LEXIE

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    1993 SC400
  1. Need bushing part number for repair of loose stick shifter located on console. Car is 1993 sc400 with automatic transmission. I understand I have to remove console to get to pivot point to replace bushing.
  2. Thx guys for your replies. Nice pics re the replacement. I think I can handle it from here. L
  3. SC400 My truck lid will not stay up when opened. Can the round support brackets be tightened? Are they spring loaded? L
  4. dc.."The first gen SC's are timeless cars" I keep telling my wife that and the mere fact that I only have 73K miles on my '93, why should I change. She has a hard time driving the SC and wants a 4 door. The IS 4 door only has marginaly bigger back seat leg room than the SC and I don't want to go to the other Lexus models because of price. Plus, trade in value and/or private sale is a big laugh cosidering how classy a car the SC is especially when in pristine condition. As alicias said, I don't need fancy gadgets and the new car smell and above all, every time I drive this car it is like a new experience. Guess I am just trying to reconcile my keeping the car... "Sorry wifey, the '97 Honda CRV 'run about' wagon will have to do". As an added note, my total expenses to date for this car is about $2500 over a 15 yr period. This includes all oil changes (25) and other fluid changes, tires, belts, headlamps, etc., ...everything except gasoline of course. Maybe I am a bit lucky but I think it has more to due to with the claim that Lexus is truly a low maintenance car. Thx for your comments, L
  5. Which is the better car of the two: A 1993 SC400, let's say like new, or a new Lexus IS...choice of small or large engine. Or put another way, if the two were side by side brand new, which would you choose?? L
  6. I feel as though my expansion valve is restricting refrigerant flow. My compressor/clutch started short cycling (10 seconds) so I went thru a series of things to correct which included: 1) evacuation, recharging... no change in performance...then 2) a complete system flush which produced a lot of "crap", followed by air purge, evac., oil/ refrig recharge .... still cycling. So after some research here I found that my problem could be related to a partially plugged expansion valve. When I observe the low pressure side/gage it fluctuates and when it goes to less than 20psi the clutch disengages, then after a few seconds the system pressure builds up to allow the low pressure switch to activate and allow the clutch to kick in again. Is it possible the suction side is being starved for refrigerant and causing the problem. Does this make any sense??????? I would like to inspect the expansion valve and I read on a previous post that the valve is located under the glove box. I have a '92 SC 400. How can I access the valve...do I have to remove a panel in the cabin under the glove box or can I get to it from under the hood at the firewall? Any comments would be much appreciated. Thx in advance, LEXIE... YOUR INEPT "MECHANIC" AT WORK
  7. G'H'....thx for the brief/concise explanation. i think i can handle it from here. L
  8. I have located the drier "hidden" under the driver's side headlight. Can't find removal instruction in archives I guess like most other repair projects.... do I have to disassemble the car to get it out? Lexie
  9. I turned my a/c on yest and no cold air so I assumed I was low in refigerant. I do have a slow leak so this was no supprise. My question is: Does the little green light embeded in the a/c on/off button blink when low on refrigerant? I noticed when I turned the air on yest the light was blinking and this is the first time I have experienced this. Or, is something else wrong. I guess maybe the low pressure sensor activated the blinking light??? lexie
  10. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Finally got them both to pop loose by sticking a small screw drive thru the top and tapping lightly on table top. Checked both batteries and they had about 2.9v left vs 3v rating. Went thru the reprogramming process and still no response. Put radio on station 94.9 FM ( previous post rec.) and got no response when I pushed key button. Guess my transponder is gone. L
  11. The batteries on both my remote keys for my 93 sc400 are dead...at least I think so since the remote does not work. Question... is there a trick to opening the key case after removing the small screw holding the case together. With screw removed on both keys, I cannot get the case to separate. It will open up maybe 1/8th inch on bottom but will not release at top. I can get a knife blade between the case at the top but it still will not separate. What am I missing???? Any suggestions anyone??? Thx Lexie
  12. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I had a similar problem w my 93 sc400. The light would come on intermittently mostly when I would change elevation like going downhill. I checked my coolant level and thought it was full but added maybe a half quart just to make sure and the problem went away immediately. Apparently the sensor is very sensitive. L
  13. Andrew, welcome and re item #1: my '93 sc400 developed the very common condensate problem some 4 yrs aft i bought it in late '92. i elected to drill six very small holes on the bottom part of the lens to allow the vapors to escape rather than tear into the headlight assembly and go the re-seal route. the "hole" method was recommended by someone else on the forum and, as for its efficacy, i would say it reduced the severity of the problem by 80%. before i drilled the holes, condensate would appear and remain for months. now i only see it occasionally and it usually disappears aft a few days, especially if i drive with headlights on for a good while. i only have the problem on the drivers side headlamp. Lexie
  14. ------------------------- I purchased new Lexus OEM regulator for '93 SC4000 for $120 total including shipping. The parts dealer is Spartan Motor Mall located in Lansing MI ph# 1 800 333 8696 or 1 800 998 7557. Ask for Brad ...he is easy to deal with and most likely will give you a discount. I received part 4 days aft placing order. Have your VIN handy when ordering. L