LEXUS ES 350 (2019 year). Instruction - part 10


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LEXUS ES 350 (2019 year). Instruction - part 10




4-3. Operating the lights and wipers

4-3.Operating the lights and wipers

Turning the end of the lever turns on 
the lights as follows:




 The side marker, parking, tail, 

license plate and, instrument panel 
lights, and daytime running lights 
turn on.


 The headlights and all the 

lights listed above (except daytime 
running lights) turn on.


 The headlights, daytime run-

ning lights and all the lights listed 

above turn on and off automatically.

 (U.S.A.) Off

 (Canada) The daytime run-

ning lights turn on.


AUTO mode can be used when

The engine switch is in IGNITION ON 


Daytime running light system

The daytime running lights illuminate 

using the same lights as the parking lights 

and illuminate brighter than the parking 


To make your vehicle more visible to 

other drivers during daytime driving, the 

daytime running lights turn on automati-

cally when all of the following conditions 

are met. (The daytime running lights are 

not designed for use at night.)

• The engine is running

• The parking brake is released
• The headlight switch is in the 


ada only), 





: When the surroundings are bright

The daytime running lights remain on after 
they illuminate, even if the parking brake is 
set again.

For the U.S.A.: Daytime running lights 

can be turned off by operating the head-
light switch to 


Compared to turning on the headlights, 

the daytime running light system offers 

greater durability and consumes less 

electricity, so it can help improve fuel 


Headlight control sensor

The sensor may not function properly if an 

object is placed on the sensor, or anything 

that blocks the sensor is affixed to the wind-


Doing so interferes with the sensor detect-

ing the level of ambient light and may cause 

the automatic headlight system to malfunc-


Headlight switch

The headlights can be operated 
manually or automatically.

Turning on the headlights



4-3. Operating the lights and wipers





Automatic light off system

When the headlights come on: The head-

lights and tail lights turn off 30 seconds 

after the driver’s door is opened and 

closed if the engine switch is turned to 

ACCESSORY mode or turned off. (The 
lights turn off immediately if 


the key is pressed after all the doors are 


When only the tail lights come on: The tail 

lights turn off automatically if the engine 

switch is turned to ACCESSORY mode 

or turned off and the driver’s door is 


To turn the lights on again, turn the engine 

switch to IGNITION ON mode, or turn the 
light switch off once and then back to 


or .

Light reminder buzzer

A buzzer sounds when the engine switch is 

turned off or turned to ACCESSORY 

mode and the driver’s door is opened while 

the lights are turned on.

Automatic headlight leveling system (if 


The level of the headlights is automatically 

adjusted according to the number of pas-

sengers and the loading condition of the 

vehicle to ensure that the headlights do not 

interfere with other road users.

Windshield wiper linked headlight illu-


When driving during daytime with the 
headlight switch turned to 

, if the wind-

shield wipers are used, the headlights will 

turn on automatically after several seconds 

to help enhance the visibility of your vehicle.

Battery-saving function

In order to prevent the battery of the vehicle 

from discharging, if the headlights and/or 

tail lights are on when the engine switch is 

turned off the battery saving function will 

operate and automatically turn off all the 

lights after approximately 20 minutes. 

When the engine switch is turned to IGNI-

TION ON mode, the battery-saving func-

tion will be disabled.
When any of the following are performed, 

the battery-saving function is canceled 

once and then reactivated. All the lights will 

turn off automatically 20 minutes after the 

battery-saving function has been reacti-


When the headlight switch is operated

When a door is opened or closed

Welcome light illumination control

The front position and tail lights automati-

cally turn on at night when the doors are 

unlocked using the entry function or wire-

less remote control if the light switch is in 



Settings (e.g. light sensor sensitivity) can be 


(Customizable features: 



To prevent battery discharge

Do not leave the lights on longer than 

necessary when the engine is not run-



4-3. Operating the lights and wipers


With the headlights on, push the 
lever away from you to turn on the 
high beams.

Pull the lever toward you to the center 
position to turn the high beams off.


Pull the lever toward you and 
release it to flash the high beams 

You can flash the high beams with the 
headlights on or off.

AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System) 
secures excellent visibility at intersec-
tions and on curves by automatically 
adjusting the direction of the light axis 
of the headlights according to vehicle 
speed and the degree of the tire’s angle 
as controlled by steering input.

AFS operates at speeds of approximately 
6 mph (10 km/h) or higher.

When any of the following conditions is 
met, while the headlights (low beam) 
are on, the cornering lights will addi-

tionally turn on and light up the direc-
tion of movement for the vehicle. This is 
to ensure excellent visibility when 
either driving at intersections or park-
ing at night.
 The steering wheel is operated
 The turn signal lever is operated
 The shift position is in R (both left 

and right side cornering lights)

Cornering light control

The lights illuminate when the vehicle 

speed is approximately 19 mph (30 

km/h) or less. However, the lights turn off 

when the vehicle speed increases to 

approximately 22 mph (35 km/h) or 


After the lights remain illuminated for 30 

minutes, they automatically turn off.

Turning on the high beam head-

AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting 
System) (if equipped)

Cornering lights


4-3. Operating the lights and wipers






Press the Automatic High Beam 


Push the lever away from you with 
the headlight switch in the 



The Automatic High Beam indicator will 

come on when the headlights are turned 

on automatically to indicate that the system 

is active.

High beam automatic turning on or off 


When all of the following conditions are 

met, the high beam will be automatically 

turned on (after approximately 1 second):

• Vehicle speed is above approximately 21 

mph (34 km/h).

• The area ahead of the vehicle is dark.

• There are no vehicles ahead with head-

lights or tail lights turned on.

• There are few streetlights on the road 


If any of the following conditions are met, 

the high beam will be automatically 

turned off:

• Vehicle speed drops below approxi-

mately 17 mph (27 km/h).

• The area ahead of the vehicle is not dark.

• Vehicles ahead have headlights or tail 

lights turned on.

• There are many streetlights on the road 


Camera sensor detection information

The high beam may not be automatically 

turned off in the following situations:

• When oncoming vehicles suddenly 

appear from a curve

• When the vehicle is cut in front of by 

another vehicle

• When vehicles ahead are hidden from 

sight due to repeated curves, road divid-

ers or roadside trees

• When vehicles ahead appear from the 

faraway lane on wide road

• When vehicles ahead have no lights

The high beam may be turned off if a 

vehicle ahead that is using fog lights with-

Automatic High Beam

The Automatic High Beam uses an 
in-vehicle camera sensor to assess 
the brightness of streetlights, the 
lights of vehicle ahead, etc., and 
automatically turns the high beam 
on or off as necessary.


Limitations of the Automatic High 


Do not rely on the Automatic High 

Beam. Always drive safely, taking care to 

observe your surroundings and turning 

the high beam on or off manually if nec-


To prevent incorrect operation of the 

Automatic High Beam system

Do not overload the vehicle.

Activating the Automatic High 
Beam system


4-3. Operating the lights and wipers

out using the headlights is detected.

House lights, street lights, traffic signals, 

and illuminated billboards or signs may 

cause the high beam to switch to the low 

beams, or the low beams to remain on.

The following factors may affect the 

amount of time taken to turn the high 

beam on or off:

• The brightness of headlights, fog lights, 

and tail lights of vehicles ahead

• The movement and direction of vehicles 


• When a vehicle ahead only has opera-

tional lights on one side

• When a vehicle ahead is a two-wheeled 


• The condition of the road (gradient, 

curve, condition of the road surface etc.)

• The number of passengers and amount of 


The high beam may be turned on or off 

when the driver does not expect it.

Bicycles or similar objects may not be 


In the situations shown below, the system 

may not be able to accurately detect sur-

rounding brightness levels. This may 

cause the low beams to remain on or the 

high beams to cause problems for pedes-

trians, vehicles ahead or other parties. In 

these cases, manually switch between the 

high and low beams.

• In bad weather (rain, snow, fog, sand-

storms etc.)

• The windshield is obscured by fog, mist, 

ice, dirt etc.

• The windshield is cracked or damaged.

• The camera sensor is deformed or dirty.

