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  1. Well, our 92 LS400 starter finally began to croak so it is time to replace. My son and I started teardown the other day. It is indeed the "bear" you have heard tell of. We got the plenum off and intake manifold just to reveal the starter motor. It is like staring at the edge of a cliff that you have just spent all day getting to. Getting to the starter was the easy part, now how am I going to get it unbolted? It reminded me of an epic journey, you know, the Indiana Jones type. Every turn reveals another impossible obstacle to overcome. Now, the original symptoms of a failing starter were several. We occasionally got the single 'click' but more concerning was the very sluggish starting in the morning. Subsequent starts were brisk. We even put in a brand new battery and got the same operation. This told me that the motor was either binding up, the contacts were hi-z (high resistance) or a winding or brush was shorted. In either case, with 160k miles and 22 yrs old, the starter was kaputsky. Getting the starter motor out *only* took about 8 hours. ^_^ That includes taking photos and several breaks to come in from a cold garage. This had to happen in the coldest January in memory in Northern Indiana. Of course, would not have it any other way. We got the starter bolts out without taking out the "coolant bridge" or EGR pipe. Yes, there is enough room with the proper tools. I will post pics of the setup. The new starter has not yet arrived. This is most definitely NOT a job for the faint of heart.
  2. Try the local Toyota dealer for better pricing.
  3. Sounds like some bushings are just shot. R&R at dealer or Toyota if not comfortable.
  4. Welcome. How many miles on her?
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    LS400 1991 Crank sensor stuck

    Can you take a pic of the remaining sensor and post so we can see what you are up against?
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    Gx 470 Drivetrain Vibration

    Jackson, Your issue sounds pretty simple and common....warped front rotors. If you remove them and have them trued or "turned" to straighten them out, your shaking wheel might go away. If the rotors are too worn, just get new ones and new pads.
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    1999 LS400 looking forward to another 200,000

    Yes very nice Billy. Now, if you could only get another 200k out of your own body! haha. The leather on my LS was also in great shape. The only thing I noticed was cracking of the finish on the wooden part of the steering wheel. Does yours have that too?
  8. Welcome Karthik. I think you are right on with the starter not disengaging immediately and being spun by the motor for a moment. Could be that the starter is partially defective, maybe a weak spring to retract the gear. I always bench test my starters and then once installed, I try them again before the engine is all back together. On the LS, I jumper the starter solenoid to the battery to get it to crank before reinstalling the manifold. Just FYI for future starter changes. You know, I don't think I would do anything at the moment except keep an, ear on it. If it is a defective return spring there is nothing you can do about it but tear it all down again. I doubt that it will damage your flex plate although the starter does get a bit more wear and tear. You might take a peak at the teeth on the bottom of the flex plate thru the cover and see if there is any excessive wear. Let us know what you decide to do.
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    92 lexus ls400 died on highway other day

    Welcome Ashton. With a 1992, there are a lot of things it could be... but lets look at the fairly simple stuff. As an example, your engine has two coils and two distributors. As part of a regular maintenance, the distributor caps and rotors should be replaced (along with other things). Parts get worn and need to be replaced on a regular schedule. Without a detailed maintenance history, it is hard to determine what has and has not been done. As Billy pointed out, the first thing to try is to check for engine codes. That is the computer trying to tell you what is wrong. To get the codes, use this guide In fact, you should become very familiar with this site because it provides a ton of good info on your car. As Bob guessed, it could be a sensor. Or it could be the filter capacitors in your ECU. Lots of things it 'might' be. But lets get the basic maintenance stuff out of the way and then try to methodically figure it out or else you will be on a real witch hunt throwing money and time at it. Let us know what you find with the codes.
  10. Well I wholeheartedly disagree with this logic, Bob. Mistakes do happen and they make for a great learning experience, even if somewhat painful. What DIYs should learn to do is to carefully read through the manual and understand what they are getting themselves into before tackling a job. But do not be so fearful that you never pick up a wrench. Working on a 23 yr old car is exactly the place to learn.
  11. Welcome Mat. Can you post a picture of the broken part?
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    No Spark/fuel Issue After Starter Change

