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  2. Purchased a 2009 430 about 2 yrs ago with 80, and just l000 miles on it and just love to cruise in it with the top down and a full moon. Thinking about upgrading the wheels though to dress up the flash.
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  4. Just so there is no confusion, this is just simply a limited slip (LS) differential, it is not a Torsen, it is not a Posi-trac and there is no such thing as a torsen posi. You can generically call it a posi but Pos-Trac is/was GM's name for their limited slip units, its like calling a bandage a Band-aid regardless of the brand. The problem with almost every limited slip is the clutches only have a certain amount of service life. I would not expect a 200k mile limited slip to really be any good without replacing the clutches but maybe you get a good one. Torsen is a completely different type of unit that uses extra helical side gears to balance power and it is a much better option. You find the torsen as center differentials in the higher end Toyota/Lexus 4WD vehicles, and not typically as front or rear differentials unless you are talking higher end performance cars. To me, the center diff (called a transfer case on the RX) is the biggest limiting factor for off-roading the early AWD without VSC. It is a 75/25 front to rear wheel power split and without a way to lock it or stop a wheel from spinning you are still completely limited by the traction of the other wheels. If you loose traction in the front like getting stuck in a muddy ditch, your limited slip in the rear really doesn't matter much because you are not going to get power worth a flip to the rear wheels. I had a LS rear tracked down for mine for $300 and decided it was not worth doing especially considering I would still probably have to replace the clutches. The best solution without changing vehicles or doing a full power/drivetrain swap was to pull the VSC out of an 02-03 to put in my 00'. It would be much easier to get an AWD with VSC though and build that. I still love the idea of a 2.7L Tacoma 4x4 power/drivetrain swapped in with a turbo.... I was running 2" wheel spacers and those give you much more clearance at the spring perches. The major problem is the AWD already couldn't turn fro crap and the spacers made it even worse. But they do let you fit bigger tires, especially like the BFG K02 that have those big side lugz. Keep up the good work though I really love seeing what people are still doing to have fun with these! If you get your rear limited slip in I am curious to know how it does so keep us posted.
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  6. I have the same issue of vibration only when firmly accelerating at highway speeds. 2009 ES350 130K. Bearings are tight, tires OK, alignment OK, brakes OK. I replaced the broken upper motor mount and saw no change. The three lower mounts look visually OK -- motor top moves about an inch or so back and forward shifting P-R-N-D at 1200RPM, and no hard shudder. There is no noise from the outside universals turning in tight circles hard right and hard left, and no movement pushing them up/down. All the boots look perfect, but there is some grease on passenger side near the PS pump that could be ATF. The driver side inside universal has some movement, maybe 2mm when I push it up/down with tire off. Passenger side has less play. I attached a video of passenger side idling with tire off. Is this expected movement of the shaft? I posted on another forum and got "shaft is shot" and "have a shop check". Thanks pass shaft move 3s.mov
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  8. My emergency brake keeps getting stuck when you push it down having a hard time releasing it anybody know any tricks. Or is there something I'm just not doing right
  9. Here's how: https://youtu.be/JjoNLCb8FxI
  10. I have a A 2004 GX and I cannot adjust the year 2020 on my calendar I can scroll into 2020 but as soon as I turn the car off and restart it it goes back to your 2000 the same way as it was before, same as the month the date . does anybody know how to adjust it
  11. The fuel tank vent tube is clogged. It allows displaced air to escape as the tank is filled. Google something like "gas tank vent tube clogged". Here is a link to one video about the problem but I don't know what type of vehicle it is or what the vent tube on an RX looks like:
  12. I have the same problem happened with me, I found that the compressor sensor is faulty, now 2 solutions either to change the compressor as sensor cannot be repaired which will cost more money, or bypass the compressor sensor by small copper wire and it will work perfect, I chose to bypass the compressor sensor and it worked fine with me so far
  13. Now I am getting about 23 mpg, which goes up a little with all highway driving. It is quite acceptable for a performance car.
