lenore

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  1. lenore

    head lamp nightmare

    Did you have the gooey mess on your dash? So far none on ours....
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    head lamp nightmare

    ok after all said and done, the early aggravation is over. the headlamp was not damaged and they replaced under warranty.
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    head lamp nightmare

    agree totally. mechanic just came out and said headlamp was not damaged. but wanted to replace lamps as they are quite burned., but functional. I said ok, so 30 dollars for high beam and running light. rediculous, and that is why I do my own maintenance. just did second timing belt, idlers, aND waterpump last Saturday. so I am not a newbie
  4. I have owned the 99RX300 (12 years) drove to 187k miles. Transmission was my major expense. I now have a 2008 RX400h bought in 2010 with 88k miles. I have found the hybrid both incredible and scary. The Hybrid cooling pump went shortly after I purchased vehicle, Toyota dealership replaced it for a reasonable price. My wife and I thoroughly love the car. It now has 196k miles and I just replaced the second timing belt. I had a left front wheel bearing noise, but other than just replacing shocks, control arms, ball joints the car is a interesting beast. It is truly both great in town and on the road, surpassing the old RX300 with a better turning radius, and great upgrades in electronics. It is smooth, quiet, and very powerful. Yes the hybrid system is scary, but the Japanese built RX400h is a quality machine. I am going to try to push 300k miles on her. Brakes last forever, (they have only been replaced once). By the way Toyota can service it far cheaper than Lexus as it shares the same platform as the Hylander Hybrid. I will add that the electronics have not been an issue with the 400H. I just had the second timing belt installed and their was zero leakage at any seals (knock on wood) at the cams or crankshaft. As for premium price, the RX400h can be had cheap in the used car arena. I recall somebody just picked one up for less than 8K dollars. Funny that the German cars were mentioned as I had the pleasure of assisting a relative at a Speede Lube this weekend and almost unamiously the owners of Mercedes, BMW, and Audi said they would never buy another one, as they are always in the shop.
  5. I have owned the 99RX300 (12 years) drove to 187k miles. Transmission was my major expense. I now have a 2008 RX400h bought in 2010 with 88k miles. I have found the hybrid both incredible and scary. The Hybrid cooling pump went shortly after I purchased vehicle, Toyota dealership replaced it for a reasonable price. My wife and I thoroughly love the car. It now has 196k miles and I just replaced the second timing belt. I had a left front wheel bearing noise, but other than just replacing shocks, control arms, ball joints the car is a interesting beast. It is truly both great in town and on the road, surpassing the old RX300 with a better turning radius, and great upgrades in electronics. It is smooth, quiet, and very powerful. Yes the hybrid system is scary, but the Japanese built RX400h is a quality machine. I am going to try to push 300k miles on her. Brakes last forever, (they have only been replaced once). By the way Toyota can service it far cheaper than Lexus as it shares the same platform as the Hylander Hybrid.
  6. Here is the ISC reset thread with procedure The engine will run longer when cold outside. It comes on to provide heat and get all sensors up to operation. As for the water a couple of folks have had weird hybrid battery problems and found water in the battery compartment. I may be shooting for the stars on that one, but it is very difficult to diagnose your conditions, so I am trying to look at easier solutions that are not labor intensive or parts expensive.
  7. Yes I understand totally, most folks don't wrench on their cars. But the good news is you came here for help. We can try to give you knowledge base to address those service writers when you show up. The service department may have ran the test, but I don't know if that requires opening the hybrid battery box and visually inspecting. If you type in ISC reset on this site search you will find the procedure, which even you could perform. It is generally listed under the RX forums, but your vehicle probably shares the same sytem. Good luck in your quest to fix your car, please post any findings when you get them. top of the morning to you.
  8. Did they check the battery compartment to see if there was standing water in the bottom? Other than that I would try a ISC reset.
  9. I cant remember but are there airbags in the post? If so be very careful. If it were a Ford F150 I would say no sweat, done it many times.
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    Noise while braking

