Starting and driving

Before starting the engine 290

How to start the engine 290

Driving and parking using smart key system 293

Tips for driving in various conditions 297

Winter driving tips 298

Dinghy towing 299

Trailer towing 299

How to save fuel and make your vehicle last longer 305

Before starting the engine

1. Check the area around the vehicle before entering it.

2. Adjust seat position, seatback angle, seat cushion angle, seat cushion length, head restraint height, steering wheel angle and length.

3. Adjust the inside and outside rear view mirrors.

4. Lock all the doors.

5. Fasten seat belts.

How to start the engine— —Cranking hold function

With smart key system only—

Once you press "ENGINE START STOP" switch (engine switch) and release it, the cranking hold function continues to crank the engine until it starts.

The function stops cranking the engine after about 25 seconds maximum if the engine has not started yet. When you crank the engine again, wait a few seconds and restart it.

If you press and hold the "ENGINE START STOP" switch, the function will keep cranking for about 30 seconds maximum.

(a) Before cranking

1. Apply the parking brake firmly.

2. Turn off unnecessary lights and accessories.

3. Put the selector lever in "P". If you need to restart the engine while the vehicle is moving, put the selector lever in "N". A starter safety device will prevent the starter from operating if the selector lever is in any drive position.

4. Depress the brake pedal and hold it to the floor until driving off.

(b) Starting the engine (with key cylinder-type ignition switch)

Before starting the engine, be sure to follow the instructions in "(a) Before cranking".

Normal starting procedure

The multiport fuel injection system/sequential multiport fuel injection system in your engine automatically controls the proper air-fuel mixture for starting. You can start a cold or hot engine as follows:

With your foot off the accelerator pedal, crank the engine by turning the key to "START" position. Release it when the engine starts.

Engine should be warmed up by driving, not in idle. For warming up, drive with smoothly turning engine until engine coolant temperature is within normal range.

If the engine stalls...

Simply restart it, using the correct procedure given in normal starting.

If the engine will not start...

See "If your vehicle will not start" on page 308 in Section 4.

NOTICE

♦ Do not crank for more than 30 seconds at a time. This may overheat the starter and wiring systems.

♦ If the engine becomes difficult to start or stalls frequently, have the engine checked immediately.

(b) Starting the engine (with smart key system)

PUSH BUTTON START FUNCTION

The engine can be started by pressing the "ENGINE START STOP" switch.

Before starting the engine, be sure to follow the instructions in "(a) Before cranking".

Normal starting procedure

The multiport fuel injection system/sequential multiport fuel injection system in your engine automatically controls the proper air-fuel mixture for starting. You can start a cold or hot engine as follows:

When the key is in the vehicle (on your person), it is possible to start the engine.

With the brake pedal firmly depressed, the indicator light on the "ENGINE START STOP" switch will turn green. Check that the automatic transmission selector lever is in the "P" position. Pressing the "ENGINE START STOP" switch once starts the engine.

Press the "ENGINE START STOP" switch slowly and firmly.

Engine should be warmed up by driving, not in idle. For warming up, drive with smoothly turning engine until engine coolant temperature is within normal range.

If the engine stalls...

Simply restart it, using the correct procedure given in normal starting.

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If the engine will not start...

In the following cases, the engine will not start.

^ If a buzzer sounds from the vehicle and the smart key system warning light comes on when pressing the "ENGINE START STOP" switch, this indicates that the key is not in the vehicle.

^ If the key is placed in the trunk, the engine cannot be started.

^ There are instances in which the engine will not start, even if the key is in the vehicle (e.g. on the floor, in the cup holder or glove box).

When the push button start function does not operate properly, the following may be causes:

^ The key battery may be discharged if the electronic key does not work.

You can start the engine by touching the Toyota logo side of the electronic key to the "ENGINE START STOP" switch. For derails, see "Smart key system" on page 27 in Section 1-2.

Replace the key battery as soon as possible. (See "—Replacing battery" on page 25 in Section 1-2.)

^ The engine was repeatedly turned on and off over a short period.

Wait 10 seconds and then start the engine.

^ If the green indicator light on the "ENGINE START STOP" switch flashes and the smart key system warning light on the instrument cluster comes on, the steering wheel is locked.

To free it, rock the steering wheel slightly while pressing the "ENGINE START STOP" switch.

^ If the amber indicator light on the "ENGINE START STOP" switch flashes and the smart key system warning light on the instrument cluster comes on, there is a problem in the push button start function or the steering lock function.

