lexuseng

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  1. Tomeniss, tried to PM you but unable to, probably need to update your profile.
  2. saw yur post on broken door lock, can you tel me where to drill to unlock the door? i have the same problem thanks

  3. I don't have the answer but I have a 2001 GS300 that leaks in the same area. I have taken the panel down and found nothing. Also did the flushing of the drain holes in the corner where the sun roof is. The bizarre thing is that it only happens about once a year. I figure the sun roof wasn't closed completely but after a few of these I realized that isn't the answer. Someone suggested it might be the front window seal but I've always noticed it after the car has sat awhile. I figure one day the windshield will be replaced and maybe the problem will be solved.
  4. The only thing I've ever judged is if the bearing felt bad. If it did, I replaced it, not the whole tensioner (about $170), just the bearing for the wheel (about $15). Does require removing the top timing belt cover to expose the 3 bolts holding the tensioner. I've never seen anything aoout the tensioner failing.
  5. Can you supply a parts list for all the items needed for this job? Plus any special tools one should have. Do you need a front end alignment after replacine ball joints?
  6. I agree, great write up. My 2001 GS300 has 110K miles on it now so this is something I am definitely considering now. About how long does this job take for the weekend mechanic? Other than brakes, I have never worked on the suspension so just wondering what level of skill you need. I have done more than a few timing belt changes and a few long block swaps but basically all the work I ever do is in the engine compartment. So on a scale of 1-10 with a timing belt change maybe being a 7 (hope I don't start a flame fest for that), where does changing the front arm bushing fall? Is there any "gotchas" that I should be prepared for (such as better have a 4' breaker bar for the crankshaft bolt and make sure not to use a 12 pt socket)?
  7. If it happens to be the bearing for the serpentine belt, rather than spending $170 on the serpentine belt tensioner assembly, you can replace the bearing for less than $20. On my 2001GS300 it uses bearing part number 6203DUL1, can't say that will be the same for the year in question but the bearing is fairly easy to pound out and replace. I just did this, every once in awhile I could hear a squeal with windows down. With the serpentine belt off you can spin each pulley, you can usually tell if a bearing is bad.
  8. yeah that seems kinda silly to me also Well I guess you just have to get inside the door and study the workings to know that no locksmith could unlock this door. The mechanism was jammed, so hard that even when I removed the actuator, I could not un-jam by pulling on the cable. A slim jim had no chance, even if it could work on this type of cable system. The only other fix I heard of was someone took it to a body shop. They probably did something similar to access the lock. i guess i would have to see it but there should ALWAYS be a other route besides drilling a hole into the car, regardless you got it fixed and thats what matters sJust to be clear, I drilled through the handle, doesn't quite give you the same image as drilling a hole in the car. And you think I wanted to drill a hole in my handle?? Cost for a new handle, about $65. Cost for a locksmith, probably much more even if it was possible. And since you almost can't see the epoxy repair, the cost to fix this, $4.
  9. yeah that seems kinda silly to me also Well I guess you just have to get inside the door and study the workings to know that no locksmith could unlock this door. The mechanism was jammed, so hard that even when I removed the actuator, I could not un-jam by pulling on the cable. A slim jim had no chance, even if it could work on this type of cable system. The only other fix I heard of was someone took it to a body shop. They probably did something similar to access the lock.
  10. Is there a way to disable the key remote? My wife lost her keys (2001 GS300) in a large parking lot where she parks every day. To prevent someone from just strolling through the parking lot with the remote, is there a way to disable the remote temporarily?
