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    LS400
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    1995
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  1. A bit late but a good suggestion is to buy a mobile charger that doubles as a voltage meter for the 12 V socket. I paid 15$ or so. Then you can see what the battery is doing. It should charge up most of what start took in minutes and show a bit above 13 V at least if it is in normal state. If depleted it could show less. Batteries charged to <70% age fast. Use a charger if that should happen.
  2. Showing door not closed is probably the door sensor. Will leave light on in door permanently. A full good battery should be able to handle that for several days.
  3. They say that the AISIN warner speced oil is different and to use the right one is important. Mixing different ATF where one is wrong is also a bad idea. I would be very unhappy I f I expereinced what you did. If you are expereincing problems stil you may need to do 5 time 2 quarts once more . IF he got 3 quarts in there of the wrong stuff ca 1 quart is still in there now of the bad stuff. I have never had that problem so I do not know what problems to expect really but I would guess harder shifting could happen due to different additives.
  4. My 22 year old never serviced or repaired Air suspension on my LS400 1998 never looses height. works like new. Not even noticeably drooping during winter when it is garaged. Reasonably this must mean that the air springs are not leaking at all. As it should be. Concerning life etc. My winter LS on the other hand has the rear coilsprings replaced at 22 years old due to one spring breaking due to corrosion probably. There are height sensors fitted that I suppose could be adjusted or modified to give a lower ride . I have never tried any such adjustment. I have not checked h
  5. They say that new oil after no changes in the transmission for a very long time can be a bad thing. How many miles on your car? The reason being that detergent additives in the new oil loosens up old deposits of dirt from friction material etc that travel around and end up in places where it causes problems. Recommended as safer then other methods is often suggested to be doing the drain and refill ca 2 quarts and then drive for a while until next drain and refill. Also make sure to use the correct ATF. These transmission really need the correct fluid. Here in sweden/europe Mobil ATF 3
  6. Change thermostat is a good guess will fix it. Those can start to only open halv way. They often do fail over time
  7. In this thread this is discussed https://www.clublexus.com/forums/ls-3rd-gen-2001-2006/713614-oil-pan-gasket-and-removal.html Seems to be possible without lifting the engine a bit out of the way but very fiddly because of a tight fit. Seems excessive with 2000$ . Surely can not take a good mechanic that long...
  8. Quite a lot is same same underneath actually. suspension and brake stuff for example. Mostly places you buy from have the knowledge. There are many places to check otherwise. an example . You just need your VIN https://www.toyodiy.com/parts/q.html
  9. Seems you may have a weak battery OR a poorly charged battery due to many very short trip . Check battery voltage with a volt meter when car has been off for a few hours. Google it. Then you get a good grip on charge level. For my battery type . AGM type battery ca 12.60 V means 75% charged. This is about what you should preeferably be at least for the battery to last.
  10. Yes . Those rust patches do not look nice. I am guessing that the put a lot of salt on the roads where you live. A repair shop can fix the rust for you if you want to pay for it. You should check what it looks like underneath also if you plan to keep the car a while. I live is sweden where we also salt the roads in winter. My 1995 LS400 has done well since it has been sprayed at some time and not driven so much during winter it seems, Brake vibrations is common and mostly easily fixed genrically. Change rotors for a good brand. Does not have to be OEM. BREMBO and BOSCH brand w
  11. Hi There , On my LS400 the VSC light came on no nad then when the battery was in need of replacement . Did not return with after replacing battery.
  12. Sounds like som parasitic current when sitting idle. Normally leaving a car for say 3 weeks should be fine even in winter. Though IF you run only very short errands of say a a mile or two battery may not charge to fully. Then you may have problems even if there is nothing wrong with your car. You may help with applying a charger occacionally or driving for longer trips occasionally. Being not full ages the battery though. There is a simple and better solution, Buy a AGM type battery . They are different. They typically accept charge several times faster. Often charge to full in a few minute
  13. My powertilt and telescope on my 1995 started acting up. Only worked sometimes. Since I am the only user I put it where I wanted and disconnected it. To be honest I think the automatic function is a bit annoying. You need to wait for it to finnish before using steering wheel as support to get out. My impression is that I would need a new motor for the tilt and some lubrication to get it working. Ratling side mirror could mean something loose you could fixate again. Quite expensive to get even a used mirror where I live. Seem in demand.
  14. I have done it. Just disconnected the tilt in a position I like. I do not remember any magic or violence needed at all if you find all the screws. No clips . I followed some Youtube short video if I remember correctly
  15. I have one 1995 as winter car. ( Mark2 ) and a 1998 as summer car. ( mark3 ) . The Mark 3 i like better.
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