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  1. 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!
  2. Felix814, We need to know what car, year and mileage. If you go to the top right of the page where you signed in, you'll see your sign in signature and a down arrow. Hit the arrow and fill in your profile. It'll input your car info (other than mileage) with every post you make. Saves time, gives us a starting point to your problem. OK, several years ago my wife's 2003 did the same thing. The research I did at that time (for flashing AC light/no AC) came up with a bad AC Compressor relay in the under hood fuse panel. It has been so problematic over the years that Toyota now uses an upgraded relay that doesn't fail to the same extent as the older version. Cost $28 or so, if I recall correctly. Here's a post from another forum on the issue: "The bad relay is part number 90987-02022 and the label inside the fuse box lid is "MG CLT" which stands for "magnetic clutch". It has to be replaced with part number 90987-02028 (according to LEXUS Technical bulletin EL009-05) which will cost between $70 and $100 depending on which dealer you go to (Toyota carries this too). I bought one, plugged it in and voila, the blinking stopped and the air conditioning started working again." Find yours, take it to Pep Boys or similar, and ask for the Toyota upgraded relay, install, good to go AC.(If this is the problem, and I'll bet it is.)
  3. Lawrence, Always give the year, model and mileage of your car when posting for answers. It gives us a place to start with the answers that would be very different for different years, models, and certainly mileage. On top of that ,we need more info. When does it start missing, after warmup, when cold, at city speeds, only at highway speeds, does it stall out? Can you get it restarted if it does? And when you disconnect the battery and the ECU does a reset, how long before it starts acting up again? Do any of the dash lights flash? Do you have a check engine light on? Flashing? Have you had the codes read? Please describe the symptoms as accurately as you can. Every piece of information can help us pinpoint the possible source of the problem. As well, click on your sign in name (top of page) and then click on your Profile, and fill in the information. Once done, it will post your model, year and leave you just the mileage to fill in on every post. Cheers! Gene
  4. Felix814, First off, there aren't many wrenchers on this site who have a lot of knowledge of the specifics of these cars. Many here do their own brake jobs, etc., but not a great deal beyond that. And Lexus holds their factory service manuals close so they are expensive as he** to buy. So I wouldn't bet that anyone here can give you an absolute and correct answer. That said, 4 trannies in 3 years says you are either beating that car to death with racing and drifting, or you are getting a lot of bad advice from people who really don't know, but are willing to take your money and hopefully correct the issue, which they haven't done so far. You need to find a GOOD independent mechanic (Why pay Lexus prices when the guy who fixes Camry's can do the same job without the high overhead?) who you can trust, and have him or her trace the issue down. It may well be the ECU or perhaps the tranny module, or even a bad wiring harness that some mouse decided to lunch on. Spend the money to get a proper diagnosis from an expert. Good Luck!
  5. hchampion, Yes and no. Yes because there is a "service entry" procedure to permit Lexus service techs into the system to make changes. And no because if the tech can't get the system to correct, you'll still have a bill to pay, whether they get it right or not. And if "not" is what happens, they'll blame it on the used nav system. That said, I have seen a thread here (maybe within the last three years or so) that gave the procedure for unlocking the nav system to its service procedures. At the time the thread procedure allowed you to input destination info while the car was in gear and moving. I recall that's what the poster was trying to achieve, and one assumes that the same procedure would allow for calibration of the unit, but I don't know for sure. I'd do a search for that thread and try it. Either that, or search through the Toyota Avalon FSM for the navigation materials.for 2006. Here's the free link for pdf download. It explains the procedure for what you are seeking. Scroll down and download the nav pdf. Toyota Avalon SIL/RM/ Click on the one called "RM00A0U". I've got to believe that it would be exactly the same for a Lexus. Good Luck!
  6. marathiboy, All things point to a thermostat that has problems, that or a bad/corroded connection at the temperature sensor. I'd try cleaning that connection first, and if that doesn't solve the issue, replace the thermostat and gasket with a Lexus original (not aftermarket). Most people have had less than satisfactory aftermarket thermostat experience. But it would be unwise to wait too long for the replacement, if its necessary. Good Luck!
  7. dommm, The usual rule of thumb for twist on oil filters is to put fresh oil on the rubber seal of the filter, and then turn the filter on until the seal contacts the engine block (you'll feel the filter turning stall a bit) , and then give the filter an additional 3/4's of a full turn, but no more.
