LEXUS RC F (2019 year). Instruction - part 23


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LEXUS RC F (2019 year). Instruction - part 23




5-4. Using the other interior features


To turn the compass on or off, press and
hold the switch for 3 seconds.


: If equipped

The compass on the inside rear view mirror indicates the direction in which
the vehicle is heading.


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The direction display deviates from the true direction determined by the earth’s
magnetic field. The amount of deviation varies according to the geographic posi-
tion of the vehicle.

If you cross over a map boundary shown in illustration, the compass will deviate.

To obtain higher precision or perfect calibration, refer to the following.

Deviation calibration

Stop the vehicle.
Press and hold the switch for 6

A number (1 to 15) appears on the

compass display.

Press the switch and, referring to the map above, select the number of the
zone where you are.

If the direction is displayed several seconds after adjustment, the calibration is


Calibrating the compass





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Circling calibration

Stop the vehicle in a place where it is safe to drive in a circle.
Press and hold the switch for 9

“C” appears on the compass display.

Drive the vehicle at 5 mph (8
km/h) or less in a circle until a
direction is displayed.

If there is not enough space to drive

in a circle, drive around the block

until the direction is displayed.

Conditions unfavorable to correct operation
The compass may not show the correct direction in the following conditions:

The vehicle is stopped immediately after turning.

The vehicle is on an inclined surface.

The vehicle is in a place where the earth's magnetic field is subject to interference by

artificial magnetic fields (underground car park/parking lot, under a steel tower,

between buildings, roof car park/parking lot, near an intersection, near a large vehicle,


The vehicle has become magnetized.

(There is a magnet or metal object near the inside rear view mirror.)

The battery has been disconnected.

A door is open.





While driving the vehicle
Do not adjust the display. Adjust the display only when the vehicle is stopped.

When doing the circling calibration
Secure a wide space, and watch out for people and vehicles in the neighborhood. Do

not violate any local traffic rules while performing circling calibration.


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To avoid compass malfunctions
Do not place magnets or any metal objects near the inside rear view mirror. 

Doing this may cause the compass sensor to malfunction.

To ensure normal operation of the compass

Do not perform circling calibration of the compass in a place where the earth's mag-

netic field is subject to interference by artificial magnetic fields.

During calibration, do not operate electric systems (moon roof, power windows, etc.)

as they may interfere with the calibration.


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“SOS” button
LED light indicators

LEXUS Enform Safety Connect

: If equipped

Safety Connect is a subscription-based telematics service that uses Global
Positioning System (GPS) data and embedded cellular technology to provide
safety and security features to subscribers. Safety Connect is supported by
Lexus’ designated response center, which operates 24 hours per day, 7 days
per week.
Safety Connect service is available by subscription on select, telematics
hardware-equipped vehicles.
By using the Safety Connect service, you are agreeing to be bound by the
Telematics Subscription Service Agreement and its Terms and Conditions, as
in effect and amended from time to time, a current copy of which is available
at All use of the Safety Connect service is subject to such then-
applicable Terms and Conditions.

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Subscribers have the following Safety Connect services available:

Automatic Collision Notification


Helps drivers receive necessary response from emergency service providers.

P. 373)


: U.S. Patent No. 7,508,298 B2

Stolen Vehicle Location
Helps drivers in the event of vehicle theft. (

P. 373)

Emergency Assistance Button (“SOS”)
Connects drivers to response-center support. (

P. 373)

Enhanced Roadside Assistance
Provides drivers various on-road assistance. (

P. 373)

After you have signed the Telematics Subscription Service Agreement and are
enrolled, you can begin receiving services. 
A variety of subscription terms is available for purchase. Contact your Lexus
dealer, call the following or push the “SOS” button in your vehicle for further sub-
scription details.

• The United States

1-800-25-LEXUS (1-800-255-3987)

• Canada

1-800-26-LEXUS (1-800-265-3987)

• Puerto  Rico





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Safety Connect Services Information

Phone calls using the vehicles



 technology will not be possible during Safety Connect.

Safety Connect is available beginning Fall 2009 on select Lexus models (in the contig-

uous United States only). Contact with the Safety Connect response center is depen-

dent upon the telematics device being in operative condition, cellular connection

availability, and GPS satellite signal reception, which can limit the ability to reach the

response center or receive emergency service support. Enrollment and Telematics

Subscription Service Agreement required. A variety of subscription terms is available;

charges vary by subscription term selected and location.