Contact your Toyota dealer and have your vehicle and all keys inspected.

^ In addition to the above, there are instances in which the smart key system does not operate properly because of the circumstances of use. For details, see "Smart key system" on page 27 in Section 1-2.

In cases other than those described above, it is possible that a problem has occurred in an area other than the start system. See "If your vehicle will not start" on page 308 in Section 4.

When the battery is disconnected or run down, the push button start function memorizes the current mode. After you reconnect, replace, or recharge the battery, the memorized mode is selected automatically. In any of these cases, turn off the engine if the engine comes on.

Wait 10 seconds to start the engine after the battery has been reconnected. The engine may not start on the first try. This does not indicate a malfunction.

NOTICE

♦ If the engine becomes difficult to start or stalls frequently, have the engine checked immediately.

Driving and parking using smart key system

TIPS FOR USING SMART KEY SYSTEM

When using the smart key system, it is possible to start or stop the engine as long as the key is on your person.

For this reason, it is possible that a passenger may remove the key from the vehicle without the driver being aware of the fact. In such a case, it is not possible to restart the engine after having turned it off. In addition, it is possible that one may get out of the vehicle without being aware that the ignition switch has not been turned off completely.

When driving or getting in or out of the vehicle, drivers should make sure that they are carrying the key.

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Do not touch the "ENGINE START STOP" switch (engine switch) while driving.

If you have to make an emergency stop, press and hold the "ENGINE START STOP" switch for more than 3 seconds.

Smart key system warning light

SYSTEM FUNCTION REMINDERS

Follow the instructions described below if any of the following warnings occur:

(A) A warning buzzer sounds once from the instrument cluster when the ignition switch is turned on

This indicates that the driver has gotten into the vehicle without the key. The smart key system warning light on the instrument panel will come on.

Operate the ignition switch only after taking care that the key is in the vehicle.

(B) A warning buzzer beeps repeatedly from the instrument cluster when opening the driver's door

This indicates that the ignition switch is not set at OFF although the transmission selector lever has been set in the "P" position.

Get out of the vehicle only after turning off the engine by pressing the "ENGINE START STOP" switch and checking that the ignition switch indicator light has gone off.

(C) A warning buzzer sounds once from the instrument cluster, accompanied by three warning sounds from the vehicle when the driver gets out of the vehicle and closes the door

This indicates that the driver is attempting to leave the vehicle carrying the key, neglecting to follow the instructions for case (B) above. In addition, the smart key system warning light on the instrument panel will come on.

Get out of the vehicle only after turning off the engine by pressing the "ENGINE START STOP" switch and checking that the ignition switch indicator light has gone off. If the driver returns to the vehicle without carrying the key and begins driving, a warning buzzer will sound once more.

(D) A warning buzzer sounds from the vehicle for two seconds after locking the door with the door handle switch

This indicates that the driver is attempting to lock the doors while carrying the key, neglecting to follow the instructions for cases (B) and (C) above.

Lock the doors only after turning off the engine by pressing the "ENGINE START STOP" switch and checking that the ignition switch indicator light has gone off.

A warning buzzer that sounds even though the engine has been turned off indicates that you are attempting to lock the vehicle with the keys still in the vehicle.

Leave the vehicle only after making sure that you are carrying the key.

(E) A warning buzzer sounds continuously from the instrument cluster when opening the driver's door

This indicates that the transmission selector lever is in a position other than "P" and that the ignition switch is not set at OFF.

Get out of the vehicle only after setting the transmission selector lever in the "P" position, turning off the engine by pressing the "ENGINE START STOP" switch and checking that the ignition switch indicator light has gone off.

(F) A warning buzzer sounds continuously from the instrument cluster and from the vehicle when closing the door after getting out of the vehicle

This indicates that the driver is attempting to leave the vehicle carrying the key, neglecting to follow the instructions for case (E) above. The smart key system warning light on the instrument panel will come on.

Get out of the vehicle only after setting the transmission selector lever in the "P" position, turning off the engine by pressing the "ENGINE START STOP" switch and checking that the ignition switch indicator light has gone off.

(G) A warning buzzer sounds once from the instrument cluster and three times from the vehicle when a passenger is getting out of the vehicle

This indicates that the passenger is attempting to leave the vehicle carrying the key, without the ignition switch is not set at OFF. The smart key system warning light on the instrument panel will also come on.

