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  1. Been there, done that. When I first got it I had to jump start it three times and charged the battery after each jump...with an excellent charger. It was on intermittant charge after an hour each time. The battery is definitely bad and I am going to get it replaced under warranty. There is some argument in favor of just buying an Advance battery for $85, but there is a principle here. Toyota should not put crummy batteries in a $50,000 vehicle and I do not intend to subsidize bad decisions..
  2. Recently bought a 2008 RX400h that is 3 years old with 18,000 miles. I had it trucked to me from a Lexus dealer who had been storing it for a couple of weeks in their basement. The car would not start when the truck arrived at my house. It had to be "jumped". I then charged the battery (the 12V mini-battery) and it again would not start the next day w/o a jump. It did this a total of 3 times in the first day we had it. After each jump, I charged the battery. It came up to charge quickly...an hour or two. It has been over a month now and the start failure has not repeated. I recently bought a Solar battery tester and just tested the battery. It reads 12.01 V (consistently, engine off) and 270 CCA. I don't know what the CCA is suuposed to be (no label on battery), but 270 CCA seems low and so does 12.01V. I tested two other batteries I have on my bench (big sealed gel batteries for BMW and MB), one 9 years old and one brand new and both read 12.45 V and >>600 CCA. I am going to have a Lexus shop check the battery in two weeks. I was curious, however, what voltage reading is normal for an RX400h 12V battery with engine off. Anyone know? Thanks. - nopcbs
  3. OK. Going to do it tomorrow. Let you know. Just did it and it was extremely easy. Here are the definitive instructions for removing the front seat headrests on Gen 1 (F1) LS400's equipped with power headrests. First, run the headrest(s) all the way up with the power switch. Next, run the seats forward all the way and climb in the back seat. Get in the back seat. Note that at the bottom of each of the two front seat steel headrest pillars (support posts) there is an about 1.5" wide (roughly square) plastic trim piece with a hole for the steel pillar. There is one for each pillar. With one hand, push down ( i.e., toward the earth for those of you who are executives) on both of these trim pieces of one seat. You will feel a pair of latches give. You don't have to use a lot of effort, but there is a little required. Then, still pushing down with the first hand, with the other hand, lift the headrest and support pillars up (that's away from the earth for you executive types). Slides out easy. To put the headrest back, just align with the two holes and push down gently until you feel the mechanism lock. Ridiculously easy.
  4. We have a 1992 LS400 (F1 = Toyota-speak for the generation 1 LS400). Have had it since 1993 Fall. In that time, the only lamps in the car that have had to replaced are the two cornering lamp bulbs. The car has 103,000 miles. I find this utterly amazing and I wonder if other LS400 owners have had the same experience. Am also on the original shocks (a bit soft in the rear, but OK) and exhaust system. 2nd set of brake pads/rotors. Fourth set of tires. - GRL
  5. The way I interpret that is that you would move the headrest to the highest position, and then pput your hands on the supports(steel bars) and push them up and out. Have not tried this yet, but after more searching on the web, I found a post in another LS F1 forum a procedure that worked and that actually makes sense if you read the instructions and view that picture in the service manual. What the fellow did was to run the headrest all the way up with the switch, then he pressed downwards on the two plastic surrounds of the metal pillars that support the headrest. This presumably releases the two clips inside the seat that retain the two rods. The downward arrows in the manual picture actually point at these plastic surrounds, so it makes sense. The text is a bit ambiguous. I think this another example of poor translation of a Japanese manual by a person that either was not great at English or Japanese or was not really sure what the Japanese text meant. I had the same experience with removing the cornering lamp housing to replace the bulbs. The manual made no sense until after you saw what you had to do and then it made perfect sense. Sigh. - GRL
  6. I bought a low-back sheepskin seat cover for the driver's seat in our 1992 LS400 and in order to put it on the driver's seat I need to remove the (power) headrest. I have the shop manual and what it says makes no sense. They seem to want you to pull the headrest up while you push the headrest support rods down. In the manual version, the rods are part of the headrest and I would think the same would be true in the case of the power headrests, so how you could push down on one while pulling up on the other is perplexing. Anyone ever done this? Please advise. - GRL LS400_headrest.pdf
  7. Reply: I just put a set of Kuhmo Solus KH16's on my 92 LS400 in the 215 size. They are a revelation in terms of ride after the BFG Touring TA's that were on it before (granted, in 225 size). Nce quiet and smooth ride and adequate handling. Supposed to suck in snow, but I use snow tires in winter. Got them for about $250 at Tire rack and $60 to install. No regrets, so far. The speed rating means essentially nothing unless you intend to travel near the speed rating limit.
  8. Reply: I just put a set of Kuhmo Solus KH16's on my 92 LS400 in the 215 size. They are a revelation in terms of ride after the BFG Touring TA's that were on it before (granted, in 225 size). Nce quiet and smooth ride and adequate handling. Supposed to suck in snow, but I use snow tires in winter. Got them for about $250 at Tire rack and $60 to install. No regrets, so far. The speed rating means essentially nothing unless you intend to travel near the speed rating limit.
  9. The car books get 0-60 times of a (pathetic) 7.5 sec. for the auto IS300. I think I recall the manual knocks just under a 1/2 second off that. This is nowhere near what the 330 3-series can do and Lexus needs to do something about it.