Automatic Collision Notification, Emergency Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Location

will function in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, Puerto Rico and in Can-

ada, and Enhanced Roadside Assistance will function in the United States, Puerto Rico

and in Canada.

Automatic Collision Notification, Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle and Enhanced

Road Assistance will not function in the United States Virgin Islands.

For vehicles first sold in the USVI, no Safety Connect services will function in and out-

side the United States Virgin Islands. 

Safety Connect services are not subject to section 255 of the Telecommunications Act

and the device is not TTY compatible.

The Safety Connect response center will offer support in multiple languages. The Safety

Connect system will offer voice prompts in English, Spanish, and French. Please indicate

your language of choice when enrolling.

When contacting the response center
You may be unable to contact the response center if the network is busy.

When the engine switch is turned to IGNITION ON mode, the red indicator
light comes on for 2 seconds then turns off. Afterward, the green indicator light
comes on, indicating that the service is active.
The following indicator light patterns indicate specific system usage conditions:

Green indicator light on = Active service

Green indicator light flashing = Safety Connect call in process

Red indicator light (except at vehicle start-up) = System malfunction (contact
your Lexus dealer)

No indicator light (off) = Safety Connect service not active

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Automatic Collision Notification
In case of either airbag deployment or severe rear-end collision, the system is
designed to automatically call the response center. The responding agent
receives the vehicle’s location and attempts to speak with the vehicle occu-
pants to assess the level of emergency. If the occupants are unable to commu-
nicate, the agent automatically treats the call as an emergency, contacts the
nearest emergency services provider to describe the situation, and requests
that assistance be sent to the location.

Stolen Vehicle Location
If your vehicle is stolen, Safety Connect can work with local authorities to
assist them in locating and recovering the vehicle. After filing a police report,
call the Safety Connect response center at 1-800-25-LEXUS (1-800-255-
3987) in the United States, 1-877-539-8777 in Puerto Rico or 1-800-265-
3987 in Canada, and follow the prompts for Safety Connect to initiate this
In addition to assisting law enforcement with recovery of a stolen vehicle,
Safety-Connect-equipped vehicle location data may, under certain circum-
stances, be shared with third parties to locate your vehicle. Further informa-
tion is available at

Emergency Assistance Button (“SOS”)
In the event of an emergency on the road, push the “SOS” button to reach the
Safety Connect response center. The answering agent will determine your
vehicle’s location, assess the emergency, and dispatch the necessary assis-
tance required.

If you accidentally press the “SOS” button, tell the response-center agent that you

are not experiencing an emergency.

Enhanced Roadside Assistance 
Enhanced Roadside Assistance adds GPS data to the already included war-
ranty-based Lexus roadside service.
Subscribers can press the “SOS” button to reach a Safety Connect response-
center agent, who can help with a wide range of needs, such as: towing, flat
tire, fuel delivery, etc. For a description of the Roadside Assistance services
and their limitations, please see the Safety Connect Terms and Conditions,
which are available at

Safety Connect services


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Important! Read this information about exposure to radio frequency signals
before using Safety Connect;
The Safety Connect system installed in your vehicle is a low-power radio trans-
mitter and receiver. It receives and also sends out radio frequency (RF) signals.
In August 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted RF
exposure guidelines with safety levels for mobile wireless phones. Those guide-
lines are consistent with the safety standards previously set by the following U.S.
and international standards bodies.

ANSI (American National Standards Institute) C95.1 [1992]

NCRP (National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement) Report
86 [1986]

ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection)

Those standards were based on comprehensive and periodic evaluations of the
relevant scientific literature. Over 120 scientists, engineers, and physicians from
universities, and government health agencies and industries reviewed the avail-
able body of research to develop the ANSI Standard (C95.1).
The design of Safety Connect complies with the FCC guidelines in addition to
those standards. 

Safety information for Safety Connect



6-1. Maintenance and care

Working from top to bottom, liberally apply water to the vehicle body, wheel
wells and underside of the vehicle to remove any dirt and dust.

Wash the vehicle body using a sponge or soft cloth, such as a chamois.

For hard-to-remove marks, use car wash soap and rinse thoroughly with

Wipe away any water.

Wax the vehicle when the waterproof coating deteriorates.

If water does not bead on a clean surface, apply wax when the vehicle body is cool.

CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) part (if equipped)

As the CFRP parts may change color if they are exposed to ultraviolet rays for

extended periods of time, Lexus recommends that your vehicle be stored in a place

where it will not be exposed to direct sunlight.

Do not use wax that contains abrasives.

