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2024 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Exterior Care

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Exterior Care  
Dust off the vehicle body after you drive.  
Regularly inspect your vehicle for scratches on painted surfaces. A scratch on a  
painted surface can result in body rust. If you find a scratch, promptly repair it.  
1Washing the Vehicle  
Washing the Vehicle  
Do not spray water into the air intake vents. It can  
cause a malfunction.  
Wash the vehicle regularly. Wash more frequently when driving in the following  
conditions:  
If driving on roads with road salt.  
If driving in coastal areas.  
If tar, soot, bird droppings, insects, or tree sap are stuck to painted surfaces.  
Using an Automated Car Wash  
Make sure to follow the instructions indicated on the automated car wash.  
Fold in the door mirrors.  
Air Intake Vents  
Using High Pressure Cleaners  
Lock the doors when washing the vehicle.  
Do not spray water onto the fuel fill door directly. A  
high-pressure spray may cause it to open.  
Do not spray water onto the capless unit when the  
fuel fill door is open. It can cause damage to the fuel  
system or engine.  
Keep sufficient distance between the cleaning nozzle and the vehicle body.  
Take particular care around the windows. Standing too close may cause water to  
enter the vehicle interior.  
Do not spray high pressure water directly into the engine compartment. Instead,  
use low pressure water and a mild detergent.  
If you need to lift the wiper arms away from the  
windshield, first set the wiper arms to the  
maintenance position.  
Do not spray water directly onto the camera or the area around it. Water may  
enter the lens and cause the camera to malfunction.  
2 Changing the Front Wiper Blade P. 603  
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1Applying Wax  
Applying Wax  
NOTICE  
A good coat of automotive body wax helps protect your vehicle’s paint from the  
elements. Wax will wear off over time and expose your vehicle’s paint to the  
elements, so reapply as necessary.  
Chemical solvents and strong cleaners can damage  
the paint, metal, and plastic on your vehicle. Wipe  
away spills immediately.  
1Maintaining the Bumpers and Other Resin Coated Parts  
Maintaining the Bumpers and Other Resin Coated Parts  
Ask a dealer about the correct coating material when  
you want to repair the painted surface of the parts  
made of resin.  
If you get gasoline, oil, engine coolant, or battery fluid on resin coated parts, they  
may be stained or the coating may peel. Promptly wipe it away using a soft cloth and  
clean water.  
Cleaning the Window  
Wipe using a glass cleaner.  
Maintaining Aluminum Wheels*  
Aluminum is susceptible to deterioration caused by salt and other road  
contaminants. When necessary, as early as possible use a sponge and mild detergent  
to wipe away these contaminants. Do not use a stiff brush or harsh chemicals  
(including some commercial wheel cleaners). These can damage the protective finish  
on aluminum alloy wheels, resulting in corrosion. Depending on the type of finish,  
the wheels also may lose their luster or appear burnished. To avoid water stains,  
wipe the wheels dry with a cloth while they are still wet.  
* Not available on all models  
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Fogged Exterior Light Lenses  
The inside lenses of exterior lights (headlights, brake lights, etc.) may fog temporarily  
if you have driven in the rain, or after the vehicle has been run through a car wash.  
Dew condensation also may build up inside the lenses when there is a significant  
enough difference between the ambient and inside lens temperatures (similar to  
vehicle windows fogging up in rainy conditions). These conditions are natural  
processes, not structural design problems in the exterior lights.  
Lens design characteristics may result in moisture developing on the light lens frame  
surfaces. This also is not a malfunction.  
However, if you see large amounts of water accumulation, or large water drops  
building up inside the lenses, have your vehicle inspected by a dealer.  
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