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Steering, Suspension, and Chassis Components

Visually inspect steering, suspension, and chassis components for damaged, loose, or missing parts or signs of

wear at least once a year.

Inspect power steering for proper attachment, connections, binding, leaks, cracks, chafing, etc.

Visually check constant velocity joint boots and axle seals for leaks.

Body Component Lubrication

Lubricate all key lock cylinders, hood hinges, liftgate hinges, and the steel

fuel door hinges, unless the

components are plastic. Applying

silicone grease on weatherstrips with a clean cloth will make them last

longer, seal better, and not stick or squeak.

Underbody Maintenance

At least twice a year, spring and fall, use plain water to flush any corrosive materials from the underbody. Take

care to thoroughly clean any areas where mud and other debris can



Do not directly power wash the

transfer case and/or front/rear axle

output seals. High pressure water can overcome the seals and contaminate

the fluid. Contaminated fluid will

decrease the life of the transfer case and/or axles and should be replaced.

Sheet Metal Damage

If the vehicle is damaged and requires sheet metal repair or replacement,

make sure the body repair shop

applies anti-corrosion material to

parts repaired or replaced to restore corrosion protection.

Original manufacturer replacement parts will provide the corrosion

protection while maintaining the vehicle warranty.

Finish Damage

Quickly repair minor chips and

scratches with touch-up materials available from your dealer to avoid corrosion. Larger areas of finish

damage can be corrected in your dealer's body and paint shop.


Chemical Paint Spotting

Airborne pollutants can fall upon and attack painted vehicle surfaces

causing blotchy, ring-shaped

discolorations, and small, irregular dark spots etched into the paint

surface. See Finish Carepreviously in

this section.

Interior Care

To prevent dirt particle abrasions,

regularly clean the vehicle's interior. Immediately remove any soils.

Newspapers or dark garments can

transfer color to the vehicles interior.

Use a soft bristle brush to remove

dust from knobs and crevices on the

instrument cluster. Using a mild soap solution, immediately remove hand

lotions, sunscreen, and insect

repellent from all interior surfaces or permanent damage may result.

Use cleaners specifically designed for the surfaces being cleaned to prevent

permanent damage. Apply all cleaners directly to the cleaning cloth. Do not

spray cleaners on any switches or controls. Remove cleaners quickly.



Before using cleaners, read and follow all safety instructions on the label.

While cleaning the interior, open the doors and windows to get proper


To prevent damage, do not clean the interior using the following cleaners or techniques:

. Never use a razor or any other

sharp object to remove soil from any interior surface.

. Never use a brush with stiff bristles.

. Never rub any surface aggressively or with too much pressure.

. Do not use laundry detergents or dishwashing soaps with

degreasers. For liquid cleaners, use approximately 20 drops per 3.8 L

(1 gal) of water. A concentrated soap solution will create streaks and attract dirt. Do not use

solutions that contain strong or caustic soap.

. Do not heavily saturate the upholstery when cleaning.

. Do not use solvents or cleaners containing solvents.


Interior Glass

To clean, use a terry cloth fabric

dampened with water. Wipe droplets left behind with a clean dry cloth.

If necessary, use a commercial glass


cleaner after cleaning with plain water.


To prevent scratching, never use abrasive cleaners on automotive glass. Abrasive cleaners or

aggressive cleaning may damage the rear window defogger.

Cleaning the windshield with water

during the first three to six months of ownership will reduce tendency to fog.

Speaker Covers

Vacuum around a speaker cover

gently, so that the speaker will not be damaged. Clean spots with water and mild soap.

Coated Moldings

Coated moldings should be cleaned.


. When lightly soiled, wipe with a sponge or soft, lint-free cloth

dampened with water.

. When heavily soiled, use warm soapy water.


Start by vacuuming the surface using a soft brush attachment. If a rotating vacuum brush attachment is being

used, only use it on the floor carpet.

Before cleaning, gently remove as much of the soil as possible:

. Gently blot liquids with a paper

towel. Continue blotting until no more soil can be removed.

. For solid soils, remove as much as possible prior to vacuuming.

To clean:

1. Saturate a clean, lint-free colorfast cloth with water.

Microfiber cloth is recommended to prevent lint transfer to the

fabric or carpet.

2. Remove excess moisture by

gently wringing until water does not drip from the cleaning cloth.



3. Start on the outside edge of the soil and gently rub toward the

center. Fold the cleaning cloth to a clean area frequently to

prevent forcing the soil in to the fabric.

4. Continue gently rubbing the soiled area until there is no

longer any color transfer from the soil to the cleaning cloth.

5. If the soil is not completely removed, use a mild soap

solution followed only by plain water.

If the soil is not completely removed, it may be necessary to use a

commercial upholstery cleaner or spot lifter. Test a small hidden area for

colorfastness before using a

commercial upholstery cleaner or spot lifter. If ring formation occurs, clean

the entire fabric or carpet.

After cleaning, use a paper towel to blot excess moisture.


Cleaning High Gloss Surfaces and Vehicle Information and Radio Displays

Use a microfiber cloth on high gloss

surfaces or vehicle displays. First, use a soft bristle brush to remove dirt that can scratch the surface. Then gently

clean by rubbing with a microfiber

cloth. Never use window cleaners or solvents. Periodically hand wash the

microfiber cloth separately, using mild soap. Do not use bleach or fabric


softener. Rinse thoroughly and air dry before next use.


Do not attach a device with a

suction cup to the display. This may cause damage and would not be

covered by the vehicle warranty.


Instrument Panel, Leather, Vinyl, Other Plastic Surfaces, Low Gloss Paint Surfaces, and Natural Open Pore Wood Surfaces

Use a soft microfiber cloth dampened with water to remove dust and loose dirt. For a more thorough cleaning,


use a soft microfiber cloth dampened with a mild soap solution.


Soaking or saturating leather,

especially perforated leather, as well as other interior surfaces, may

cause permanent damage. Wipe

excess moisture from these surfaces after cleaning and allow them to

dry naturally. Never use heat,

steam, or spot removers. Do not use cleaners that contain silicone or

wax-based products. Cleaners containing these solvents can

permanently change the appearance and feel of leather or soft trim, and are not recommended.