• When the temperature of the camera 

sensor is extremely high

• Surrounding brightness levels are equal 

to those of headlights, tail lights or fog 


• When headlights or tail lights of vehicles 

ahead are turned off, dirty, changing 

color, or not aimed properly

• When the vehicle is hit by water, snow, 

dust, etc. from a preceding vehicle

• When driving through an area of inter-

mittently changing brightness and dark-


• When frequently and repeatedly driving 

ascending/descending roads, or roads 

with rough, bumpy or uneven surfaces 

(such as stone-paved roads, gravel tracks 


• When frequently and repeatedly taking 

curves or driving on a winding road.

• There is a highly reflective object ahead 

of the vehicle, such as a sign or a mirror.

• The back of a vehicle ahead is highly 

reflective, such as a container on a truck.

• The vehicle’s headlights are damaged or 


• The vehicle is listing or tilting, due to a flat 

tire, a trailer being towed etc.

• The high beam and low beam are repeat-

edly being switched between in an 

abnormal manner.

• The driver believes that the high beam 

may be causing problems or distress to 

other drivers or pedestrians nearby.

Temporarily lowering sensor sensitivity

The sensitivity of the sensor can be tempo-

rarily lowered.


Turn the engine switch off while the fol-

lowing conditions are met.

• The headlight switch is in 



• The headlight switch lever is in high beam 


• Automatic High Beam switch is on.


Turn the engine switch to IGNITION 

ON mode.


Within 30 seconds after 


, repeat pull-

ing the headlight switch lever to the 

original position then pushing it to the 

high beam position quickly 10 times, 

then leave the lever in high beam posi-



If the sensitivity is changed, the Auto-

matic High Beam indicator turns on and 

off 3 times.

Automatic High Beam (headlights) may 

turn on even the vehicle is stopped.

Switching to low beam

Pull the lever to the original position.

Turning the high beam on/off 


4-3. Operating the lights and wipers





The Automatic High Beam indicator will 
turn off.
Push the lever away from you to activate 
the Automatic High Beam system again.

Switching to high beam

Press the Automatic High Beam 

The Automatic High Beam indicator will 
turn off and the high beam indicator will 
turn on.
Press the switch to activate the Automatic 
High Beam system again.

Intermittent windshield wipers with 
interval adjuster

Operate the lever and switch as fol-
lows to use the wipers. When intermit-
tent windshield wiper operation is 
selected, wiper interval can also be 

Windshield wipers and 

Operating the lever can switch 
between automatic operation and 
manual operation, or can use the 


When the windshield is dry

Do not use the wipers, as they may dam-

age the windshield.

Operating the wiper lever


4-3. Operating the lights and wipers











Intermittent operation


The intermittent windshield wiper operates 
more frequently as vehicle speed becomes 





Low speed operation






High speed operation






Temporary operation



: For U.S.A.


: For  Canada

Wiper intervals can be adjusted when 
intermittent operation is selected.


Increases the intermittent wind-
shield wiper frequency


Decreases the intermittent wind-
shield wiper frequency


Washer/wiper dual operation

The wipers will automatically operate a 
couple of times after the washer squirts.
(After operating several times, the wipers 
operate once more time after a short delay 
to prevent dripping. However, the dripping 
prevention does not operate while the 
vehicle is moving.)

Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Operate the lever and switch as fol-
lows to use the wipers. When AUTO is 
selected, the wipers will operate auto-
matically when the sensor detects fall-
ing rain. The system automatically 
adjusts wiper timing in accordance 
with rain volume and vehicle speed.


4-3. Operating the lights and wipers












Rain-sensing operation





Low speed operation






High speed operation






Temporary operation



: For U.S.A.


: For  Canada

When AUTO is selected, the sensor 
sensitivity can be adjusted by turning 
the switch ring.


Increases the sensitivity


Decreases the sensitivity


Washer/wiper dual operation

The wipers will automatically operate a 
couple of times after the washer squirts. 
(After operating several times, the wipers 
operate once more time after a short delay 
to prevent dripping. However, the dripping 
prevention does not operate while the 
vehicle is moving.)

