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bode

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About bode

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    William

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  • Lexus Model
    ls400
  • Lexus Year
    1999
  1. Hi BillyDPowell,

    Do you still have the link to the service manual for replacing headlight assembly. I am putting in new assembly for 1999 ls400 and am stuck about how to remove motor and then how to put everything in new headlight. Thanks for any help

     

    Bode

  2. Landar,

    Hi,

    I have a question. The tool you bought from Harbor Freight. Will that work on my 1999 Lexus ls400? Some people are saying there is less room behind the starter on my year lexus than the 1992. Any ideas on this/

    Thanks

    Bode

  3. Starter Replacement

    Billydpowell, Thanks for the post, but you didn't tell me what happens when I try to take the 2 bolts out behind the block. Are you saying it is very difficult to get to them? Also, so I am clear about what you are saying, that you never saw a starter failure due to bad coil, just due to solenoid and contacts? My thought is if I can get the starter out, I will replace it, but if those 2 bolts are too hard to remove, I will replace parts. Just what I am thinking at the moment Bode
  4. Starter Replacement

    Also to Trevor Catt, You said it is easy to replace solenoid parts. Just so I'm sure here, the solenoid is right on top of the starter in middle of engine. Is that correct? If so, lot of work to get to that part, unless I'm missing something Bode
  5. Starter Replacement

    Lenore, Thanks for the post and your thoughts. It is an intermittent problem and may indeed be the solenoid. But, it could also be dead spots on the coil or bad contacts, brushes, I think they still call them that. Anyway, if I go through the labor to get to the starter, wouldn't it be better just to replace the whole thing? More expensive than solenoid, but sure wouldn't want to do it twice if I was wrong. Thanks for tutorial and appreciate any opinion you can share. Is it harder to take the whole thing out than to replace just the solenoid? Thanks Bode
  6. Hi, I am wondering if someone could direct me to someone knowledgeable. I want to replace my starter and am wanting to do it myself. Not 100% sure it is the starter. It is intermittent, and seems to work more often when strong, new battery is installed. I have replaced ground wire to battery, and it doesn't happen all the time, but when it does, I hear the dreaded click, sound, and no start. I try again and after third time or so, it will start just fine. Seems like it is an electrical issue, but local mechanics just want to replace starter. Car is a 1999 LS 400 with 190,000 miles. Any good tutorials on this with pics. I have modest repair skills. Any diagnostic posts to verify for certain it is the starter. I do hear the starter relay click when attempting start. Thanks for any help, Bode
  7. After Market Radio Install

    Hi, Thanks for all your help. My radio install went fine, the guys at local Best Buy were very knowledgeable and via your help and knowledge about the preamp were able to wire it so the sub woofer works well. Am very happy with radio and with back up camera I bought for it. I have another project and wonder if you could direct me to posts or someone knowledgeable. I want to replace my starter and am wanting to do it myself. Not 100% sure it is the starter. It is intermittent, and seems to work more often when strong, new battery is installed. I have replaced ground wire to battery, and it doesn't happen all the time, but when it does, I hear the dreaded click, sound, and no start. I try again and after third time or so, it will start just fine. Seems like it is an electrical issue, but local mechanics just want to replace starter. Car is a 1999 LS 400 with 190,000 miles. Any good tutorials on this with pics. I have modest repair skills. Thanks, Bode
  8. Hi,

    thinking of replacing starter myself. Are there any pictures on forum for this as a guide. Inhave a 1999 Lexus Los 400 also. 

