MAINTENANCE AN D ADJUSTMENT 149
Build- up of debris or flammable
material in and around the vehi-
cle chassis, engine, and exhaust
can cause mechanical problems
and increase the risk of fire.
When operating the vehicle in
conditions that allow debris or
flammable material to collect in
and around the vehicle, inspect
the engine, electrical component
and exhaust areas frequently. If
debris or flammable materials
have collected, park the vehi-
cle outside and stop the engine.
Allow the engine to cool, then
remove any collected debris. Do
not park or store the vehicle in
an enclosed space prior to in-
specting for build-up of debris
or flammable m aterials.
Be sure the engine and exhaust are
cool before washing.
When washing the vehicle, always
use a mild neutral deterge nt and wa-
Avoid applying all harsh chemi-
cals, solvents, degreaser, oil re-
mover, electrical contact cleaner,
and household cleaning products
such as ammonia-based window
cleaners. They will damage or de-
teriorate painted parts, plastic parts,
rubber parts and other synthetic
parts including covers and headlight
Avoid applying degreaser to seals,
brake pads, and tires.
Gasoline, brake fluid, and coolant
will damage the finish of painted and
plastic surfaces: wash them off im-
Avoid wire brushes, steel wool, and
all other abrasive pads or brushes.