    First welcome aboard. One thing to note does it appear the pads are seated against the disk, or are they loose. The other thing to look at are the control arm bushings, have they completely broken loose. Other things to look at are the upper shock mount, maybe it broke. Really hard to diagnose from a computer. One last thing are the caliper spring clips, the ones that hold the brake pads in position OK.?
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    Spark plug recomendations

    Well welcome aboard, I want to say I am a anti-bosch lover. Everything I have put them in has had running problems...On our Lexus/Toyota engines please only use NGK or Denso iridium plugs. They last 100k miles easily if not even longer. My friend has a Mercedes/BMW garage and has experienced the same issue time and again on those vehicles. Not sure what he uses, but He has had countless customers come in with bad running engines and performed a Bosch spark plug removeal and problem is fixed. Now on a side note the Coil packs on the Lexus engine can be damaged if you wash your engine. But pay very close attention to the spring inside the coil pack and make sure it is not corroaded or damaged. It has to contact the connector end on the new plugs....Rip those Bosch out, and replace with the awesome iridium plugs made by Denso or NGK.
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    Bank Of America = Crooks!

    All of the big box banks suck...join a credit union and enjoy real customer service.
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    Oil/Filter

    For filters I have used WIX on my RX300 and RX400h and find they work great.
  14. Very fortunate, I would suggest doing another drain and fill on the next engine oil change to further clean the fluid on the transmission. Welcome aboard by the way.
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    Daytona Lexus model -

    Love the looks, but only for the race car...still life the LFA better.
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    PO753 trans code on ES300

    Yes I know, I had an RX300 1999 and it was very similar in the tranny, mine failed to shift overdrive. I took the valve body apart and it was full of fine sediment. The Solenoid code is what I had too, but it appeared to work fine. However after looking at how it affected the valve body pistons, I see that the real problem was a contaminated valve body. Long story short, the tranny had a major failure shortly after, with metal debris. The Planetary gears assembly was made out of aluminum and the steel gears eventually wore the support assemblies causing them to wobble. I talked to a tranny shop locally and he said he saw this all the time, the fix was a steel carrier with additional gears added for strength. The RX300 is a very heavy vehicle, running on a camry transmission.
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    Mileds per gallon

    I have been on these forums for a long time, and have never seen anyone get a claimed 37mpg. 29-31 yes, but on average 24-25 mpg is what I get and many others. This is a fantastic improvement over the old RX300 which got on average 17-19mpg. Wow the advertised 37 must be the Camry. That one does get that kind of mileage on the Hybrid. Oh and welcome aboard to a great site with lots of knowledge.
  18. You very well may have an alternator that is about to fail completely. Take the belt off and spin the pulley by hand, there should be very little noise and no resistance.
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    PO753 trans code on ES300

    One thing to remember the solenoid may click, but that doesn't mean the corresponding piston in the valve body is working. You might have a severly contaminated valve body and that is a sign of tranny failure.
  20. I would spend the afternoon and remove both belts, than turn by hand the power steering pump, alternator, and AC pump. The alternator should turn very easily, the Power steering pump may have a little resistance, and the AC pump with no power should spin easily. I have seen the clutches go bad on AC pump and cause belts to actually break. The alternator bolt is the adjustment, there is a pivot bolt that needs to be loosened and then the adjuster bolt....
  21. I would spend the afternoon and remove both belts, than turn by hand the power steering pump, alternator, and AC pump. The alternator should turn very easily, the Power steering pump may have a little resistance, and the AC pump with no power should spin easily. I have seen the clutches go bad on AC pump and cause belts to actually break.
  22. Or P0430? Just a bit of info, you might just have a cracked vacuum hose on the intake somewhere. Cats generally don't go bad, they get contaminated with oil, etc. They can be cleaned with commercial cleaners or even just plain water.
  23. I am so with you, I do not like the steam locomotive catcher look on the new cars....