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    RX300 AWD - 210,000 miles
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  1. A good pair of needle nose pliers will get the job done but the tips need to be fairly long and slender. El cheapo pliers probably need not apply. Your best bet for the Outer Grounding/Retaining Sleeve is probably going to be a used parts place/junkyard. Pull-A-Part is a national franchise where you have to do your own wrenching but if they have what you need you'll never find it for less. If there is not one in your area there are probably similar salvage yards. With Pull-A-Part you can check their inventory before you go to see if they have a Gen 1 RX300 in inventory. Otherwise, you're at the mercy of your friendly Lexus parts department. Or, depending on your level of desperation, a quick Internet search will find you complete replacement antennas: Lotsa luck.
  2. Based on your description it's impossible to make any kind of diagnosis with any certainty. However, it appears that at this point you are just throwing parts and money at the problem. I think it's time to find a good independent Toyota/Lexus shop that will have the proper diagnostic equipment to give you an informed determination of what the problem is. It'll cost a lot less than coil packs and valve timing solenoids. Good luck.
  3. Sounds like a trip to your local independent Toyota/Lexus shop may be in order.
  4. Based on the limited amount of information you've provided, if the vehicle seems to lose power going uphill but the engine RPM's are increasing, I think it's time for someone to take a hard look at your transmission. I don't know of any other place where you can create any serious slippage in the drive train. Let us know what you find.
  5. Just looking at the belt arrangement on my 2000 RX300 and the adjustment has to be either via the alternator or the A/C compressor. Either way, it's not obvious like the old days but it has to be there somewhere. If you push down on the belt midway between the alternator pulley and the crankshaft pulley there should be about 1/2" of depression available and that's with a pretty stout finger pressure. I had my alternator replaced sometime last summer and this is where the indy shop left the belt tension. If there's much more than that much depression available you may have found your problem. It'll be interesting to see what you discover on your quest. Again, good luck.
  6. While you're under the hood, loosen the belt and check any other accessories (A/C, power steering pump) to see if there is any significant drag. I have trouble thinking it's just a coincidence that you have a squeaking belt and a Alternator/Battery warning light. In a vehicle of this age, you really need to find a good independent shop that specializes in Toyota/Lexus repairs. Under the hood is all Toyota so there should be one in your area you could trust to do good work at a fair price. The parts will be about the same price as the dealer but the labor rates should be significantly less. Good luck and let us know what you find that solves the problem.
  7. I think you have two possibilities: (1) the accessory drive belt is loose and needs to be adjusted. (2) you have an alternator bearing seizing up and the belt is slipping over the pulley. If the belt is loose, adjust and problem solved. If the belt is tight, loosen it and see if the alternator pulley will spin freely with no drag. If it doesn't, problem solved with a nre alternator - and they ain't exactly cheap but it is an easy DIY. Good luck.
  8. Hopefully you can get some benefit from the attached files. Good luck. RX300_1998-2003_Workshop_Repair_Manual__WhereEverybodyKnowsY.pdf RX300 - Body Electrical Diagrams .pdf RX300_-_Repair_Manual_.pdf
  9. Most likely it is the retractable antenna mast. It has a coiled nylon "tail" with teeth that allow it to be pushed up and retracted back. I'm pretty sure some of the nylon teeth have broken off. The following video will show you how to replace your mast. It's actually a pretty simple job. Just pay attention and take your time. New mast is available at your friendly Lexus dealer Parts Department. As repairs go, this one is pretty easy and not that expensive. I did mine a few years ago and this is the procedure I followed. Good luck.
  10. With the advent of aluminum radiators having plastic end caps this has become a common problem for many makes. The leaks typically occur at the "seal" between the aluminum core and the plastic end caps. It's usually the product of poor (cheap) materials combined with poor workmanship. I don't know if the radiators available from your friendly Lexus Parts Department are any better or not. Most all the El Cheapo imports are manufactured in China and often last until the warranty runs out. Sadly, although the cost of the radiator itself is typically not too bad, the labor cost to remove and reinstall one is where the real pain is as you are well aware. If you are going to opt for another replacement, I'd probably spring for an OEM radiator from the dealer provided they could convince me it was a Genuine Lexus (Toyota) part. Also, this might be a good time to take a look at the available cooling system sealants available at your local Autozone, Advance, NAPA, etc. Things really have improved over the years and I don't see that you've got a lot to lose at this point. Let us know how things turn out.
  11. As long as you don't have the vehicle loaded down with 4-5 passengers and accompanying luggage you should be OK. At 500 pounds that is like 2-3 passengers which is a lot - especially if you have the back storage area full of tools, spare parts, etc. That transmission was not Toyota's (Lexus') finest hour either. I think you're pretty much on the edge with that much weight hanging off the back bumper.
  12. Any good independent Toyota/Lexus shop should be happy to do that work for you. The parts costs won't differ much but the labor charges should be less - perhaps 25-30% - than your dealer quote. The vibration may be related to the failing center U-joint on the drive shaft. If the joint is making that much vibration you need to get it replaced now or have your AAA policy paid up. Once the drive shaft problem is resolved you can then begin to look for the source of other squeaks, creaks, and groans. It would be good if you could find someone to recommend an indy shop they have used. Failing that, be sure to go online to the local BBB to check the shop's track record in dealing with the public. Good luck.
  13. Good news. Bad news. The good news is that some independent locksmith shops can duplicate the remote key. i priced one for my 2000 RX300 and it was about $125 a couple of years ago. The bad news is that they have to have a working 3-button key to obtain the source code. Check around with some full-service key shops and you might get lucky. Otherwise, it's back to the dealer or use the valet key with manual locking and unlocking.
  14. It probably won't break anything that isn't already broken. That said, the attached YouTube video shows you exactly how to solve your problem. I've done mine either once or twice over the past 16 years and 225,000 miles. If you take your time and follow the video this is a pretty simple job for any decent do-it-yourselfer. The final step when you power up the radio to retract the new antenna it would be handy to have an extra pair of hands to help feed the new antenna into the housing. I've done it with no help so it's not a requirement. At least this video will show you what's actually broken. Hint: it's the nylon teeth on the retractable part. Lotsa luck.
  15. There should be a wheel speed sensor on each wheel. Typically one of them feeds the speedometer and others do other things. You can lose one (or more) of those coils and you can get the symptoms you are seeing. Short of checking the resistance on each coil there really is no other way to see if that might be the problem except getting the codes read by a Lexus/Toyota dealer or a good indy garage. They will have the model specific analyzers which tell them things you can never get from the standard OBDII port at your local Autozone store. Even checking the resistance is often not a clear cut indication since these are Hall effect sensors. If you have one sensor that reads radically different than the others then that is a likely culprit.