Filehorse

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    RX300 AWD - 210,000 miles
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    2000
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  1. Well, I'm thoroughly confused now. Brakes should not cause an imbalance problem. If it's my RX300, it's headed back to the shop that did the balancing. The worst that will happen is the tires will actually be in balance and then you can begin to look elsewhere. Chances are if it's a good shop they will have seen a lot of unusual stuff in the past and may be able to point you in the right direction. Again, good luck.
  2. The first order of business is to take it back to whoever did the balancing and tell them they missed it. Badly. Ask them to also evaluate for road force issues (out of round) and possibly a bent wheel. It might be something as simple as a weight they put on has come off. I had that happen to my 2000 RX300 on one occasion. Those allow wheels sometimes won't let a perimeter weight seat properly and the can pop off. Regardless, a trip back to the balancing shop is the first thing to do. Good luck.
  3. It's time to let it go. After 19 years any substantial effort at repair would be throwing good money after bad. I also had a 2000 RX300 AWD with 225,000+ miles and it got to the point where once or twice a year there would be a sensor failure, alternator failure, or some other issue that would result in a major repair expense. Spending $1,000 for a repair (and a LOT more if it's the actual engine) is just not cost effective. My 2013 RX350 is still much the same vehicle as was my 2000 RX300 only so much better. If you really like the RX then rest assured that if you buy a decent used RX it will continue to serve you just as your current model has only without the specter of likely imminent component failure. Whatever might be spent on a repair would be better spent towards a newer RX. Good luck.
  4. "Ever since it has been replaced"..?? If the Lexus OEM windshield did NOT have this problem and it started immediately after the new windshield was installed, I think you should be talking to your insurance company before spending any money to address the symptoms instead of the root cause. All windshields are NOT created equal and it sounds like the new one has a surface that is creating your problem. This replacement glass evidently has optical properties which differ from the Lexus OEM product. Since your insurance paid for the replacement they should go back on Safelite for resolution and if that requires a Lexus OEM replacement glass then so be it. I'd tell them it was distracting my vision creating a driving safety hazard and it was NOT a problem prior to the new glass being installed and it has to be addressed. The purpose of insurance is to make you "whole" and clearly (no pun intended) this has not happened. The replacement glass must have higher reflectivity creating a mirror effect of some degree. Good luck and let us know how things work out.
  5. Check my post dated March 17, 2018. https://us.lexusownersclub.com/forums/topic/90116-service-instructions-manual/?tab=comments#comment-498994 If you can't get them there let me know.
  6. New ones available on the internet for about $175. Your best bet for finding a used one is going to be auto salvage yards. That series RX300 was very popular and I suspect they shouldn't be hard to find in a salvage yard. Here locally, Pull-A-Part can be a great source for used parts. https://www.pullapart.com/
  7. I believe those three .PDF files are active again. Let me know if you have any trouble downloading them
  8. Unless you're a hardcore DIYer you're getting into an area where you probably need to know a reputable independent Toyota/Lexus shop. I think the #2 cylinder is in the front bank of cylinders so at least it'll be a LOT easier to access. Still, with only 120K on the odometer you could pull the head(s) and pony up the $$$ to address the problem and you still should have a LOT of miles remaining on that drive train. I think my 2000 RX300 AWD had about 245K on it when I traded it in on a Tacoma. I did have the transmission rebuilt at 135K and it was still going strong when we traded it. When you find out what the root cause of your problem is please post a follow up so others can benefit from your experience. Good luck..!!
  9. If all this started quickly it's probably not a compression-related issue. Have you checked to be sure the #2 coil is actually firing..?? You didn't say anything about having replaced that coil and they are a weak spot.
  10. The first order of business is to determine exactly what the actual oil pressure is. If, in fact, the oil pressure is low enough to cause the oil pressure light to come on then you are at great risk of trashing the motor if you continue to drive it at all. Out of curiosity, why did you replace the oil pressure sending unit in the first place? If the oil pressure light was exhibiting the same symptoms before you replaced the sending unit then a failing oil pump would be in the lineup of usual suspects. A pressure gauge attached where the oil pressure sending goes will tell you whether or not you have a serious pressure problem. Good luck.
  11. By 160K miles I had already replaced two coil packs due to failure. After another one failed I just replaced the rest of them preemptively. Plugs are generally good for 100K miles so you are well past that threshold. A quick Google search on the codes will give you most of the info you need although the codes don't always point directly at the problem. Good luck. https://www.google.com/search?q=P0300%2C+P0302%2C+P0304%2C+P0306&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1
  12. The most likely culprit is the Air Mix Servo. https://www.clublexus.com/forums/rx-1st-gen-1999-2003/281294-air-mix-servo.html The above link provides some discussion but there is lots of discussion available on this subject. It's a common failure point for this generation of RX300 vehicles.
  13. You may want to think about taking it back to him if you're comfortable with his ability to troubleshoot the system. This is going to require a level of expertise above shade tree. Good luck and let us know what the problem was.
  14. How do you know it's fully charged? Unless you've put a set of manifold gauges on the system you have no way of knowing what the real story is. Sounds like a pressure sensing switch is causing the unit to trip out but you gotta put some gauges on it to know for sure.