I own a 1999 Lexus ls400. This is my first car that I got from my uncle. It has 400,000+ miles on it, and it’s just generally beat up. 2 weeks ago, the car stopped running. I had just parked it the night before and woke up to have it not even turn over. When I turn the key, I hear a click inside the engine compartment, but that’s it. There’s power to all the lights and everything else turns on. The starter will sometimes actually move as if it wants to turn over, but only for a second or two. Does anyone have any idea as to what’s wrong with it?
So a couple weeks ago I bought a used 92 LS400 on Craigslist for 1500. I went by myself to look at it and I have a vague knowledge of mechanics and how to look at used cars before buying them and I just bought it without having someone else look at it. After I bought it I had it inspected and found a myriad of issues. When I bought it I knew there was a power steering problem with a hose leaking and that didn't bother me also it needed a new battery so I got that when I bought it. I didn't know that it had a problem driving because I couldn't test drive it outside the little Street it was on but come to find out it shudders and hesitates when cruising and accelerating and they said that could be a crankshaft position sensor that's causing that. Also they said that the power steering pump may be bad as well as the rack and pinion if the hose does not remedy the problem. It's got bad tie rod ends, drive shaft flexible joint is bad, it's got a bad spark plug, valve cover gasket leak, some other gasket leak, needs a new fuel filter and the timing belt is in question whether or not it got changed... front tires are kind of low on tread. There's some minor aesthetic issues like the volume button broke, the LCD screen, the antenna, and there's some other little things I'm missing. The estimate I got from my mechanic was like 1800 so I just sourced the parts on RockAuto for like a quarter or less of what that cost is. Unfortunately I am on a tight budget so I only got the first thing I thought I needed, which was the power steering pressure line and the crankshaft position sensor. I got some decent information looking online for the replacement of the line but ultimately it was just trial and error taking things apart breaking things... it looked like the alternator was completely covered in power steering fluid so I removed it and Cleaned it with brake cleaner. I had to take it out anyway to be able to reach the line that need replacement. I also replaced the return hose, I think that was the main problem but it has a new pressure line now. I put in the new sensor, it was really easy unlike the pressure line. Once I got it all put together and filled up with new fluid, I decided to take it for a test drive as the steering was working quite well at the moment. When I get to the gas station and I started it up again it died on me, bad fuel pump. So here I am without my car temporarily, but I will be working towards getting it running and restored and possibly modified. I'll post more pictures as I get into it but that was just the Craigslist picture. this car needs a lot of love but I think it's going to be worth it in the end because I already have it and I'm kind of stuck with it. I really like this car though even though it needs a lot of work.
I had a progression of problems New Years Eve that eventually led to abandoning the car. First, the cruise control would not function properly in a slowdown zone on I69. Second, I noticed the power steering was gone. I exited the highway and pulled over into a Target parking lot. On the way, my inside electrical functions, radio, heat, display, etc... began shutting down one by one. I had no indication of an electrical problem at the time, only the symptoms. The headlights eventually went out but I was able to get the car parked.
The next day I got the car started after charging the battery. I reasoned my alternator may have been out and I was surviving on battery power. Later in the day the battery acted as if it were drained. The battery has been tested (only 1 year old) and it checks out fine. My local mechanic in my small town cannot get me in until next week.
I have no codes or anything else to go on. But any insight into my problems is appreciated.
By LS Max
I have brand new, in box:
- Moog ES80291 Tie Rod End
- Moog ES80290 Tie Rod End
- Beck Arnley 101-4897 Stabilizer Link
- Beck Arnley 101-4898 Stabilizer Link
- MOOG K500213 Suspension Ball Joint
- MOOG K500214 Suspension Ball Joint
I will match Amazon prices and eat the shipping (within continental U.S.).
I ordered these parts for my car but did not realize that I didn't need them until it was too late to return them. I'm just trying to get most of my money back.
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