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  1. So I am hearing a tiny rumbling noise on the car. Hear it best at about 25mph with no revs. I am thinking wheel bearings, maybe driveshaft, and then the thought occurred that I am due to change the tyres and I should do that first. Call my usual supplier and they quote me £565 for 4 Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3s. Including 4-wheel alignment? No, that's separate. Time to check the price is right so look online and find Mytyres will supply them a fitter for £108 each, and the fitter will put them on for less than a tenner each. Total saving £100. The 3 is a failry new tyre, so it's not old stock, I am confident. Put the order in. Online tracking tells me they have been delivered Friday afternoon. Call the fitters to book an appointment. "We haven't seen them". Call the delivery company who check the signature and then the driver's log. He has only delivered them to another tyre place nearby. They will "try and get them back and redeliver". Watch this space. Jon
  2. Hi, I'm new here, and as such I am restricted to posting in new members only. So if a moderator would like to place it appropriately, that would be cool. I recently decided to tackle my timing belt. at 185,000mi (1st. one was around 90,000) it was time. I know there's a lot of leeway regarding miles, but age, usage, and environmental conditions can age rubber products differently, so I didn't want to push it, or i'd be pushing it, literally. I'm no mechanic. But I have a few tools, and I regularly study at the university of YouTube. Basically it was quite easy (and bear in mind, when I first watched others do it on YouTube, I said "no way am I up to that ". Well it turns out I was. You may be too. Here's the stuff that caused me trouble, that isn't mentioned by others: 1. Try and do it all on the same day, which means, have ALL your new parts there already. That way it will be fresh in your mind. Don't let a few days elapse between disassembly and assembly, like I did. 2.MAKE METICULOUS NOTES ABOUT WHICH BOLTS/STUDS GO WHERE AND WHAT THEY DO. 3. Take lots of pictures, and make sure they are clear detailed pictures. 4. Work with a lot of light, its quite dingy down there in a november garage. 5. Dress warmly (if appropriate) cold will make you take shortcuts. 6. Take your time when warming the car up, as well as checking for leaks and funny sounds, you need to make sure the water system is completely full. Just filling it up isn't enough. I can't explain what happened to mine, but I think I had air around the water pump, so it couldn't pump. So make sure your radiator is getting hot. Make sure the top hose it very hot and the bottom hose is cooler. If the fans come on and the air they move is cold, you have air in the system, and air in the radiator, even if you did just fill it to the top. Take your time and confirm the system is circulating hot water. Let me 'splain. Item 2 above. For example, the first thing to go back on is the new water pump. It's got a lot of bolt holes in it, but when I picked up the old pump for reference, it only had 2 bolts in it. Huh??!! how did that happen? Looked all around for the missing bolts but none could be found. Through a painful process of trial and error, and putting the tensioner system on then having to take it off again(complete with re setting the tensioner unit), I finally figured out what was going wrong. As you are pulling the various bits off in sequence, you don't notice that a particular bolt you remove, is holding on more than one device. Example, if I remember right, there's a small black plastic cover that comes of very early in the process. At least one of these bolts also fastens the water pump; the last thing you take off. That explains one vacant hole on the water pump, because the bolt was in the plastic shield. There were several other "dual purpose" bolts like this. Seriously that was the hardest part. Other notable events: Bumping the 22mm harmonic balancer bolt? prop up the cheater bar, YouTube style, and bump the starter. Easy Peasy. Lining up the cams and belt, a little fiddly but very doable, check your work 6 times especially the little mark on the cam shaft pulley, its visible from underneath. Try and get the Mitsuboshi (sic) or other belt with timing marks printed right on the belt. Makes life so much easier. (curiously the old belt had these marks, but the dealer mechanic who changed it, didn't use them ) Yes, they were the right marks, I checked. And yes, just like everyone else, the old belt looked pristine (but it makes no sense to put it back in, does it) Retightening the 22mm crank bolt took some thinking (no impact gun and no assistance) I took the old serpentine belt and locked it around the harmonic balancer by pinching it against itself. Then i took the loose end and wrapped it around the power steering pulley anti clockwise. then I put a cheater bar through the loop