  11. You do need to remove the coupling from the old motor shaft and replace the coupling on the new shaft. This was not easy but check this link out, there's a ton of info on how to do this in this thread, post #214 has a good picture. Basically you need to support the coupling so you can pound the shaft out of the center of the coupling using a shaft of smaller diameter. That's the hard part. The easy part is using a vise to push it on the new shaft. http://www.clublexus.com/forums/gs-second-...ors-diy-15.html
  12. I finally was able to open the door. I studied the opposite good door and determined there was no way to slim jim the door but I was able to determine what I needed to do. I ended up drilling a 3/8” hole through the door handle to access the lock. I could post a picture of where you would need to do this but it would be posting a way to break in the car although most thieves would just break the window (I could post if there’s enough interest). I plugged the hole with black epoxy so it could be driven without looking hideous but it actually looks decent (good thing my car is black) so I may not replace the handle. I did take a picture of what caused the jam and have it posted here. This is the inside of the actuator. It is pretty apparent what the problem is. I couldn’t get it to un-jam until I took it apart. How did this happen? Well I hate to admit it but this was a unit that I took apart last summer to replace the motor. Worked fine for about 6 months then it locked up. The replaced motor wasn’t the issue but gluing the case back together probably was. I had carefully cut the case apart and the case is pretty intact and even with the case open, I couldn’t see how the case could deform enough to allow the worm gear to climb on top of the tooth. Everything fits tight. But with high temperature variations, vibration, Murphy’s law, it is obviously possible. I’m not the only one who has replaced the motor so is this just a fluke? I was very happy to save $200 but I have to share the bad with the good. So a word of caution to those willing to replace the motor instead of replacing the entire actuator, be very careful gluing the case back together. This time I added some self tapping screws along with the glue as shown. If it jumps again, then it wasn’t a fluke and I’ll buy a new one, at least I already have the have the hole in the handle. ;) One last note, I had mentioned in previous post that lifting the door handle helped manuever the actuator out (rear door). Now that I have done both rear doors and the right twice, lifting the door handle didn't seem to help this time. It just takes some patience to pull, twist, turning, to manuever the actuator out. You definitely don't need to take the door handle out first (which is very difficult to access with the actuator in place). gs_door_lock.ppt gs_acuator_screws.ppt
  13. "Just follow the previous instructions from eatingupblacktop and myself, place your ammeter in series with the battery and start pulling fuses until the draw is less than .250ma (or 1/4 of an amp) which is the industry standard of "Acceptable Maximum" for module keep alive memory and radio memory, etc." If you're into the fuse box pulling fuses, you could just use your voltmeter in Amp mode and put the leads in series between each fuse terminal. That might be quicker to isolate which circuit is at fault. It would take some small probes but to make this easier, you could take a blown fuse and connect your leads to each half of the blown fuse (solder or alligator clip) so all you need to do is plug the fuse into each circuit. Not sure which method would really be easier since I haven't done this but another idea.
  14. REB, I just replaced mine, 99 GS-300 yesterday, got the display from dcfish and replaced it myself in less than 25 minutes start to finish, instructions were included. I'm pretty mechanically inclined needed a phillips screwdriver, 10mm. socket. It's actually pretty easy all for $140. If you need help let me know, I can walk you through it. You just need to get the LCD display from dcfish (he's a really good guy) and I received the display in couple of days. Sent payment through paypal. Regards, Blaise $140 for burned out 25 cent LED? I'm wondering if it is possible to disassemble the display unit to replace the burned out LED. Would another 25 minutes worth of labor allow someone to unsolder the bad LED and replace it? Is it a sealed unit or is the LED mounted to a circuit board that could be soldered (like your cell phone). Anyone want to post a picture of what the display unit internals look like? (not trying to take business away from dcfish, not everyone would be willing to take it to the next step, but $140 for a burned out LED is more than I'd want to spend. Don't have a burned out display yet but seems like a lot of 2001 are writing in). If it were that easy I would do repairs rather than replacements. It is a LCD not a LED. ;) Owners used to replace the entire headunit when there LCD burnt out for a considerable amount of $ more. Yes it's a LCD but isn't the part that is failing the backlight which is most likely a LED? Or are the segments actually disappearing? Like I said, hasn't happened to mine yet. There are 3 led's soldered onto the PCB board behind the LCD panel. The LCD panel fails and the digits no longer display. So no matter how the LCD is lit up you can't read it. When yours fails you know where I am. ;) Great, something to look forward to ;)
  15. REB, I just replaced mine, 99 GS-300 yesterday, got the display from dcfish and replaced it myself in less than 25 minutes start to finish, instructions were included. I'm pretty mechanically inclined needed a phillips screwdriver, 10mm. socket. It's actually pretty easy all for $140. If you need help let me know, I can walk you through it. You just need to get the LCD display from dcfish (he's a really good guy) and I received the display in couple of days. Sent payment through paypal. Regards, Blaise $140 for burned out 25 cent LED? I'm wondering if it is possible to disassemble the display unit to replace the burned out LED. Would another 25 minutes worth of labor allow someone to unsolder the bad LED and replace it? Is it a sealed unit or is the LED mounted to a circuit board that could be soldered (like your cell phone). Anyone want to post a picture of what the display unit internals look like? (not trying to take business away from dcfish, not everyone would be willing to take it to the next step, but $140 for a burned out LED is more than I'd want to spend. Don't have a burned out display yet but seems like a lot of 2001 are writing in). If it were that easy I would do repairs rather than replacements. It is a LCD not a LED. ;) Owners used to replace the entire headunit when there LCD burnt out for a considerable amount of $ more. Yes it's a LCD but isn't the part that is failing the backlight which is most likely a LED? Or are the segments actually disappearing? Like I said, hasn't happened to mine yet.