1990LS400

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  1. If the TPMS sensors are the originals, they are at least 12 years old. Batteries in them often don't last nearly that long. Any competent tire shop has a tool that can determine which sensor(s) are the problem and their battery strengths.
  2. If the car has optional Intuitive Parking Assist option, the sensors in the front bumper will be completely obvious. Google up some 2015 ES350 photos and you'll see what they look like. Don't go drilling holes if you decide to mount the front license plate on the bumper where there are probably dimples that mark where the screws go. Get the front plate mounting kit, which probably comes with self tapping screws, from a Lexus dealership. If she's the original owner, she probably has the kit and misplaced it or the kit is still somewhere in the trunk. I think a good place to mount the front plate is at the center of the lower grill. I'd put it on a backer and maybe use four black zip ties to hold it to the lower grill or figure out some other method to attach it. Here's an image of a very high quality silicon license plate backer I bought on Amazon for our vehicles. I bought black ones but it also comes in colors.
  3. That's because an owner can't buy a DVD map update on Amazon for a 2007 LS460 and update it himself. Only a Lexus dealer can do it using a "master DVD" and the Navigation Update Tool that only Lexus dealers have.
  4. Exactly where on the dashboard and for what purpose?
  5. My opinion is that it is a bad idea. Two hours away is too far away from the nearest dealership. Not that the RX and ES are bad vehicles but I certainly don't regard them as luxury cars. They are decent vehicles. I've had a lot of RX and ES loaners over the 24 years I drove top of the line Lexus LS sedans and I've found them generally disappointing. I would take a Toyota Highlander over an RX and a Toyota Avalon over an ES. What are your needs? Since you now have a Honda Odyssey, do you still need a van that can carry a lot of stuff? Do you prefer a hatchback over a 4-door sedan? Is there a Toyota dealership close to you ... i.e. much closer than the Lexus dealership? Whatever you buy, I suggest you buy a 2017/2018-up Lexus with Lexus Safety System or a 2017/2018-up Toyota with Toyota Safety Sense. These safety systems include radar based automatic emergency braking (Pre-Collision System), adaptive cruise control (Dynamic Radar Cruise Control), Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist and Automatic High Beam. Not that 68 is "old" but these safety systems are particularly valuable to us older people. My wife and I are a wee bit older than you are. If you need an Odyssey size van but would like one with more luxury features, I would suggest a 2018 or newer Toyota Sienna Limited Premium. It has height adjustable HID headlights, heated steering wheel, nice leather upholstery with memory driver seat, rain sensing wipers and all the features of Toyota Safety Sense. You might have to go a little higher that $25,000 to get one of those as a used vehicle since a new one retailed at nearly $50,000. If you prefer a smaller pseudo-SUV, I would suggest the redesigned 2019 or newer RAV4 Limited but only the ones with the optional adaptive headlights which are highly rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (iihs.org). The non-adaptive RAV4 headlights are not rated well. There is a hybrid version of the RAV4 Limited. Toyota hybrid systems are very reliable. We've had a hybrid 2012 Prius v Five since new and it hasn't had a single problem although it's only at 43,xxx miles. My wife and I test drove a RAV4 hybrid a few weeks ago and found it to be very nice - much quieter than our Prius v. We had planned to buy a 2020 RAV4 Limited Hybrid but are now waiting for the recently announced 2021 RAV4 Limited plug-in hybrid. IMO, the main difference between Lexus and Toyota brand vehicles and their dealerships is that Lexus vehicles sometimes have slightly nicer materials and Lexus dealerships have better snacks in their waiting rooms. Otherwise there isn't much difference under the skin with many Lexus and Toyota brand vehicles using the same engines, transmissions and many other components.
  6. It was locally customized by Lexus of Palm Beach for people over 70 years old who like vinyl roofs and gold trim. I don't think you can legally drive it if you don't have a Social Security card. 🤣
  7. According to the parts diagrams and lists, it's under the dash in the driver side junction box. It might have its part number on it: 90987-02012
  8. Maybe it's changed but replacement owners manuals used to be provided at not cost. Ask a Lexus dealership about it or contact Lexus customer service. The owners and maintenance manuals can also be viewed online in the owners section of the Lexus website. Registering is not necessary. I find the online versions much easier to use than the paper ones. The manuals are in PDF format and can be downloaded. Get that additional key before you lose the one you have and get into a bind. So many people have lost their only key and gotten into real trouble. I've bought several master keys at Lexus dealerships when "she who will not be named" lost hers. When she did lose her key, I was at the Lexus dealership the next business day to get a replacement no matter what it cost. I now keep one extra key for each vehicle in a fire proof safe. The safe is on an outside wall that could be easily retrieved if something happens to the house as long as the house doesn't blow away.
