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  1. Greetings, The steering wheel has started shaking when the brakes are applied so I am expecting it is time for a full brake job :-( Yes rotors have been turned before. I would like to get an idea of the expected cost for Brakes and rotors on an LS 400 1999? Many Thanks, Badams
  2. Thanks for the info. I went to a car parts store and they ran diagnostics on the vehicle and the alert code from the diagnostics computer said to replace the O2 sensor which has already been replaced. Thanks for the information and your time. BR, Badams
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  4. I have not had time to get a diagnostic test run on my 1999 LX470 but on the way to work this morning my Check Engine light came on while crusing on a highway. The truck has 178,700 + miles on it and I have never had any problems like this. I was wondering if this is something that is set to go off at a certian point of milage? The 470 ran fine the rest of the way to work and did not appear to be having any problems other than the check engine indication light. I have to drive about 25 miles to and from work. Can anyone advise me as to whether I am safe in driving the car as long as it shows no other problem indications until I can have diagnostics run on the car. Many Thanks for any ideas or advice related to this question.
  5. I am having problems with the stock stereo in my 1999 LX 470 and even crutchfield does not have any recommendations for a replacement system. Has anyone see or tried any other stereo systems in a 1999 LX 470 Nakomichi stereo stock? I have found options of getting the old system rebuilt but that seems like something that may not work out well ... break again soon and is pretty expensive. Also another option that had an aux input for iPod would be prefered ... FM transmitters for the iPods seem to get static quite often. This one looks interesting :-?
  6. Greetings, I was recently using a cigarette lighter adapter air compressor in the DC Power Outlet on my 1999 Lexus LX470 to pump up the tires on a trailer and it appeared that I blew a fuse. I replaced the fuse with a new 15 amp fuse and the dash board DC power outlet still was not working. The DC Power Outlets in the center console box and the rear hatch both work with the new or old fuse in place ... but the console and rear hatch outlets do not work with the fuse removed so I am pretty sure I am replacing the correct fuse. 1. Is there an inline fuse behind the power outlet in the dash of the vechicle other than the fuse for the power outlets in the fuse pannel in the driver side foot area? 2. If there is no inline fuse / no other fuse for the power outlets besides the fuse in the driver side foot pannel ... I assume that I must have blown the DC Power Outlet or fried some wires that provide it with power :-? Ideas for a solution, schematics as to how to access this area or someone who has experienced this problem and found a solution I would greatly appreciate that information. Many Thanks, Badams
  7. My 1999 LX 470sunroof sticks from time to time and I just push it from inside with my hand while pusing the open button. After getting it open I always try to grease up the runners which seems to help considerably, but the hand push has always helped whenever I have had problems.
  8. I have been using the Sylvania's for a while after quickly going through a set of PIAA's. I did not have the recall work done because I did not like the description of the work they wanted to do. I get about 7 months on a set of the sylvania's and I always have a second set in the storage compartment in the back of the car.
  9. I get around 25 on the highway and around 20 in city. Tank average is about 22. I recently started running regular gas only and have not noticed any difference in preformance or gas mileage. I try to put a tank of 93 in about every 4th time I fill up and use 87 for the other three. Is anyone else running unleaded instead of premium gas on a regular basis :-?
  10. How do you change the front right turn signal on a 1999 LS400? I have removed the screw at the top next to the head light assembly and it wiggles around some but I cannot find any more release points or clips and I do not want to break it trying to get it out. :o Any help toward getting this done would be greatly appreciated. :) Many Thanks, Badams
  11. Dealer now has the car and says the throttle body needs replacement. What should I expect to pay for that :-?
  12. Thanks for the information. I am able to borrow the diagnostics handheld computer. Where is the hookup in the car located to hook the diagnostics reader to?
  13. While stopped at a stop light this evening the Check Engine and Check VSC lights came on. I pressed the VSC button multiple times but the condition did not change. When the light turned green the engine was still running but the car would not accelerate beyond idle speed (RPM's stayed at about 1200). I was not far from where I was going to dinner so I parked and went in for dinner for about an hour. Came back out and started the car and both lights were on again for a few minutes. I drove home about 20 miles on the highway with no problems. Got back down to city diving speeds with turns and stop signs and the lights both came on again. The car is unquestionably still running at all times it is turned on but unless the accelerator pedal is floored the car does not run much above idle rpm speeds. A friend who knows cars told me it sounded like a throttle postion sensor :-? Any ideas or information about the problem and how to get it taken care of would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your assistance.