    Last time.... check connectors around the Fuel injector system/manifold area. Thats probably all it is if it was running fine before.
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    98 LS400 delayed response

    I went thru the same thing Jon. 1998 LS400 and leaking pan gasket. Then it would not go into gear for a few seconds. Short story, it was low on fluid by about 1/2 quart. Read this post ->
  14. Sorry to hear about the accident, Yikes. The cost all depends upon how well you want the car to be repaired. If you want it like it was before, it will take new fender, turn-signal/side light, possibly headlight, hood is messed up, and of course the bumper and apron. You could probably spend over 1k in parts alone, then there is labor and paint. I think you are looking at 2-3k to do it 'right'. Then again, if you are not real picky, the $700 might get it looking ok...not great but ok, maybe. Junk yard parts are key to keeping the cost down. Welcome to the club!
  15. Kind of on a whim, I bought a 2004 SC430. Some of you may know that I am an LS kind of guy with my LS400 and LS430. But I just could not resist this Absolute Red roadster. I bought it off of a retired doctor who bought it new and has only put 12,500 miles on it. So, it is pretty much like brand new. I bought it, drove it home and parked it in my garage. Now I am feeling like I rushed into it and second guessing my decision. Should I keep it and drive it? Or sell it and keep the LS? Don't you wish your 'problems' were all like this? ^_^ (ps...yes, Jim...I need ANOTHER intervention!).
  16. I have never messed with an aftermarket component like this but my first thought was whether you tried turning it 180 degrees to see it would fit better. However, after looking more closely at the pictures, I do not think that is the problem. It would be best to call the company and explain the situation to them because either they sent you the wrong part or they have a serious design flaw. I also wonder if the hood is going to close after you get it installed. Looks high. Anyway, it looks like a message to Throwdown Performance is your best bet to get this resolved.
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    Mileage record

    Maybe someone put in LED bulbs instead of the incandescents? That will make the warning come on.
  18. James, that the Lexus dealer is stumped just blew me away. I got a good chuckle out of it. Obviously, you can forget that dealer. Since your car is a 93, have you checked the trunk wire harness for chafing? Its a common issue with that generation that causes weird things to happen. And, if it were me, I would try putting it into gear while 'feathering' the gas pedal and see if it will go. Obviously you need to be careful doing this with your left foot firmly planted on the brake while you give it gas with the right foot. If the engine stays running when you put it in gear then you may have an air idle up issue. But if it stops dead even with more gas, then it may be the torque converter locked up or another transmission issue.
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    Car wont start '98 LS 400

    I am late to the game but will 'play'. It could be an immobilizer but from what I could glean from your first post, it sounds like the solenoid contacts or other bad contact. Personally, I would have run more tests before taking out the starter but it is done so no sense in second guessing now. Because the starter replacement is so labor intensive, I would have advised that the starter be a rebuilt or get it rebuilt. Often times, you need only replace the solenoid contacts and you are good. I guess the mechanic will know soon enough if it will crank. Keep us posted.
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    Is this a tranny problem?

    A screen is a filter. Just filters larger particles.
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    Is this a tranny problem?

    To me it sounds like it may be a sticking valve at cold temps. Have you ever changed the PS fluid or cleaned the filter?
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    Starter Cover/shield

    Interesting that the title to this thread is incorrect. Not a starter but an alternator...oh well. There is another thread that shows how a guy cut an aluminum roaster pan and formed it around the alternator. Not saying I endorse this method, but it does show a picture.
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    Is this a tranny problem?

    Most likely just the mount. It is fairly easy to replace and prone to going bad. So I would advise to just order a new one and replace.
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    My $500 LS400

    I think I did in this thread. Sorry you missed it in your search ->
  25. Absolutely, low mileage LS400's exist. And they pop up from time-to-time. There is one on Ebay motors right now. A 92 with 18,245 original miles. Of course, its going to cost a lot to buy it but that was not the question. Was it? This link will not be good for very long, but here it is ->