  9. There's really no difference in gasoline between the U.S. and Canada. I've driven personally owned and rental vehicles from the U.S. into a number of Canadian provinces including B.C. on extended trips and there were no differences in how they performed on fuel in either county. Regular fuel is fine for the typical Toyota/Lexus V6 engine but maybe not for some recent turbo charged V6 engines like the ones now used in the LS500. I've always thought it funny that regular fuel has usually been recommended for Toyota V6 engines but that premium has sometimes been recommended for Lexus V6 engines. I've checked the part numbers for the V6 engine and their associated engine control electronics used in Toyota brand and Lexus brand vehicles and found that they are the same. Supposedly premium fuel will provide slightly more horsepower and perhaps slightly better fuel economy but it's a trade-off between results and cost. 500 km to empty after the tank is filled does sound a bit low but the calculation is based on the fuel usage rate of the previous one or maybe two tank fulls. Fuel usage is highly variable. The tank average for our 2014 Toyota Sienna V6 can range from average of 17 mpg to 25 mpg (13.84 l/100km to 9.41 l/100km) depending on how it is driven. If you are mainly tooling around Vancouver or Victoria on surface streets, you will get substantially poorer fuel economy that if you mainly drive on highways. Now ... would you please have a bridge built to Vancouver Island so that we no longer have to take a ferry? We used to have to take a ferry to P.E.I. but they finally built a bridge for us. 😁
  10. I suspect the beeping is related to a problem with what was called Vehicle Skid Control (VSC) back in 2002. It's since been re-branded as Vehicle Stability Control. How it works is explained at https://drivers.lexus.com/lexusdrivers/experiences/experiences-details/ART2654 A loose steering wheel is worrisome and could be a symptom of the problem. We've had vehicles with VSC for almost 20 years and have never had the warning beeping occur when changing lanes or rounding curves on dry, smooth pavement during normal driving. It's occurred mainly on rain, ice or snow slick pavement and a few times on loose gravel when I was driving VERY hard and pushing the vehicle to the limit. This could be a dangerous situation. I suggest that you have a professional (e.g. Lexus dealership technician) diagnose the problem.
  11. It's probably going to require a Lexus dealer technician to diagnose the cause of the problem. There are many components in the AFS system.
  12. It's doubtful that both horns would fail at the same time but it would be easy to find out with a simple 12V test light. There are several potential causes. The horn on the 2000 LS400 I used to have started barely working if at all when something inside the horn pad/air bag assembly broke. An indie repair shop installed a salvaged horn pad / airbag assembly for around $800 which was great since the new part was over $2,000. Or it could be a defective spiral cable in the steering wheel. The indie shop that fixed the horn problem in my 2000 LS diagnosed the problem in only a few minutes but the mechanic was a former lexus dealer mechanic.
  13. What do you mean by "roof rack"? Cross bars? You are certainly not going to find new cross bars that will fit your ES for anywhere near $50. $200 to $500 maybe but more around the $500 mark. And that doesn't give you the components to carry anything like ski's, bikes or a cargo box. Add $100's of dollars for those. What do you want to carry? Is there anyway to squeeze inside? I hate roof racks due to the noise and the hassle. I've got 35 year old Yakima cross bars with aero roof and gutter roof mounting hardware with snow ski attachments and all the locks in storage. I don't remember what I paid for the contraption back in the mid-1980's but it's a $750 set up if I was buying it today. This crap is expensive. I bought the Yakima to fit a Honda CRX - my winter "ski car" - but they fit my Lexus LS sedans just fine. Used cross bars and accessory attachments are sometimes available on Craigslist but it's trial and error to see if they fit and even then they might not be cheap.
  14. Dave, the OP has a cracked screen! Your video isn't about that.
  15. If I had a problem with any of ours, I'd send it to https://hitechserv.com You might find other repair companies if you do an internet search. It's usually fairly easy to pull a nav head unit but I've pulled head units countless times.. If you ship it for repair, wrap it EXTREMELY well with bubble wrap. I must have used $10 of bubble wrap when I shipped a head unit a couple weeks ago but it arrived at its destination with no damage.