and wedged the end in a strong place above the alternator. With my left hand I held tension against the other end of the cheater bar, and cranked as hard as I could on the crank bolt with a long 1/2" torque wrench. Did i reach the specified torque? hard to say, cos my torque wrench doesn't quite go that high, but I was close, as I was passed the "click click", AND I used some thread lock. When I flocked up and had to remove the new tensioner pulley, I had to remove the harmonic balancer AGAIN, having just almost popped a blood vessel tightening it. I used the serpentine belt again. This time I wrapped it around the A/C pulley and found a different place to anchor the cheater bar, and another vein to almost pop.. Why not just bump it again? I didn't want my timing marks to move, as I'd lose site of them; and when the tensioner came off I was in danger of the belt jumping a tooth ( it likes doing that when there's no tension on it, ask me how I know) To sub for the tensioner while I was discovering ALL the bolts for the waterpump, I used zip ties to cinch the belt up against both cam pulleys. This took all the slack out of the belt so I was ok on the cam pulley, but I did triple check ALL marks when it was all back together, AGAIN!. So if you think you're up to doing your belt, let me tell you, its a lot easier than you think (I've never done a timing belt before on anything) Total cost £227 (water pump, timing belt, idler pulley, tensioner pulley, tensioner, thermostat, serpentine belt, AND radiator) Good to go to at least 280,000mi) Oh, and for £28 more, I added a trans cooler in front of the condenser. Whose idea was it to cool the tranny with hot water from the engine? The perfect time to do the rad and the cooler.
  3. Hello all, Been looking for ages for a Mystic Gold with beige interior on a Y plate... I know, asking for hen's dentists. In the end thanks to a weekend in Amsterdam with my brother along with EU data rules and eBay for android I bought this instead! 2001 Y plate LS430 in Blue Onyx with the Ecru (beige) interior. Fixed a few niggles and have a few more to fix too. Nothing untoward and nothing I'm not afraid of tackling, I've rebuilt engines and welded up cars many a time in my years on this planet. Had to bodge the offside rear ride height sensor as the arm snapped on my drive home after buying it! Fixed now with the proper part. Need to get my LPG conversion going sharpish as I'm averaging ~12mpg with my commute. Also need to get used to filling a 90l petrol tank vs 68l LPG tank - price difference is quite drastic for a full tank! Polished and clearcoated the headlights as they were very yellow and let the car down, then put a HID HB3 kit in the main beams and the fogs (I do a lot of driving on the fens so lighting up the road with daylight is a must!) The little light lenses next to the foglights are not used on my LS for some reason, perhaps a JDM/US market thing. I am planning on putting some LED 382 bulbs in and use them as DRLs Also had a play with techstream and a £14.99 cable from eBay. All worked and told me I have two dead O2 sensor heater circuits on the pre-cat sensors. Will need to replace ASAP. All for now, shall report back once I've found the cause of the slight knock on the nearside front and put new front discs and pads on her. Cheers D
  4. Hello all, Looking to put original radio back into my 430. P/O fitted this lot and while it works the user interface and overall look of the things doesn't appeal to me. Make me a sensible offer considering all of this kit new would cost over £800 Or if you have the original ML Radio/CD changer, fascia (CD cover, switch backing and cubby hole) I'd consider a straight swap, mine is an '01 premium pack with ML and nav
  5. I noticed that my A/C on the 430 wasn't blowing cold recently when we had that warm spell. The A/C was regassed just a couple of months ago by Lexus when I had it serviced - not sure if they test functionality at that time or not. Was going to get them to have a look, but then had a weird experience today where the A/C selection was just greyed out on the LCD screen. Couldn't enable or disable it and the temperature controls didn't function. After a short while though they sprung back into life. Still no cold air, but certainly something odd going on. Anyone come across anything similar? Suggestions for what to check before I get it looked at?
  6. So really want to scratch the itch that is to own a LS. Something that has been bugging me ever since I was a lad and saw the LS400 for the first time However, didn't want to spend more than 5k. Essentially trying reduce my exposure in case the dream turns into a nightmare! So...anyone have a buying guide/tips for the LS430 please? Just to clarify, the main reason I'm looking at the 430 (and not the 400) is because I need ISOFIX points for the kiddies seats...still need to keep things a little practical :) Cheers guys. Any help is much appreciated.
