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My new to me IS250 SE Auto is an absolute stunner.

I noticed that the service history was done ever since the car was new by a Lexus dealer.

Last service which was marked as Minor was done at 43k (car is now at 45.5k) around June 2020.

My question is: If Lexus services it will it mean that maybe the infamous guide pins were never serviced?

As I am intending to get an annual oil change very soon will it be sensible to have the calliper's guide pins looked at as well?

Is it something a competent garage  can do ? (not a Lexus specialist but a good reliable one for our other Toyotas here, south of Gloucester).

Also can anyone comment what are the quietest 17" tyres one should seek for this car? Currently the front has Pirellis (P7) at 5mm and the back are Dunlop SP on a similar thread depth. This combo seems a bit noisier than I like on the motorway.

I am no intending doing much DIY on the car as I am in a position to pay good money for someone to look after it.

 

 

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Indeed, it's doubtful the slide pins have been touched.

Typically, the only work carried out on the brakes during servicing would be a visual inspection noting things like pad, disc thickness etc, whether the discs are lipped or not...that type of thing. The fluid would get changed every 2 years though.

Any decent garage could lubricate the slide pins for you pretty easily, preferably with a suitable red rubber grease.

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26 minutes ago, Thelongterm said:

Thank you very much for the comments, if it is a simple job then defo will give my garage a call and see if it can be done pronto.

 

Jack it up, leave it in neutral and spin the wheels. If they're easy to spin, don't worry. If they were sticking, it's a £20 eBay pin & seal job. I did it myself, it's fairly simple. It's basically like changing pads. Slide the calipers off and change the pins. OR even better, grease them up if they're still okay. Hard to tell what causes them to stick, time or mileage.

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Thanks Lucas, what do you mean by' Pin and Seal' from ebay?

Is this some sort of kit like this one? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/232510668185?hash=item3622b73d99:g:vAIAAOSwa81crwU9

I have done most of the basic DIY stuff before from cleaning the MAF and throttle body to changing coolant and engine oil. Even done the crappy polycarbonate lenses Mr T used to fit to their cars up to 2010 but I usually don't touch the brakes as we are in a part of the world where there is very few flat surfaces to jack up (see my crappy inclined drive below), garages are built for tiny 60's cars etc' but I am sure I can find somewhere.

Just finished tackling the usual lens fogging situ, she is not too bad so thought I'll do it now before it looks like many cars from Lexus of that era.

 

 

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5 hours ago, Thelongterm said:

Thanks Lucas, what do you mean by' Pin and Seal' from ebay?

Is this some sort of kit like this one? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/232510668185?hash=item3622b73d99:g:vAIAAOSwa81crwU9

 

That's exactly it! Except you'd probably need the rears. Fronts tend to be fine 🙂 

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Checked the back wheels this morning by jacking up, place in N and spin.

No binding detected, probably because this lady was garaged for most of her life.

Booked her in for a full brakes service, made sure my mechanic has red grease, 1 hour labour at £50.

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56 minutes ago, Thelongterm said:

Checked the back wheels this morning by jacking up, place in N and spin.

No binding detected, probably because this lady was garaged for most of her life.

Booked her in for a full brakes service, made sure my mechanic has red grease, 1 hour labour at £50.

That's a good sign! Very well, bargain.

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