When passengers get out of the vehicle, care should be taken to leave the key with the driver. If the driver begins driving after a passenger gets out of the vehicle carrying the key, a warning buzzer will sound once more.

(H) A warning buzzer sounds from the vehicle for two seconds when locking the vehicle from the outside with the door handle switch

This indicates that the driver is attempting to lock the door with the key still in the vehicle.

Leave the vehicle only after making sure that you are carrying the key.

(I) A warning buzzer sounds once from the instrument cluster when turning off the ignition switch

This indicates that the key battery is low. (This warning buzzer sounds only when the engine has been on or the ignition switch has been set at the ON for 20 minutes or more.)

Change the key battery ahead of time in order to ensure that the smart key system properly.

(J) A warning buzzer sounds continuously from the instrument cluster when opening the driver's door with the ignition switch turned off.

This indicates that the steering wheel is not locked. Turn the engine off and then open the door in order to lock the steering wheel.

(K) The "ENGINE START STOP" switch flashes green once every second.

This indicates that the steering lock is stuck. To free it, rock the steering wheel slightly while pressing the "ENGINE START STOP" switch.

(L) The "ENGINE START STOP" switch flashes amber once every 2 seconds.

This indicates a problem with the push button start function or the steering lock function. Have your vehicle checked at a Toyota dealer.

THEFT PREVENTION FUNCTION

^ When the engine is turned off, the engine immobilizer system is automatically set. (See "Engine immobilizer system" on page 16 in Section 1-2.)

^ When the driver's door is opened after turning off the engine, the steering wheel will lock.

When the vehicle's battery is discharged, the steering lock function may not operate properly.

Tips for driving in various conditions

^ Always slow down in gusty crosswinds. This will allow you much better control.

^ Drive slowly onto curbs and, if possible, at a right angle. Avoid driving onto high, sharp- edged objects and other road hazards. Failure to do so can lead to severe tire damage such as a tire burst.

Drive slowly when passing over bumps or travelling on a bumpy road. Otherwise, the impact could cause severe damage to the tires and/or wheels.

^ When parking on a hill, turn the front wheels until they touch the curb so that the vehicle will not roll. Apply the parking brake, and place the transmission in "P". If necessary, block the wheels.

^ Washing your vehicle or driving through deep water may get the brakes wet. To see whether they are wet, check that there is no traffic near you, and then press the pedal lightly. If you do not feel a normal braking force, the brakes are probably wet. To dry them, drive the vehicle cautiously while lightly pressing the brake pedal with the parking brake applied. If they still do not work safely, pull to the side of the road and call a Toyota dealer for assistance.

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^Before driving off, make sure the parking brake is fully released and the parking brake reminder light is off.

^Do not leave your vehicle unattended while the engine is running.

^Do not rest your foot on the brake pedal while driving. It can cause dangerous overheating, needless wear, and poor fuel economy.

^To drive down a long or steep hill, reduce your speed and downshift. Remember, if you ride the brakes excessively, they may overheat and not work properly.

^Be careful when accelerating, up-shifting, downshifting or braking on a slippery surface. Sudden acceleration or engine braking, could cause the vehicle to skid or spin.

^Do not drive in excess of the speed limit. Even if the legal speed limit permits it, do not drive over 140 km/h (85 mph) unless your vehicle has high-speed capability tires. Driving over 140 km/h (85 mph) may result in tire failure, loss of control and possible injury. Be sure to consult a tire dealer to determine whether the tires on your vehicle are high-speed capability tires or not before driving at such speeds.

^-Do not continue normal driving when the brakes are wet. If they are wet, your vehicle will require a longer stopping distance, and it may pull to one side when the brakes are applied. Also, the parking brake will not hold the vehicle securely.

Winter driving tips

Make sure you have a proper freeze protection for engine coolant.

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. (Coolant with long- life hybrid organic acid technology is a combination of low phosphates and organic acids.)

See "Checking the engine coolant level" on page 352 in Section 7-2 for details of coolant type selection.

For the U.S.A.—"Toyota Super Long Life Coolant" is a mixture of 50% coolant and 50% deionized water. This coolant provides protection down to about -35IC (-31«F).

For Canada—"Toyota Super Long Life Coolant" is a mixture of 55% coolant and 45% deionized water. This coolant provides protection down to about -42IC (-44«F).

NOTICE Do not use plain water alone.

Check the condition of the battery and cables.

