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  1. I have not seen this posted here so I'm going to try. Like many, my odometer quit around 160k. Taking it apart I found the spindle gear cracked and in pieces, but the drive gear on the motor was fine. I replaced the spindle gear with a 10 tooth nylon gear I bought off ebay for less than ten dollars and it's still working after a 100 miles. It's important to use a 10 tooth gear, as my first attempt was a 12 tooth gear and that did not work. The hardest part was getting the dash out. Those electrical connectors are tough. If you attempt it be sure to disconnect the battery before starting
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  2. I just fixed my 97 es300 with same problem"s" . The only difference between mine and yours is, mine wouldn't rev past 2500 rpm once it warmed with no check engine light. I've replaced everything you've done and still same problem. so, I took out my cam and crank sensor out to see how bad the resistance are between the prongs and cam sensor was within spec but started to leak oil and the crank sensor reading was off the chart. I've replaced the cam sensor due to oil leak and crank sensor due to extremely high resistance and my engine runs and sounds new. I was just about to post my finding a
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  3. Years ago I developed a habit of using my t-shirt to wipe off lenses. If they got dirty, spit was my lens cleaner fluid. Ah, but back then eyeglasses had……glass lenses. So no issues with scratching. I work construction so dust is the norm. Well one year I bought these new fangled hard coat plastic lenses. Tranistion, polarized, the works. $500. The lady gave me a nice micro fiber cloth and said to always use that. On day 1 a machine went by me blowing dust everywhere and using the old t-shirt method taught me a hard lesson. On the drive home after dark those lenses had a million-billion
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  4. While I used to wear contact lenses, I don't anymore due to inability of my eyes to self-focus. So my eye protection from bright light is now through transition lenses and prescription sunglasses which are darker. Many years ago when I was wearing sunglasses with my contact lenses, a friend and I were riding our motorcycles on the highway and here and there, throughout the day and into the evening. As we were heading home I was pulled over by a highway officer who had to ask, "Why on earth are you wearing sunglasses at night?" I relied, "Well, I don't have a helmet so if I didn't wear t
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  5. 2000 Lexus RX 300- Still going strong.
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  6. My wife drives the Lex RX350 and I drive a 2016 4Runner Limited that I do love but I will always wished I bought the Tundra instead, just love a nice pickup for the play stuff I do. Love my Dual Sport motorcycles too but getting too old now to even enjoy them. Custom built Suzuki DR 350 made into a Big Wheel so it would be street legal.
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  7. My bet is that it is. Every so often a bad battery rears its ugly head. Thankfully, they are few and far between these days.
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  8. OK, Lexus owners might be too purist to use this cheap and dirty trick. Replacing the foam is technically time consuming and requires you to remove the speaker from the car. Instead, take the cover off, apply a bead of silicone caulk where the speaker has separated from the speaker frame. Let it dry and replace the cover after it has fully cured. The silicone prevents the speaker cone from vibrating against the speaker frame and it is flexible enough to allow the speaker to function normally. Instead of eating up a whole day meticulously removing the speaker and replacing the speaker foam
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  9. I've done some research. Evidently the speaker is removed through the inside of the car. The usual method of removing a rear deck speaker from the trunk does not work. The speaker needs to be removed through the inside of the car. The problem was, the speaker has become unglued from the outer speaker frame and the cone vibrates against the speaker frame, especially in the bass range. At first I wanted to fix it, but all the directions on the internet involved removing the speaker and an involved process of re-gluing the speaker cone to the speaker frame. I asked myself; "Is saving an old
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  11. How old is your 12V battery? A weak battery can cause various warning lights to illuminate. There should be a date code on the battery. Anything over 4 years of age may be suspect. I just mentioned in another similar post that many unscrupulous vehicle sellers will clear trouble codes just before selling the vehicle. This is why Scotty Kilmer on youtube advises buyers to bring an OBD II scanning instrument when going to look at the vehicle. He also recommends taking the vehicle out for an hour drive (highway and city), if possible, since after that amount of time any codes that were delet
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  12. Trevor, that's a long way back - maybe when I was just a young kid! 🙂 When you compare a Camry hybrid versus a 4 cylinder ICE version, you can see that the 15 MPG difference represents an improvement of 47%. With gas prices sky high as they are, I'd bet it wouldn't take long to pay back the $1500 - $2000 extra cost. But yes, you have to look at differences closely after retiring. It does become harder to justify an electric car or even a brand new (any type of) car. Between my two cars I drive about 5000 miles. My wife's RX400h now sees only about 4000 miles per year but we've had th
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  13. Yes, as were all other Triumph cars that I can recall. I'm not sure if I ever saw the TR8 in person but I remember it being on the cover of Car & Driver magazine. I think it was an aluminum V8 and fairly lightweight. Bykfixer, the TR8 went on sale sometime around 1978.