The windshield wiper and washer can be 

operated when

The engine switch is in IGNITION ON 


Effects of vehicle speed on wiper opera-

tion (vehicles with rain-sensing wind-

shield wipers)

Even when the wipers are not in AUTO 

mode, vehicle speed affects the time until 

the drip prevention wiper sweep occurs.
With low speed windshield wiper operation 

selected, wiper operation will be switched 

from low speed to intermittent wiper opera-

tion only when the vehicle is stationary. 

(However, when the sensor sensitivity is 


4-3. Operating the lights and wipers

adjusted to the highest level, the mode can-

not be switched.)

Raindrop sensor (vehicles with rain-

sensing windshield wipers)

The raindrop sensor judges the amount 

of raindrops.

An optical sensor is adopted. It may not 
operate properly when sunlight from the 
rising or setting of the sun intermittently 
strikes the windshield, or if bugs etc. are 
present on the windshield.

If the wiper is turned to AUTO position 

while the engine switch is in IGNITION 

ON mode, the wipers will operate once 

to show that AUTO mode is activated.

If the temperature of the raindrop sensor 

is 185°F (85°C) or higher, or -22°F (-

30°C) or lower, automatic operation 

may not occur. In this case, operate the 

wipers in any mode other than AUTO.

Front door opening linked windshield 

wiper stop function (vehicles with rain-

sensing windshield wipers)

When AUTO is selected and the wind-

shield wipers are operating, if a front door is 

opened while the vehicle is stopped and the 

P position is selected, operation of the 

windshield wipers will be stopped to pre-

vent anyone near the vehicle from being 

sprayed by water from the wipers. When 

the front door is closed, wiper operation will 


To protect the windshield wipers

If movement of the windshield wipers is 

largely restricted by a foreign object such as 

snow, the operation of the windshield wip-

ers may be stopped automatically to pro-

tect the windshield wipers. In this case, turn 

the windshield wiper switch off and remove 

the foreign object, and then use the wind-

shield wipers.

When stopping the engine in an emer-

gency while driving

If the windshield wipers are operating when 

the engine is stopped, the windshield wipers 

will operate in high speed operation. After 

the vehicle is stopped, operation will return 

to normal when the engine switch is turned 

to IGNITION ON mode, or operation will 

stop when the driver’s door is opened.


Caution regarding the use of wind-

shield wipers in AUTO mode (vehi-

cles with rain-sensing windshield 


The windshield wipers may operate 

unexpectedly if the sensor is touched or 

the windshield is subject to vibration in 

AUTO mode. Take care that your fingers 

or anything else do not become caught 

in the windshield wipers.

Caution regarding the use of washer 


When it is cold, do not use the washer 

fluid until the windshield becomes warm. 

The fluid may freeze on the windshield 

and cause low visibility. This may lead to 

an accident, resulting in death or serious 



When there is no washer fluid spray 

from the nozzle

Damage to the washer fluid pump may 

be caused if the lever is pulled toward 

you and held continually.

When a nozzle becomes blocked

In this case, contact your Lexus dealer. 

Do not try to clear it with a pin or other 

object. The nozzle will be damaged.


4-3. Operating the lights and wipers





When the windshield wipers are not 
being used, they retract to below the 
hood. To enable the windshield wipers 
to be lifted when parking in cold condi-
tions or when replacing a windshield 
wiper insert, change the rest position of 
the windshield wipers to the service 
position using the wiper lever.

Raising the wipers to the service 

Within approximately 45 seconds of 
turning the engine switch off, move the 
wiper lever to the 

 (U.S.A.) or 


(Canada) position and hold it for 
approximately 2 seconds or more.

The wipers will move to the service posi-

Lifting the windshield wipers

While holding the hook portion 


the wiper arm, lift the windshield wiper 
from the windshield.

Lowering the windshield wipers to the 

retracted position

With the windshield wipers placed on the 

windshield, turn the engine switch to IGNI-

TION ON mode and then move the wiper 

lever to an operating position. When the 

wiper switch is turned off, the windshield 

wipers will stop at the retracted position.