  14. These cars need alignment fairly often, front and rear. It will help your tires a lot.
  15. We have the same issue in our UX 200. Seems like a very rough shift when first taking off. I've noticed it goes away when driving in Sport mode. Our dealer also said they couldn't find any issues.
  16. most likely the ecu capacitors are bad. If you open it up you will see the capacitors are leaking. it is a common problem in the LS400 and SC ecus. Mine had this issue and I just had it repaired.
  17. Considering an 07 Gx470 with 237,000 miles for $7,500. One owner , dealer maintained , recent timing belt , radiator and rear rotors and pads. The internet reassures me I should not have fear about this purchase. Looking for experienced advice. The records are all per carfax , and I spent some time looking them over , looks to have been well cared for. Looks clean in photos , shows well , have yet to see in person , and drive. Thanks in advance for any advice received.
  18. The center visor is flimsy and does not stay up anymore, so I bought one online and don't know how to pull the old one off. Anyone knows how to remove the old one? I am hoping someone here may have replaced his and can give me some guidance before I try prying the old one off myself and breaking something.
  19. Try pressing the power button on the radio. Mine said the same last week after my daughter was "helping" me. I kinda forgot the simple things. ... just realized how old the thread is..
  20. I have the same issue on a 2002 Lexus RX300. I have disconnected the ABS at the connector between the ABS control module and the coolant fluid reservoir and tried recalibrating the yaw sensor (although it did not do anything). I have not located the yaw sensor. Do you need to remove the rear seat to access that sensor?
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  22. Thanks visine. Where on earth do I start to troubleshoot this issue to clear the code for good? I can clear codes but it comes back after few hours of running. Thanks again!
  23. One real good thing is the upgrade on the seats, it is made MUCH better has many breathing holes in them and seem to last a LOT longer than non coach editions. sorry folks, I didnt realize this was 2008 listing..
  24. I agree with #Sha4000 , buy the control arms and be patient and find another independent shop with a positive reputation combined with a willingness to be honest about doing the job. It’s not easy to find honest mechanics because they mostly don’t list prices. I’d buy them on eBay or some site. You can buy a whole set of 8 control arms for between $290-$800 depending on which you decide to buy. Labor may be 3 hours and could pay between $600-$1,100 for The entire job. I paid for my own control arms. Most owners have said its overblown and it is and isn’t to me. The reliability of these control arms have been questionable but, the fix is overblown. You can just buy them yourself and don’t use the dealership. I’d get the alignment done at Lexus dealership to assure it’s done up to Lexus standards the same day you get your car back. The next day at latest even if you have to wait on the car. To avoid driving on new control arms without the alignment being done. Also my Lexus dealer confirmed all the control arms were installed so that helped. The way to look at it Is if you pay $600-$1,200 for the entire 8 control arms to be purchased and installed and have to do it again in say 5–10 years it’s still less than $4,400 at a Dealership or even the lowest I’ve heard dealers do this job at $3,500. Youll be fine. Lexus overall makes a quality car. The control arms and brake actuators are the main issues I’ve heard about and once done maybe a couple more issues but some have and some haven’t had issues. Cheaper fixing what we have to drive a engine/transmission with the ability to go 400,000 miles if we do oil and fluid changes and filters and belts, etc.!!
  25. 2 screws behind SW, one under, squeeze bottom and lift oft top, or reverse that, I forgot (i am 86)
  26. should be 3 screws, two behind the SW, and one on the bottom AND then 2 HOOKS, either squeeze, the bottom half and lift the top off OR squeeze the top and life the bottom off
  27. I have 4 2009 SC430 wheels for sale. They are in very good condition. Can send pictures if anyone interested.
  28. Generally when engine RPM drops on below common range of 800 RPM for the mostly cars, It’s more than which you’re dealing with an IAC valve issue. In these cases the valve will be clogged & failed that’s why your vehicle will stall instead for slowing to an idle after the release of the throttle. I want to do explanation more but currently I have stress of my academic task & I can’t understand How Can I Write My assignment Do you have any suggestion? Because study plus job is more complicated but I’m trying to make my assignment professionally if you know someone who can help me in my assignment kindly share their details.
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