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  14. Was that before or after the SunBeam Tiger with it's Ford engine?
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  15. I can go back even earlier than that Mike where the heater in the car was an optional extra and all the interior was metal so it was absolutely freezing in winter 😞
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  16. I live on 120 acres and am the property manager overseeing 5 homes and the woods for a fellow who lives out in California. He is as green minded as they come and I am happy he does his voting on the left coast. I have to do some reading on the difference between Hybrid and other electric battery powered vehicles before I can accurately assess the values they might have here. I am in the NY Catskills mountain area and more like the frozen NE. Most of my driving is on secondary country roads with relatively short hops to and from town as I am retired and don't actually need to go anywhere b
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  17. I just replaced the Mark Levinson amplifier in my 2013 LX 570, so I thought I'd describe the process. First of all, the amplifier failure results in absolutely no audio from the speakers. No radio, no Sirius XM, no music via bluetooth pairing with your phone, no voice prompts from the navigation system. A DVD will still play, but video only, without sound. The door ajar beep still works, as it has its own speaker. The amplifier is located in a depression in the floor under the driver's seat. It is covered by carpet, which isn't the best engineering for a device that's heat susceptible like an
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  18. I don't know if this helps but I went to two different lexus dealerships after failing miserably to get out the bolts. The first dealership charged me $2400 dollars for a brand new amp installation and another quoted me $1400 for a factory-refurbished amp. I went with the factory refurbished one and while they were installing it they found that several fuses had blown when the old amp died. So in a way I kind of guess it was a good thing that I wasn't able to do it myself, but lets see if this amp can last longer than the old one.
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  19. My old boss uses scented dryer sheets in his antique cars.
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  20. The camera is not making the noise but the car is. This is legally required to alert pedestrians that you are backing up or going forward (still a noise going forward but not as loud) since you are driving a hybrid and at times only the battery is functioning so there is no car engine sound, at all. Very dangerous and so the noise is to warn people.
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  21. I have Hawks, Owls and other Raptor birds that hunt my property and make a good living on the mouse population. No way I would lay out any type of poison. I do have regular traps set inside the garage with peanut butter that works great.
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  22. I agree gamalot. I have family who get their bamboo toilet paper delivered cross country via fossil fuel powered truck. As I type this it is highly likely that every room in their house has a light turned on. They come to my house and comment how hot it is in summer or cold it is in winter. They arrive in three compact hybrids instead of one sedan. They live by the ocean and complain the sea is rising. They fertilize their landscaped lawns then complain about plastic straws polluting streams. They moved away from areas run by high tax and spend politicians then vote for high tax and spen
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  23. My younger brother was a salesman at the local Ford dealer and switched to the Toyota dealership. We switched with him from Ford pickups to Toyota and from the Explorer to a Rav4 for my wife's daily 30 miles commute. I loved my Tacoma and she was very satisfied with the 3 Rav4s she leased while she was still working. Living in the NE rust belt and her driving in all different weather and road conditions made leasing a good option every three years/36K miles and put her in nice new SUVs with AWD. When she finally retired and wanted a new and nicer riding SUV my brother pointed us at the higher
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  24. I am having a difficult time wrapping my head around any All Electric cars. I get the feeling we are being duped into the belief that electricity is a cleaner and cheaper source of energy. I do of course get the concept but I also must look at the entire picture of where and how electricity is produced, transported and stored which brings us to the actual cost. IMO solar is a wonderful source but not yet up to the full time task where geographical and weather conditions come into play. Wind is also wonderful however when we consider all the costs to build from scratch, erect and maintain windm
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  25. Some less expensive wheels are hit or miss when it comes to how well balanced they are from the factory. Wheels like Enkei, for example tend to be well-balanced but I've had inexpensive $100 wheels made by other brands that were never able to be balanced to my satisfaction. You may want to call various tire shops to see if they have something like this: Road Force® Elite Wheel Balancer | Hunter Engineering Company® These are well known among auto enthusiasts for being able to balance just about any wheel.
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  26. To put it in perspective, it sounds like the 27 year old vehicle that carries you to doctor visits is in need of some doctor visits. It really comes down to making a steady monthly payment or the occasional "SURPRISE" $2000 repair. That and do you still like the car enough to put up with all the hassle. Some would say "stick with the devil you know". Me? I used to buy all Fords because I knew what broke on them. So I'd probably keep that old LS 400 if I did not have to commute every day.
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  27. Absolutely, Trevor; it was somewhat similar to the Jaguar F-Sport I rented last year. Of course, the LC is a more reliable car, for sure. Dave
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  28. My son rents sports cars for a day from time to time to see if he wants to buy it in 10 years when he can afford one.
