wh2

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  1. My vehicle has a shelf to separate owners manual, etc, from rest of contents. It must be removed first to gain access to rear panel. Furthermore, my vehicle has no screw clips as some other year models do. My goof. I have a 2010 model, purchased in 2009.   If you check on Youtube for 2010  RX350 cabin filter replacement, you'll see my configuration. Lastly, charcoal impregnated filters are in abundance on ebay, amazon, etc.  Thanks for your comments.


  2. My filter was never replaced, partly due to its low mileage and my neglect. Not sure what a dealer would charge, but after looking at a video on YouTube decided to do it myself. I bought a Toyota OEM filter  ( Part # 87139-YZZ03 ) on ebay from  Superstition Springs Lexus of Arizona for $30.  It is a charcoal type filter, and supposedly a specification unit.  I had a difficult time removing the shelf to gain access to 2 more panels to remove the old filter. Although I followed the suggested way to do that, it took all my strength to break it free from the compartment floor. Upon completing the relatively easy removal of the filter, I tried to insert the new replacement one, and discovered it was about 3/4" to wide. Also, the filter"up" arrow was on a side pleat, and not on the front panel. After cutting the filter to fit, the reassembly was simple.  I contacted the vendor to suggest they check with Toyota   as to the proper filter dimension.but they haven't replied yet.  Beware.


  3. My Lexus original replacement battery (part # 0054-MF24F-575) does not need maintenance according to service advisor. Unlike the original unit which had several screw-type caps, this battery has 2 solid rectangular shaped caps which cover the electrolyte ports. Is this truly a maintenance-free feature? They don't seem easy to lift off, and I don't want to damage the battery by prying them up....but I'm a little skeptical that it never needs to have fluid level checked, etc. Any thoughts or experience with this or other "maintenance-free" batteries. Thanks in advance.


  4. Recently took my 2010 RX 350 to dealer for oil change prior to taking long trip. Service advisor informed me that my water pump was leaking and needed replacement, after only 43000 miles. Not wanting to take chance next day on planned trip, I succumbed to an outrageous replacement charge of $935, of which $700 was for labor ( a 2.5 to 3 hr task ).  In addition, I was shown that my timing cover is leaking and needs resealing ( only a $ 2740 +tax job! ) Supposedly the engine must be pulled out to do this job. In my area there are few independent mechanics. It seems today that many people are sort of forced to use dealers for repairs. My suggestions to you readers are to not wait until just before a long trip to have service, and try to find a good honest independent wrench who you can patronize. Perhaps a toyota dealer might be less expensive otherwise?


  5. I am having trouble cleaning the inside of mu 2010 RX 350 windshield. There seems to be a film perhaps due to ductwork outgassing, and smears remain after several attempts to get it smarkling clean. I've used windex, Simple Green, vinegar, microfiber cloths and newspapers after applying cleaner, and still cannot get the glass crystal clear. When sun is shining, you really see the smears. Anyone experienced this, and/or know of an effective product? If only the old pink Glass Wax was still around!


  6. My son noted that the curb side small access panel on the front bumper of my 2010 RX350 was hanging open, being tethered by a plastic cord. There are two of these panels, one on each side, and are about 2 inches by 3 inches. He said the inside looked like perhaps a hose connector mechanism, but as he was in a hurry was only able to snap it back into place. Upon my later inspection, I do not see any external damage, but have not been able to unsnap it to look internally. I would like to know if there is something behind the panel that might be of critical importance that someone may have stolen, and other than manual removal what possibly could have caused it to pop open? Any ideas, please let me know. The vehicle operates normally, and no noises have been generated. Thanks in advance. Bill


  7. I'd like to replace the engine air filter in my 2010 RX350. Anyone know of procedure details, or is this not a recommended DIY project?

    Replacing the air filter is an easy DIY job. Just remove the engine cover behind where the battery is; unsnap the clips which hold the two parts of the air filter housing together; remove the old air filter, replace with a new one and reverse the previously mentioned steps.

    Thanks, Hawkeye!


