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  2. Great, Bob! Sounds like you are on you way to figuring that one out. What you see on the scope, as you know, is measured as “Ripple” by the electronic designers and they have to be able to filter that out per the specs they are required to meet.
  3. Yesterday
  4. Here's what I found out about the outside mirrors retracting: First they will only retract if all doors are closed, therefore they will not retract using the lock button on the inside of the door. They will retract using 3 different locking methods - -1. close all doors and use the keyless FOB, 2. close all doors and use the detention in the door handle to lock them, 3. close all doors and with the tailgate door open press the close button twice--the door will close, then lock the doors, then retract the mirrors.
  5. Yes, what type of hood deflector do you have on there currently?
  6. Hi, I agree with everything you said and possibly my new VSC warning has nothing to do the with battery charger. My old charger is the simple step down transformer and a rectifier, producing the pulsating DC that you reference and dropping charge as the battery voltage increases (10 A max in any case). My old scope stopped working, but that is what I can see with a simple meter measuring the pulsing as an AC component. More to come later as I find out if my Auto Enginuity scan tool can pick up the non-emissions codes, not much hurry as I did verify that ABS is still working which mostly leaves the yaw and steering angle sensors to be checked.
  7. 2007 RX-350 with 166,000 miles. Front passenger side tire shakes on/off. We have a set of Michelin tires on the car with about 15,000 miles on them. So far we have had the brakes checked, tires balanced, and tires rotated. Still a problem. About 5000 miles ago we had a new front suspension put on. Starts when we make a right turn and continues to about 50mph. HELP!
  8. Is apple car play ever going to be in RX350
  9. First, I don't know why you bought this car, you can buy Versa Sedan 2019 with $179 Per Month, 42 Months, $0 Down and the other problem that face on your tyres it may be due to new tyres bedding
  10. Your battery charger produce either true 14.7 volt DC but most likely it is pulsating DC which is not considered to be an AC component. Your battery loves DC and PDC for charging purposes. The car eletronics is designed to take pulsating DC and filter it out with a filter capacitor (called and RC network) so that the electronics sees only pure DC Direct current. I have an old charger that is nothing more than a transformer voltage reducer and a bridge rectifier which produces unfiltered pulsating DC current. It will not harm your electronic system. Lexus, I’m sure, takes great pride in being able to pass only DC coming from any make of charger, so long as it is not devective. But you do want to make sure your charger has an overvoltage (crowbar) that will trip off the charger on an overvoltage conditon resulting from a malfunction in the charger. Waiting to hear how the VSC trouble could be connected to charging the battery. But you are right to get a new one just to be safe, no doubt at all.
  11. I am concerned about the electronics that is running 24/7 in this and newer cars so I did a test on the 18 after I got it. It will take an hour charge after 3 days in the hanger. Thee years ago, I had an insurance device put on a Camry with a new battery. This to get lower rates for not using the vehicle that much. It killed the battery after a week. Reason being that some of the cell phone equipped devices use just enough power to drain the battery in a week. So knowing that Lexus has the same concept for managing lost or stolen vehicle tracking, I needed to know what that does to vehicle battery discharge. Based on my tests, I would not leave the vehicle for more than 4 days in the hangar if I do not drive very far for local trips. All lead-acid batterys will discharge over time due to internal resistance features, but when it takes an hour to charge it back up after 3 or 4 days, you know you have a system that requires a lot more battery capacity than the older cars. I got a battery minder for the camry / with the tracker, and did not like it. So I make sure I drive the RX more often. It’s fun to drive, and - Technology has it’s pros and cons...
  12. I found it interesting that when I open the door and hit the lock button on the door, the side mirroes will not retract, but they do if I use the keyless FOB instead after leaving the vehicle.
  13. I tried a tank of mid-test but noticed no difference. To most people, it’s more important to use a better hi-detergent gas (maybe 10 cents a gallon more) like Shell or Exxon than to waste money on a higher grade of gas. I keep all my receipts to show the next buyer when I trade, that the vehicle is not going to have injector or performance problems from using cheap grocery store gas, that does not claim to meet the highest standards in gasoline additives. In my Camry H I did experience ruff idle after using cheap gas for a few years, so stay away from it now.
  14. Artificial intelligence - looks for rain drops via the windsheild camera. It knows what the temperature outside is, it may disable the feature based on outside temp by itself. I’d think the progammer would be smart enough to make sure they do not work automatically somewhere below freezing. But, it is a fact that well below freezing, the defrosters are keeping the glass warm enough to melt snow that hits it. So gussing that he relies on what he sees hitting the glass to operate the wipers. Someone in the dealership garage would know.
