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  3. Thank-you for the advice I think I will just upgrade the the stereo with a nav unit.
  4. Hi all, I am new to this forum. Currently I am driving 2000 es300. It has 210000 kilometers on the engine. Yesterday, the engine has some noise in the cylinder head.
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  7. Cliff, I have a 2008 RX350 with NAV. The Nav is not very good. Although I was able to buy a used 'hardware hack' which allows me to enter a destination when the car is moving, I still find the system cumbersome. I do update the database every year. Finding and selecting points of interest is a bit frustrating. So, I keep my phone with Google maps or Waze running so I can actually find a gas station ahead on my route and add it to the trip. Waze seems particularly good about re-routing for heavy traffic or accidents. What I am saying is that, having used the NAV system, I personally would not consider retrofitting the OEM system to my car. The phone works much better. On long trips I will enter the destination on the Lexus system with the volume off and also use the phone. On a long complicated trip or one in areas with bad data connections I will use my Garmin with Lifetime Maps and Traffic. Sorry I am not answering your question directly. Having worked on many cars and aircraft avionics over the years, I will say that my answer to your question is yes, you can add NAV to your RX350. You can do darn near anything if you have the time and money to invest. It will be invasive, complex, and very expensive to fully transplant a factory system into your car. My opinion is that you will have then made a significant investment in order to end up with a marginally acceptable NAV system. It is possible, but not practical. I did a quick check at Crutchfield. It looks like you can buy a decent and up to date system for an RX350 for $600 to $700 which has many more features than my OEM set up. They have an accessory module which will allow you to keep your steering wheel controls. I like them because they have good installation gear and fantastic support for you or your installation shop. You should call them and discuss what you are doing with a tech before buying anything. The electronics in our 2008 RX350s are getting a bit long in the tooth; the newer aftermarket systems have a lot of features and capabilities which just weren't available in 2008. If the OEM system in my RX completely crapped out beyond repair I would probably say "good" and replace it with an aftermarket system. The biggest negative I see changing to an aftermarket system is losing the trip and diagnostic screens on the OEM system. Jim
  8. First off i have a 1998 Gs400 Every time i turn my a/c on somehow my car starts losing power, first the RPM gauge goes up&down for a little while then after a while radio starts fading in/out, then battery light comes on when in park. I done had my alternator replaced twice within the past 3 4 months. When i have everything off car runs fine but when i start turning things on it die down especially when a/c running. PS:Just checked my alternator again the other day it was reading 13.9v but when i turn the a/c on it dropped to12v-12.7v... I NEED SOME HELP PLEASE THIS PROBLEM REALLY URKING ME AND ITS TOO HOT OUTSIDE FOR THIS ESPECIALLY TO NOT DRIVE WITH A/C
  9. Currently having this same problem with my Lexus GS400. Every time i turn my a/c on somehow my car starts losing power, first the RPM gauge goes up&down for a little while then after a while radio starts fading in/out, a battery light comes on when in park. I done had my alternator replaced twice within the past 3 4 months. When i have everything off car runs fine but when i start turning things on it die down especially when a/c running. PS:Just checked my alternator again the other day it was reading 13.9v but when i turn the a/c on it dropped to12v-12.7v... I NEED SOME HELP PLEASE THIS PROBLEM REALLY URKING ME AND ITS TOO HOT OUTSIDE FOR THIS ESPECIALLY TO NOT DRIVE WITH A/C
  10. Those badges have to go. I need to purchase a heat gun to remove them tho. I will certainly start using vice grips until I get new struts lol.
  11. Other than the 'dub' badges, this is quite cool, and in nice shape! One very minor upgrade you can make to your hood strut prop setup, other than a new pair of struts: I use a pair of locking pliers/'vise-grips' to lock a hood strut in place (on the rod, against the strut body). More secure, less likely to bonk your head when you inevitably accidentally knock the stick out of the way.
  12. Here are some quick pics. Sorry for the bad lighting and poor camera used.. Cheap phone. I will be starting a thread dedicated to the project and will use my dslr
  13. Does anyone out there no if you can install an OEM nav unit in a non nav RX 350?
  14. Sounds like you're on the right track. Let us know how it turns out. I'd love to see pics of the car sometime--it sounds like a stunner!
  15. Yes the light flashes in time with the idle dropping down. I have since changed all spark plugs and in doing so removed the throttle body again. Noticed that the air hose on the throttle body to the valve cover on the drivers side has a huge split. Certainly that is contributing. I will replace the AFM as it is throwing a code 31 , replace the hose and go from there. It is a stunning car and needs to be on the road. The interior and wheels alone is what I paid for the car.
  16. Had the same issue. Ended up being the alternator. It goes slowly at first and makes the engine just behave weirdly. I was checking idle air control valve and wires to ecu from various components. But i gave up and eventually it got worse and because the alt goes slowly it wasn't till it was downright bad that I caught it. It usually goes around 200k miles...