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  29. Nice one Dave.....completely and utterly jealous now 🙂 Looks superb with the wrap and shame that Lexus don't actually produced that colour scheme. I too drove an LC500 for a day and totally agree with your review comments....it really is a superb car and would absolutely go for one over other high-performance cars as it seemed totally useable as a daily driver as well as being able to 'produce the goods' when needed.
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  30. I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on purchasing a higher mileage LX470. I want something for my son and I to have fun with on the weekends, with the thought of him taking it over when he is 16 (6 more years). I live in VA and there are about a handful of decent 470’s around. I’ve locked into one that has 224k miles for 11,995. It’s a 2002. It has a clean CARFAX with all scheduled maintenance complete. The interior is in OK shape, probably need some reupholstering in some places. It also has a suspension coil conversation on it. I’ve been close on making the deal, until I found one
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  31. I was reading on how to install a dvd player in a headrest and every article suggested isolating the player with its own fuse. It seems the fuse you seek is the one that powers the entire infotainment system and not an individual player itself. https://fuse-box.info/lexus/lexus-gx470-j120-2002-2009-fuses ^^ The diagrams
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  32. Perfect, We here are Happy for you, Heck 3 weeks is a Bear of a problem. Enjoy the ride 🙂
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  33. Goof info. Thanks and welcome to the site!!
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  34. Hi all, I believe I have posted here before a long time ago with my old LS430 LEX, I now have a 2007 LS460L with 110K on it now. I have owned it for a few years now, since 65K miles, and recently I started having acceleration/hesitation problems. I did alot of research, and didn't find very many good answers. I did have the transmission and engine ECU update flashed, with some improvement, but after that didn't solve the problem, I was convinced it was the cylinder head replacement deal, which was way out of my budget with 5 kids....and I thought it was ridiculous that a flagship sedan wo
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  35. problem solved after 3 weeks of on and off diagnostic. it was the crank sensor that failed and this was very difficult problem to diagnose because the crank sensor did work " to a degree ". previous owner sold me this car for 1200 with only 89k miles because 4 or 5 shops that she took this ES300 to couldn't figure out the problem including 2 Lexus dealerships and 1 of them even suggested a new/rebuild motor because they thought somehow, the compression loss after engine warm up while running. I've been turning wrench as a master tech since 2001 and never encountered this problem before. not
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  36. Been there, You have to purchase a Toyota fob. No way around it.
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  37. Mars (the Smiths lead guitarist)
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  38. it is showing listing ended, no issues i found this page which will allow me to procure and ship to my place using shop and ship https://seafoamworks.com/where-to-buy/
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  39. I'm curious cause this same thing just happened to my 2010 Toyota Sequoia SR5 minus the brakes. I was told it might just be the gas cap needing to be replaced so I bought 1 but that didnt do the trick
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  40. Here's a how to video.
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  41. Do you mean when the HVAC system is completely off? if so, put the HVAC system into recirculation mode, so no fresh air is pushed through the vent into the car.
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  42. This sounds pretty sweet but…… I'll probably buy one of these in 15 years when things are good and worn out.
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  43. They have an entry point under the passenger side hood hinge. See the pic. I placed a clothes pin in there to point to the little alley way they have to go up inside and get into the air filter. On this side of the clothes pin is a little square flat area where you can cut out a square piece of sticky paper designed to catch mice before they enter. when the hood is closed, that area is blocked to rodents by a rubber seal. But if you look at the seal in the pic, they can just wiggle between two pieces that are not bonded to each other. So the design was there but the application was care
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  44. Gamalot: Same deal with my wife - a dead rat in the glovebox laying on top of the spiff leather Owner's Manual doesn't make one think luxury. We were set to buy a new 2020 RX350 (envious of Les's great red one), but now we are uncertain what to do. Searching on Google, other brands have the same problems. I do know that regardless of what we buy, I will be exploring the rodent pathways and screening them up right away, warranty or no warranty. (BTW, if you drop the plastic plate below the glovebox (no tools needed on my 2005), you may find quite a messy nesting area, since there is a b
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  46. I have a 2001 LS430 with 81,000 miles. When I don't drive it for 5-6 days, the battery will be discharged. The battery is 3 years old and was checked out today. The load test was good and I was told it must be an electrical drainage problem. I tested the charging and it was good. What is the most common cause of an electrical drainage problem? JN
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  47. I have a loaner CT today, nicely finished, not very quick, firm ride/handling. Freeway cruising at 70-80 mph is relaxed.
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  48. If there is one word to describe this car its zippy. This car will easily maintain 75 - 80mph on the highway. Acceleration is decent but if you need faster acceleration the sport mode works best. This car preforms wonderfully on both the highway and on those winding back roads. Weird for a hybrid but I think this is a really fun car to drive. I find myself constantly checking the mpg on the information screen. My Driving has changed for the better since I got the car, I love trying to play the game of trying to beat my current mpg record. Also I find myself no longer in a rush anymore, I d
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