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  1. lenore

    1997 Failing to start. Rapid clicking sound.

    You are relying on some mechanic, There is always some drain on most newer cars today. Did the shop actually do a hydrometer check on each cell of the battery? While the engine is running you should be measuring 13.5 to 14.5 volts across the battery terminal with head lamps on. If not the Alternator is bad. If you are measuring this than replace the battery and be done with the problem.
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    Opening the stereo

    by the way I find it useful to work on thngs like that on top of a large towel, small parts will hit and stay.
  3. One other thing, As my wonderful state of California keeps chipping away at any kind of sanity, Texas may be in my future.
  4. God Bless Josh, I am so happy for you, and yes the three car garage so you can pursue your passion with cars...
  5. Oh man just noted the original post was three years ago...Probably a waste of time now.
  6. I would file a complaint with the Attorney General of your state. That is fraud. Then I would contact the local media (TV and otherwise and see if they are interested in the story)
  7. That is ridiculous, obviously the job was done poorly. Only reason you would have a failure is if you had an overheating condition. I would contact Lexus of America and see what they say.
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    Most Miles RX 350

    No less than 250k miles...Many on here have over 250k miles on the RX's
  9. Yea good fix, I called that one with the crank sensor.
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    Exhaust Manifold Gasket oil leak

    The gasket itself would not cause loss of lubrication unless oil level in the sump gets too low. The arms and camshaft are lubed thru oil passage ways independent of the cover. The covers job is to retain the oil that squirts out and return in the passageways back to the sump.
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    I would do a re-read for codes...look for pending codes also.
  12. Well there is the Lexus CT200h hybrid, however for smaller the Toyota Rav 4 is an outstanding candidate or the Prius series of cars. There are Toyota electric vehicles available now. Good luck, but remember your car has high resale because of the mileage...don't let it go cheap.
  13. My thought is the battery the only thing bothering you or do you have new car itch. By the way there are venders that provide the battery much cheaper in around the $3000 range. Many Prius owners still have original battery well past the 10 year mark. I too have a 2008 RX400h and figure the cost of the battery is cheaper than car payments. I have 199k miles on my vehicle and I love it. Only wish it had some of the newer collision avoidance systems of the new cars. I would never trade it in, sell it on your own and reap much more than what you would get for a trade in. With your mileage your car is still very desireable with a premium price.
  14. lenore


    If it is idling rough you may have a code. Is the check engine light on? Or better yet does the check engine light work? Before you start the check engine light should come on when turning the ignition on. If not, than you have issues. Some codes can put the engine into limp mode which would not allow the overdrive to work.
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    Maybe the overdrive is not kicking in...You might have a transmission that is failing. I don't have a GS but maybe someothers can tell you what the rpm should be. Have you had the transmission serviced recently.
  16. pull the seal off one of those, see how much grease they use....
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    Starter Replacement

    awesome picture Billy...you sure got yourself a mess there....Thanks for the feedback on those starters....Now we are both in trouble if the solenoid doesn't fix it.....
  18. lenore

    Starter Replacement

    Depends, If you purchase a brand new starter than yes. But most rebuilds out there aren't that great. The Starter is a hardy beast, and the contacts and solenoid are the high wear items. You could tear the starter down and investigate to see if the brushes are worn...Both starters I worked on had well over 200k miles, and I feel very confident that the solenoid repair is all that was required.
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    Starter Replacement

    Here is a great tutorial: http://www.nationsautoelectric.com/instructions.html
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    Starter Replacement

    You probably have a bad starter solenoid contact issue. Cheap fix but unfortunately labor intensive to get to your starter on that engine. I have fixed two denso starters with your symptons in the last year with a kit from Amazon which included the solenoid and contacts for less than $15
  21. I am just an old ex Navy guy that had to make things work with what you had on hand.
  22. You are awesome, I shared that procedure years ago and with a few close friends, and now you posted with fantastic pictures of exactly what I do. Others on this site are going to have heart failure. After resealing I always spin the bearing and check for leakage. I will tell you I have never had a failure of this bearing repair. However if the bearing is shot, than I get rid of it. Watch for grease sling, but generally if you get the lip of the rubber seal in tight you will be fine.
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    Road Noise

    You could put car on jack stands and buy a cheap stethoscope from Harbor Freight and spin the wheels while putting the stethoscope on the end of the drive shaft on each side. You will hear a difference of bearing noise.
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    Road Noise

    Sounds kind of like the left wheel bearings either on front or back are going bad. But I would rotate tires first and see if sound changes. I had a left front wheel bearing go on my RX400h and it made a lot of road noise.