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  1. I just wanted to share some insights and info about my 91 LS400. I had the hardest time tracking down a gas smell I was getting only once in a while. I would smell gas in the A/C after the car had warmed up, and only after making a few stops. I would come back to the car and it would reek of gas. Looking around under the hood I could never see a leak. Until one day after stopping I immediately opened the hood and really took my time looking around. After a few minutes there it was, not the fuel pressure regulator but on the other rail my "Fuel Pressure Damper". Out of the top it was spurting g
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  2. You're welcome. The speedometer needle in my '98 sticks (rarely) depending on the ambient temperature. I have read elsewhere that the problem is the instrument lube that's used in the gauge heads get sticky with age. The only real fix is to remove the cluster and have an instrument repair shop deal with it. There is a chance that he gauge cluster might have a bad connection at the circuit board ribbon cables, etc.
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  3. Absolutely agree man, the big solid yellow exclamation and then while in motion blinking explanation is even more frustrating but as i said not worth it so i will just close my one eye Here in this country you can pass an inspection even with the check engine light on, the inspection is not taking account the electronic part/ lights glowing in the dash, only mechanical inspection from underneath the car; oil leak check; Tyre tread check; break check; indicators check; headlight check; wipers check and you are good to go
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  4. I use windex to clean the headlight covers on my GX.
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  5. There are a LOT of reviews for the gen 4 RX Curt and Draw-Tite hitches on the etrailer website. People seem pleased with them. I see that the installation difficulty rating for both is "3 out of 10" which is about the easiest rating that etrailer gives for installing receiver hitches. I've bought a lot of stuff from etrailer including the receiver hitches on our current vehicles, wiring harnesses, bike racks, etc. The appearance of the Curt hitches I've bought has held up a little better than the only Draw-Tite hitch I've bought but that may have been a coincidence. There are a lo
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  6. Starting in 2006 they went to the 6 speed transmission! Just sayin!
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  7. After several years of wanting to convert my RX300 into the Lexi-Quad, I finally got to do it. I used 40mm spacers on top of my struts and 2" wheel spacers. Then I replaced the 225/70R16's with a set of Falken Wildpeaks AT tires in 255/70R16. I love the way it looks. I'm having trouble finding any shop that is willing to do a wheel alignment. They say as soon as it's lifted the factory specs are out the window (which I get), but they aren't even willing to simply align the wheels so my tires don't wear out. They want me to tell them how many degrees of camber etc I want. I have no idea... I'm
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  8. Certainly, bleeding procedures have gotten far more involved over the years. In may cases, a special tool is required to cycle an ABS model. This is why I stopped bleeding my own brakes, many years ago. They didn't need to be done often enough to warrant my buying the special tool.
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  9. Much thanks for your info. I'll take my car to another lube and oil place instead of going to the dealer.
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  10. Wow man, this was super helpful. You following up with me saved a whole lot of wasted time and money on my end and I really appreciate that. There is a site (benzeen auto parts) that sells 2 year warrantied transmissions for the LS 460 for around 1200 bucks. The warranty covers parts and labor as long as you use an ASE certified technician to install it. So if it is messed up they pay for the repair costs as well. Since this car was a gift, and didn't cost me anything, I am going to give this a shot. My mechanic in houston (Noah Auto Care on Almeda) charges around $1,000 to actually do the lab
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  11. Not sure if my first reply went through so I will try again. I have a 2003 SC 430 (now about 119,000 miles) that I purchased used (with about 20,000 miles) in 2006. I have used GM Silicone Grease, Part #10131290, which is designed for lubricating weather stripping. I have lubricated all of my weather stripping (including the weather stripping around the convertible hardtop) 3 times, last time in 2017, and all of my weather stripping (original) is in excellent condition. I live in the Chicago metro area, keep it in the garage, and I do not drive it from mid December through April.
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  12. If the seals between the lenses and the headlight housings are broken and causing leaking, the lenses can often be removed by heating the headlight units in an oven - lots of YouTube videos on that. Then reattach the lenses with an appropriate adhesive. Moisture in headlights can also be caused by their vents getting clogged up - even spiders can do that. Verify that the vents on the headlight units are clear. My favorite headlight lens restoration kit is one from Sylvania - about $20 at stores and online. I've made some really awful looking headlight lenses look like new with the
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  13. Shoot! That’s about what the dealer quoted to rebuild it. I ended up buying a used one from Benzeen Auto and swapped it at home. About $1500 total. Works great ever since!
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  14. The only age barrier to getting a C8 is if you can't manage to exit the car, since the force of gravity that allowed you to enter it will no longer be there to help you exit it.