  7. So as we know, riding in an LS is a blissfully quiet experience, insulated from the outside world. Sadly that means a bit of occasional creaking from the dash trim becomes more noticeable than in any other car. Diagnosis is difficult, but as far as I can tell it is coming from the general area of the cd player / central console. Has anyone suffered from the same, and ideally remedied the issue? Thanks in advance Jon
  8. Hi everyone, if one of you could point out the location of the coolant temperature sender which sends the signal to the temp gauge next to the speedo as it says the car isn't up to temperature after a even a motorway run, its also not allowing the car to change up to 6th gear as again the car thinks its not up to temperature. id be very appreciated if one of you could help me as google wont help me and is constantly showing me results of the LS400. Cheers, Rob
  9. Hi All! I am a recent proud owner for a 2003(53) plate Lexus LS430. I picked this car up fairly cheap after reading they were reliable and they seem very powerful and comfortable! Anyways there was just one small issue with the car when I got it, the SatNav doesn't work. It throws up the 'Please insert correct map disk' error. Now after some forum scouting and general Googling I found a guide on how to remove the SatNav disk and clean/check it. However it turns out there is no map disk in there at all! Further Googling got me to the Lexus site where you buy the Nav disks from and heres where I encountered the issue at hand. The site asks me to first of all select my current Navigation system, then enter my current part number. As I have no part I can't enter the number and also can't see what generation my system is, so I have no idea what to enter here. Any help would be vastly appreciated! The car is a late 2003(53) Facelift LS430. Cheers George
  10. Looking for LS430

    Hello! I'm based in Cambridge (work there, live in Saffron Walden) and am looking for a good condition LS430. I've always wanted one, and I think it's now time to scratch that itch. Nice to meet you all :)
  11. Having just sold my MK1 GS300 sport my attention has now turned to finding another LS430. Having purchased a lovely low miler last year and my DAD falling in love with it and subsequently relieving me of it after many hours of ear bashing. I'm now on the look out for an immaculate 05/55/06 LS430 with around 50k to 60k on the clock with full history. Any colour combination considered so if any of my fellow Lexus lovers knows where there is one or wants out of their own let me know. I'm a fussy bugger so nothing on the usual sites a present has any appeal. Cheers Colin
  12. Got a pass with no advisories today - happy day. Members with long memories may recall that when I imported the car last year it failed its first MOT on the alignment of the nearside headlight. The garage sucked their teeth and warned me it's connected to the self-levelling suspension and could be expensive. I got it home, found an adjuster, lined the lights up on the garage door, went back and got my ticket. Today's inspector (different station) said it only passed after they discovered the reason the NS headlamp pattern was wrong was that the bulb was in upside down. Seems strange to me, but hey - I have a ticket! Good luck to all on their tests Jon
  13. Good afternoon guys, sorry to disturb your relaxing sunday after lunch snooze, I thought someone maybe kind enough to stop me digging a big hole and ever so slowley pushing my car into said hole. I went out today for a simple matter a sunday car tinker (which involves normally sitting in the car wondering how I came to own something so amazing, i'm sure some of you indulgue in the practice) and found that the key fob was not working. After opening it with the key and starting it I also found out some other things were not working such as wing mirrors all the remote seat buttons on the door (ones on the seat work fine) boot and fuel cap release. Having seached through the forum n google I tried many fuses (couldnt find a blown one) checked the battery terminal, held down buttons on the fob for 30 secs, and prayed a little bit to who ever might be listoning. Oh when I do press the fob to open the car the indicators flash but not when I try to lock it. My wife is now refuring to the car as mine as its broken (I would like to keep it that way and maybe buy her a nissan micra that will learn her). many thanks for all your time and help in advance, hope you ate well on this fantasic sunday afternoon.