Black stainless steel window moldings (vehicles with matte black painted wheels)

Self-restoring coat


The vehicle body has a self-restoring coating that is resistant to small surface scratches

caused in a car wash etc.

The coating lasts for 5 to 8 years from when the vehicle is delivered from the plant.

The restoration time differs depending on the depth of the scratch and outside tem-


The restoration time may become shorter when the coating is warmed by applying

warm water.

Deep scratches caused by keys, coins, etc. cannot be restored.

Do not use wax that contains abrasives.


: CFRP parts (if equipped) do not have a self-restoring coat.

Cleaning and protecting the vehicle exterior

Perform the following to protect the vehicle and maintain it in prime condi-

The stainless steel window moldings are made

of black oxide coated stainless steel.
When cleaning the vehicle, do not scrub the

moldings with an abrasive cleaner as their finish

may be damaged or the color may change.


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Automatic car washes (vehicles without CFRP parts)

Fold the mirrors before washing the vehicle. Start washing from the front of the vehicle.

Make sure to extend the mirrors before driving.

RC F: Wash the vehicle with the active rear wing retracted. If the vehicle is washed with

the active rear wing raised, depending on the type of automatic car wash, the brushes

of the automatic car wash may become stuck on the active rear wing. In this case, the

active rear wing may not be washed very well or may even be scratched or damaged.

Brushes used in automatic car washes may scratch the vehicle body and damage the


Automatic car washes (vehicles with CFRP parts)
Do not use automatic car washes as they may scratch the CFRP parts and damage the


High pressure car washes

Do not allow the nozzles of the car wash to come within close proximity of the windows. 

Before using the car wash, check that the fuel filler door on your vehicle is closed prop-


When using a car wash
If the door handle becomes wet while the electronic key is within the effective range, the

door may lock and unlock repeatedly. In that case, follow the following correction proce-

dures to wash the vehicle:

Place the key in a position 6 ft. (2 m) or more separate from the vehicle while the vehi-

cle is being washed. (Take care to ensure that the key is not stolen.)

Set the electronic key to battery-saving mode to disable the smart access system with

push-button start. (

P. 158)

Aluminum wheels (vehicles without matte black painted wheels)

Remove any dirt immediately by using a neutral detergent.

Wash detergent off with water immediately after use.

To protect the paint from damage, make sure to observe the following precautions.
• Do not use acidic, alkaline or abrasive detergent

• Do not use hard brushes

• Do not use detergent on the wheels when they are hot, such as after driving or park-

ing in hot weather

Aluminum wheels (vehicles with matte black painted wheels)
As matte black painted wheels require different cleaning methods than conventional alu-

minum wheels. For details, consult your Lexus dealer.

Remove dirt using water. If the wheels are excessively dirty, use a sponge or soft cloth

dampened with a diluted neutral detergent to remove the dirt.

When using detergent, make sure to rinse it off with water immediately. Then use a soft

cloth to wipe off the water.

To prevent the matte black paint from being damaged, make sure to observe the follow-

ing precautions:
• Do not scrub or polish the wheels using a brush or dry cloth.

• Do not use any wheel coatings or abrasive detergents.

• When using an automatic car wash, disable/do not select the wheel brush function

(if such an option is available).

• Do not use a high pressure pressure washer or steam cleaner.

• Do not use detergent on the wheels when they are hot, such as after driving or park-

ing in hot weather.


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Painted brake calipers (if equipped)
• When using detergent, use neutral detergent. Do not use hard brushes or abrasive

cleaners, as they will damage the paint.

• Do not use detergent on the brake calipers when they are hot.

• Wash detergent off immediately after use.

RC F: Rust may form if the vehicle is parked with wet brake pads or disc rotors, causing

them to stick. Before parking the vehicle after it is washed, drive slowly and apply the

brakes several times to dry the parts.

Do not scrub with abrasive cleaners.

Side windows water-repellent coating (if equipped)

The following precautions can extend the effectiveness of the water-repellent coating.
• Remove any dirt, etc. from the side windows regularly.

• Do not allow dirt and dust to accumulate on the windows for a long period.

Clean the windows with a soft, damp cloth as soon as possible.

• Do not use wax or glass cleaners that contain abrasives when cleaning the windows.

• Do not use any metallic objects to remove condensation build up.

When the water-repellent performance has become insufficient, the coating can be

repaired. Contact your Lexus dealer.


When washing the vehicle
Do not apply water to the inside of the engine compartment. Doing so may cause the

electrical components etc. to catch fire.