Cold temperatures reduce the capacity of any battery, so it must be in top shape to provide enough power for winter starting. Section 7-3 tells you how to visually inspect the battery. Your Toyota dealer and most service stations will be pleased to check the level of charge.

Make sure the engine oil viscosity is suitable for the cold weather.

See page 351 in Section 7-2 for recommended viscosity. Leaving a heavy summer oil in your vehicle during winter months may cause harder starting. If you are not sure about which oil to use, call your Toyota dealer—they will be pleased to help.

Keep the door locks from freezing.

Squirt lock de- icer or glycerine into the locks to keep them from freezing.

Use a washer fluid containing an antifreeze solution.

This product is available at your Toyota dealer and most auto parts stores. Follow the manufacturer's directions for how much to mix with water.

Dinghy towing

Do not use engine antifreeze or any other substitute because it may damage your vehicle's paint.

Do not use your parking brake when there is a possibility it could freeze.

When parking, put the transmission into "P" and block the rear wheels. Do not use the parking brake, or snow or water accumulated in and around the parking brake mechanism may freeze, making it hard to release.

Keep ice and snow from accumulating under the fenders.

Ice and snow built up under your fenders can make steering difficult. During bad winter driving, stop and check under the fenders occasionally.

Depending on where you are driving, we recommend you carry some emergency equipment.

Some of the things you might put in the vehicle are tire chains, window scraper, bag of sand or salt, flares, small shovel, jumper cables, etc.

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Your vehicle is not designed to be dinghy towed (with four wheels on the ground) behind a motorhome.

Do not tow your vehicle with four wheels on the ground. This may cause serious damage to your vehicle.

Trailer towing

Your vehicle is designed primarily as a passenger- carrying vehicle. Towing a trailer will have an adverse effect on handling, performance, braking, durability and driving economy (fuel consumption, etc.). Your safety and satisfaction depend on the proper use of correct equipment and cautious driving habits. For your safety and the safety of others, you must not overload your vehicle or trailer. Toyota warranties do not apply to damage or malfunction caused by towing a trailer for commercial purposes. Ask your local Toyota dealer for further details before towing.

NOTICE

When towing a trailer, be sure to consult your Toyota dealer for further information on additional requirements such as a towing kit, etc.

WEIGHT LIMITS

Before towing, make sure the total trailer weight, gross vehicle weight, gross axle weight and trailer tongue load are all within the limits.

The total trailer weight and tongue load can be measured with platform scales found at a highway weighing station, building supply company, trucking company, junk yard, etc.

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^The total trailer weight (trailer weight plus its cargo load) must not exceed 454 kg (1000 lb.). Exceeding this weight is dangerous.

^Trailer hitch assemblies have different weight capacities established by the hitch manufacturer. Even though the vehicle may be physically capable of towing a higher weight, the operator must determine the maximum weight rating of the particular hitch assembly and never exceed the maximum weight rating specified for the trailer-hitch. Exceeding the maximum weight rating set by the trailer hitch manufacturer can cause an accident resulting in serious personal injuries.

^The gross vehicle weight must not exceed the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) indicated on the Certification Label. The gross vehicle weight is the sum of weights of the unloaded vehicle, driver, passengers, luggage, hitch and trailer tongue load. It also includes the weight of any special equipment installed on your vehicle.

he load on either the front or rear axle resulting from distribution of the gross vehicle weight on both axles must not exceed the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) listed on the Certification Label.

Total trailer weight Tongue load

Total trailer weight

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^The trailer cargo load should be distributed so that the tongue load is 9 to 11% of the total trailer weight, not exceeding the maximum of 45 kg (100 lb.). Never load the trailer with more weight in the back than in the front. About 60% of the trailer load should be in the front half of the trailer and the remaining 40% in the rear.

HITCHES

^ Use only a hitch which is recommended by the hitch manufacturer and conforms to the total trailer weight requirement.

^ Follow the directions supplied by the hitch manufacturer, and bolt the hitch securely to the rear bumper. Lubricate the hitch ball with a light coat of grease.

^ Toyota recommends removing the trailer hitch whenever you are not towing a trailer to reduce the possibility of additional damage caused by the hitch if your vehicle is struck from behind. After removing the hitch, seal any mounting holes in the vehicle body to prevent entry of pollutants such as exhaust fumes, dirt, water, etc.

NOTICE

Do not use axle-mounted hitches as they can cause damage to the axle housing, wheel bearings, wheels or tires. Also, never install a hitch which may interfere with the normal function of an Energy Absorbing Bumper.