  14. Hi fellas, I'm very soon going to be buying my first Lexus. It'll be a LS 400 or 430 2000 model up to maybe an 06. I know this has probably been asked a thousand times but, which is the best model/year? is there anything I should look out for when viewing a potential buy? cheers, Martin
  15. I have just had my LS430 100k service by Lexus. Question???? No where on the paper work does it say remove change spark plugs, is this not done now? Yes fixed price
  16. Got to arrange to have the rear screen replaced on a 2005 LS430. Looking on the various Russian Lexus parts sites it shows part no. 6481050290 for upto 2000-2003 and part no. 6481050330 for 2003-2006. I've found one that has been removed from a 2001 model but this will be the older part number. Does anyone have any info as to the difference and if the older one will fit? Hoping it's just a very minor difference!
  17. Suspension (Ls430) Question

    Hiya guys, am picking up a LS 430 next week, just been through its MOT today with no advisories, thing is, if the air suspension is iffy would this fail the test. I am aware of the issues but the LS 430 has been a dream of mine since my P reg GS...just worried about the air suspension really. The car is X reg with 190,000 on it and full Lexus history and is as clean as any 2 year old car on the road so I do feel confident about it generally. Cheers Glyn
  18. Hello, Owner of a 2002 LS430 I have a problem on a rear left bar with roughly 180 kmiles, cf pictures attached the bar circled with red is clearly a little bent when on the other side it is straight. Being French I don't know the name of this device (I looked for sway bar, anti roll bar, stabilizer bar or links but it doesn't be to fit the description) and so can't order it on the internet to have my local repairman install it. If you had some insights on it it would be really kind. By the way, will I need to change left and right bars and or other pieces with it? Regards
  19. New Member With Ls430

    Hello All, Looking forward to many interesting guides on helping keep my new toy in pristine condition. Just sold the old car Porsche 997 and wanted a lovely, reliable large car...so bought the LS430 V8. Beautiful through out and I am really impressed as it is a "52 reg car" I have a couple of bits I need to fix though. I need to source the following items: Front ash tray - unused preferably, ideas? Fridge in rear - is this powered by the aircon? Where can I get better interior light bulbs and boot bulb as they are really dim, does anyone know the part number for these? Do they need to be bnormal or CanBus types? Screen in front has a line running through it, is it easy to swap over? where from? Any good breakers yards for these bits? Boot liner matt? Also, does anyone know of anything that I need to get to keep the car up to date, want to keep it all nice and original, not pimped up. Does anyone know where to get nicer alloys, was thinking of the later car updated versions with five spokes or something similiar for beer money! thanks and look forward to many years of seasoned help! Dominic
  20. I've noticed recently that my 430's driver door mirror is not dimming in the dark. The rear view and nearside wing mirrors work correctly. Any ideas?
  21. Ls 430 Sunken Rear Suspension

    Hi All, I have a 2001 LS 430 with air suspension. The suspension on the car never gave any problems whatsoever until I parked the car up for 12 months. When I restarted the car after this time the rear of the car was sunken to the ground and did not pump itself up as normal. I have been unsuccessful in trying to get anything to work. The fuses are fine, the relay is fine, the height sensors seem fine. Any help would be gratefully received. Thanks in advance.
  22. hi guys, this is not a for sale thread. Im just asking for opinions/advices. I intended to do a project with 3uz-fe but they arent cheap to come. So I purchased a running ls430 then planned break it to parts however this routes takes a long time to recover my money. so i was wondering if anyone could guide me whether where/who should I approach to get rid of the left over bits as a whole with an reasonable price? I went to a scrapyard they quoted me a ridiculous £170 and I reckon it worth at least 10x more than that as one supplied and fitted gearbox will set one back £1500 on fleebay. your advice and opinions are much appreciated. thank you
  23. Bluetooth Contacts Download

    Hi, new to the forum, but have used it to solve problems before. Have had a GS300 - 2000 (sold at 220,000), a LS 430 - 2001 (going on sale at 217,000) and currently have a RX300 (2004) and LS 430 (late 2003). Yes have become a Lexus fan after Mercs / Volvo's / Fords / Vauxhal / Citroen! On with my question. I have a Blackberry 9900 running OS7 and want to download the phone book/contact list into the OEM Lexus Bluetooth unit that forms part of the Sat Nav. If i cant do that, how do I get the "one touch dial" to show a name rather than just a number. I don't know who's number is who's, thats why i set them up as memories in my phone! any help would be appreciated from all you knowledgeable people. Clive PH