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  15. Sure thing, Northwoodsperformance.com. The spacers are the same as the 01 to 07 Toyota highlander. Ask for Nathan the owner and he can give details. Much better quality than the Russian spacers. They have a kit that includes 4 spacers, front end links, and hardware. I am also going to lift my 2013 Toyota Highlander with their Gen 2 Highlander spacers. It has nearly the same suspension as the 04-09 Lexus RX series.
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  16. I ran into this scenario when it was time to replace the runflats on my 2001 Corvette, back in 2004. The transformation to non-runflat tires was amazing as far as ride quality and handling. The only downside was a slower steering response which would be expected when the sidewalls are not as stiff. I bought a modified Mercedes aluminum scissors jack, a 12V compressor, tire plug kit, and a pair of pliers. In the next 10 years and 37,000 miles, I never had to use the "emergency kit".
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  17. I work at a lexus dealer and all the vehicles are very reliable however if it comes down to the option that most people go to I would say either the Lexus RX350 and ES350 theres tons of parts for this two models. if you have any questions feel free to email me at emartinez@pohankalexus.net
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  18. Maybe I'm missing something but what is the actual problem you're having?
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  19. Well, it's a hoot that you went back and edited your original post adding "NOTE: I ordered the “F Sport” version." trying to cover up your bozo mistake. Congrats.
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  20. So as the title says I have a 2007 Lexus ES 350, the serpentine belt shredded and I replaced the belt but there is a massive oil leak, I’m thinking the belt hit a sensor or something, anyone have any ideas For what I am looking for, I have a lot of experience, but first time lexus owner.
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  21. Recently purchased a 2004 SC430 - black with saddle - 157k. Have wanted one since 2002 when I saw one in the showroom. Long story short, I located one in Texas and after speaking with the owner, decided it was a worth making a deal. While waiting for the car to arrive in Colorado, I signed up for Lexus Owners Club and read as much as I could about the strengths and weaknesses of the car. All I can say is LOC is a fantastic resource for any Lexus owner, but I found it particularly valuable for my newly acquired SC. So far, I have replaced front and rear shocks/struts, both upstream O2 s
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  22. I used to be a regular lurker here and on many occasion, used the vast cumulative knowledge base of these forums to work my 1997 LS 400 (owned since new). Last year I gave it to charity. Today I came across the Toyota LEXUS Wiring Diagram book I purchased for the sole purpose of discerning the wiring harness for my failed Nakamichi system. If you want it, message me. All I ask is that you pay $8.40 flat rate postage. Publication number: EWD283U
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  23. Fuse #2 (20 amp) in the engine compartment fuse box is for the wipers. Is it blown?
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  24. Warranties are not affected by the installation of tow hitches unless it can be proved that the hitch caused the failure of a vehicle component. If a hitch is super important to you then it's best to verify that a hitch is available before purchasing a vehicle. The cost of custom fabricated hitches can vary wildly. I suggest getting several bids. I'm going to have a class II trailer hitch fabricated for a new mid-engine Corvette C8 convertible so I can plug a bike rack into it and I won't be surprised if the total cost is well over $1,000 but that's a nit considering it's an $80,
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  25. Here one in Austin that advertises custom hitches: https://www.spillarhitchestx.com/ There might be others - try searching Google, Yelp, etc.
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  26. I have one 1995 as winter car. ( Mark2 ) and a 1998 as summer car. ( mark3 ) . The Mark 3 i like better.
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  27. 1992 Starter Replacement - by Landar This is a link of starter replacement. You don't need to go that far to replacing a starter but removing the manifold is a step in the process.
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  28. This is a pretty general statement. What makes you think you have a fuel pump problem? Can you describe the symptoms?
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  29. We had a custom hitch built for our 2019 UX by Bombers Garage.
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  30. Is excess current from starter good? I'll get someone to check it. I had another 1998 Lexus LS400 I bought in 2003 with 50,000 miles on it. Kept it until it had 270,000 miles on it. Never a problem. Not one. I wrecked front end 10 years ago and couldn't find used parts to fix it or I'd still driving it. Love the cars.