Changing the windshield wiper 
rest position/Lifting the wind-
shield wipers


When lifting the windshield wipers

Do not lift the windshield wipers when 

they are in the retracted position 

below the hood. Otherwise, they may 

contact the hood, possibly resulting in 

damage to a windshield wiper and/or 

the hood.

Do not lift a windshield wiper by the 

wiper blade. Otherwise, the wiper 

blade may be deformed.



4-3. Operating the lights and wipers


Do not operate the wiper lever when 

the windshield wipers are lifted. Oth-

erwise, the windshield wipers may 

contact the hood, possibly resulting in 

damage to the windshield wipers 

and/or hood.

Make sure that the wiper arms do not 

overlap each other when returning 

them. Failure to do so may cause dam-

age to the windshield wipers.


4-4. Refueling






 Turn the engine switch off and 

ensure that all the doors and win-
dows are closed.

 Confirm the type of fuel.

Fuel types


Fuel tank opening for unleaded gasoline

To help prevent incorrect fueling, your vehi-

cle has a fuel tank opening that only accom-

modates the special nozzle on unleaded 

fuel pumps.

If the fuel level gauge is malfunctioning

The malfunction indicator lamp may illumi-

nate if the fuel level gauge is malfunctioning. 

(A malfunction may be detected and the 

malfunction indicator lamp may illuminate 

erroneously in some situations, such as 

when the vehicle is refueled repeatedly 

when the fuel tank is nearly full.)

Opening the fuel tank cap

Before refueling the vehicle


When refueling the vehicle

Observe the following precautions while 

refueling the vehicle. Failure to do so may 

result in death or serious injury.

After exiting the vehicle and before 

opening the fuel door, touch an 

unpainted metal surface to discharge 

any static electricity. It is important to 

discharge static electricity before refu-

eling because sparks resulting from 

static electricity can cause fuel vapors 

to ignite while refueling.

Always hold the grips on the fuel tank 

cap and turn it slowly to remove it. 

A whooshing sound may be heard 

when the fuel tank cap is loosened. 

Wait until the sound cannot be heard 

before fully removing the cap. In hot 

weather, pressurized fuel may spray 

out the filler neck and cause injury.

Do not allow anyone that has not dis-

charged static electricity from their 

body to come close to an open fuel 


Do not inhale vaporized fuel. 

Fuel contains substances that are 

harmful if inhaled.

Do not smoke while refueling the vehi-


Doing so may cause the fuel to ignite 

and cause a fire.

Do not return to the vehicle or touch 

any person or object that is statically 


This may cause static electricity to 

build up, resulting in a possible ignition 


When refueling

Observe the following precautions to 

prevent fuel overflowing from the fuel 


Securely insert the fuel nozzle into the 

fuel filler neck.

Stop filling the tank after the fuel noz-

zle automatically clicks off.

Do not top off the fuel tank.



Do not spill fuel during refueling. 

Doing so may damage the vehicle, such 

as causing the emission control system to 

operate abnormally or damaging fuel 

system components or the vehicle’s 

painted surface.


4-4. Refueling


Press the opener switch.


Turn the fuel tank cap slowly and 
remove it, then hang it on the back 
of the fuel filler door.

If the fuel filler door cannot be opened


After refueling, turn the fuel tank cap 
until you hear a click. Once the cap is 
released, it will turn slightly in the oppo-
site direction.

Opening the fuel tank cap

Closing the fuel tank cap


When replacing the fuel tank cap

Do not use anything but a genuine Lexus 

fuel tank cap designed for your vehicle. 

Doing so may cause a fire or other inci-

dent which may result in death or serious 



4-5. Using the driving support systems





4-5.Using the driving support systems

PCS (Pre-Collision System)


LTA (Lane Tracing Assist)


Automatic High Beam


RSA (Road Sign Assist) (if 


Dynamic radar cruise control with 
full-speed range


Two types of sensors, located behind 
the front grille and windshield, detect 
information necessary to operate the 
drive assist systems.

