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  • Lexus Model
    LS400
  • Lexus Year
    2000
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    Texas (TX)

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  1. My girlfriend has a 2015 Lexus ES 350, and she is deciding whether to drill two holes in the front bumper to install the front license plate or whether to use the tow hook plate holder. The problem with the tow hook plate is that it can trigger object detection from time to time. I have been trying to figure out where the sensors are located in the front, so I can avoid triggering the sensor. Also, it is a pain to remove the tow hook plate whenever she needs to wash the car. Even if she agrees to drilling two holes for installing the front plate, I still need to figure out where the sensors are. I googled around and haven't been able to find much information. Any help is much appreciated!
  2. Hi Guys, Just an update. I had to replace the rack and pinion on the LS400, and perform a four wheel alignment afterwards. The PS fluid filled up boots at both ends of the rack and pinon. After the replacement, the car runs good as new. Thanks guys for the help!
  3. Recently, I noticed that power steering has been making a ton of whining noise when I turn the steering wheel. After topping off the power steering reservoir with the Dextron ATF fluid, I checked the surrounding near the reservoir, there was no signs of leakage. With reservoir at correct level, the power steering would behave normally again. But that was short-lasted as fluid level would drop again. I ended up getting on my knee at the driver side (not passenger side), and noticed a ton of oil leak. I used my hand to touch the fluid and noticed that it is indeed the power steering fluid. I took a photo, but can anyone shed the light on what component may be at fault on the driver side? I thought the PS pump is on the passenger side. I haven't jacked up the car to take a better look yet, but I will do it soon. Note: the attached photo was taken on the driver side near the driver side front wheel
  4. We recently ran into P0121 and P0120 engine codes, and had the Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor replaced, and that resolved the problem for a short while, until the car is showing the same codes again. The problem tends to happen when the oil gas level is too low (below 25%) or too high (above to 85%), and now, it is happening regardless of fuel level. So, we are thinking about replacing the TPS sensor, and seeing if the problem would go away once for all. Looking at the official Lexus repair manual, it references a lot on Lexus Hand Held Tester. Since I don't own one, what is the best way to install the TPS sensor on my own? Are there any video guides on the installation (I searched YouTube, but they are mostly generic, not specific to LS400). Any tips on addressing the P0121 and P0120 are greatly appreciated. P.S.1 I mentioned about fuel level in the post, and I should add that when we put in gas, from time to time, there would be clear liquid (doesn't smell like gas) spewing out of a tiny hole not far from the gas filler. Not sure if it is related to the engine codes, but I am just throwing this extra bit of information out in case if any dots are connected. P.S.2 The car engine would turn over (as in, yes, it does start when you turn the key). However, if the codes are active, stepping on the gas pedals will not translate to any movement. On its own, and once in gear, the car would move like maybe 1 MPH. Now, if the codes are not there (either by erasing the codes from OBDII or disappearing by itself), the car will be road worthy, although it is dangerous still. It is dangerous because the moment that the codes come back up, the car will immediately lose power regardless of where you are. You could be on a local road doing 35 or on a highway doing 70..and the power is gone.
  5. Hi guys, Can someone repost a link to the 2000 LS400? I can't believe I missed the opportunity to download until I need help :( Update: Nevermind. Found it :) http://us.lexusownersclub.com/forums/topic/74783-service-manual/?p=458487
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  7. Good to know that the fix is only software. I was thinking maybe it has something to do with faulty air flow sensor to the engine.
  8. Thank you as well. The photos are very useful.
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  11. Wow, interesting, I had no idea that Lexus RX series has such issues. Will keep in mind next time I am out looking for a new / certified pre-owned vehicle. While my LS400 was in routine service, I had the pleasure to drive a RX350, and I thought it was a pretty nice car for being an SUV. Of course, I am pampered by a LS, so I would pick a LS over RX any day. Still, I didn't experience much cabin noise inside a RX. Did Lexus find out the cause when you send it in for service?
  12. I love Lexus. Just like a Macbook Pro, you get it when you need it. No waiting. An earlier post does mention that Lexus is on 6 years cycle (as confirmed by Wikipedia page). I tend to find that you get the biggest bang for the buck with the best refinement when you buy a car that is towards the end of 6 years cycle. Simply because, at the beginning of each cycle, they may still need to work out some kinks (not to say that Lexus is not perfect, but any new design can have drawbacks and lessons to be learned). Thus, by buying car in later iteration, you get the refined experience. Just my 2c
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  14. Judging from your description and my past experience with a 2000 LS430, have you checked out the engine airflow sensor and see if it is defective? Sometimes, when the sensor is defective, the engine will start to vibrate as you drive, and when you press for more gas, the engine may even stop. Definitely not safe on the road, especially freeway. Get it fixed ASAP