  14. On my 1999 LX470 the antenna recently stopped going up and down. It is stopped half way up. I have tried the up and down button for the antenna in the car and hear what sounds like the electric motor running for the antenna but it does not move. When I turn the car off there is a loud sound that is clearly the motor trying to pull the antenna down but it does not move. I have tried lubricating the antenna but that does not seem to be the problem as the loose sections of the partially extended antenna appear to move very easily. I removed the chrome ring that I thought would release the antenna but it would not come out. I started looking at the bolts under the hood that look like they would release the front right quarter panel but chickened out at that point :-). Any advice or direction as to troubleshoot / solve this problem ... including alternate antenna solutions if it sounds like my only option would be to replace the antenna electric motor? Directions as to how to access / remove the antenna would be greatly appreciated :-)
  15. Has anyone had to Replace the starter on an 1999 LX 470? Any diagrahms or web sites that are recommended would be greatly appreciated. Is the starter between the cylinder heads I cant even see it???
  16. I have a 99 LX470 with 116,000 and it is still running strong.
  17. I drive up to Snowshoe West Virginia on very curvy mountain roads often and have done so late at night when the snow was coming down so hard it was difficult to see. I am talking back woods driving where cell phones are useless due to no coverage of service type conditions for 50 miles. I have owned other full time 4WD vehiles (Jeep Cherokee & Dodge Durango) but neither of them even came close to the LX in the snow or under offroad conditions. The only thing I have added to my vehicle are PIAA Pro 90 Fog lights that help out a lot with visual range while driving under heavy snow / very foggy conditions. If the roads are ICY you may need the cables/chains and if you have them it is always a good idea to take them but with snow ... just take your time use extra care when slowing down, speeding up & going around turns.
  18. Crutchfield's would probably be a good place to start looking.
  19. Thanks for all the responces. Driving like a granny is TOUGH but I am getting used to it. The top speed of 55 simply wont work ... I-40 (HWY to the Beach) has a 70 MPH speed limit so I have the cruise control locked in at 75 for that trip just about every Friday ;-). I have been making the trip in my wife's LS400 which gets about 27MPG on the highway since the call to conserve was requested from the NC Governor last week.
  20. On the LX470 1999 model there is a power and a 2nd button setting. My question is will using 2nd setting save gas in LX470? With the Southeastern US petrol supplies being cut by Katrina I want to try to conserve gas any way I can :-?
  21. Is it possible to retrofit a 2002 LX470 to use bluetooth phone technology? ← Quite a few options here to take a look at ;-)
  22. The Sony Ericsson S710a is a great bluetooth capable phone. It also has a 1.3 Megapixel camera, uses sony memory stick duo pro memory, awesome display and is EDGE Data capable. It is for sale at Cingular.
  23. An article on Bluetooth.
  24. MORE Help is on the way Verizon is getting ready to get challenged even more :chairshot: on their bullying tactics Class action lawsuit against Verizon over Bluetooth on the Motorola V710 expands B) End user friendly solutions are the best and ONLY way to go!
  25. pemarsh I am surprised to hear that you think the LX470 has "anemic power" :-? Previously I had a 5.9 liter Durango with a 3.92 rear end, computer chip, flowmaster exaust, K&N filtercharger ... and have always been impressed with how the smaller engine in the LX470 stacked up to the previously owned Durango. I have also owned (and still have) a 928 Porsche that I have had since the mid 80's so I am not a stranger to serious acceleration. I am sure that there are other stock SUV's that are faster than the LX470 but I have owned mine for almost three years and have really been thrilled with it since I bought it? DougJohn how much difference in power will the SuperCharger make??? Will the Stock Drive train in the LX 470 suffer any ill affects from increasing the torque with the addition of the supercharger? pemarsh dont get me wrong I have entertained the thought of the same path you are undertaking ... more is usually better when it comes to power