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  1. For whatever it's worth; Before replacing the rear struts on my wife's '97 ES300 in December, I searched this site and found a few threads. One long one went back and forth between KYB's and Tokico's. Some people said the Tokico's were too stiff, and others didn't. I went ahead and took a chance with the Tokico's. Got two from a distributer on the web for $104.00 each, then got the mounts from Lexusautoparts.com for about $55.00 for the pair (I think??). Replaced them myself. I have absolutely no regrets going with the Tokico's. The ride was beautiful and well controlled, and I do not ag
  2. I know what you mean. I babied my Lexus and kept it in the garage. Drove my F-150 4x4 only. Jeff Hauck Gresham, OR.
  3. Good to hear you got everything off. I had the same conclusion on the timing belt cover "modification" with a dremel. I stared at it for awhile and could come up with no reason why it would hurt anything, the only difference was I didn't actually do it. Mainly I was worn out by then and just wanted to finish. I figure the next timing belt change I'll go ahead and do what you did. 1)As far as removing the crank gear, your right, there's no reason if your not replacing the seal. 2) No problem if you turned the cam gears, as long as they were in the correct positions for the belt installation
  4. You really only need to mark the belt if your going to reuse it. The new belt should have 3 lines across it for alignment. One lines up with the forward cam pulley mark, one with the rear cam pulley mark, and one lines up with a mark on the crank pulley shaft outside teeth (not to be confused with the mark on the flanged gear behind the crank pulley shaft that was used to line up TDC). If correct, the line on the timing belt at the crank pulley shaft will actually be about (I think) two teeth off of the inboard mark that was used for TDC (but will line up with the dot on the outboard part of
  5. -Bob To set the engine to TDC you line up the dot on the flange behind the crank pulley with the "nub" (don't know what else to call it) behind the flange at about the 11 o'clock position as your looking at it. I tried attaching a picture with blue arrows at the line up point. They are not lined up in the picture. Then you line up the two camshaft pully marks to the (very small) marks on the #3 (back) timing belt cover. As long as both camshaft pulley marks are lined up, and the crankshaft pulley, then it should be perfectly aligned for the timing belt installation. Jeff Hauck Gresham,
  6. I did not try an impact wrench as I don't own one. But, see the link below. I was sent to this link in regards to the bolt being next to impossible to loosen, and read of many who had used impact wrenches rated at 1000 lbs without luck. I was a little unsure of using my starter, but it worked great. One word of caution if you try this: You might want to ensure your ignition system is disabled as you don't want the engine to actually start. I didn't do this, but it wasn't a problem as it only took one very quick click of the starter to loosen the bolt. Good luck. http://www.clublexus.com/
  7. Whoops. Posted this with the wrong thread. Please remove. Sorry.
  8. I did not try an impact wrench as I don't own one. But, see the link below. I was sent to this link in regards to the bolt being next to impossible to loosen, and read of many who had used impact wrenches rated at 1000 lbs without luck. I was a little unsure of using my starter, but it worked great. One word of caution if you try this: You might want to ensure your ignition system is disabled as you don't want the engine to actually start. I didn't do this, but it wasn't a problem as it only took one very quick click of the starter to loosen the bolt. Good luck. http://www.clublexus.com/
  9. You will need to pull your camshaft sprockets if your planning on changing your water pump. I just did my timing belt on my wifes '97 ES300 and the back timing belt cover (#3) lies behind the camshaft sprockets. The upper one inch or so of the water pump is covered by this back cover. The water pump must slide off on two studs, so must come straight out, which is impossible with the cover left in place.
  10. You will need to pull your camshaft sprockets if your planning on changing your water pump. I just did my timing belt on my wifes '97 ES300 and the back timing belt cover (#3) lies behind the camshaft sprockets. The upper one inch or so of the water pump is covered by this back cover (see my attached photo). The water pump must slide off on two studs, so must come straight out, which is impossible with the cover left in place. I could not loosen the camshaft sprocket bolt, despite a 3 foot breaker bar. I finally gave up on the water pump. I'd be curious to hear if it works by leaving the T-b
  11. Thank you VGR. I was a little leery, but tried the "starter trick" and worked incredibly well. One click of the starter with the breaker bar against the ground, and I heard the breaker bar fall on the concrete. I was sure it just fell off, but I about fell over when I found the pulley bolt hand tight. Thanks very much. Jeff Hauck Gresham, OR
  12. Help, before I give myself a hernia. Is the crankshaft pulley bolt standard (ccw to loosen) or left hand threads (cw to loosen). Have the flywheel "locked" and about 3 feet of leverage but bolt isn't moving. Any help willl be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jeff Hauck Gresham, OR.,
  13. Aircraft mechanic foreman for a US Air Force Reserve unit located at Portland International Airport that flies the KC-135R air refueling tanker. Work both as a civilian Air Force employee during the week, and a Reservist one weekend a month. We were a Air Force Rescue unit for many years with hundreds of lives saved during hundreds of rescue missions from the eruption of Mt StHelens in 1980 to our now "infamous" helicopter rolling down the side of MtHood early last summer (all over the national news). The Air Force (in there "infinite wisdom") decided that refueling other airplanes in-flight
  14. I'm getting ready to call around for price quotes to change the timing belt and water pump in wife's '97 ES300 (91k miles). For comparison, what's a normal price? I'll probably call a Toyota dealer as there's only one Lexus dealership in the Portland area and there real pricey. Don't like to go to "just any place", so I'll try Toyota first. Any suggestions? Thanks, Jeff Gresham, OR.
