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riordamp

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  1. Thanks!! i am now going to plow ahead.
  2. I have a 2008 es350 and I am trying to change the air filter. I don't do a lot of car maint but this has never been a big job for me with the other cars that I have owned. I opened three clips and although I can now see the filter I can't seem to get the housing open enough to get the filter out. I am sure it is something simple but in the mean time I don't want to force anything. I am not talking about the cabin air filter.
  3. Do I check the current where the wires get to the switch in door or at the control module??
  4. I just went to a toyota dealership and they said my fuses were good. I guess that means that I am not getting away cheap on this one.
  5. When I tried to adjust my rear view mirror on the driver side, the mirror would not move. I then moved the switch to the right side and tried unsuccesfully to move the other rear view mirror. It did not move either. any suggestions about the problem and what it might cost to fix????
  6. I have been looking at figuring a way to repair the drivers seat and the center console that has become a bit worn from where my elbow rests. I was looking at replacing with those leather sets where you take off the old seat and replace with pieces of leather that slip over the seat. One of the company's sells on ebay. Does anyone have experience with how well they match up with the lexus leather. My back seat is perfect and for that matter ther passenger side is in very good shape. Even if I bought the entire set (front and back) I really would rather not replace the back. I am wonderi
  7. Does that mean I might have to replace the entire rack or can I simply replace the bushings. I feel like I recall reading on this site that you have to replace the entire rack???
  8. I have had an 1995 SC400 for about 8 years now. For most of that time I have been fighting a vibration that you could feel through the steering wheel. After about the first three years I got rid of a lot of the vibration when I had the mounts changed on the transmission. Lexus had already changed the engine mounts. This took away a lot of the problem but I still seemed to have a shimmy coming through the steering wheel that was usually made worse depending on road conditions. I replaced the control arms and struts which helped things out but I think I finally have gotten close as result
  9. For about two years I have had this same problem. I will be driving down road in the winter and all of a sudden the hot air will become cool for a period of time. I can get the hot air to come back instantly simply by giving the temp control a quick twist. I have replaced the thermostat control and the radiator cap. Any ideas?
  10. I have the notorious climate control bleeding. Does anyone know of a repair place in Virginia other than the dealer who can take the climate control out and send it somewhere to be fixed. I could swear that someone posted a Richmond Va address but I can't seem to put my hands on it.
  11. I have been weaving through multiple postings and I think I am seeing multiple answers regarding changing timing belts. I have a 1995 Sc 400 and I would like to know what intervals i should be following for changing the timing belt. I don't want to be crazy conservtive but on the other hand I want to be reasonably comfortable that I am not going to left on the side of the road.
  12. Back during the summer i replaced the my control arms with control arms from a supra. After the job was done the steering was much stiffer. I was a bit disappointed because I had been told that the steering would be stiffer but I did not think it would have been by that much. At any rate about 5 days ago I started hearing a very loud noice that got worse as I turned the steering wheel. Based on reading this forum I knew this was not something to mess with so I immediately went to my mechanic. He said that my steering pump fluid was low but that he could not see any fluid on the altenator.
  13. I believe I am smelling it through the ventilation system. If it is coming from the heating core, what does that possibly imply?
  14. On very rare occaisions I am noticing the smell of antifreeze when I start my car. It happens after I have driven it for a while, stopped somewhere for about 45 minutes and then gone out and started the car again. It only last for about 2 or 3 minutes. I have looked for leaks but do not see anything obvious. The last time I looked, I checked the coolant level and the the resevoir tank for about 3/4s empty. If the radiator cap is bad, would I see the leak right by the cap or could the leak be caused somewhere else?
  15. I just got off the phone with the parts department with Lindsay Lexus in Alexandria Virginia and they insist that there is only one replaceable bushing on the steering rack. Does anybody have a phone number of a parts department where I could actually order two bushings for the 95 sc400. I live about 2 hours south of DC and would be willing to drive up to four hours to find a mechanic that might be able to do this job. Any suggestions? I am going crazy. Based on my previous dealings with Lexus, I would tend to put more faith in this site.
  16. I just talked to someone at lexus and they told me that there is only one bushing on the steering rack that I can replace. This bushing will cost about $39. The parts person said that there were no other bushings listed meaning that if there were more, you would have to replace the entire rack. Is this true? Is the one bushing that can be replaced a likely culprit for steering vibrations? I will probably get rid of the car before I replace the entire steering rack. If I knew that this would fix the problem I might do it but I have already replaced LCMS and struts so I feel like I am on a
  17. Is replacing steering rack bushings something I can do myself? If this is something that can be done without a great deal of difficulty where is the best place to buy them and how much will they cost? HELP!!!
  18. I don't think a have any play in the steering wheel. Does that still make the steering rack bushings a possibility? Can I repace just the bushings or do I have to buy the entire rack? Is it a difficult expensive job? Thanks for the help!
  19. I have looked at bunches of posts on this site regarding vibrations and I am not sure if any of them describe my situation. I have a 1995 sc400 that gives a fairly smooth ride with no vibrations when the road is fairly smooth. If the road has imperfections I get a vibration through the steering wheel. I am not talking about some back road full of pot holes. This will happen on a super highway for streaches of road and then it will go away when the road surface gets better. I replaced the struts, lower control arms and had the tires balanced at Lexus. All of these things improved the pro
  20. go to luxurymods.com on the internet or can simply call their toll free number 866-727-2888. You will probably want to have your vin number off you drivers registration. It will allow them to match up your interior color. The part is amazingly under $40. It is amazing how that part on my car started getting ratty looking almost overnight. Luxurymods is reliable but just a bit slow. I ordered a radiator overflow tank from them and it took about three weeks to get it in the mail.
  21. Its me again beating this topic to death but, I got some great answers on replacing lexus struts with supra struts. HOW ABOUT THE LOWER CONTROL ARMS FROM THE SUPRA? ARE THEY AN EXACT FIT ON THE 95 LEXUS SC500? ONCE AGAIN i KNOW THAT THIS IS A WELL TRAVELED AREA ON THIS BOARD, I AM ONLY LOOKING TO SEE IF SOME OF THE SIMPLE PARANOID MECHANICS IN MY AREA ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE CREATIVE OR IS AT A SIMPLE PLUG IN OPERATION? THANKS IN ADVANCE!!
  22. I know that this thread has been beaten to death but I am looking for one small piece of information. When I install the supra struts on my 95 lexus SC400, is it an exact fit or do I have to do any special retro fitting type work. The mechanics in my area are acting a bit leary. I am going to have to order the part and the mechanics don't sound capable of doing anything out of the ordinary. CAN ANYBODY HELP ME OUT?
  23. Do you know if any modifications are required in order to install the supra control arms or do they line up in the places you mount the sc400 control arms. My mechanic sounded mildly skeptical on the phone.
  24. Their new site is lexmods.com they sell it for $140 shipped. ← Thanks!! I ordered the tank and it is on the way!
  25. My radiator overflow tank has a very small leak. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I might be able to get a replacement tank other than a lexus dealer One of the earlier threads mentioned lexuspro. I can't seem to bring them up on the internet. Does anyone have a phone number?
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