Rush48

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About Rush48

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  • Birthday 07/07/1967

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  • Lexus Model
    GS300/GS430/SC430
  1. Hey kino1161, Sorry dude, I was out of town on vacation for about 2 1/2 weeks....I came home and I see you were in need of some starter help. SORRY I wasn't able to get back to you. Regarding the starter....sounds like you got it figured out with the excellent help of TurboGS300. There are only two bolts holding it in, and by looking at them it is pretty clear that those two hold the starting in place. Ragarding the contact replacement....I went to a Toyota Dealer in my area and picked up the parts....one part # for one side at a cost of $12 and another part # for the other side at a cost of $6. Consider replacing the plunger if it looks really worn down....if you choose not to replace it, make sure you at least sand it down so it is shinny copper looking (like a new penny) when you are done. Best of luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Before you start, look for my post about fixing the starter motor itself for about $18.00. In most cases, you do not have to pay for a rebuilt stater because only the contacts inside are faulty (and easy to replace). Good luck.
  3. I have been told that all Toyota/Lexus starter motors are the same or very similar. The repair would be the same for all. Also, the parts for a ES300 are the SAME as a Camry, RAV4, 4Runner, you get the idea....they are all alike. GROSSEN, your starter is the same. I suggest you follow the POS lead from the battery (there are usually 2) to the starter motor if you do not know where it would be located. One thick lead must attach to the starter, and it is usually not that long of a lead. (MAKE SURE YOU DISCONNECT THE BATTERY BEFORE YOU DO THIS). As far as part numbers go...go to your local TOYOTA dealer and get part 28226-72010. This should cost about $12. THIS IS ONLY ONE SIDE. YOU NEED BOTH, HOWEVER THE OTHER TERMAL SIDE HAS A DIFFERENT PART NUMBER. MAKE SURE YOU GET BOTH. THE OTHER SIDE IS ABOUT $6. I AM SORRY BUT I DON'T HAVE THAT SECOND NUMBER AT THIS TIME). As you can see from the pics, you only have to remove three small screws to gain access to the copper contacts. Replace and reinstall and you are on you way! Make sure you use some sandpaper on sand down the seat side of the plunger inside. The plunger makes contact with the copper contacts. You will see once you have it apart. DO NOT BE AFRAID....THIS IS A VERY EASY JOB!!!!!! I would post more pics if I could figure out how....sorry! Be advised, most dealers do not stock both of these, so order ahead.
  4. There is no specific color code for the cladding. Your only option is the paint on your car (metal). If you have a light color (say white) the dark lexus gray works good.
  5. My 97 ES300 would start great most of the time, but a few times there would be a "click". The problem is these cases is usually the STARTER MOTOR. The dealer in my area wanted almost $500 to fix. A private shop wanted almost $350. I did a little research and found out that the copper contacts inside the starter motor just need to be replaced. So.....I took out the starter motor (very easy if you can walk and chew gum at the same time) purchased the replacement parts ($12 and $6 for a total of $18) and carefully replaced them inside the starter. I carefully put the starter back into the car and THE CAR RUNS GREAT! TOTAL TIME: LESS THAN 1 1/2 HOURS!!!!! If anyone wants info, pics, or what the part numbers are, contact me.
  6. B) My 97 ES300 would start great most of the time, but a few times there would be a "click". The problem is these cases is usually the STARTER MOTOR. The dealer in my area wanted almost $500 to fix. A private shop wanted almost $350. I did a little research and found out that the copper contacts inside the starter motor just need to be replaced. So.....I took out the starter motor (very easy if you can walk and chew gum at the same time) purchased the replacement parts ($12 and $6 for a total of $18) and carefully replaced them inside the starter. I carefully put the starter back into the car and THE CAR RUNS GREAT! TOTAL TIME: LESS THAN 1 1/2 HOURS!!!!! If anyone wants info, pics, or what the part numbers are, contact me.
  7. I believe that you have to take it to the dealer (or someone else with the $5000 OBD-II unit and complete software). They can tell the computer to not move the wheel for ya. ;)
  8. I purchased mine on e-bay as well. If you are trying to match your existing wood, make sure you get at least two pictures of the knob you intend to buy so you can compare with your color! Don't rely on them saying "fits 2002 GS300". Fact is, most of the knobs fit many models. Also, don't over tighten your new one! Good luck.
  9. It is normal, nothing to worry about. It is a "charging" for lack of a better term of the ABS modulator in the engine compartment. NO BIGGIE.
  10. I never had this problem on my current cars (GS's), but I did on an Acura. This is what I did, and I hope it helps you too. Move the power seat all the way forward, then all the way rear a few times. With the seat in the rear position, go under the seat and spray the Lexus recommended lubricant on the rails/teeth. I have used white lithium spray in the past with success. After spraying the rails/teeth, get in and move the seat to max forward and back several times. If this doesn't work, move the seat to the rear and look closely at the rails/teeth in the position your seat would normally be in. My guess is that you will see actual degradation of the teeth in the area the seat would be in. You can figure out the next step. Let me know if this helps you, I am curious. Take care.