  15. Anyone have any experience with disc brake squealing. My wife's '97 ES300 brakes squeal when coming to the last few feet of a stop, only when mild pressure is applied. No squealing when heavy pressure, or at higher speeds, only just before the car comes to a stop. Pads are only about 20% worn and the wear indicators are not touching (not that kind of a sound anyway). Tried spraying everything with brake cleaner, no help. I told her that this is probably normal as they are probably semi-metallic pads clamping a steel rotor. She still doesn't like it. Only other thing I can do is pull th
  16. I can't remember the website now, but I recently read a review/test of the 1997 ES300, and it listed the top speed at 137 mph (it didn't say if they ran it to that speed). Jeff Hauck Gresham, OR.
  17. "my two bits". First look at the sidewall of the tires. If they are directional (i.e. having markings designating left and right) then you must rotate them front to back. If they are non-dirctional, then you can criss-cross the rotation. My Toyo Proxes TPT's are directional and marked "left"/"right", therefore should only be rotated front to back.
  18. Sometimes cooler heads prevail. Good words, and good points steviej. I'm certainly the most guilty for trying to press my opinions. Worst part is, I'm new to this forum and have been getting some very good information by many of you Lexus owners. The information has been invaluable, and I "blew it". My knowledge and experience with automobiles of all types goes back about 25 years. Sometimes that's a good thing, but sometimes that's a bad thing. The two 32ounce mixed drinks I had in celebration with my wife for our 21st wedding anniversary certainly didn't help either. Jeff Hauck Gresh
  19. I can add a little assistance here, but not much as I don't have near the "Lexus experience" as others on this forum, but just bought a ES300 (90k miles) and am going through all the servicing items to ensure they're up to date. My 1997 ES300 owners manual calls for Dexron II or III in both the transmission and differential. Both drain plugs are very accessible. Haynes manual recommends you remove the strainer and clean it also, which requires removal of the transmission drain pan and a new gasket. Draining the radiator removed maybe 50% (or less) of coolant. In the very front of your bloc
  20. I certainly am proud to own a Lexus and to be a part of "Lexus Ownership", but don't forget, the engine is a TOYOTA. I don't want to make this a "urinary olympics" (read: *BLEEP*ing contest), but I consider myself relatively "mechanically inclined" as I've been "into" autos and auto engineering for 26 years and have been a government licensed Aircraft Airframe AND POWERPLANT mechanic for 21 years so know a little about design/engineering and how easy it is for a preferred item to suddenly become "the only thing that will work and everything else will destroy the engine" (i.e. "urban legend")
  21. Don't know about the trans, but according to the Lexus website, the word Lexus came "from the combination of the words "Luxury" and "Elegance". How they got Lexus out of that I'll never know. Your explanation makes more sense.
  22. Oh yeah, and transmission must be in park (once again, with foot off the brake). It's described in the '97 ES300 owners manual on page 90.
  23. Make sure the engine is running and your foot is off the brake, should then work. I also have a '97 ES300 and couldn't figure out why I couldn't set the memory (or recall it). Took my wife to figure it out :chairshot:
  24. Coin holder (or whatever it's called) that I'm talking about is actually underneath the panel that has the mirror control and gas filler/trunk release. Just checked, and in the owners manual it's called the "Auxilary Box", but it seems like it's design intent was to be some type of coin holder as it's very similar to the one in my Honda Accord (and that one is called the "coin holder"). Jeff
  25. Bought the car 1 month ago. Have never been able to get the coin holder to open/close properly. I feel like there's "something missing". The spring steel upper clip mounted above the hole is in-place. Is there supposed to be some type of spring or something? It takes a great deal of force to open, and never seems to close all the way. Somethings definitely not right? Anyone else run into this? Jeff Hauck Gresham, OR.
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