By accident I become an owner of GS430. Salvaged this fine piece of Japanese engineering from hands of mad youngster who clearly did not have an idea how to maintained it to appropriate standard but wanted to have a rice machine
So to name few mods:
- no cats + blowing exhaust
- Front grille made out of fiberglass + filler + B&Q steel mesh
- ls400 brakes with no RCA + angle grinder mod to tie rod ends
- RX8 wheels with +30mm spacers
- random lug nuts
- polybushed front axle
- leaks from both rocker cover gaskets
- LPG that does not work
- hazy, yellowed headlights
- weed car scent
Drove it in this appalling condition and felt in love. Very erratic handling, loud as hell but..... there is plenty of power! Decision has been made - give it 2nd life and restore the original look.
Purchased so far:
- Fat 5-spoke LS430 wheels
- various exhaust bits
- rocker cover gaskets
- 0w30 engine oil + filter + ATF T-IV + pink coolant
Hope I will find here help with sourcing various bits and bobs as well as advice in changing car's appearance. Cheers!
Fault: "VSC" (Vehicle Stability Control) and "VSC off" warning lights stay on
Car: 2nd Gen Lexus GS430 (UK - right-hand drive vehicle) - 2004 model
How did the fault arise?
Car ran out of fuel just short of a petrol station. I put it in neutral and manually pushed it, just a bit. After filling up and switching on, the warning lights came on, and ever since then, these warning lights have stayed on. They were never there prior to this pushing - 100% certain.
What have I tried to do since?
In the central console (between the front seats) there is a button to switch VSC off. That has no effect at all.
I have tried disconnecting the Battery for 30 minutes. Each time on reconnection, the warning lights come back on almost immediately.
I have looked for the OBD-II connector, because I read that shorting out pins 4 and 14 of this connector might clear the fault. This connector is supposed to be near the boot-release (trunk-release), but I cannot find it. I have peered underneath and looked for any panel, and used Google Images, to no avail.
My recently acquired GS430 is losing around 1litre of coolant every 200 miles.
No obvious sign of an external leak.
Engine Oil & Cap look healthy. Recent new rad fitted by Lexus.
Block test was negative.
Can the exhaust be tested for traces of coolant with a Gas Analyser?