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  1. Sounds like the previous was solved. Going to bring an old thread back for a minute. My son told me the volume won't change on the factory stereo of the 04 GX 300 I bought from him. I noticed if you push on the volume knob toward the right of the car while twisting the volume knob it goes up or down. I'm pretty sure it can be fixed but for now at least it can be adjusted.
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    Squeaking as in every time you apply the brakes? Some pads do squeak so yeah it would be normal but that doesn't mean it's ok. It means the pads should be replaced with pads that don't squeak. Realizing that sounds snarky, what I mean is some pads are "hard" for longevity and so they won't get dust all over the wheels. Some are made to withstand heat better also. Often under normal use the high performance pads can have squeak issues. It could be the pads have warn enough that the "thin pad" indicator makes it's "thin pad" warning sound. Or it could be the rotor is warped so ideal
  3. I had always admired the Lexus way. You start out with a super reliable brand of automobile and add top of the line features that folks who don't need to ask "how much does it cost" go for and add sexy looks and you've got yourself a winner. Now for a guy like me who does have to ask "how much" the resale value held so well that they stayed beyond my price range for a long time. Long enough to forget about it actually. But my son bought a GS300 to turn into a left hand drive Aristo. First time I saw it I commented how that is one fine old car. Old I say because it was almost old enough t
  4. The Mrs and I have allergies so we take a sip of Nyquil each evening at bedtime. The supplied cup is great if you are sick and need that reccomended amount. But as a sleep aid or help with allergies a little swig from the bottle is plenty. I know plenty of people who use it year round as a sleep aid. We often plot about finding the factory and tapping into drums of the stuff in order to keep a few gallons in stock. Anyway there's all these cups leftover. Now some people say "Jello shooters". But what else can they be used for? Recently my refrigerator/freezer quit making ice and di
  5. I get to drive my Lexus past my neighbors house while fixes his beamer (again).
  6. Fast forward 6.25 years and $20 got me 6.05 gallons if 93 octane. Gyah! 5 bucks aint gas money no more. Used to be mid grade was 10 cents more than regular, premium 10 cents a gallon higher them mid grade, but Saturday in my town regular was $2.79 and premium $3.29. Yet at one point premium was a dollar more than regular. The Rush song Red Barchetta was bouncing around my head on the ride home as I pondered a day when driving a petrol burning car will be a novelty.
  7. A new Lexus one is over $3000 retail. $2200 at lexus parts now and $350+ for used at eBay etc. Check out this video to see why $400 to swap the part. A lot of work to do it correctly.
  8. 😎 Best of luck. A lot of dealers have really good mechanics. Sales people and the parts guy? Not so much, but often times the younger mechanics are excited about working on cars and the older/wiser mechanics are there to keep them in check when need be. At least that's been my experience at various dealerships.
  9. Thanks for the write up. I'll have to train myself to use straight line only when washing as I've been doing circles for decades. I have a well used but fairly nice black car with lots of highway miles, so lots of small chips on the hood. Last time I did up a black car with high miles the hood had a million billion tiny white dots when I was done. Ugh. Looked great from 100 feet and the paint was like a mirror but……those tiny white dots used to laugh at me every time I got near the car. I definitely don't want to repeat that trick.
  10. Can't explain the "thunk" but it sounds like your car thinks that a wheel is spinning faster than other wheels as if you have a traction issue. The system in the car then throws it into what some call limp mode. It reduces accelaration ability in order to compensate for the so called spinning wheel. Do you have an ABS light lit? A CEL? Or is it just the VSC light? The traction control system uses info from the anti lock break sensors to give feed back to the transmission and the engine monitoring computers. They decide how/if to adjust things to control wheel spin. When I first rea
  11. here's a leather dye how to: And how to dye plastics:
  12. Here's a broken wire or connector repair manual. Hope nobody ever needs it.
  13. Ok so I hope it's ok to post this here. And I hope it's not already covered. If not could a moderator please add this manual to the repair manual thread (if it's not already in them). It's a great repair manual for fixing broken wires at terminal clips or replacing the terminal clip itself. Toyota shows the tool to use, the way to use it, the terminal clip ID number with photo and which terminal pin works to make the repair. If it's somewhere else already, my appologies. I started searching in various places and note
  14. Original Equipment Manufactor as in the way they did it in the factory when producing the car. It can be done close to that where like "1990" said above, you remove a bunch of stuff instead of taping edges and covering areas they don't want painted. But $8800? Phew, that sounds pretty pricey. Are you just wanting to correct the flaws or are you looking to change the color from say blue to white? If you are changing the color then yeah 8k would not be so unreasonable since they'd have to disassemble all kinds of things to do it correctly. Some would call that a "frame up" paint job where
  15. My boss uses dryer sheets in his cars. He swears by them. I tried it in a car I have moth balled and so far so good. They smell good too. Swap them out every couple of months.
  16. I'm a fan of Lexus vehicles in general but when they elected to plaster the front with a Darth Vader face across the whole lineup I just can't get excited about anything they produce anymore. Others may feel the front look is the best look Lexus has ever produced. Hey, that's cool. But about the time Acura vehicles all came with 'Klingon war bird' fronts Lexus seemed to take it to the next level too……It's like Acura was taking the luxury car where no car has gone before and Lexus was trying to get folks to think the force is strong with this one. At least Acura improved on the 'Joker smi
  17. These days a tv repair man is a rare thing but if one does not know how to fix an amplifier yourself, a tv repair man probably can. Great info Yamae!
  18. Mine are flaking somewhat on a two of the four. I'll probably scratch the loose stuff off with a stiff plastic bristle bathtub type brush, clean the rims with Bar Keepers Friend to remove oxidation and spray with an engine clear coat. The Bar Keepers Friend is applied as a dry-ish paste and use an old tooth brush. It's a mild acid safe for alloy and alluminum wheels and it works great. Someday if the mood strikes I'll have them powder coated if I don't end up finding a nice set at a junkyard. Lots of crashed cars at junkyards have nice parts.
  19. Thanks for the link. I enjoyed reading that.
  20. Can you elaborate just a little please? Push on button, nothing happens? No volume but lights up? Stuck on channel 1? Details help.
  21. I'm going to bring this one back for an 04 GS 300 that chimes one time each time I accelarate from stop, but no other times. I did not think it prudent to start another thread as the issue might just be a general Lexus/Toyota thing. I take off and hear "bing" one time. I can drive 5 miles at a steady rate and no chimes. Pull up to a red light, when I take off "bing"……drive 100 yards to another red light and again when I take off "bing" once. No warning lights. All fluids are fine. Could my car be thinking a door is ajar?
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