  8. wineluver, You're over-worrying the issue. The bible of car repairs is to fix what you know needs fixing and do regular maintnance. Throwing parts at a problem without knowing what the real problem is just wastes money ... a lot of it. That said, you know you have rear cupped tires that cause the seat vibration. Fix the struts and then put on the new tires, and see how the car rides. Most people would do a 4 wheel alignment after strut replacement as well. That may be the only things the car needs. Your axles may be perfectly fine. Usually when one of them go bad, they click, clunk, rattle or cause vibrations. In your case, a front drive car, a bad half axle should cause vibration in the front of the car, not the rear.
  9. downunda, The car should be driveable as is. I suspect that there has been little damage to the intake system. Get the car to a mechanic to ckeck out what needs replacing, hoses and whatever plastic pieces you're concerned about. Should you need new plastic sections for the intake, go to a wrecking yard for the parts, as new from Lexus will break the bank. Good Luck!
  10. wsrivers, There are several YouTube videos for ES thermostat replacement, but they don't identify the year of the ES. Thankfully, there are several Camry v6 thermostat replacement videos as well, that are for your generation (Lexus ES300 uses the same engine as the Camry V6 of the same years, they are sister cars). Check them out and you'll have your answers. Hint: install the thermostat with the small wiggle valve (bypass opening with a loose weighted rivet contraption that allows a small amount of coolant through even when coolant is cold) in the up/12 o'clock position.
  11. Dommm, Its most likely the same as many cars today. To access the back of the headlight assembly, to get at the individual bulb sockets, you will have to remove the front wheel, and loosen some of the front bottom plastic cover on that corner of the car, by pulling out its plastic plugs. Then pull all of the plastic plugs that secure the plastic wheel liner in the front and half way back to the rear of the wheel arch. The entire wheel liner doesn't have to be removed, so don't pull out the plugs on the rear, but mainly from the shock tower forwards. That should allow you to pull the liner from the front of the car down and towards the rear, giving you enough room to get a work light and your arm up into the back of the headlight assembly to change out the bulb. It should be doable, but it is a pain. The only other way to do it, is to remove the whole headlight assembly, but to do so means removing the front bumper cover, and the associated problems of reattaching it without scratching the paint. This is a link to a YouTube video of a Toyota Camry (Lexus ES300 sister model) for the same year, on how to remove the headlight assembly for bulb replacement. Watch the entire video as it shows some tricks. Just be aware that if your ES has the moveable headlights that follow the terrain as you drive, the back of the headlight assembly will be more involved but much the same. I just did the same job on my 2012 Subaru OutBack last month. Not fun, but definitely a DIYer job. Good Luck!
  12. waeltzy, Unfortunately there are few wrenchers on this forum who would be privy to that information. It appears as few Lexus owners are into fixing their vehicles themselves, unlike the Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Ford, etc. forums. Part of that problem is due to Lexus not wanting the info and its factory service manuals in the public domain. Oh, you can buy one if you wish, but it'll cost you in excess of $600. Myself, I've found free copies of the factory service manuals online for my 2012 Subaru OutBack LTD and my 2016 Nissan 370Z Roadster. I've found parts of the FSM for my 2005 GMC dually, but not everything, and my wife's 2011 ES350 ... well I steal things from the Camry v6 manuals for the same year. Most of it is the same, but not all. But there are some alternatives. The Toyota Camry V6 of that same year shares the same platform, and should have wheel geometry that is the same or fairly close to your ES350. As well, there are sites like AllData that will give you the info you seek for a fee, allowing you to download the section of the FSM you require for a 3 day period of time for $15 or so. I've never used them, but I understand its out there. On top of that, try calling other alignment shops in your area, because I can't believe that many of them don't have the specifications, and maybe your guy just doesn't see enough Lexus vehicles to make it worth his while to buy the info from his software suppliers. Good Luck!
  13. shortimer, At this stage you need a wiring diagram, something that Lexus does not pass around cheaply. You might try finding a Camry V6 wiring diagram (possibly easier to locate) or go online to a site that allows downloads of sections of Lexus f-Factory Service Manuals for a fee. Here's a link to a site that may have what you need for a $7.50 one month charge:
  14. mikes81bigblock, It could be a lot of different things causing your issue. Get the car to a good independent mechanic and have him pull the DTC codes and see what he says as a solution. Not surprising at that mileage.
  15. WWN, Its impossible to narrow down the cause, as its likely to be one or several of the items you've mentioned. Get the car to a good independent mechanic and have him take it for a short drive, and then put it up on a hoist and check it over. He should be able to find your issue in short order.