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  1. By the way, Rookie, do you have a contact phone number or email for C'dan (Cruiserdan at Toyota American) that you could provide? I'm ready to tackle a few more jobs on my LX450 and need some parts. Thanks.
  2. Well, here's the update for me: I finally got my P0401 to go away. When I bought my LX450 (used with 100,800 miles on it), the previous owner provided a slip of paper from the dealer showing that they had diagnosed my P0401 and came up with a recommendation to replace the EGR Vacuum Modulator. I did that myself (piece of cake), but unfortunately that only made the P0401 go away for a few days. I then removed and tested and cleaned the EGR valve itself (a little bit more involved), but same results. I finally replaced the VSV for EGR and the CEL has been off since then (about five weeks now so
  3. I just developed a similar problem with my LX450 where the fuel light would occasionally glow dimly even though the needle showed the accurate level. Now, about a month later, the light is on all of the time, but the needle still works fine (for now).
  4. Thanks, everyone, for all of the helpful information on how to do an antenna replacement. I replaced mine yesterday. I had the "O, you poor guy" scenario. I pulled out the mast and it only had about three inches of the plastic toothed cable on the end (rather than the several feet of cable that I was hoping would have been there). Here's what I did on my '97 LX 450: Took off beauty ring. Had wife extend antenna using button on dash while I pulled up and out. If it doesn't come all the way out, it could be because the widest metal tube on the bottom of the antenna is intended to stay inside
  5. Rookie, Did you do your VSV replacement yet? If so, did that go as planned? Did it take care of your pinging? I noticed you mentioned you got yours from C'dan; are they factory and C'dan is a distributor, or are they considered aftermarket through them? Thanks. jsmith8918
  6. OK, I'm looking for suggestions and improvement ideas for my LX450 specifically regarding cup holders and the rear view mirror. Regarding the cup holders, I've got one tiny holder attached to the center console between the console and the driver's seat, and then two cheesy fold-up ones mounted to the back of the center console above the CD player. The tiny one by the driver's seat is so small that it won't accommodate our toddler's sippy cup, and the back ones have both been broken by my toddler's inattentive car-seat climbing practices. In fact, just last night I took out the two fold-up on
  7. Are you sure it's not the normal dripping of condensed water from air conditioner use (which usually drips down by the rear of the engine compartment on the passenger side, almost as if under the glove box)? Although this would be just straight water rather than coolant.
  8. Ditto on wanting to see DIY instructions. It looks like eBay has a ton of aftermarket retractable antennas for about $30 that they claim are satisfactory as direct replacements for the expensive Lexus units. Anyone try one of these yet?
  9. Here's what I found out today: most non-factory repair facilities now do the drain-and-fill rather than flush. I thought this was due to environmental concerns, but I found out today that apparently the flush causes corrosion of the heater cores that the drain-and-fill prevents. And regarding the fluid: use the red fluid from Lexus. Apparently the green fluid is not compatible with (and actually attacks and corrodes) the Lexus head gasket material! So in summary: Drain and fill (don't flush), and use the factory red-colored coolant rather than switching to the green fluid.
  10. This may not be exactly right for your application as it is actually in the manual for the Toyota, but it could serve as a starting point if nothing else: P0420: System detected: Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold Possible Trouble Areas: 1. 3-Way Cat. Converter Problem 2. Ophen/Short HO2S Circuit 3. HO2S Failure Hope this helps.
  11. For the LX450's, some have the rotating switch on the dash while others (like my '97) do not. The switch was not a standard feature.
  12. I'm always prefer to do a job myself if I have a choice. For those of you who have done your own front brake job on the LX450, how was it? (Mine is a '97 if that makes a difference.) I'm reading my Hayne's repair manual for the '97 Landcruiser and it looks pretty straightforward and almost even easier than front brake jobs that I've done on most other vehicles (including three prior Jeep Cherokees and a current Honda Civic). I'm looking to do a minimum of a pad replacement, with the possibility of also having the rotors turned and also flushing out all of the old brake fluid. (I'm planning to
  13. 10 feet to get your remote to work? That sounds about right for mine, too, even with a new battery! Is this typical for the rest of the LX450 owners?
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