Toyota 4RUNNER 1997 Owner Manual

Part 5, CORROSION PREVENTION AND APPEARANCE CARE

Part 5, CORROSION PREVENTION AND APPEARANCE CARE

Part 5
Protecting your Toyota
from corrosion
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CORROSION
PREVENTION AND
APPEARANCE
CARE
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Protecting your Toyota from
corrosion
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Washing and waxing your
Toyota
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Cleaning the interior
Toyota, through its diligent research, de-
sign and use of the most advanced
technology available, has done its part to
help prevent corrosion and has provided
you with the finest quality vehicle
construction. Now, it is up to you. Proper
care of your Toyota can help ensure long-
term corrosion prevention.
The most common causes of corro-
sion to your vehicle are:
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The accumulation of road salt, dirt and
moisture in hard-to-reach areas un-
der the vehicle.
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Chipping of paint, or undercoating
caused by minor accidents or by
stones and gravel.
Care is especially important if you live
in particular areas or operate your ve-
hicle under certain environmental
conditions:
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Road salt or dust control chemicals will
accelerate corrosion, as will the pres-
ence of salt in the air near the sea-
coast or in areas of industrial pollution.
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High humidity accelerates corrosion
especially when temperatures range
just above the freezing point.
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Wetness or dampness to certain parts
of your vehicle for an extended period
of time, may cause corrosion even
though other parts of the vehicle may
be dry.
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High temperatures will cause corro-
sion to those components of the ve-
hicle which are prevented from quick-
drying due to lack of proper ventilation.
The above signifies the necessity to keep
your vehicle, particularly the underside,
as clean as possible and to repair any
damage to paint or protective coatings as
soon as possible.
To help prevent corrosion on your To-
yota, follow these guidelines:
Wash your vehicle frequently: It is, of
course, necessary to keep your vehicle
clean by regular washing, but to prevent
corrosion, the following points should be
observed:
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If you drive on salted roads in the win-
ter or if you live near the ocean, you
should hose off the undercarriage at
least once a month to minimize corro-
sion.