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  2. Cotswold Pete

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    Best of luck, I had similar problems when fiddling with front lights, but was able to reach with hand and pliers to get things back on track.
  3. I bought my 3rd generation GS450h a year ago, everything fine. Decided to check the tyre pressures. Tried to take the large valve caps off - they were METAL - and were absolutely impossible to shift. I put some large grips on them, but due to an electrochemical reaction the caps were fused to the threaded shank of the valve. Tried hammering, penetrating oil, old Coke, heating, cooling - no way would they unscrew. Took the car to tyre shops - they too couldn't shift even a single cap, all warned that if any more force was used, the valve might burst wide open. So I used a Dremel hi-speed cutting tool and sheared off the valve caps as carefully as humanly possible, but so bad was the fusion that, while I did cut the caps and prise them off in pieces, there was damage to the threaded shanks below, making topping up air pressure difficult-to-impossible. I found the sensor part number - Pacific PMV-107K = Lexus 42607-50010 of the damaged ones still inside, and ordered 4 s/hand ones, original equipment and identical-looking to the ones being junked. I thought there'll be no further hassles. Wrong. I now have to find someone with the kit to add the 4 valve and transmitter ID codes to the car's computer. My Bluedriver ODBC-II scan tool (bought for about $100 from the States) can't do it. No way do I take this to a Lexus main dealer, they charge an arm and a leg and a half, plus they manage to introduce new problems. I buy Lexus in spite of the dealership quality, not because of them. What hope do I have of finding an independent tyre shop with the right ODBC kit to make the change?
  4. SHELLDRAKE

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    Cheers chaps : I'll try all of what you recommended
  5. You could say that Sean .it was rather choppy.
  6. Chris111

    Advice on fitting smaller wheels to GS450h

    I believe the only choice for this would be fit 235/45/18 (same size as S4 GS 450h on 8Jx18" wheels) to keep any accuracy to your speedometer, although it will still show you going faster than you are as the overall diameter will have increased compared to the standard set up. A 225/45/18 tyre size is virtually the same overall diameter against 245/40/18 but I'm not sure they would wide enough to fit an 8J rim (happy to be told different). If you go for the 7.5Jx17" wheels with 225/50/17 tyres the overall diameter is also virtually the same as you would expect. I would also suggest that if you choose to alter the size of tyre on your 18" wheels you might fall foul of your insurance company as anything other than 245/40/18 is not a standard size for the S3 GS 450h. If you fitted the 17" wheels with 225/50/17 tyres this would not be an issue as these are a standard size that were fitted to some models.
  7. Hi Can anyone fix the cig lighter in my ls400 if I drive and meet up some where on a weekend please. I'm useless at these things. It's the front cig lighter, I don't smoke but it would be nice to have it working so I can charge my phone. Someone on here said it's that small wire thingy at the rear of the lighter that needs soldering. Hope someone can help
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  10. Stegabyte

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    Eame64, Thanks for the reply. I am seriously annoyed about this.I would have stuck with a diesel if I thought it was this bad and sod the environmental consequences! S
  11. Stegabyte

    Newbie - Help Required

    Herbie, Thanks for the response. I have navigation, (TomTom, Waze et al), but the blooming car nav wont shut up unless I go into it and pause it every time I start the car up. I just want to know if its possible to shut it up or ideally turn it off. Ref the MPG, I appreciate what you say, however, I am obviously somewhat niave as I thought the new NEDC tests would at least be close to what we should achieve. I am sorely wrong. S
  12. Just filled my CT200h with 32.66 Ltr of fuel - the warning light was on and estimated cruising miles was below 20 which should be about 20 ltr. I understand the tank is suppose to hold 45 ltr so there is a descrepancy of about 10 ltr adding another 100 miles to the range (currently get over 50mpg). Does the tank need re-calibrating or is this how the factory sets the fuel level ?
  13. Thanks. I wasnt really planning much initially; I knew I wanted to protect the paintwork and put new tyres on, but then I had the option to move my detail from Dec to Oct and it all snowballed from there. At least I'm happy now the paintwork and wheels are ready for winter, not that she'll see much use anyway.
  14. Parked next to a 17 plate GS on a local dealer forecourt recently and noticed a smart rear bumper protector in what looked like brushed and polished stainless steel. Very nice I thought, I'll get one. Parts man asked for my reg or chassis number and then said sorry not listed for your 2012 car. As an ex Insurance Engineer I pointed out to him the Gen 5 GS was all about front end changes but the rear bumpers of a Gen 4 and Gen 5 were identical so I'd like to order one. He wasn't keen because he couldn't send it back if it didn't fit. OK I said and contacted my dealer in Sheffield where I have my service plan. Parts manager there is so helpful. He understood what I was saying about the bumper profiles being the same and said he can only really go on chassis numbers too but if I wanted he would order one, I could come in and check the trim sat on the bumper ok without removing the 3m tape film but if it didn't fit then he would send it back as a return. I thanked him and said let's order one but I was 100% certain he would not be sending it back. The part was a perfect fit as expected. He thanked me as he now knows if anyone coming in with a Gen 4 model who wants the same part he could say he knows it fits regardless of what the computer says. The Lexus E Bay shop lists the part for the Gen 5 model and if you do their compatibility check it says " Does not fit a 2012 version". Anyway pics speak for themselves. Made in Italy would you believe but not cheap at £134 even after discount.
  15. Herbie