  15. The RX300 has about a 17 gallon gas tank. My tank will not fill more than 9 gallons, the display shows 3/4 of a tank? Also it smells like gas after filling up.
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  17. I have a 2004 SC430. I put the top down this spring for the first time this year two weeks ago and when I went to close it the top came up and closed but the rear trunk deck stayed up and I haven't been able to close it since. I have disconnected the battery hoping it would reset a switch but no luck. The open/close switch now stays red constantly when the car is running. I have used the manual trunk release to get into the trunk and check what I am able to there, still nothing, What else can I check before I take it to the dealer and pay an arm and a leg? Thanks for any assistance!
  18. The bushings are not super expensive, even for Lexus. Some dealers used to market the sport sway bar as a kit, with the appropriate sport bushings. Installing the sport sway bar kit is really easy, you don't even need a jack. The change to the sport sway bar, especially on slow speed corners, makes a noticeable.difference in push/understeer. I would note that a bit of research indicated that the other components of the "sport suspension" were higher rate springs and struts, marketed in some countries without the sport sway bar as the "rough road" suspension.
  19. Switch and motor are probably fine, but the grease Toyota uses becomes hard over time. The factory setting is to have the steering while tilt up for easy entry / exit, so it is often used. The telescope is less often used, mainly when operating the memory seat settings. Both tilt and telescope became frozen on our car. Almost every owner I've spoken to recently has some form of this problem. Fortunately for you, the tilt motor is easy to get close to. There are a couple of screws on the top trim panel, seen when turning the steering wheel left or right. After those are removed, take out the screw on the bottom. Final step is to press on the sides of the lower trim panel back by the dash and the top and bottom trim panels will separate. The tilt hinge points will be visible and I started with a few drops of light silicon oil on the hinges and on the screw shaft. After slow wiggles, the tilt started to work and I continued to add a few drops of oil while the operating range increased. At that point I also applied a little simple lithium grease and left the lower trim panel off so I can easily remove the top trim panel over the next few months to continue the lubrication process. I also had the default setting to tilt the wheel entry / exit disabled. The manual makes a telescope fix seem easy, but the later cars have the knee airbag that is in the way.
  20. I know the 1999 and 2000 vehicles you could get a limited slip rear as an option before electronic traction control. I had a limited slip rear tacked down for $300 at one point. Closest thing i could come up with. The lack of either on mine is why i try to keep it out of anything serious. Even 1-2" deep red clay mud on some of the "roads" we go down can be tricky. Not many options for better 4x4 other than maybe engine and drivetrain swap to something out of a 2.7L 4x4 taco. Major major build issues which is where considering an lx,gx might be recommended.
  21. Hey! Yeah, there's no lockers, it's a very small diff not used in any offroad application... 6.7" I think... as for the shield, do you mean my hood deflector? I also plastidip'd my grill if that's what you mean... I'm not sure if I'm up to building another bumper either, sorry! If I had more time maybe I would
  22. Those tires/wheels look good. What are you waiting for? I just replaced my front shocks again. The front right went out last fall's trip through the woods when i noticed it ot hard i think. Those were KYB made in the US and it lasted about a year. Replaced with Gabriel Ultras made in China we will see. I also finally installed camber bolts on all 4 corners. I put them all at max to counter the spring lift (-2.5deg i think). I could probably use a hair more negative but they are close enough. It made major major improvements to the on road handling and braking. We will see how it does offroad on my birthday trip thursday and friday.
  23. this man can fixit for you jimlwalker@sbcglobal.net
  24. Some good work going on here guys . Like to see some progress and ideas ive had my wheels and tyres just need time to get them on
  25. I've been using an old 10 A battery charger periodically (couple of hours), when not using the car much. In general, a lead/acid battery is essentially a constant voltage source and it doesn't care much what connects to it in terms of voltage passed on. While I thought that would block any AC component from the battery charger, perhaps not enough on the Lexus. After the last time I used the charger (done many times before), I now have the VSC indication described above. I pass this on as a caution, I'm getting a new battery charger after I fix the problem. By the way, Lexus starts to describe the diagnostic tests on page 5-483 in the repair manual and VSC trouble codes are on page 5-499. No indication of an ABS issue, so I think the problem is in the only with the VSC sensors and I'll update this post after I fix the problem.
  26. What kind of shield do you have on the front grille?
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