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  1. hey it is a great car. if you have a trused mechanic let him do the work. until you reach 100k miles all maintenance should be oil changes, tires, etc. at 100k miles the timing belt is due, but don't panic they can go longer. Toyota will change it for around $600. at 125k miles the spark plugs are due, bUT again they will go way above that mileage (iridium plugs) some have ran them to 200k miles with no issues. other than that and routine oil changes the car should be good. I have had an rx300 with 187k miles and now a rx400h with 185k miles. this site and club lexus site are full of people that can guide you and save money. welcome aboard
  2. just go to a toyota dealership and get an oil change, brake fluid flush, and a transmission drain and fill. should be under $400. all of the other stuff listed is garbage. you probably should have the radiator flushed also, but not until you determine whether it is leaking.
  3. Sounds like a great car, the coolant could be a bad or seeping radiator, look for red residue around the top edge of radiator. I would have the transmission drained and filled, Do NOT do a flush...Other than that enjoy.
  4. Good Job Greg2111, I know locally we have a drive line shop that will take your driveshaft and rebuilt it. Probably comparable in price. The labor price I assume is in and out.
  5. Just looked up your car, and it is a toss up, here is the kit for your car https://www.amazon.com/Victory-Lap-NDS-01-Starter-Repair/dp/B000CFGRG4/ref=sr_1_3?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1473946196&sr=1-3&keywords=Lexus+LS400+starter+rebuild+kit That being said, a new starter (rebuilt) is not a whole lot more for your car on Amazon.
  6. The biggest task is getting the starter out...Takes tens minutes to take the starter cap off and look at the contacts. Highly suggest ordering not only the contacts, but the kit with the solenoid also as it has a contact plate on it for the other two contacts. This is what I ordered... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007FR89FY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  7. What happens to the starter contacts is that the solenoid which has a round contactor disk wears the two separate starter contacts. They are copper and wear, sometimes unevenly. By the way found the kit for contacts and solenoid on Amazon. Cost less than $13.
  8. Probably the Starter contacts are worn....see this http://www.nationsautoelectric.com/instructions.html now the bad news, I believe the starter is real hard to get to on your car...Maybe somebody else will reply. I thought it was toward the back of the engine under the intake manifold on your car. By the Way I just did this repair on a Toyota Camry with the denso starter and it fixed the exact problem you are describing....However do have your battery and cables checked.
  9. How did the tires that you mentioned go? I just am very unhappy with the Bridgestone Ecopia 422 tires.
  10. I believe there is a problem replacing the joint, but May I suggest looking up a local drive shaft company and get a estimate from them....They are generally cheaper and know what they are doing.
  11. Agreed most maintenance is identical except for the Hybrid coolant change. May I suggest you use alternate for service, maybe Toyota Dealership which gives coupons and pricing at a more competitive nature. I have used Toyota dealership for a hybrid cooling problem and I can say they did a great job. The Highlander Hybrid is the sister to the RX400h. So parts and labor are the same. My RX400h has 183k miles and I have found that all maintenance other than alignments, and brake bleeding are very routine.
  12. That code relates to the Transmission. Could be as simple as a clogged filter. When was the last time your Transmisson was serviced.?
  13. Welcome aboard, glad you asked on this site, kudo's to your husband...
  14. I didn't mean the filter I meant the filler cap area. Sometimes the oil flows over the valve cover and seaps down between engine and transmission.
  15. Could be, but also it could be oil spillage from the filler running down the block...Some have used Auto RX (sold online) and the seal has been brought back to life. I personally have not done this. I never had any leakage even at 187k miles on my RX300 (1999), but I kept all maintenance to the better side and used synthetic throughout the cars life.
  16. I would be more helpful if we had the code being generated for your light. VSC/engine/skid light can be triggered by many codes. Welcome aboard.
  17. that is a hard one to diagnose. It is possible the rebuilt was not done correctly, and the tranny shop doesn't want to loose money.
  18. Fuel economy is and always will be an issue. THe EPA has recalculated their numbers a couple of times because of poor testing. My RX400h gets 24 to 25 consistently, however my old RX300 got 16 to 21. So the improvement to me far exceeded the advertised mileage. The pure power difference and smoothness of the CVT transmission makes the RX400h an incredible vehicle. I also am on Toyota forums and the Highlander (hybrid) appears to get a little bit better mileage on the same drive train. However the plus is the Highlander requires only regular fuel. (Hmmm maybe a Highlander Limited in the future). I believe very few automobiles get what the EPA claims. Mileage can vary do to location (California gas sucks) to climate, tires, driving habits (Hot rod foot). Some people are just following the numbers too closely. Build a bridge and get over it.
  19. How did you check the alternator.? When the vehicle is sitting with engine off the battery should measure 12.5 volts. When the engine is running the voltage should measure around 13.5 to 14.7 volts. Turn your headlamps on while doing this. If your voltage is in that range, the alternator is probably good. Just my two cents from a half of century of troubleshooting car electricals.
  20. I have found the extended warranties not necessary on these cars. But You can research the warranties on google, and find a dealer elsewhere in the nation that might offer it cheaper. That is a very negotiable item, just like the car.
  21. I would check the camera on the tailgate, maybe there is debris, dirt, etc on the lens.
  22. lenore


    Speed sensors for Transmission on top of transmission. If you look under battery areas there will be two speed sensors....sorry no pictures, but I would do a google search and maybe you will come up with them.
  23. THat is good, The coolant for the engine (waterpump) is separate from the Inverter coolant. two different cooling systems. I would ask specifically about the front differential service as that could have been the transmission (CVT) fluid. It would have involved 4.2 quarts of Toyota WS fluid (transmission fluid). Please ask questions before and after service, We are here to save you time, money, and make sure they are being honest.
  24. Since your car is a 2006 and has not had the Timing belt done, Your coolant is past time being 5 years or 100k miles. Maybe have fluid checked for its condition. Also quite frankly I would have the Transmission (CVT) fluid changed....It is easy with a drain and fill. Of course the dealer will tell you it lifetime fluid. All of that inspection stuff is fluff. The Brake pads seem to last beyond 80k miles on this vehicle. Quite frankly I would just get an oil change, And transmission fluid change.