When cleaning the windshield (vehicles with rain-sensing windshield wipers)

When the upper part of the windshield where the raindrop sensor is located is

touched by hand

When a wet rag or similar is held close to the raindrop sensor

If something bumps against the windshield

If you directly touch the raindrop sensor body or if something bumps into the raindrop


Set the wipers to the intermittent windshield

wipers. (

P. 236)

If AUTO mode is selected, the wipers may

operate unexpectedly in the following situa-

tions, and may result in hands being caught or

other serious injuries and cause damage to the

wiper blades.


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Precautions regarding the exhaust pipes
As exhaust gases cause the exhaust pipes to become quite hot, do not touch the

exhaust pipes while the engine is running or immediately after the engine is turned off.
When washing the vehicle, be careful not to touch the exhaust pipes until they have

cooled sufficiently, as touching hot exhaust pipes can cause burns.

Precaution regarding the rear bumper with Blind Spot Monitor (if equipped)
If the paint of the rear bumper is chipped or scratched, the system may malfunction. If

this occurs, consult your Lexus dealer.


Application of coatings to the vehicle body (vehicles with CFRP parts)
Do not apply any kind of coating to the vehicle body as doing so may damage the paint

or reduce its durability.

To prevent paint deterioration and corrosion on the body and components (aluminum

wheels etc.)

Wash the vehicle immediately in the following cases:
• After driving near the sea coast

• After driving on salted roads

• If coal tar or tree sap is present on the paint surface

• If dead insects, insect droppings or bird droppings are present on the paint surface

• After driving in an area contaminated with soot, oily smoke, mine dust, iron pow-

der or chemical substances

• If the vehicle becomes heavily soiled with dust or mud

• If liquids such as benzene and gasoline are spilled on the paint surface

If the paint is chipped or scratched, have it repaired immediately.

To prevent the wheels from corroding, remove any dirt and store in a place with low

humidity when storing the wheels.

Cleaning the exterior lights

Wash carefully. Do not use organic substances or scrub with a hard brush. 

This may damage the surfaces of the lights.

Do not apply wax to the surfaces of the lights.

Wax may cause damage to the lenses.

To prevent damage to the windshield wiper arms
When lifting the wiper arms away from the windshield, pull the driver side wiper arm

upward first, and repeat for the passenger side. When returning the wipers to their

original position, do so from the passenger side first.

When using an automatic car wash (vehicles with rain-sensing windshield wipers)
Set the wipers to the intermittent windshield wipers. (

P. 236)

If AUTO mode is selected, the wipers may operate and the wiper blades may be dam-



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When using a high pressure car wash

When washing the vehicle, do not spray the camera or its surrounding area directly

with a high pressure washer. Shock applied from high pressure water may cause the

device to not operate normally.

Do not bring the nozzle tip close to boots (rubber or resin manufactured cover), con-

nectors or the following parts. The parts may be damaged if they come into contact

with high-pressure water.

Hood vent (RC F)

• Traction related parts

• Steering parts

• Suspension parts

• Brake parts

RC F: Do not point the nozzle of a high pres-

sure washer at the areas shown in the illustra-

tion, as high pressure water may damage the

oil coolers.

When washing the vehicle, do not allow a large

amount of water to enter the hood vent at once,

such as when using a bucket, etc. or point the

nozzle of a high pressure washer at the hood

Water may get inside the engine compartment

and affect the engine and other components.


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Remove dirt and dust using a vacuum cleaner. Wipe dirty surfaces with a cloth
dampened with lukewarm water.

If dirt cannot be removed, wipe it off with a soft cloth dampened with neutral
detergent diluted to approximately 1%.
Wring out any excess water from the cloth and thoroughly wipe off remaining
traces of detergent and water.

Remove dirt and dust using a vacuum cleaner.

Wipe off any excess dirt and dust with a soft cloth dampened with diluted

Use a diluted water solution of approximately 5% neutral wool detergent.

Wring out any excess water from the cloth and thoroughly wipe off all remain-
ing traces of detergent.

Wipe the surface with a dry, soft cloth to remove any remaining moisture.
Allow the leather to dry in a shaded and ventilated area.

Remove dirt and dust using a vacuum cleaner.

Wipe it off with a soft cloth dampened with neutral detergent diluted to
approximately 1%.

Wring out any excess water from the cloth and thoroughly wipe off remaining
traces of detergent and water.

Cleaning and protecting the vehicle interior

The following procedures will help protect your vehicle’s interior and keep it
in top condition:

Protecting the vehicle interior

Cleaning the leather areas

Cleaning the synthetic leather areas








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