Radar sensor

Front camera

Lexus Safety System+2.0

The Lexus Safety System+2.0 con-
sists of the following drive assist sys-
tems and contributes to a safe and 
comfortable driving experience:

Driving assist system


Lexus Safety System+2.0

The Lexus Safety System+2.0 is 

designed to operate under the assump-

tion that the driver will drive safely, and is 

designed to help reduce the impact to 

the occupants and the vehicle in the case 

of a collision or assist the driver in normal 

driving conditions.
As there is a limit to the degree of recog-

nition accuracy and control performance 

that this system can provide, do not 

overly rely on this system. The driver is 

always responsible for paying attention 

to the vehicle’s surroundings and driving 




To avoid malfunction of the radar sen-


Observe the following precautions.
Otherwise, the radar sensor may not 

operate properly, possibly leading to an 

accident resulting in death or serious 




4-5. Using the driving support systems


Keep the radar sensor and the grille 

cover clean at all times.

Radar sensor

Grille cover

If the front of the radar sensor or the front 
or back of the grille cover is dirty or cov-
ered with water droplets, snow, etc., 
clean it. 
Clean the radar sensor and grille cover 
with a soft cloth to avoid damaging them.

Do not attach accessories, stickers 

(including transparent stickers) or 

other items to the radar sensor, grille 

cover or surrounding area.

Do not subject the radar sensor or its 

surrounding area to a strong impact. 

If the radar sensor, front grille, or front 

bumper has been subjected to a 

strong impact, have the vehicle 

inspected by your Lexus dealer.

Do not disassemble the radar sensor.

Do not modify or paint the radar sen-

sor or grille cover.

If the radar sensor, front grille, or front 

bumper needs to be removed and 

installed, or replaced, contact your 

Lexus dealer.



To avoid malfunction of the front cam-


Observe the following precautions.
Otherwise, the front camera may not 

operate properly, possibly leading to an 

accident resulting in death or serious 


Keep the windshield clean at all times.

• If the windshield is dirty or covered 

with an oily film, water droplets, snow, 

etc., clean the windshield.

• If a glass coating agent is applied to the 

windshield, it will still be necessary to 

use the windshield wipers to remove 

water droplets, etc. from the area of 

the windshield in front of the front 


• If the inner side of the windshield 

where the front camera is installed is 

dirty, contact your Lexus dealer.

Do not attach objects, such as stickers, 

transparent stickers, etc., to the outer 

side of the windshield in front of the 

front camera (shaded area in the illus-


From the top of the windshield to 
approximately 0.4 in. (1 cm) below 
the bottom of the front camera

Approximately 7.9 in. (20 cm) 
(Approximately 4.0 in. [10 cm] to the 
right and left from the center of the 
front camera)




4-5. Using the driving support systems






If the part of the windshield in front of 

the front camera is fogged up or cov-

ered with condensation, or ice, use the 

windshield defogger to remove the 

fog, condensation, or ice. (


If water droplets cannot be properly 

removed from the area of the wind-

shield in front of the front camera by 

the windshield wipers, replace the 

wiper insert or wiper blade. 

If the wiper inserts or wiper blades 

need to be replaced, contact your 

Lexus dealer.

Do not attach window tint to the wind-


Replace the windshield if it is damaged 

or cracked. 

If the windshield needs to be replaced, 

contact your Lexus dealer.

Do not allow liquids to contact the 

front camera.

Do not allow bright lights to shine into 

the front camera.

Do not dirty or damage the front cam-


When cleaning the inside of the wind-

shield, do not allow glass cleaner to 

contact the lens of the front camera. 

Also, do not touch the lens. 

If the lens is dirty or damaged, contact 

your Lexus dealer.

Do not subject the front camera to a 

strong impact.

Do not change the installation position 

or direction of the front camera or 

remove it.

Do not disassemble the front camera.

Do not modify any components of the 

vehicle around the front camera 

(inside rear view mirror, etc.) or ceiling.

Do not attach any accessories to the 

hood, front grille or front bumper that 

may obstruct the front camera. Con-

tact your Lexus dealer for details.

If a surfboard or other long object is to 

be mounted on the roof, make sure 

that it will not obstruct the front cam-


Do not modify the headlights or other 









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