2020 Defender

THE EXTERIOR

WARNING

Following cleaning of the vehicle's exterior, particularly with a pressure washer, it is recommended that the vehicle is taken for a short drive to dry out the brakes. Wet brakes may impair the vehicle's ability to safely slow down which may result in accidents causing serious injury or death.

WARNING

Make sure the tail pipe is cool before polishing the tail pipe finishers. Failure to do so may result in personal injury.

CAUTION

To prevent damage to the vehicle when using a valeting service, make sure to advise of the cleaning instructions contained within the Owner's Handbook.

CAUTION

Remove any heavy deposits of mud and dirt with a hose, before washing the vehicle. Failure to do so may cause damage to the vehicle.

CAUTION

Some high pressure cleaning systems are sufficiently powerful enough to penetrate suspension joints and door or window seals, and damage trim and door locks. Never aim the water jet directly at any camera, the engine air intake, heater air intakes, body seals, doors, the sliding canvas roof, the panoramic roof, windows, etc. Do not aim the water jet at any components which may be damaged such as lights, mirrors, exterior trim, suspension seals and gaiters, etc. Make sure that the pressure washer nozzle is always at a distance of more than 300 mm from any vehicle component. Failure to do so may cause damage to the vehicle.

CAUTION

Do not use an automated car wash. Using unapproved cleaning equipment can cause damage to the vehicle's the sliding canvas roof.

CAUTION

Do not use a power wash system in the engine bay area, as it may damage the vehicle's electrical components.

CAUTION

Substances which are corrosive, such as bird droppings, can damage the vehicle’s paintwork. Remove any such substances immediately.

CAUTION

Use only cleaning products approved for use on vehicles. Using unapproved cleaning products may damage the vehicle.

CAUTION

Do not apply polish to any unpainted areas of bumper mouldings. Such areas can become ingrained in the textured finish.

After washing the vehicle, it is recommended to use a suitable metal polish on stainless steel or chrome finishers to restore the surface appearance.

Make sure that the canvas roof channels or panoramic roof channels are kept clean to allow continued smooth operation of the mechanism.

Satin protective film:
CAUTION

The vehicle manufacturer recommends the use of specialised satin finish products when cleaning the vehicle’s exterior. Any other cleaning or paint protection product may have an adverse effect on the satin protective film.

CAUTION

Never polish vehicles that have a satin protective film. Polishing causes the finish to shine and may reduce the matte effect.

CAUTION

Do not use a touchless car wash. Using unapproved cleaning equipment can cause damage to the vehicle's exterior.

CAUTION

Do not affix stickers, films, magnetic plates, or similar items to the vehicle’s exterior. Any such objects may damage the vehicle's satin protective film.

Additional care is required when cleaning the exterior of vehicles with a satin protective film. It is recommended to wash the vehicle by hand, using a soft sponge, and making sure not to apply high pressure to the paint surface. Avoid washing the vehicle in direct sunlight.

Remove any of the following substances immediately, where possible:

  • Insect remains.

  • Bird droppings.

  • Fingerprints.

  • Tree resin.

  • Oils, grease, and fuels.

  • Wax.

  • Tar spots.