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#1 J Diem

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 07:06 PM

I have a 1998 LX470 with 127,000 miles, interior and exterior in very good shape. I am having problems with the front end bouncing and have read the forums about replacement of the accumulators. The dealership wanted thousands of dollars and would not guarantee that it would fix the problem. I do not want to spend several thousands of dollars, more than 4 with no guarantee. I have priced a conversion kit from Suncore for 545,00. I have also priced shocks for a 1998 Toyota Landcruiser that has the same chasis. I have read one forum that said this would pass inspection. Front shocks surrounded by springs 160.00, rear shocks 120.00 and rear coils 100.00. This is 165.00 less than the Suncore conversion kit that looks to be exactly the same parts. My concern is that the computer will send out some type of warning or signal and a warning light will stay on at the interior console. Has anyone done this conversion and was there a problem, and if so was there a solution. ANY INPUT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!
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#2 sharpie

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 03:27 PM

I just replaced the entire AHC system in my 99 LX with a lift and standard suspension setup (old man emu). If you are looking for a pump and motor assembly to repair your AHC I have the one I took out listed on eBay here: goo.gl/4zzpI

#3 LexiKon

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:13 PM

I hope you haven't done this already!!!

The AHC is what makes an LX470 what it is. I had the same issue on my 2002 LX470 with over 230K miles. Mind you, I bought it 8 years ago with 32K miles, so as you can see, this car has been through a lot.

That being said, I was having the same issue with my car for the past 2 years, where the front of the car was all the way at the bottom, and it felt like I would go air borne if I drove on a rough road. I went to the dealer and got the exact same answer, "It'll be $280 for diagnosis, we might have to replace the AHC system to find out if that's the issue, cost will be over four grand...yada yada yada."

Anyway, I did months and months of research. During this, I changed the Suspension oil ($50 from the dealer, do not use any other oil) - No results. Then I figured, I'd bite the bullet and change both of the "Front Height Control Accumulators". I teamed up with a mechanic, and he bought them for me (at his price) from the Lexus dealer closeby for a little over $500 a piece. I took the car to him to get them replaced, thinking it'd be an all day job. Turns out, it took him one hour. It's a simple unscrewing-screwing back job underneath the car, and bleeding the suspension fluid so no air is trapped in them (usually this would have resolved the issue if your Accumulators are bad), but I got no results. I could feel the sweat dripping down my spine now. I had just dished over $1,000 for something that wasn't even the issue.

So the mechanic looked around some more. My mistake was that I didn't get it diagnosed by him before I asked him to order the Accumulators for me. What was the find after 10 minutes of looking around?

The front passenger side "Height Control Sensor" was in pieces and needed to be replaced. So he called up the dealer again and I picked it up for another $300+. After installing this, the mighty LX470 car rose it's head as it used to, when I met him the first time.

MORAL OF THE STORY:
GET IT DIAGNOSED THOUROUGHLY BY A TRUSTWORTHY MECHANIC BEFORE DOING ANYTHING.

Total cost was a little less than $1,800 including labor (which could have been around $500). But I don't regret it a bit because it's been two months now, and I have driven the car for over 4,000 miles, and it rides 'in the air' the same way as it was riding the day I bought it.

A WORD OF CAUTION and/or ADVICE:
PLEASE HAVE YOUR SUSPENSION FLUID CHANGED AT EVERY 60,000 MILES TO MAKE THE AHC SYSTEM LAST FOREVER. I was never told this until I ruined it (or may be not).


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