1990LS400

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  1. 1990LS400

    Rear seat removal

    Slip your fingers under the lower front edge of the seat cushion and pull up - hard! Mine required a goodly amount of force the first time I removed it - easier after that. Simply lift the seat cushion out and slide it out of the car through a door. There are a number of bolts holding the rear seat back in place. If I remember correctly - it's been about 15 years since I did it on a 2000 LS400 - there are one or two bolts hidden behind leather panels held in place by Velcro behind the center armrest and/or maybe behind the head restraints. The fuel tank is between the rear seat back and the trunk so don't go doing any drilling? There are small holes covered with vinyl tape on the upper outboard sides of the interior metal body work - near where the upper outer corners of the seat back contact the metal structure. The holes are big enough to pass some fairly big electrical wires through. It's easier to run wires forward to the front on the driver side since it can be difficult to get them behind the glove box and CD changer - I know that from experience.
  2. 1990LS400

    Hazy headlights on 08 es350

    Or get the headlight lens refinishing kit that has been rated #1 by several auto mags. I've used several kits and agree with the reviews that the Sylvania kit is the best - about $20 on Amazon.
  3. 1990LS400

    Rear Power tailgate door failure

    Two beeps can be an indication that the "PWR DOOR OFF" button on the dashboard has been pressed.
  4. Billy did exactly the right thing by bringing the age of this thread to the poster's attention. The OP hasn't logged on to this forum since May 30, 2009 so there is no point in asking him a question. New members like LSfromOR sometimes don't realize how these forums work.
  5. 1990LS400

    Satellite Tuner

    I found the following thread on ClubLexus forum. It shows what the tuner looks like and describes where it is located in the trunk. It sure sounds like you have the tuner from your description of the screens. https://www.clublexus.com/forums/gs-3rd-gen-2006-2011/829588-07-gs350-factory-xm-sat-radio-receiver-install-location.html
  6. I've seen a number of posts from owners of Lexus LS sedans about this - probably because the LS was the first Lexus on which one could open the sunroof and windows by holding down the unlock button on the key or fob. I've read about it happening to owners of owner Lexus models too including the RX. A few people have had their interiors soaked by rain. The most common cause of the problem appears to be what I jokingly call "Tight Pants Syndrome", i.e. an object in a pocket (or purse) pushing and holding the unlock button causing the windows and sunroof to open. I've wondered if this problem has become so common that it is the reason the feature is turned off on the 4th generation (2016-up) RX. A Lexus dealer now has to activate the feature on request. Have you had your RX for a long time but this problem only recently arose? How far is your workplace from the parking lot? The remote can have a remarkable range. On my last LS, I could open the sunroof and windows from about 150 yards away by pressing and holding the unlock button. On my current daily driver (Toyota Sienna Limited - "The Adult Size RX" 😁 ), I can open the sliding doors and hatch door with the fob from about the same distance - I do it every weekday in hot weather as I leave my office to let heat escape from the interior as I walk to the vehicle. That's my best guess. I've learned to be more careful with the remote fobs. I've also managed to set off the alarms on our vehicles when doing things like kneeling to pet the herd of cats that meet me at the door when I get home. And I've managing to open one of the sliding doors on the Sienna while it was parked in my garage. I try to remember to remove the fobs from my pocket as soon as I get home. If you've had your RX a long time and this problem just started happening then may it is some sort of electrical problem. Regardless, if you do not routinely use the fob to open the sunroof and windows, you might want to have the Lexus dealer deactivate the feature - done with a scan tool through the diagnostic port.
  7. 1990LS400