BRAKES AND SAFETY CHAINS

— Toyota recommends trailers with brakes that conform to any applicable federal and state/provincial regulations.

— A safety chain must always be used between the towing vehicle and the trailer. Leave sufficient slack in the chain for turns. The chain should cross under the trailer tongue to prevent the tongue from dropping to the ground in case it becomes damaged or separated. For correct safety chain procedures, follow the hitch or trailer manufacturer's recommendations.

- Never tow a trailer without using a safety chain securely attached to both the trailer and the vehicle. If damage occurs to the coupling unit or hitch ball, there is danger of the trailer wandering over into another lane.

TIRES

— Ensure that your vehicle's tires are properly inflated. See Section 7-2 and Section 8 for instructions.

— The trailer tires should be inflated to the pressure recommended by the trailer manufacturer in respect to the total trailer weight.

TRAILER LIGHTS

— Trailer lights must comply with federal, state/provincial and local regulations. See your local recreational vehicle dealer or rental agency for the correct type of wiring and relays for your trailer. Check for correct operation of the turn signals and stop lights each time you hitch up. Direct splicing may damage your vehicle's electrical system and cause a malfunction of your lights.

BREAK-IN SCHEDULE

— Toyota recommends that you do not tow a trailer with a new vehicle or a vehicle with any new power train component (engine, transmission, differential, wheel bearing, etc.) for the first 800 km (500 miles) of driving.

MAINTENANCE

— If you tow a trailer, your vehicle will require more frequent maintenance due to the additional load. For this information, please refer to the scheduled maintenance information in the "Scheduled Maintenance Guide" or "Owner's Manual Supplement".

— Retighten all fixing bolts of the towing ball and bracket after approximately 1000 km (600 miles) of trailer driving.

PRE-TOWING SAFETY CHECK

— Check that your vehicle remains level when a loaded or unloaded trailer is hitched. Do not drive if the vehicle has an abnormal nose- up or nose- down condition, and check for improper tongue load, overload, worn suspension or other possible causes.

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-If the total trailer weight exceeds 454 kg (1000 lb.), trailer brakes are required.

—Never tap into your vehicle's hydraulic system as it would lower its braking effectiveness.

^ Make sure the trailer cargo is securely loaded so that it can not shift.

^ Check that your rear view mirrors conform to any applicable federal, state/ provincial or local regulations. If not, install the rear view mirrors required for towing purpose.

TRAILER TOWING TIPS

When towing a trailer, your vehicle will handle differently than when not towing. The three main causes of vehicle-trailer accidents are driver error, excessive speed and improper trailer loading. Keep these in mind when towing:

^ Before starting out, check operation of the lights and all vehicle- trailer connections. After driving a short distance, stop and recheck the lights and connections. Before actually towing a trailer, practice turning, stopping and backing with a trailer in an area away from traffic until you learn the feel.

^ Backing with a trailer is difficult and requires practice. Grip the bottom of the steering wheel and move your hand to the left to move the trailer to the left. Move your hand to the right to move the trailer to the right. (This procedure is generally opposite to that when backing without a trailer.) Also, just turn the steering wheel a little at a time, avoiding sharp or prolonged turning. Have someone guide you when backing to reduce the risk of an accident.

^ Because stopping distance may be increased, vehicle- to- vehicle distance should be increased when towing a trailer. For each 16 km/h (10 mph) of speed, allow at least one vehicle and trailer length between you and the vehicle ahead. Avoid sudden braking as you may skid, resulting in jackknifing and loss of control. This is especially true on wet or slippery surfaces.

^ Avoid jerky starts or sudden acceleration.

^ Avoid jerky steering and sharp turns. The trailer could hit your vehicle in a tight turn. Slow down before making a turn to avoid the necessity of sudden braking.

^ Remember that when making a turn, the trailer wheels will be closer than the vehicle wheels to the inside of the turn. Therefore, compensate for this by making a larger than normal turning radius with your vehicle.

^ Crosswinds and rough roads will adversely affect handling of your vehicle and trailer, causing sway. Pay attention to the rear from time to time to prepare yourself for being passed by large trucks or buses, which may cause your vehicle and trailer to sway. If swaying happens, firmly grip the steering wheel and reduce speed immediately but gradually. Never increase speed. Steer straight ahead. If you make no extreme correction with the steering or brakes, the vehicle and trailer will stabilize.

