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  1. 1990LS400

    1998 Ls 400 Parking Lamp Question (dumb Owner)

    There is no separate fuse. Have you checked the bulbs? My first (1990) LS400 had similar running lights outboard of the headlights and I went through quite a few bulbs in the 13 1/2 years I owned it from new to 2003.
  2. 1990LS400

    Lexus dealer required?

    Sure, have an indie mechanic replace it if it really needs it. There's nothing magical about Lexus dealer service departments except for their high prices and wonderful waiting rooms. I rarely used Lexus dealers for service during the 24 years I drove Lexus LS sedans although the indie shops I used were owned and staffed by former Lexus dealer employees.
  3. The trunk lid seals becomes depressed and stiff and allow increasing amounts of water into the trunk as they age. I had similar problems with water coming into the trunk on both the 1990 LS400 I bought new and sold in 2003 and on the 2000 LS400 I bought used in 2003 and sold in 2014. While my 1990 LS400 was under warranty, something like "re-seal trunk" appeared on my bill almost every time I took the car in for service although I was never charged anything for it. I don't remember anyone reporting the problem on the LS430 so maybe it was solved by then. I suppose you could replace the trunk lid gasket but it might still leak some.
  4. 1990LS400

    lx470 2001 horn button broke

    The horn pad on the 2000 LS400 I drove for many years "froze" about 10 years ago when I struck it hard to alert someone backing out of a parking space. The indie Lexus repair shop I used for 20 years was unable to repair the horn button feature of the pad but quickly found a salvaged horn pad/air bag assembly that solved the problem. Back then, the total cost of the the repair was around $800 if I remember correctly. The horn pad/air bag assembly on the 2000 LS400 is held together by rivets which meant that it could not be disassembled for a repair attempt. It's probably the same for your 2001 LX470.
  5. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) is not perfect. We have it in all our vehicles and it sometimes gets confused and malfunctions in a variety of ways with the worst being hard braking for no apparent reason - that's when I clean off the radar unit and the grill lens ahead of it with a damp towel. Even with the occasional issues, I absolutely love DRCC. I had a rental car without adaptive cruise control last week and not having it drove me crazy. I suppose you could complain to your car dealer about the malfunction but that never got me anywhere when I did. DRCC does not make a car self driving - the driver still needs to be always ready to intervene.
  6. 1990LS400

    2018 RX350L Low Beam Image

    None of the three headlight systems available on the 2018 RX get the IIHS highest "Good" rating. The adaptive bi-LED system gets the second tier "Acceptable" rating and the other two systems (triple beam and LED projector) get the next lower tier "Marginal" rating. You can read about the 2018 RX headlight ratings at https://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/lexus/rx-4-door-suv Based on the IIHS tests and complaints from RX owners, the triple beam headlights appear to be the least effective of the three systems. Which system do you have? The main purpose of fog lights is to light up the road edges when driving in poor visibility conditions at low speeds, e.g. no more than 30 to 35 mph. Fog lights are not going to supplement the range of low beam headlights.
  7. 1990LS400

    Remove Old Phone Installation From Ls400

    This photo is of a phone system ECU in a 1998-2000 LS400 but I think the one in the 95 LS400 looks about the same. It's under the false floor on the right side of the trunk.
  8. 1990LS400


    If I remember correctly, the cost of a replacement master key for the 2000 LS400 that I drove for 11 years was about $250 in around 2010. The Lexus dealership cut it and then programmed it while I watched using the procedure in the attached document. There are no "dip switches". I hope you have more than that one master key. If you lose it or if it completely fails, you'll be looking at something like $1,000 for a replacement ECU. Lexus used to provide one "free" new ECU per vehicle when all keys were lost but that may no longer be the case since LS400's have become rare. In the past, some locksmiths could replace, cut and program Lexus master keys at lower cost. 1998 LS400 key programming.pdf
  9. 1990LS400

    Navigation Update

    A 2014 RX has a generation 7 navigation system with its maps stored on a hard drive. Updating it requires buying the appropriate update activation card and having a Lexus dealer do the update. The document at the following address shows how the dealer does it for the fall, 2017 map update: http://www.revbase.com/BBBMotor/TSb/DownloadPdf?id=202375 The Lexus dealer tech enters the activation card number from the card you purchased during the update process.
  10. 1990LS400

    Converting the Cigarette Lighter to USB Port

    The only brand I buy these days is Anker ... charging cables, DC chargers, AC chargers, etc. https://www.anker.com/products/108/204/car-chargers Many Anker producters are available on Amazon.com .
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 1990LS400

    Rear Power tailgate door failure

    Two beeps can be an indication that the "PWR DOOR OFF" button on the dashboard has been pressed.
  14. 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.
  15. 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