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  31. I had the same problem at about the same mileage on the 2000 LS400 I drove for 11 years. Verify that the battery posts and cable clamps are spotlessly clean and that your battery is in good condition. And verify that power steering fluid is not dripping on the alternator but that's pretty rare on the 1998-2000 LS400 - it was a common problem on the 90-94 LS400. It would have to be very leaky valve covers for oil from them to get on the alternator. It's not a problem if valve covers only slightly weep oil as long as it does not flow from them. The valve covers on a Camry V6 we used to hav
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  32. I appreciated the suggestions in this post when replacing my upstream sensors. I have no idea why the O2 heater low current test (runs only at engine start) also trips a VSC fault. But, like others my check engine light cleared immediately with new sensors and it seemed like a couple of starts and a short drive cleared the VSC issue as well. After having issues with getting test monitors to pass in several other vehicles, I simply drove the car for a month to let the stored fault code clear before getting a SMOG test. If anyone is following the Lexus LS 430 repair manuals, the inspection
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  33. Update, it turns out that the VSC warning was triggered by a failed O2 heater. Haven't found anyone that knows about a connection from the simple, only at engine start, test for low O2 heater current and the VSC. However, the VSC issue was noted on some of the discussions on the O2 sensor. Mine was the very common bank 1 (driver's side), sensor 1 fault, possibly common as the sensor is surrounded by some heat shields and probably runs hotter than the sensor on the other side. A bit painful to change the sensors, somewhat complicated by which orientation the connector is in. Mine connector was
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  34. https://parts.lexusofroseville.com/p/Lexus__/COMPUTER---ENGINE-CONTROL/63612676/8966150303.html P/N 89661-50303 superceeds P/N's 8966150300; 8966150302; 8966150304 Your ECU may have been replaced. It depends on production date of your chassis and the date that the supercession of the part occurred. IOW, your chassis may have been in-process on the production line with the 50302 when the 50303 was put into production. Odds are that it was replaced at some point after production. I got the old service records from the local Lexus dealer for my car when I bought it used from Carmax
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  35. It looks like the crushed gasket of the filler hole caused the mess at the filler hole.
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  36. The first pi The first pic is the fill hole for the coolant. You remove the bolt to bleed the system. I have a 98 which is slightly different but here's a video to get you started. I would flush the whole system if it were my car. The coolant seems to have a leak and is crusty. The coolant probably has NEVER been changed. I would also refill with Toyota red coolant or the equivalent you can find at advance auto which is Zerex Asian. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGGwyjv36OU The second pic is the heater valve which control the heat in the car. The 2 hoses are supposed
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  37. I am now at 249k miles on my fantastic RX400h. One of the issues that shows at that mileage are the cooling fans on the radiator failing mechanically. The motor shafts were actually wobbling. Those motors are quite expensive at $200 apiece, total of over $400 for motors. On the other Lexus site a gentleman came up with TYC radiator cooling fan assembly that had motors that could be take off a Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2008 that fit our different shroud assembly. I did this last night and it was a direct fit, including the plugs and harness. Just remove assembly and take fan blades off
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  39. Check this thread out. https://www.clublexus.com/forums/ls-1st-and-2nd-gen-1990-2000/910181-ls-400-how-to-replace-transmission-solenoid.html
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  40. Several Toyota models (e.g. Highlander, Sienna) used the same brake system that the 2010-2015 Lexus RX used - rotors, pads, everything. I don't remember about the RX but I do remember there being a service campaign that addressed brake disc warping and vibration on the generation 3 Sienna. I have a 2014 Sienna but mine never developed the problems. I did modify components under the vehicle that directed brake cooling airflow per the service bulletin "just in case". I've wondered why I've never had the problems reported by many others especially since my Sienna Limited is heavier t
    1 point
  41. IIRC, the warranty extension on this problem was to 10 years from the car's in-service date but I suggest you take your car to a Lexus dealership and confirm. It doesn't, or at least didn't, matter if you aren't the original owner. 10 years past the in-service date is a common period for a warranty extension like this. A similar 10-year extension was recently announced on several expensive components on one of our Toyotas after a class action lawsuit settlement.
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  42. I suppose you could open the trunk pass through door behind the rear seat armrest. If your LS430 had the Ultra Luxury package with the separate rear HVAC system, that might have been why its trunk temperature was closer to that of the interior.
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  43. New to foruM I’ve been off-roading my 99 Rx300 for some time. I have some mods and some other stuff
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  44. Sure, have an indie mechanic replace it if it really needs it. There's nothing magical about Lexus dealer service departments except for their high prices and wonderful waiting rooms. I rarely used Lexus dealers for service during the 24 years I drove Lexus LS sedans although the indie shops I used were owned and staffed by former Lexus dealer employees.
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  45. Hi, I too am new to the forum, my 05 RX330 has 246K still doesn't use a drop of oil between changes (I am strict on changes, if it's time, IT'S TIME). Just added push button start, with proximity lock & unlock, and remote start.
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  46. It is rather simple and not much to worry about . To remove the wheel disconnect the battery for atleast 10 minutes.You will lose all memory radio and time settings. This will discharge the SRS system, it only needs about 1 minute but i would rather wait longer. You will need to remove the side flaps to get to the torx screws at each side. This will loosen the airbag ,after that you have to attach a steering wheel puller to pop off the wheel which is flanged incase the nut falls off. Just disconnect when you are done ,that is it.
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