  8. The suspension is probably the biggest disappointment for me. Often in making 90 degree turns where the road has any minor bumps the vehicle rocks side to side. On straight roads, any irregularity is felt more than I like. Reducing the tire pressure to 30PSI improves the ride quality, but the side-to-side rocking is still quite pronounced. I have the standard suspension with 18 inch rims, so tire sidewall height(flexibility)is not an issue. I waited until the new independent rear suspension came out in 2010, anticipating the elimination of solid rear axle tramping which affects handling and ride. So much for the wait.


  9. Some master cylinders have small vent holes which I believe are there as vacuum brakers, much like plumbing vents. Perhaps small amounts of air are drawn in ( and expelled ) during brake action. If this is the case, that may explain the darkening of the fluid and the eventual need to flush the system. Also, Ford may prescibe flushing as part of a brake job which may be needed before the fluid is over contaminated.

    Furthermore, there usually is a gap (filled with air?) between the max level mark and the top of the container. The expanding fluid has to go somewhere, so I guess its safe to say the fluid is in contact with air/humidity even if nothing is leaking within the system.


  10. Some master cylinders have small vent holes which I believe are there as vacuum brakers, much like plumbing vents. Perhaps small amounts of air are drawn in ( and expelled ) during brake action. If this is the case, that may explain the darkening of the fluid and the eventual need to flush the system. Also, Ford may prescibe flushing as part of a brake job which may be needed before the fluid is over contaminated.


  11. I just had my 2010 RX350 oi/filter change at my dealer. As always I checked the oil level the same day after a 25 mile drive home. Level was fine, but I noticed a pale amber color to the fresh oil. Previous changes, which were complementary, showed clear colorless oil. If you have just had an oil change using the 0-20W oil(the new synthetic extended mileage type), please check the color for me. I assume previous year RX's use a different oil, and I hope the dealer didn't put in wrong type/grade of oil. The cost was $53, which seems low for sythetic oil. Thanks for your input.

    P.S. I realize the oil will take on color as time/mileage is accumulated.


  12. I received a coupon for adding side moldings from my dealer. As my 2010 RX 350 doesn't have them, I'm thinking of having them added. My concern is durability and longevity of these accessory moldings. Any experiences you may have with these? I wish they had retained the moldings of previous years when they designed the 2010, but I guess they went out just like wing vent windows. Thanks in advance for all replies. Bill


  13. The front license plate on my 2010 RX 350 keeps getting bent up at the bottom at car washes. The mounting surface allows the plate to be attached via 2 screws at the top. The surface provides backing for only the top 2/3 of my NJ plate, thus I can't use the 2 lower edge mounting screws. Other vehicles I've had came with full plate backing, and car washes never caused a problem.. I think this is a poor design. Have any of you who have req'd front license plates experienced this bending, and/or have any fixes?


  14. Just received letter from Lexus announcing that the 2010 RX350 has maintenance interval modification and authorizes use of Lexus Synthetic 0-20W in this vehicle. A supplementary maintenance booklet was included, and it simplifies describing what services are to be performed. Furthermore, it also announces that the first 10000mile/12month service is now complementary if performed by the dealer. The new interval ( every 10000 miles or 12 months ) assumes vehicle is driven in other than severe conditions ( normal service ) and that the prescribed synthetic lubricant is used.


  15. Just received letter from Lexus announcing that the 2010 RX350 has maintenance interval modification and authorizes use of Lexus Synthetic 0-20W in this vehicle. A supplementary maintenance booklet was included, and it simplifies describing what services are to be performed. Furthermore, it also announces that the first 10000mile/12month service is now complementary if performed by the dealer. The new interval ( every 10000 miles or 12 months ) assumes vehicle is driven in other than severe conditions ( normal service ) and that the prescribed synthetic lubricant is used.


  16. Some Toyota vehicles are being investigated for acceleration caused by floor mat interference with accelerator pedals, as well other possible causes. Although the Lexus RX series is not included, I believe, as part of driver training/licensing, that one should know what to do if such an event occurs while driving any vehicle. I believe the most expedient and safest reaction would be to disengage the drivetrain by shifting into neutral, and/or depressing the clutch on a manual transmission. Waiting until pulling over and stopping before shutting off the engine should enable the power steering/brakes to function as needed. My RX shift pattern allows for moving the shift lever from drive into neutral without being concerned about possible overmovement into reverse or park. Some shift patterns of older vehicles may require a more careful movement of the lever, but in an emergency a damaged tranny may well be better than a collision.