    Is it easier to do than on the earlier year ls 400's? I want to replace starter is it hard to take out the three bolts?

    thanks for any help

     

    bode

  9. After Market Radio Install

    I don't know what to say. Bought car in Chicago, live in Florida. I took off drivers seat to clean car carpet a couple yeats ago and discovered the amp then, under drivers seat. I will go look under passengers seat tomorrow and let you know what I find. However, I did see an amp under drivers seat, wires going to it and all. The installers never looked for the amp, just found appropriate spesker wires. My radio has Android Auto. Very nice interface with phone. Sound is excellent, as good as Nakamich sound, maybe brighter.
  10. After Market Radio Install

    Thanks for all help in this. I can now say definitely what the situation is with Nakamichi radio in Lexus ls400 concerning installing aftermarket radio. I was there and watched it done. Indeed, all one has to do is take aftermarket speaker wires from new radio and connect them to speaker wires going to Nakamichi amp under drivers seat. The amp does the rest and delivers appropriate sound to subwoofer on its own. That's it. No separate sub out. Anyone having questions on this can contact me. It is an easy install. And, it sounds amazing.
  11. After Market Radio Install

    Thanks for that info. I Am the original owner of the car it says it is a Nakamichi radio right on the radio itself. There is an amp under the drivers seat because I have taken the seat off for cleaning and seen the amp. At least on my car, that is where the amp is installed .bestbuy guy is going to use the rca outputs instead of wire harness that comes with new radio and connect them directly to the amp which he says powers speakers and subwoofer. We'll see what happens. Doing it tomorrow. bode
  12. After Market Radio Install

    Thanks for that info. I too can't understand why the sub wouldn't work as long as you connect power to it from aftermarket radio. To be clear, all I have to do is find which wires go to preamp under the drivers front seat? Do you remember which color they were, or will the wiring diag am you posted show that? again, thanks for your help Bode
  13. After Market Radio Install

    Thanks for the info. My question, how did he get the subwoofer to work with amp under front seat? Everyone tells me you hav to bypass the amp and not use the subwoofer. Why is that and how did your guy get around it. Thanks Bode
  14. Hi, I have a 1999 LS400, Nachmichi radio, no navigation, and am putting in a new after-market radio, buying it from Crutchfield. The radio is a Sony XAV-AX100, and the reason I chose it is it has Android Auto which allows me to use my phone for hands free speaking and a lot of other things. I'm not going to use it for navigation, as I also have a garmin with its own back up camera. My question is, is there still no wiring harness, and how can I incorporate the sub woofer and its amp which is located under the driver's seat. Would you recommend doing this myself or letting best buy install. Since this is a more complicated install, I don't want somebody else goofing it up. Also how do you release the upper vents. I did it once, but can't remember where the release is. Thanks for your help Bode
  15. Hi,

    I have talked to you before, and you have been a great help. I hope you can offer some advice on a new project I am undertaking. I have a 1999 LS400 and am putting in a new after-market radio, buying it from Crutchfield. The radio is a Sony XAV-AX100, and the reason I chose it is it has Android Auto which allows me to use my phone  for hands free speaking and a lot of other things. Like you, I'm not going to use it for navigation, as I also have a garmin with its own back up camera. My Lexus is a Natamichi radio. My question is, is there still no wiring harness, and how can I incorporate the sub woofer and its amp which is located under the driver's seat. Would you recommend doing this myself or letting best buy install. Since this is a more complicated install, I don't want somebody else goofing it up. Also how do you release the upper vents. I did it once, but can't remember where the release is.

    Thanks for your help

    Bode

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    2. bode

      bode

      I think I have it, but just in case, send me a link to the diagram. I am going to best buy today and take the radio to one of the guys and see what he says. Wish I could figure it out and do it myself. It looks like all you have to do is connect the correct wires from head unit to the wires to speakers. Then, it seem like there is an RCA input in head for sub. I assume you get an rca to wire adapter and connect those wires to wires going to the pre-amp under driver's seat to sub. Sound right or is their more to it

      thanks for help

       

      Bill

    3. 1990LS400

      1990LS400

      My installer didn't use the Kenwood's separate RCA output for a sub-woofer.    The Nakamichi amp took care of splitting out frequencies that it (the nakamichi amp) sent to the subwoofer.  You're making this harder than it is.  It is really, really simple.

    4. 1990LS400