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  1. Look up and find the title Merry Christmas for service manuals. best rosie
  2. My 92 ES 300 has nearly 260,000 miles on the original timing belt. I only recently found this out as I had assumed that my BIL (original owner) had had it changed. He was religious with maintenance but the timing belt just wasn't done, for reasons unknown. I have a new timing belt and kit sitting unopened in my office. I have a mechanic who will do it for me. In the meantine, there is no sign that it is in any way malfunctioning. rosie
  3. I'd be willing to bet that there is something wrong with the radiator installation. I'm just saying... rosie
  4. Jiffy Lube did mine and did a great job. They couldn't get the A/C to kick on after, so it didn't cost me anything. They have a guarantee. However, about 2 miles down the road, it kicked in and has worked ever since! r
  5. After the rad, check in with Sean at Ger Brock Performance in Portland Oregon. He can fix ANYTHING on the older Lexus ES at a fraction of the cost of elsewhere. The guy is very very good. rosie
  6. Yes. I have. Thank goodness my cell phone was charged and my husband was in a good mood. rosie
  7. I have ridden in a new ES. I like mine as much or more. I have more wood and leather and less plastic. Or, does it just look like plastic? rosie
  8. There are no words. You are using an ES for towing? rosie
  9. Have your Radiator and cooling systen THOROUGHLY checked before you buy another transmission. Trust me. I went in for a new tranny and came out with a new radiator. $134.00. Not a problem since. good luck! rosie Went in for a new tranny and came out with a new radiator? Thats like going to the hospital for new kidneys.. well slightly used kidneys and coming out with a new pair of nikes... sure both items keep you running but I fail to see the relation? I am certainly no expert on this. However, this is exactly what happened. In fact, I came into possession of the car from my BIL because he thought he needed a transmission. He said the other day that if he had known, he would still be driving thee car. He bought a new (then) 2004 ES. This story has been told a number of times and there are others on this site that can explian the tech specs much better than I. Not a word of a lie. rosie
  10. Have your Radiator and cooling systen THOROUGHLY checked before you buy another transmission. Trust me. I went in for a new tranny and came out with a new radiator. $134.00. Not a problem since. good luck! rosie
  11. The recommended replacement for timing belt is 90,000 miles for the 2002 ES. Many experts, including Click and Clack will also tell you to change out a timing belt at 5-6 years because they are rubber. Most rubber belts don't usually last much longer than 7 years. You will find many anecdotal stories about people that have not changed out timing belts and have not had a problem. These people are not the norm, they are the lucky. In addtition, it will not harm a pre-1999 ES to not change out the timing belt until it fails. The pre-1999 ES 1MZ-FE motors are non-interference and very mininal damage is done if any at all when the belts breaks. This is not the case on the 1999+ ES models. The 1MZ-FE engine became VVT-i in 1999 and thus became an interference engine. If the timing belt breaks or fails, there is a strong possibility that piston heads will crash into spark plugs and major damage will result. That is a chance I would rather not take. As a matter of fact, my 2002 ES goes in for timing belt and water pump on 3/15/2007. steviej I get that completely. I was simply stunned to learn this. I thought the belt had been changed per manufacturer's specs. I will send your information along. Thanks. rosie
  12. Okay, so I spoke with my brother in law about his 2002 Lexus that he bought after someone told him his 1992 Lexus was dead. It's the one I got thinking it needed a new tranny and all it really needed was a radiator. Anyway, his dealer strongly urged him to change the timing belt on the 2002. He said no way, never did it on my other Lexus (mine) and it has 256,000 miles on it. Said he would still be driving it if he hadn't gotten a bad diagnosis on it. So, now I know that the timing belt on my 1992 Lexus with 256,000 miles on it has never had the timing belt replaced. Other than this, he religiously followed the maintanence guidelines. rosie No sooner had I posted this than my husband comes in to tell me about a guy on Click and Clack (motor mouths, to me) who has 350,000 miles on his 93 Lexus (400, I think) and hasn't even changed the spark plugs! Apparently it is leaking power steeering fluid, which is why he callled the show. okay, back to the game. r
  13. What a sad story! Here's another one. I cried because I had no shoes until I met someone with no feet. Or, how about this story of a little boy? I think he is 17,too. Hello, My name is Billy Evans. I am a very sick little boy. My mother is typing this for me, because I can't. She is crying. The reason she is so sad is because I'm so sick. I was born without a body. It doesn't hurt, except when I breathe. The doctors gave me an artificial body. It is a burlap bag filled with leaves. The doctors said that was the best they could do on account of us having no money or insurance. I would like to have a body transplant, but we need more money. Nommy doesn't work because she said nobody hires crying people. I said, "Don't cry, Mommy," and she hugged my burlap bag. Mommy always gives me hugs, even though she is allergic to burlap and it makes her sneeze and chafes her real bad. I hope you will help me. You can help me if you email everyone you know about me. Email people you don't know too. Dr. Johansen said that for every person you email, Bill Gates will team up with AOL and send a nickel to NASA. With that funding NASA will collect prayers from school children all over America and have the astronauts take them up into space so that the angels can hear them better. Then they will come back to earth and go to the Pope and he will take up a collection in church and send all the money to the doctors. The doctors could help me get better then. Maybe one day I will be able to play baseball. Right now I can only be third base. Every time you email someone about me, the astronauts can take more prayers to the angels and my dreams will be closer to coming true. Please help me. Mommy is so sad, and I want a body. I don't want my leaves to rot before I turn 10. But, if you don't email people, that's okay. Mommy says you're a mean and heartless *BLEEP* who doesn't care about a poor little boy with only a head. She says that if you don't stew in the raw pit of your own guilt-ridden stomach, she hopes you burn in hell forever. What kind of a cruel person are you that you can't take five freakin' minutes to email your friends so that they can feel guilt and shame about ignoring a poor, bodiless nine-year-old boy? Please help me. I try to be happy, but it's hard. I wish I had a kitty. I wish I could hold a kitty. I wish I could hold a kitty that wouldn't chew on me and try to bury it's turds in the leaves of my burlap body. I wish that very much. Thank You, Billy "Smiley" Evans
  14. Okay, I've grown tired of the whining. Clearly, this is a problem you seem to think someone else should solve. And, no matter how many people try to explain the facts of life to you, you keep coming back with some excuse or other for why you just can't solve this problem. I don't see anyone here stepping up to offer you a car. Ain't gonna happen, my friend. Take the good advice and fix it yourself, or find a solution that works. So, do what you have to do, even if it is to get a job, save up and ride the bus in the meantime. Or. buy a bicycle. Maybe you don't need a car. A 17 year old is quite capable of riding a bicycle anywhere. And, you can buy a wonderful bicycle for $1900.00 and the bus goes anywhere. Just a thought. Rosie (a girl)
  15. Well, my dear, the sad news is that a 92 ES300 is, at best, a $5,000 car. You bought one that had issues. Ay 17.5, this will be a great object lesson that being around cars is not the same as being around people selling one to you. study hard! rosie