^ Be careful when passing other vehicles. Passing requires considerable distance. After passing a vehicle, do not forget the length of your trailer and be sure you have plenty of room before changing lanes.

^ In order to maintain engine braking efficiency do not use overdrive.

^ Because of the added load of the trailer, your vehicle's engine may overheat on hot days (at temperatures over 30IC [85IF]) when going up a long or steep grade with a trailer. If the engine coolant temperature gauge indicates overheating, immediately turn off the air conditioning (if in use), pull off the road and stop in a safe spot. Refer to "If your vehicle overheats" in Section 4.

^ Always place wheel blocks under both the vehicle and trailer wheels when parking. Apply the parking brake firmly. Put the transmission in "P". Avoid parking on a slope with a trailer, but if it cannot be avoided, do so only after performing the following:

1. Apply the brakes and hold.

2. Have someone place wheel blocks under both the vehicle and trailer wheels.

3. When the wheel blocks are in place, release your brakes slowly until the blocks absorb the load.

4. Apply the parking brake firmly.

5. Shift into "P" and turn off the engine.

When restarting out after parking on a slope:

1. With the transmission in "P" position, start the engine. Be sure to keep the brake pedal depressed.

2. Shift into gear.

3. Release the parking brake and brake pedal and slowly pull or back away from the wheel blocks. Stop and apply your brakes.

4. Have someone retrieve the blocks.

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^Do not exceed 72 km/h (45 mph) or the posted towing speed limit, whichever is lower. Because instability (swaying) of a towing vehicle-trailer combination usually increases as the speed increases, exceeding 72 km/h (45 mph) may cause loss of control.

^S low down and downshift before descending steep or long downhill grades. Do not make sudden downshifts.

^A void holding the brake pedal down too long or too frequently. This could cause the brakes to overheat and result in reduced braking efficiency.

How to save fuel and make your vehicle last longer

Improving fuel economy is easy—just take it easy. It will help make your vehicle last longer, too. Here are some specific tips on how to save money on both fuel and repairs:

— Keep your tires inflated at the correct pressure. Underinflation causes tire wear and wastes fuel. See page 355 in Section 7- 2 for instructions.

— Do not carry unneeded weight in your vehicle. Excess weight puts a heavier load on the engine, causing greater fuel consumption.

— Avoid lengthy warm- up idling. Once the engine is running smoothly, begin driving—but gently. Remember, however, that on cold winter days this may take a little longer.

— Put the selector lever into the "D" when engine braking is not required.

Driving without the "D" position will reduce the fuel economy. (For details, see "Automatic transmission" on page 161 in Section 1-7.)

—Accelerate slowly and smoothly.

Avoid jackrabbit starts.

—Avoid long engine idling. If you have a long wait and you are not in traffic, it is better to turn off the engine and start again later.

—Avoid engine lugging or over- revving. Use a gear position suitable for the road on which you are travelling.

—Avoid continuous speeding up and slowing down. Stop-and-go driving wastes fuel.

—Avoid unnecessary stopping and braking. Maintain a steady pace. Try to time the traffic signals so you only need to stop as little as possible or take advantage of through streets to avoid traffic lights. Keep a proper distance from other vehicles to avoid sudden braking. This will also reduce wear on your brakes.

—Avoid heavy traffic or traffic jams whenever possible.

—Do not rest your foot on the brake pedal. This causes premature wear, overheating and poor fuel economy.

—Maintain a moderate speed on highways. The faster you drive, the greater the fuel consumption. By reducing your speed, you will cut down on fuel consumption.

—Keep the front wheels in proper alignment. Avoid hitting the curb and slow down on rough roads. Improper alignment not only causes faster tire wear but also puts an extra load on the engine, which, in turn, wastes fuel.

—Keep the bottom of your vehicle free from mud, etc. This not only lessens weight but also helps prevent corrosion.

— Keep your vehicle tuned-up and in top shape. A dirty air cleaner, improper valve clearance, dirty plugs, dirty oil and grease, brakes not adjusted, etc. all lower engine performance and contribute to poor fuel economy. For longer life of all parts and lower operating costs, keep all maintenance work on schedule, and if you often drive under severe conditions, see that your vehicle receives more frequent maintenance. (For scheduled maintenance information, please refer to the "Scheduled Maintenance Guide" or "Owner's Manual Supplement".)

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Never turn off the engine to coast down hills. Your power steering and brake booster will not function without the engine running. Also, the emission control system operates properly only when the engine is running.

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