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    Never, ever, ever, will you get anywhere near the figures that any manufacturer quotes because they go to stupid lengths such as taking out seats and carpets and other crazy stuff to get their figures and it's all done in a laboratory, not the real world. I'd say the figures you're getting are reasonable but if you've never driven a hybrid before, there is an art to it. Accelerate quickly to the speed you want then just back your foot off slightly, just enough to maintain that momentum, and that's when you get best efficiency. The best I've ever managed in our RX450h is 41.8 on a 50 mile journey but I've never been able to replicate that - my average sits at about 33mpg. As for the integrated navigation - I hate ours and never use it, preferring to use my TomTom. However, I recently thought I'd try Waze on my Android phone and it's brilliant, so I think even the TomTom is going to be used far less now. Even better is an app called What3Words. A postcode can cover quite a wide geographical area, especially in rural areas, but with What3Words you can get directions down to a parking space accuracy. They've divided the entire world into 3 metre x 3 metre squares and given each one a three-word name, such as 'Tin.Mouse.Fork' or 'Speaker.Paper.Bell' You use the What3Words app to search for an address and the app then gives you its specific three words. You can then 'Share' that into Waze, Google Maps or whatever your favourite navigation software is and get your directions as normal. It's so accurate that the front door of your house has a different three words to your back door. It's brilliant!
  16. coat hanger with double sided sticky tape wrapped around the end.
  17. You need something like these surgical clamps on eBay. Not these particular ones as they are too expensive, but I got a pair of these clamps on a Fleetwood Market tool stall for £3.99 each and they've come in really handy for all sorts of jobs - none of them surgical I hasten to add 😁
  18. Eame64

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    I had an NX for a year and to be honest never got much more than the same MPG figures as that,i changed to the RX450H and the MPG is not much difference really.
  19. scatman1963

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    Hi all can anyone help me I own a 1996 lexus gs 300 sport I want to know what the seal/strip is called that runs from drivers door and goes along the inside to drivers passenger door approx half way down it is clearly a wind/rain seal/strip but cannot find one .
  20. I have just taken a 3yr lease out on a NX300 petrol hybrid. The reason was the price per month and the fuel economy, (47.9 combined). I have a couple of issues with it: 1. I have now driven 1500 miles in it and have just about managed to get it to 36mpg, (mainly driving like an old lady in eco mode). Is this just Lexus lying about the stats, is it that my car has a fault, or should I have expected this?? 2. The 'Premium Nav'. I hate it. I just want to know how to turn it off permanently? Can this be done? Apart from the above and the awful media control pad thingy, I like the car. The above issues are driving me to distraction though... Any help and guidence would be appreciated. Thanks, S.
  21. Yeah a few of those would do it but the one I had is probably past its best 🤢
  22. royoftherovers

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    Magnet attached to strong string ?
  23. I was changing the R.F.side indicator on my 400 as it had some water in it, as I took it off, the part that holds the bulb came off and fell down into the gap between the wing and the frame, I have tried to recover it but no luck,so now there is a light bulb and holder stuck down there. Has anyone got any ideas how I can get it out. Please.
  24. I really want the sportcross due to the bonus 1 door, which could be useful in the long run. Does it feel like you're driving a wagon or a hatchback? Also when it comes to size overall, are they big compared to other cars?
  25. looks stunning, i know what you mean about tying all the work together, when I first got mine I had planned a number of things on a pretty tight schedule, new suspension, wheel refurb, caliper refurb etc non of which I have managed to achieve in the time frame, it is however booked in for detailing end of this week for paint correction and ceramic coating, so supper excited!!!
  26. Big Rat

    My 2nd RCF!!?

    @NemesisUK That one is pretty impressive, the demise of retail in this country means that the kind of shops where you could actually examine these things in detail prior to purchase are few and far between unfortunately. Whilst in Australia back in May the Lexus dealer in Perth put me onto a specialist scale model car store in Jondaloop Mall, so whilst Mrs Rat perused for something called ‘ A Handbag’ I know I have no idea either I went to the store and was both amazed and disappointed as the range of stuff and quality was incredible, unfortunately 2 days before some Chinese tourists bought the complete Lexus and Toyota stock........... I sulked for the rest of the day 😟 🐀
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