  17. We live in the Largo, FL area and I need a good Lexus mechanic to help me solve a problem of my '96 LS400 running very rich. My former Dallas mechanic believes it's the ECU, but I can't get the car back to him for repair. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  18. Hi John...welcome to the Forum Any questions just ask away, I'm sure some of the members will know the answers Cheers, Trevor
  19. I've replaced both low and high beam headlight bulbs in my RX330. The high beams are fantastic. Low beams are pathetic. I've tried 3 different brands of bulbs, and both LED and HID. They have all been poor. I'm wondering if maybe the lens over the low beams might be fogged? Since it's not clear glass, it's difficult to say... I was wondering if there is a known issue with the RX330 low beams? If anyone else has experienced this, and can share their thoughts or ideally their solution?
  20. Hi everyone.I have a 2000 gs400 with an issue right now that I can't figure out. Car has 230,000 miles.Ive had the car for a year and have put 30,000 miles on it since I've had it.It gets regular oil changes,and I take great care of my car. It seems like alot of sensors have been goingvout on me.Ive replaced vvt solenoid sensors,camshaft positioning sensors,o2 sensors and now I'm having a knock sensor problem.The car will drive fine for mayve 5 minutes then looses power and response and exhaust gets louder and goes into limp mode😤.I already have straight pipe after the cats so it has a great tone but it gets deeper and different sounding.I replaced the knock sensors but code did not clear.I did not do the wire harness to them.You can't buy this separate from the entire wire harness which is around $1,500 and I'm stumped...Ive thought of putting something together as far as a new harness to the knock sensors using a different harness from a car that I can get the wires from.I guess there specific shielded wires?This is all new to me and I'm stuck.I traced the wires back as far as I could and found no obvious damage.Im really hoping someone can shed some light on my problem here.Any feedback gratefully appreciated.
  21. My sc300 will run fine one minute and will idle rough the next. Rpms will drop and the car acts like it will cut off but doesnt. Then it will go back to normal just to do it all over again. I dont have the slightest clue what the issue is. Any ideas are greatly appreciated.
  22. Thanks sktn77a, I thought the chrome "latches might be tie downs" but wasn't sure. The spare tie and tool cover (center panel) is the panel in the upper portion of the photo. It lifts easily. The panel that covers the amp I believe is the smaller panel shown in the lower part of the photo which is located next to the right quarter panel. I can lift the edge along the quarter panel enough to see what looks to be the amplifier, but I can't see enough to verify that. The panel is fastened securely along the edge next to the spare tire well and in the area of the chrome latch/tie down. I don't see any fasteners for that panel.
  23. I believe those chrome clips are just attachment points for the luggage nets. The center panel pulls up from the center but I think the only thing under there is the spare and the tools.
  24. So, you're getting a check engine light that goes on and off, right? The TRAC OFF light comes standard with a CEL. ;-) First up, you'll want to figure out what the check engine codes are. I'm not certain whether the diagnostic port connector layout is the same as the same vintage as the LS, but you'll want to jumper the correct pins on the diagnostic port (either under hood or under the dash). I looked at lexls.com for the pin connectors on the occasions I've needed to. Or search the archives here. You'll need to count blinks with the correct pins jumpered to get the CEL code. The behaviors you're telling us about makes me think that your issue may be that a bad coolant temperature sensor. There's two of them on the intake manifold, adjacent to the top side ignition coil, under the RH (driver's side on your car) side spark plug wiring loom holder. They're relatively inexpensive to replace, just use care when removing the connector. Also not unheard of on early LSes is bad electrolytic capacitors inside the engine ECU, if changing coolant temp sensors ain't the answer. Good luck!
  25. I took the struts out last week and here are the pictures of the leak
  26. The audio amp just went out on my wife's '07 LS460, and I'm having trouble removing the trunk liner covering the amp. There is a chrome plated latch that seems to be holding the trim panel in place, but I've not been able to get it to release. A pic of the panel and latch is included. Can anyone help me with that?
  27. Thelma, There won't be a fuse specifically for the outside temperature sensor, but rather one or several that protect the entire heating and cooling system wiring. So if the rest of your HVAC system is working, don't worry about a fuse. Chances are that either the wire to the temp sensor has broken, or its electrical connector has corroded and just needs cleaning, or perhaps the sensor itself has gone bad and needs replacing. Don't go buying one until you know for sure that you need one. And even then, see if you can't get a used one from eBay or a wrecking yard, because the new price from Lexus may break the bank. That said, the sensor will be behind the front grill where it can be in the airflow through the nose of the car as you drive. You may have to remove the bottom plastic cover under the bumper to get at it. Which side, I'm not sure, but a Google search for "2002 es300 outside temp sensor location" should get it for you. Good Luck!
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