs
Turn off the lights. Do not attempt to replace the bulb immediately after turning
off the lights.
The bulbs become very hot and may cause burns.
Do not touch the glass portion of the light bulb with bare hands. Hold the bulb by
the plastic or metal portion.
If the bulb is scratched or dropped it may blow out or crack.
Fully install light bulbs and any parts used to secure them. Failure to do so may
result in heat damage, fire, or water entering the headlight unit. This may damage
the headlights or cause condensation to build up on the lens.
Discharge headlights (if equipped)
Contact your Lexus dealer before replacing discharge headlights (including light
bulbs).
Do not touch the discharge headlight’s high voltage socket when the headlights
are turned on.
An extremely high voltage of 20000 V will be discharged and could result in
serious injury or death by electric shock.
Do not attempt to take apart or repair the low beam discharge headlight bulbs,
connectors, power supply circuits, or related components.
Doing so could result in electric shock and serious injury or death.
To prevent damage or fire
Make sure bulbs are fully seated and locked.

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