    Satellite Tuner

    Did satellite radio ever work in your GS? A satellite radio tuner was optional on the GS in 2007. If you don't have a tuner, pressing the SAT button won't do much if anything. I don't remember how it works in older cars work but those who have newer cars with satellite tuners can listen to a demonstration channel - mainly ads to get you to sign up - even when there is no active subscription.
  8. Back in the 2000's there were one or two members that supplied navigation system components from salvaged vehicles for retrofitting navigation into vehicles that didn't come with nav. It's been a long time since I've seen them active on this forum. Your GS is 11 years old. Is it cost effective to retrofit OEM navigation into a car that old? If you need nav, maybe you could use a phone based nav app or a portable GPS such as one from Garmin. An OEM nav system from 2007 would likely be considered obsolete. If you have to have in-dash nav, maybe consider an aftermarket nav product.
  9. My take is different. Pandora Media has made multiple changes over the years that didn't comply with agreed-on specifications and without notifying companies that were affected. These non-compliant changes affected more than just the Entune and Enform app systems used in Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles. Sometimes, companies scrambled to update their software to cope with Pandora's screw-ups and sometimes Pandora Media fixed the problems on their end. In some cases, other software companies found it impossible or at least impractical to change their software to cope with Pandora Media's mistakes. I wouldn't know as much as I do about Pandora's issues if I had not ended up being a voluntary beta tester for a software company after I reported that Pandora no longer worked properly with their software. Having been involved in software development for nearly 45 years, I can appreciate Pandora's dilemma ... attempting to introduce new features and do bug fixes while keeping compatibility with a wide range of hardware and software platforms. I know first hand the perils of rolling out releases of new software that have to be compatible with multiple platforms and have the bruises to show for it. I've had a pay Pandora account for many years and have been as frustrated with Pandora's problems as anyone which is probably why I don't listen to Pandora nearly as much as I used to although I have continued to pay for it. These days I tend to listen to SiriusXM and Amazon Prime Music while I drive far more than I listen to Pandora.
  10. Does the car drive OK? If it does, you don't necessarily need suspension work or an alignment. One does not replace suspension and exhaust parts simply because of surface rust. It sounds like your mechanic shop is taking you for a ride. I suppose you could take your car to another shop to have its alignment checked. It is certainly not practical to spend $6K or $7K on a car that's not worth nearly that much. I suggest that you do only basic maintenance (e.g. engine oil change if necessary) and go on your trip.
  11. The in-dash Lexus Enform and similar Toyota Entune systems are dependent on Enform/Entune apps running on cell phones. Toyota can control the quality of their in-dash systems but cannot control the capability and quality of cell phones used with their in-dash systems nor can they control the car owner's appropriate use of accounts such as Pandora. An issue like the "invalid login" message that the OP encountered is typically caused by a problem with the Pandora account, registration on the Enform/Entune website or with the cell phone through which Enform/Entune is being used.
  12. Pay no attention to the low life who spew hate and have nothing to contribute. It's odd how issues like yours occasionally happen. One thing to try is to delete and reinstall the Enform app on your phone. You might even have to delete/add the apps to your Enform account on its website. If all else fails, call Enform support.
  13. I didn't mean to imply that aftermarket TPMS wheel units were necessarily bad - only that it must be verified that they are compatible with the vehicle system and that a car dealer should not be expected to make aftermarket sensors function properly. I didn't buy any of the TPMS modules for the winter wheels we use on our current Toyota vehicles from a Toyota dealer although at least one set is the same brand that is factory installed on many Toyota and Lexus models. But then I'm never going to ask a car dealer or anybody else to do the programming. Ah, yes ... the Toyota Matrix \ Pontiac Vibe. I distinctly remember renting a Vibe at the Albany NY airport in the mid-2000's. Funny, I remember that trip because I didn't realize that the office I was visiting and the hotel I was staying at were within a mile of the airport. I doubt that I drove the Vibe even 5 miles over several days before I returned it. It's only OEM wheels for me. I bought Mille Miglia wheels from Tire Rack to use with winter tires on my last Lexus and found that they were no longer available when I curbed one a few years later and wanted a replacement. And the steel wheels I bought for a currently owned Prius v have been a complete PITA requiring different lug nuts and ill fitting wheel covers - I should have bought OEM alloys for it.
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  15. If the OP bought a winter wheel/tire package from Discount Tires, the package likely came with aftermarket TPMS already mounted. But regardless of the sensors being aftermarket, here is what the 2017 RX350 owners manual says: "The tire pressure warning valve and transmitter is equipped with a unique ID code. When replacing a tire pressure warning valve and transmitter, it is necessary to register the ID code. Have the ID code registered by your Lexus dealer." Based on the above quoted text, it appears that the TPMS system used on the 2017 RX350 is not the more sophisticated type that senses the ID codes for whatever sensors are currently mounted on the vehicle. According to information on page 591 of the owners manual, holding down the button the OP mentioned until the icon blinks three times merely resets the system after tire pressures have been adjusted and determines how information from registered sensors will be displayed. The action does not "register" the sensors in the ECU. There are a number of available tools that a vehicle owner can use to register (i.e. upload) TPMS ID's in a vehicle ECU. I use the popular ATEQ Quickset programming tool - price was down to around $100 last time I checked. After programming a Quickset with a vehicle's TPMS ID's, upload of the ID's to the vehicle ECU is instantaneous after plugging it into the vehicle diagnostic port and pressing the appropriate Winter (Snowflake) or Summer (Sun) button on it. $70 to $80 to register TPMS ID's is a pretty good deal. Most dealerships where I live charge more.