1. Maintenance
  2. Lexus essential care


Find out how to keep your Lexus in premium condition all year round with the help of our homecare tips. From checking your tyre pressure, to running your engine for the optimal amount of time per week, discover everything you need to know.


If you are about to drive your car after a long period of non-use, it is a good idea to check your windscreen before setting off. It may have become covered in a build-up of dust, pollen or tree sap. If this is particularly severe, your windscreen washer system may be unable to remove it, so use a cloth with a windscreen cleaning solution (Consult your owner's manual for more information).


After a long period of not being used, tyres can develop a flat spot which could create a slight ride disturbance or vibration when first driving. This will usually disappear after driving a few kilometres. The following precautions will help you to avoid other tyre problems.

Tyre pressure checking

  • Check the tyre pressure at least once a week during period of limited use.
  • A tyre pressure reference chart is fitted inside your fuel filler cap, or consult the owner's manual


Parking your Lexus for over three weeks of non-use:

  • Inflate each tyre to 3bar/43psi using the tyre kit in the boot of your Lexus, which includes a pressure gauge.
  • Do not inflate the tyres at a fuel station or attempt to drive the car with them at 3 bar/43psi as this can be unsafe.
  • Remember to reduce the tyre pressure back to normal before driving your car again (to ensure you do not forget, write yourself a reminder and place it on your instrument panel).
  • If your car is left for long period in the same position, there is a possibility of damage to the tyre wall. To avoid this, periodically reposition your car.


The brakes on your Lexus could become rusty if left outdoors for a long period of non-use. To remove the rust and restore braking peformance it is recommended you drive your car and brake from 30km/h to a complete stop, repeating this 10 times. You should use normal - not heavy - braking, and ensure that it is safe to brake (i.e. no cars behind).


If you are not using your car regularly it is good practice to start your engine occasionally:

  • Check the instrument display for warning indicators (your manual will tell you what they mean).
  • For petrol or diesel engines, run the engine for 20-30 minutes a week.
  • For Hybrid, press the start button once a week and keep it in ‘P’ Parking Mode for at least 20 minutes.
  • Ensure all non-essential electrical equipment is switched off such as the radio or air conditioning.
  • Only run the engine outdoors to avoid inhaling fumes.
  • Do not leave your car unattended.


Check that there is the correct amount of engine oil using the dip stick (see owner's manual for details). If you need to top up the oil, be sure to use the recommended type (Your local Lexus centre will be pleased to give you advice on this).


It is good practice to keep your fuel tank full while it is not being used. This will help ensure your engine runs smoothly when you first begin to drive again.


Operate the air conditioning once a month to ensure proper lubrication of the system and reduce the build up of odours. Use full power to blow through the vents.


If your 12v battery is flat, you can jump start your vehicle using booster cables and a second car if you have these at home (consult your owner’s manual for correct details of the procedure). Alternatively:

  • Contact your local roadside assistance
  • Or Customer Support



Get the guide to your Lexus model to ensure you keep it fully maintained during the periods it is not in use.