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Manco

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About Manco

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    Les

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  • Lexus Model
    sc430
  • Lexus Year
    2002
  • Location
    California (CA)
  1. Here's the inexpensive solution for the problem. The Mark Levinson Power Amp in the trunk has shorted out. It's easy to replace but the cost for a 2004 ES330 Amp is exorbitant ($325 to $1,000), as is the cost to repair one on on Ebay being close to $500. Almost any newer Mark Levinson Amp will do the job. I bought a used unit from a 2006 RX330 for $150. The important part is, that the Amplifier has the starting number 86280 on the label, the last 5 digits are not important. It has to look like this picture, although it may not have the mounting brackets on it. Here is how to remove the old amp : Then you must replace the fuse that the old Amp has burned out. It is located in the car cabin just to the left of the steering wheel, behind the change compartment door. Open the compartment door and pull up firmly to remove whole compartment. Look for fuse number 59, which is 25 amps, and replace it. Make sure the replacement Amp look like this picture: Total repair $154
  2. New Tires For Sc430

    Like everyone before me, I hate the RFT's. I don't have to mention all the abysmal behavior that they cause for this nice car. The big difference with me, and most posts is that I didn't buy this car to win the Grand Prix. I want it to be luxurious first , and very sporty second. Any set of rims that has a 5 bolt holes with a 114.3 MM bolt pattern, and an offset of between 35 to 50 MM will work fine on your SC-430. There is plenty of room in the fender wells. So If you have leaking rims, or don't like the looks of the "Plates, " feel fee to buy just about anything you want with the above spec. 16" through 20" rims are just fine, and will not interfere with your brake calipers. Changing tire size and diameter does not, I repeat, does not adversly effect the handling or tracking of the vehicle. I choose to get not only a comfortable ride, but tires that last about four times as long as the RFT's. I chose the Michelin Primacy MXM4's. These are super quite, very long life, have extremely great handling, and they looks really stylish on the car. The size I got was the 245x45R17. The reason I chose this size is that they have the same tread width for traction, and the same diameter 25.7", so the speedometer stays accurate. Additionally the 45 side wall ratio gave a nicer smoother ride with superb handling. See my Member photo. I bought a set 17" X 7.5" X 40mm offset Velox Borzoi rims from Costco for under five hundered dollars, and the tires under eight hundred dollars. The best money I ever spent on the car! I am just delighted with this choice and strongly recomnd this to anyone who is tired of their SC-430 riding like a truck!
  3. Trunk Release Question

    I had the same problem with the trunk release not opening. I sprayed clear silicone spray lubrication on all the hinges and touching surfaces of the trunk support mechanism. I worked it in by opening and almost closing the trunk about 10 times. The problem has disappeared completely.