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    LS 400 1998, Lexus SC 430 2005
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  1. I had a similar problem, I changed the Radiator cap, it improved but did not cure it, but when I changed the Fan Clutch all went to normal. Try to run the car without AC and see if it does not happen! Also if you have not changed your thermostat It may be a good time to do so! CCF
  2. Hi Just bought a SC 430 Gold Lexus maintained . This car is a ton of fun to drive! The vehicle, could have better handling but is adequate, since it is a bit heavier that most sports cars, I do not take corners too fast with it, but a lot faster than with my other Lexus an LS 400 98. My car came with the antenna mast that was bent, I already fixed it with the instructions found in here and the net. I also repaired the passenger side speaker moulding, a bit harder but nothing out of this world. I have the known issue with the tire sensors, mine does not make any noise just stays on, checked
  3. Hello Friends: I know its been a great While since I posted, and yes I still have my old 98, still runing great with almost 200,000 on the clock and seven years and over a 100,000, miles with me. But today is a joyful day in which I just took possesion of a 2005 SC 430 Gold, with 65000 miles, just a baby and I am begining to know my prince, since I already have my king the LS. The car runs great, very nice throtle response, the suspension a bit more stiffer but since it is a kind of sporty car that is the way it should be. A bit more noise than the 400 expected since it is not solid a
  4. I got five also and still love that 98. Replaced the other day an alternator.
  5. I need the part # or name to the left of that in the passenger side. I bent mine in a parking lot, got it to get fixed the bodyworker told me he tried to get it as closed to orginal but it does not look good. I been wanting to buy one since that time. Thanks
  6. Do not buy belts at Autozone, specially the cheap ones they squeal like a pig with maybe a 1000 miles

  7. Hello: If you have an older LS this is normal but It can be improved. You first need to clean the Throttle Body with a good T-Body cleaner. Check your air filter. Clean your airflow sensor. You should pay special attention to the front of the TB there are some small things on the upper part near where you took off the air intake hose, those get flooded with gunk. That should help your car to get up to 400 rpm and that where is going to be for the most part unless air temp needs it to be in any other higher setting or you are using the AC. If the car stalls you have a hosing problem, wi
  8. I got a 98 and just finished changing mine. The problem is that the black plastic cover has one bolt just below the tensioner, and need to remove the cam cover and push that plastic of that cover to get it in. After that is just a snap. They also modified the part so you cannot replace just the pulley, have to replace the whole thing. I think they went to use one just like the LS 430 and it seems lighter, hopefully will be as durable as mine. C. Cardona
  9. I suggest to take to a really good mechanic or to the dealer. The Lex scanners are better because they were made specifically for your car from the factory. I know it cost a lot. You could also have a bad vvt-i, they have to do a lot with the iddle. CCF
  10. You need to inspect the Timing belt area if any of those engine oil leks are leaking in there, that should be your first leak to repair and if it is the vvti it will cost a lot of money, but If you have a good mechanic all he has to do is open the vvt-i replace the main gasket in there which Lexus do not sell and put everthing in the same place and its done, and at the same time since you are in the same area the valve gasket and the crank seals should get replaced. Use Felpro gasket for the valve corvers, they sell them at a good price in www.rockauto.com, I recommended them to another membe
  11. I bought it and it works good the only problem is that you have to look thngs by numbers it is not ordered by names, it would say engine, and it presents you with 50 PDF files without names, you can name them but it takes a longtime, because once you open the file it has the name. But for the price it is good and I have posted parts in this forum. C
  12. Hello: I feel the car is less noisy with it on. You probably can make it as long as the plastic is hard plastic, since it will be exposed to a lot of heat from the LS Engine.
  13. Hi: I guess our answer is to get a new IACV about a 700.00 part and see if it fixes it. Or clean the whole area really good that should improve it somewhat. Also the low idle tends to happen when the days are hotter if you notice in colder days it stays right on the money, but since yours sometimes shuts off, you might want to check your fuel filter and air filters. Mine can be at 400 rpms but doesn't cut off. If you never changed fuel filter do it, you do not want clogged inyectors or a bad pump in the future. As a last resort you might want to check the TPS and related parts but that s
  14. Greetings to all members of this distinguished Forum: Sometime ago my car tranny started slipping when cold in the mornings or when it first went into Drive. I though as my dealer suggested that a flush on a 120,000 miles tranny was not good for the car. I checked Fluid added some to the proper level, to no results, the car kept slipping when put into drive, I also added Trans X which cured that in all my other cars, no result. I started to think my tranny even not going bad because it only did it once in the day, something was wrong. As one of my other mechanics advised me, run it unt
  15. Please Check the Nissan Murano 2003 trany failures, many thousands and so on, NIssan is not perfect either. CCF
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