AdBlue: What is it and why do we use it?

Toyota Land Cruiser

We have implemented a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system, which requires AdBlue, in all 2016 Toyota Hilux and Proace models, as well as 2016 Toyota Land Cruisers powered by the new 2.8-litre diesel engine.

Toyota Land Cruiser

An SCR system works by injecting AdBlue into the exhaust gas to generate ammonia, which reacts with the NOx on the SCR catalyst to generate nitrogen and water. Use of Toyota’s compact, high-dispersion urea SCR system eliminates up to 99 per cent of NOx emissions, one of the main causes of air pollution. This helps vehicles conform to the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations.

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AdBlue is the commercial name of a diesel emissions additive fluid consumed in the process of driving. Due to the SCR system, the AdBlue tank may sometimes need to be topped up between services.

After a full refill, a car can be driven for approximately 9,000 miles before the supply of AdBlue runs out. However, this is dependent on driving conditions and style.

Hilux at CVS 02

When AdBlue level is low

Always pay proper attention to the warning system if you are notified of low AdBlue levels. If your vehicle needs additional AdBlue, your instrument panel will begin warning you with sound and detailed instructions when 1,500 miles, 500 miles, and limited miles remain.

Here’s how the warning system works:

  • Low level warning at 1,500 miles
  • Second low level warning at 500 miles – the warning buzzer will sound and, if the displayed driving distance is exceeded, the engine cannot be restarted
  • Third low level warning when tank is empty – the warning buzzer will sound. If the engine is stopped, it cannot be restarted

Toyota Proace

AdBlue refilling guidelines

AdBlue is highly corrosive and should be handled with extreme caution. If accidentally spilled, it will cause damage to anything it touches. We recommend having your tank refilled at an authorised Toyota dealer.

If you need to refill the AdBlue tank yourself, in case of emergency, instructions are available in your owners’ manual. The tank is normally hidden within the body structure and the filler outlet is located within easy access – often in the engine bay or within the vehicle’s offside B-pillar, accessible when the driver’s door is open.

Although it is required much less frequently, having your AdBlue tank refilled is as necessary as refuelling your car. Your engine will not start without it. AdBlue solution is available for purchase from a variety of sources, including your local Toyota dealer, and some fuel stations may even have AdBlue dispensing points.

The price for an AdBlue refill bottle is £14.50* (including VAT), excluding any dealer labour cost. You can find your local Toyota dealer here.

* Correct as of January 2016

Comments (30)

  1. Hi guys,
    A friend of me have hilux 2017 and the cost of Adblue is about 200 USD, a cost of about 350 lt of fuel. The cost is a bit expensive. Do you think the need for adblue can be disabled by computer in a country where the requirement is not an obligation. Regardless of the advantage.

    1. Hi Amanuel,

      Thanks for getting in touch with us. We would recommend contacting Toyota in your region for further help with this.


        1. Hi Likhona,
          Thanks for getting in touch with us.
          We would recommend contacting the Toyota distributor in your region for further assistance with your query.

  2. hi everybody i have a question i just took hilux 2019 and in 7100 km i consumed 12 liters of adblue can you help me understand if it is normal or there is a problem, i checked if there are leaks but they are not seen

  3. Hi how to reset Toyota proace adblue warning light even after top up adblue fluids
    Where has software tools for scan special vehicles

    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We would advise for you to contact the nearest Toyota in your region, as they will be able to assist you further.


  4. Hello!!
    I have a Landcruiser Prado 2015 with New diesel 2.8l turbo engine. I am getting engine check and stability light with P208. Can’t find anything, what will be the cause?? ADBLUE can cause or it’s pump mil functionality?

    1. Hi Yusuf,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The DTC provided appears to be too short. However, the vehicle should still be within warranty if it is less than 5 years old, so we would advise for you to contact your local Toyota Centre for diagnosis and investigation.


    1. Hi Trevor,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      It greatly depends on the mileage as well as the driving conditions.
      The adblue is held in a special tank with a capacity of about 22 litres, this provides a driving range of about 12,500 miles (20,000km), after which an alert is triggered warning you when the reserve remaining is enough for just 1,500 miles (2,400km).
      If the estimated mileage between two services is greater than 12,500 miles (20,000 km), we recommend that you go to an authorized Toyota Centre or repairer, or another duly qualified and equipped professional to have the necessary top-up carried out.
      We hope this helps.

  5. Hi I have a toyota hilux 2016 model do you know where the adblue tank is?please be specific it’s urgent thank you

    1. Hi John,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      The adblue tank is located in front of the main fuel tank, the filler is under the bonnet in the left hand rear corner.
      If you would like more information we’d be happy to email you a diagram.

  6. Hi,I have serviced my Land cruiser Prado J 150 model and after leaving the garage it started to display AdBlue 1989km OUTSIDE 18C.what does it mean.

    1. Hi Todd,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The display means the Adblue will need refilling in 1989km. The counter will reduce and start to say non start in 1000km, non start in 500, non start in xxx and then eventually if run low enough it will not start up. We’d advise going to your local dealer. You can find your closest dealer here:
      Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Abdulkerin,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We’d advice contacting Toyota in your region for further details. Many thanks.

  7. Hey, my car toyota hilux 2016 model is displaying adblue low level at 96 km. even after i refilled one liter of adblue it displays low level at 96 km. i have no adblue at hand now. is the adblue i refilled can drive me for extra more than 96 km? pls share me your experience.

    1. Hi there,
      Our technical team would advise checking the owners manual. However, when the AdBlue tank is depleted, the engine will fail to start. If there is some AdBlue in the system, you are probably best driving it into you local dealer. It may be a leak or sensor issue. Unfortunately, without inspecting your vehicle we’re unable to advise fully. Hope this helps.

  8. I’m confused now – the service interval is 10k miles, AdBlue lasts for approx 9k miles, a refill bottle is approx 2/3rds of a tank full which equates to 6k miles, or buy two bottles and keep a half empty bottle of highly corrosive liquid on hand for when it’s next needs?

    1. Hi Dave. What’s important is to ensure that the AdBlue tank is kept filled. Your car will warn you when this is necessary, and AdBlue is widely available making it as convenient as filling up with petrol. If you have any concerns, your local Toyota dealer are always more than happy to assist. We hope this helps Dave.

    1. Hi James,
      Thanks for your post. In order to get the accurate information please could you let us know which model you would like the information about? Many thanks!

    2. We can tell you that for all the newest Land Cruiser, Hilux and Proace vehicles:

      Land Cruiser- 12 litres
      Proace- 22.4 litres
      Hilux- 14 litres

      Hope this helps! If you have any other questions please let us know. Many thanks.

  9. you state that a adblue bottle refill bottle costs £14.50 but you do not state the volume in the bottle – how many litres

    1. Hi Bryan,
      Thanks for your post. After speaking with out technical team, they have advised this price is for a 10 litre bottle of AdBlue. However, we would recommend visiting your local dealer for all AdBlue products and queries. Many thanks!

    2. Hi Bryan,
      We’ve looked into your query further and a DIY top-up bottle is available for £7.78 and this contains 1.89 litres. Hope this helps!

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