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  1. Update: I was searching through Consumer Reports magazines and came upon a section on rodents and their damaging habits in engine bays during certain times of the year. One of CR's suggestions is to place moth balls inside panty hose, tie up the end and place in the general area of infestation. Between this and the tape I mentioned, above, you should have a good chance of eradicating the pests. Good luck, Kathy; let us know if you've had any success.
  2. Have you tried this tape? https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/how-to-protect-your-car-from-rodents/ This does seem to be infestation season. I've never seen so many lizards, snails, mice, and rats. I think the heavy rains we experienced in March is the impetus. For 4-5 mornings in a row, at about 5:00 AM, we could hear a chewing sound coming from the walls. It shifted from two different rooms, downstairs to one room, upstairs. It sounded like the object being chewed on is fairly hard, not soft like wiring or wood. Suddenly, it has not returned for the last two mornings. Hopefully, it will not return.
  3. I think this is what you should've put in the tank before the hibernation period: https://www.walmart.com/ip/STA-BIL-22214-Storage-Fuel-Stabilizer-for-All-Gasoline-Engines-32-fl-oz/16645039 You may have to have the tank drained and refilled. As a general rule of thumb, before many months of storage: * Pour a bottle of Stabil in the gas tank. *Disconnect the battery or connect a battery tender to it to keep it topped off. *Change the oil and filter. * increase tire pressure to max listed on tire to prevent flat spots. * Leave the windows down or throw some desiccant packs in the car.
  4. I would say that it is part of the front door window frame. I did look at some of the Lexus OEM parts stores, online but their images are very poor. You may want to stop by the Lexus dealership parts department and ask the person there to bring up the exploded view of that area. At least you'll know what the part number, description, and dealer cost is. You can then search around for the best price or buy it while you're there.
  5. I have never seen a similar post. Unfortunately, you may need to take it in for repair. My guess is that most independent repair shops have never had to fix something like this but if you do call any, you may want to ask that very question. I'd also call the dealership service advisor to inquire.
  6. I assume you pressed the DISPLAY button on the steering wheel to cycle through the display options?
  7. At that age, I would guess that your valve cover gaskets need to be replaced. We just had ours done on our 2006 (purchased in 2005) RX400h. After that many years of daily use, I can't say that I am surprised. We had about 120,000 miles on the odometer when we started smelling burning oil, now and again.
  8. I agree. The key here is the age of your 12V battery. When ours is getting weak, we usually see a message that includes mention of the shifter not being in the Park position. I would guess that your battery is weak and needs to be replaced. It could also be that a cell or two in that battery is dry. This can also cause weird things to happen.
  9. That being the case, it would not surprise me if the sender unit needs to be replaced.
  10. Is there an issue that you are having with your present diff that has prompted you to go down this path? - just curious.
  11. I would search yelp.com for auto electric shop and peruse the ratings. There are many in Mass.
  12. Using a dry lubricant (graphite) is best, since particulates tend to stick to wet lubricants, eventually causing issues down the road. I injected graphite into our ignition key hole, 10 years ago and have not had an issue, since.
  13. Most likely, the lumbar support is an inflatable bladder that requires compressed air from a compressor. It could be that the compressor had shorted, causing the drain.
  14. Your plugs were due to be changed at 120,000 miles! Ours is almost 15 years old (come April) and there is a slight oil seepage that makes its way to the exhaust manifold (smells a bit after driving for 30 minutes), but these are no visible signs of leakage. The oil level is always good and everything else is working well at 125,000 miles.
  15. See if it continues if you switch the flow of air to upper, only. If it continues, switch to lower, only. I noticed that a burning smell is noticeable when the air flow is set to lower or both lower and upper vents. When I switch to lower, only, no flow is detected, yet the burning smell is intermittently noticeable. My theory is that the vent valve is not functioning correctly and may be drawing excessive current. Also, have you changed or had changed the oil, lately? The filter oil tends to drip down on the exhaust pipe but if it is cleaned up thoroughly, the burning oil smell goes away after a few days or less of driving.
  16. I've never noticed the engine vibrating like that, but then again, we do not have an LPG system as you do.
  17. No problems with the clock in the 14.5years we've had our RX400h
  18. Excellent work! Thanks for sharing. The bright LED lights of newer vehicles tends to make our older ones look very dated. Before I bought my MX5 Miata, the previous owner, at the age of 21 had done essentially the same thing. He even installed LED fog lights. Every mod is still working after more than 7 years.
  19. The first thing I would do is to make sure your battery is fully charged and that all cable connections are tight and free of corrosion.
  20. Side note: We are only now replacing the remote battery after 14.5 years! Those Lexus engineers really know how to design efficient battery circuits.
  21. A stuck thermostat could reduce interior heat (stuck open) or cause overheating (stuck closed or partially closed). Has anyone checked it?