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I have a 1998 LS400 and I am having problem with my dash light. It goes out from time to time. When driving it goes out. Of course, this means I can't see how fast I'm going (wonder if that's a good excuse for speeding?) When it first started, I would just pull over and turn the engine off/restart it. Sometime it occurs frequently and other times it won't happen for days. The dealer want to charge $800 just to look at it. Any ideas.

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purportedly, the 'light-out' problem in cold weather only happens to Gen1 90~94. I believe yours is the first one we heard for a 98.

for 90~94 models, the problem is a bad 50-cents capacitor (C212 16V/10uf) on the main circuit board inside instrument cluster.

http://apaqdigital.com/ls400/instrument_circuit.jpg

http://www.clublexus.com/forums/showthread...15&pagenumber=6

but more than likely the circuit board is different on 98 model, so contact the ebayer on this item:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAP...item=2452608356

see whether they can handle a 98 LS400. they only charge $175.

or check with Jim Walker who knows about this sort things very well:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAP...item=2452355660

good luck!

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In addition to the 90-94s- I have also heard of a similar problem on a 1996 LS400, but never on a 1998. Perhaps the same problem that occurs on the 90-96?

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