Toyota Land Cruiser
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Maintenance and care » Do-it-yourself maintenance
Do-it-yourself service precautions

If you perform maintenance yourself, be sure to follow the correct procedure given in these sections


Parts and tools

Battery condition
  • Warm water
  •  Baking soda
  •  Grease
  •  Conventional wrench (for terminal clamp bolts)
Brake fluid level
  • FMVSS No.116 DOT 3 or SAE J1703 brake fluid
  •  Rag or paper towel
  •  Funnel (used only for adding brake fluid)
Engine coolant level
  • “Toyota Super Long Life Coolant” or similar high quality ethylene glycol based non-silicate, nonamine, non-nitrite and non-borate coolant with long-life hybrid organic acid technology.

    “Toyota Super Long Life Coolant” is pre-mixed with 50% coolant and 50% deionized water.

  •  Funnel (used only for adding coolant)
Engine oil level
  • “Toyota Genuine Motor Oil” or equivalent
  •  Rag or paper towel
  •  Funnel (used only for adding engine oil)
  • Fuse with same amperage rating as original
Headlight aim
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
Light bulbs
  • Bulb with same number and wattage rating as original
  •  Phillips-head screwdriver
  •  Flathead screwdriver
  •  Wrench
Power steering fluid
  • Automatic transmission fluid DEXRON®II or III
  •  Rag or paper towel
  •  Funnel (used only for adding power steering fluid)
Radiator and condenser


Tire inflation pressure
  • Tire pressure gauge
  •  Compressed air source
Washer fluid
  • Water or washer fluid containing antifreeze (for winter use)
  •  Funnel (used only for adding washer fluid)



The engine compartment contains many mechanisms and fluids that may move suddenly, become hot, or become electrically energized. To avoid death or serious injury.

  • When working on the engine compartment

  • Keep hands, clothing and tools away from the moving fan and engine drive belt.
  • Be careful not to touch the engine, inverter, radiator, exhaust manifold, etc.

    right after driving as they may be hot. Oil and other fluids may also be hot.

  • Do not leave anything that may burn easily, such as paper or rags, in the engine compartment.
  • Do not smoke, cause sparks or expose an open flame to fuel or the battery.

    Fuel and battery fumes are flammable.

  • Be extremely cautious when working on the battery. It contains poisonous and corrosive sulfuric acid.
  • When working near the electric cooling fan or radiator grille

Be sure the “ENGINE START STOP” switch is OFF.

With the “ENGINE START STOP” switch in IGNITION ON mode, the electric cooling fan may automatically start to run if the air conditioning is on and/or if the coolant temperature is high.

  • When working on or under the vehicle

  • Do not get under the vehicle with just the jack supporting it.

    Always use automotive jack stands or other solid supports.

  • Use eye protection to prevent flying or falling material, fluid spray, etc. from getting in your eyes.



  • If you remove the air cleaner filter

Driving with the air cleaner filter removed may cause excessive engine wear due to dirt in the air.

    More about «Do-it-yourself maintenance»:

    Do-it-yourself service precautions


    Engine compartment


    Tire inflation pressure


    Air conditioning filter

    Electronic key battery

    Checking and replacing fuses

    Headlight aim

    Light bulbs

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