ambermarine

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    LS400 mark4 / Mark1 scrapped
  • Year of Lexus
    1998
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    Lancashire
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  1. hearting and coolant

    As I said in my initial post the only way to be sure of complete evacuation of air in the heating matrix is to drain all the coolant from the engine and associated ancilliaries, unless this is done air will remain as it will be trapped by any retained fluid. The important procedure is refilling the system and gradually purging the air at the various vents as the fluid is poured into the engine above the water pump and not in the expansion tank,filling at the expansion tank will cause air locks . Topping up the system at the expansion tank is fine if there is no airlock.
  2. hearting and coolant

    Pete It sounds like you have a airlock within the heating matrix and this is causing restricted flow that is fluctuating with increased pressure from the engine when the temp goes up. You will be best served getting the system totally flushed and refilled properly exhausting any airlocks. The leak in the radiator can cause the problem you have in that it will draw air into the system as it cools down after use this air lock will travel round the system and get lodged because the pressure on both sides of the airlock equalises.
  3. SC 430

    well spotted senior moment.
  4. Martin As both of these candidates are dealer sales I would ask them if they would mind if you could take them to a Lexus dealer for a pre -purchase check. If they have nothing to hide they may agree after all they would agree to a AA or Rac pre -check. Although Lexus will bring up every conceivable fault to protect thier reputation and exploit service income you are only looking for serious faults that are not known to the dealer . If Lexus find consumables may need replacing soon (Brake pads etc). you will have to agree with the seller these are not included in the pre-purchase inspection results. It is only serious onerous faults of the like one of our members as just experienced on a recent purchase of a 430. When I bought my Mark 1 way back in the 90s the car went straight into Lexus where the front brake calipers turned out needing replacement the car carried a 12 month warranty so that was taken care of as were a couple of other things later on but that car was 5 years old and a warranty was available ,on these two candidates it is unlikely.
  5. If you are never in the engine bay which I assume from your spanner comment ,the cable will get a bit sticky from lack of use with corrosion forming between the inner and outer cable there is no electrical solenoid as far as I know on the bonnet catch it is a mechanical catch that pivots on contact with the u-bar section on the bonnet this pivot mechanism can get a bit dry and requires a smidging of grease on it from time to time.
  6. Denis That is not the link google premierparts and got to the third in the list. I cant give you the web address this site blocks it probably because its a Russian site selling Genuine Lexus prices outside the dealership agreement.
  7. SC 430

    Hi Neil Yes I borrowed one that Lexus Glasgow had on offer for a ride round the city ,I have to admit the roads around there were not good but the M8 gave me a chance to open it up and I found the response similar to my LS but felt better because the car was tighter but not a sports car feel if you get my point. I know that the looks put people off but I quite like the look which drew my interest in the first place. Enjoy your car.
  8. Graham The parts you need can be sourced at Premier parts a Russian parts supplier online who ships from the UAE they are genuine Lexus parts and here is the good news part no L45002-50012 wait for it 493 dollars part no L45898-60020 " " a dollar per bolt presume two are needed On there home page type in the model and when the parts catologe page numbers appear on the bottom right hand side go to page number 671 & 719 for the reference and price. Best of luck find a good independent who should have no problem replacing and marrying up the actuator to you present set up new keys may not be required ,if a new barrel is required a further cost of around 200 dollars will click in but Its either one or the other thats failed I think, not both.
  9. SC 430

    Hi Jim Appreciate your reply I never got a motor bike my old man put the block on said I was mad enough on a push bike did have a vespa scooter I bought for £20 for two weeks when I was at Catterick in 65 but it was used to get me back there after a weekend leave and someone gave me a tenner for it. By the way in my previous post I referred to the frog eyed sprite as a Triumph when in fact they were Austin Healey , it was along time ago.
  10. SC 430

    Jim If you Google the SC430 you will find there are a lot about not so many with 50 K on the clock but some nice examples. I toyed with the idea of one for the weekend a couple of years ago but if you look at Hammond the hamster review on u-tube he trashes it I did a lot of research and in the end I trashed it as I believe it was not right for numerous reasons. The main one it was neither fish nor foul in respect of the drive( Automatic sports car?) and the actual ride experience was akin to a Triumph frog eyed sprite( I had one back in 69 so I know) hard is what I am trying to say. Most of the reviews in the states where it was aimed at are very staid and it was mainly sold to middle aged rich women who did'nt want the Sedan . As we all know the build quality is a Lexus through and through but the concept at the time was way off.
  11. The description matches the pics and the history speaks for itself the issue I have is the best as been had from this car and 153k is a lump of miles the upholstery is well used and looks less than tight. Would imagine the bushes and the like around the suspension will if not already done require attention shortly. At £2k it would be a decent buy but thats about all, expect to spend money in the next 20k miles
  12. The seller is getting mixed up with what the market will pay and his estimation.the LHD makes it useless in this country. the LHD in Europe is common to Lexus supplied and other examples will be available with less mileage but the mercs will be plentiful and more for the money in Spain. My car is the same mark with 36k miles better condition and the correct wheels( important when a car is quoted as original) but I doubt should I ever dream of selling it I would get 7K.
  13. Yes it does ,and I am mistaken in that I have crossed into a manual transmission, either way do not depend on it on a incline of any sort.
  14. The engine compression is holding the car in a stationary position but should not be relied on to hold the car in a fixed place as the weight of the car and its load can move the engine through its rotation and the car will creep backwards or forwards.