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  1. Getting close with mine also! I have over 226,xxx miles now! Give me another year!
  2. I also have a dash rattle sound on a 92 LS400. I was told by Belle Lexus that they would need to change the steering counsel that would be $500!!! to replace to get rid of the sound! From what the guy said, there are teflon ballbearings or something like that that wear out and that they need to be changed. He said that they typically go out at about 150K. Is this a fix that I can do myself? It sounds like a card that has been put in the spokes in a bike. Soft, but I do hear the sound and it gets faster, the faster I go. It starts when I get up at about 5 mph and then gets to a constant
  3. Thanks for all of your help! I am trying to find a mechanic who can do the repairs now. Anyone have any recs for Seattle Area?
  4. Hmm... Well I do have some oil leaks from the front area is what it looks like, but I'm not sure if it is the seal problem or the oil pan prob. I'm not sure what the diff fluids are or what they should feel like. I hear that you can tell by looking at the color and feel of the fluid. Would that give me insight to the other challenges that I have?
  5. Not a problem! You had some great insights so I just figured you had to be in the automotive industry! Is the EGR valve something that has to have the tranny taken off to replace? I know that wwest was able to bend that section and that stopped the problem also. It was the oil dipstick. I'll check around other shops around here to see what a RMS would cost. Can I assume that a competent Toyota mechanic would have enough experience how to change a RMS or are the Toyota and Lexus RMSes that different?
  6. Where do you typically get your work done then? I know that I need to get the RMS done. Are there other mechanics locally around here that you trust? Is this something that any mechanic can do or are there many special Lexus tools and such that are necessary?
  7. I have a 92 LS 400. They didn't say what dipstick O-ring needed to be changed. They just noted that it was something minor that should be done at some point in time. There is more then one.... ? Great to know about the EGR Pipe. Does the valve ever go out? Could this be something that he was talking about that should come out and if so, is this an expensive fix? Oil pan gasket. Is this something that I could just pay extra for for a garage who would change my oil anyway? I am due for an oil change and if this is something that just makes my life easier and cleaner for my garage floor.
  8. Thanks for the info! I wasn't sure about all of the stuff and your responses are helpful! Main seal looks like something I will be doing soon and it sounds like something very quickly. Is the EGR pipe a major component? I have no idea what it does. What would prompt me to change something like that? Dipstick O-ring is something that I can do? Great! Is there a place where I can find the DIY? Oil pan gasket. Is this something that a shop should do then? I don't know how involved this is. Upper control arms. I can hear noises when I take a very sharp turn and when I go over lar
  9. Help! I just took my car into Bellevue Lexus (WA) where I had some electrical problems taken care of (wiring in trunk had severed wires it turns out that was causing weird things). When they looked over my car to see what other things may have challenges, they came up with a few things that I am getting mixed information on. They have said that my Rear Main has a seal that is ripped or something like that (forgive me if I am not saying this correctly) and oil is leaking onto my Cat Converter and is in prime danger for a fire from what they say. They also mentioned that while the tranny is
  10. emreese: Can you confirm that the fix works for you since my door handle needs to be fixed also? Thanks!
  11. I have an alarm that needs to be installed and the person needs the wiring guide so they connect the correct things instead of deploying my airbag or something like that....
  12. I did a search and I didn't see anything that seemed to pop up immediately, so sorry if this is a repeat... Does anyone know of a source for a wiring guide? There isn't a Chilton's or Haynes book as far as I can tell.
  13. You may want to talk with Jim Walker who is in the forum. From what I understand, this is a common problem with the instrument cluster where there is too much voltage coming into the dash and over time it wears out the PS and it may need to be replaced. This is just a guess, but I would at least chat with him about it.
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