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Unless you are good at soldering and removing the instrument panel is needed,

Chris Vince gets well recommended.......some one will give his number or he may come on the LOC himself

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Hi all, have just bought an ls 400 awesome thing, BUT dash board lights are not working for 10 - 15 minutes

or so , can anyone help, i have raed about chris vince,anyone help with a number or something

regards paul.

Hi Paul,

Get me on chrisvince@btopenworld.com I have all the bits in stock.

The problem you describe is a failure of a temperature critical component on

the PCB of the dash combination gauges, not so evident in the summer because

of the higher ambient temperatures, or after a long drive when it has heated

up sufficiently to pass a current, this problem mainly affects MK2 LS400's,

of which I have repaired many, whilst at the moment you eventually get

lights, it will reach a stage when the component will completely fail to

pass any current at all.

The charge is £65 + £8 P&P back to you, the Lexus price of a new unit is

£1,900-00.

I can usually get them back in the post first class recorded the same day

(dependent on the time of arrival here).

FYI I can also repair the instrument needles, getting them lighting up again

like new, this is a proper repair! Not the fishing rod fluorescent tip paint

job advertised by some others, this is £20 per needle, and is obviously much

easier done at the same time, please advise if you need, or indeed wish this

defect to be repaired should his car suffer this generic fault also.

If you wish to go ahead I can supply you with detailed instruction to remove

the unit, or if convenient by arrangement I may be able to repair your car

while you wait, in which case I will remove and refit your repaired unit for

only £10 extra.

Regards,

Chris

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Hi all, have just bought an ls 400 awesome thing, BUT dash board lights are not working for 10 - 15 minutes

or so , can anyone help, i have raed about chris vince,anyone help with a number or something

regards paul.

Hi Paul,

Get me on chrisvince@btopenworld.com I have all the bits in stock.

The problem you describe is a failure of a temperature critical component on

the PCB of the dash combination gauges, not so evident in the summer because

of the higher ambient temperatures, or after a long drive when it has heated

up sufficiently to pass a current, this problem mainly affects MK2 LS400's,

of which I have repaired many, whilst at the moment you eventually get

lights, it will reach a stage when the component will completely fail to

pass any current at all.

The charge is £65 + £8 P&P back to you, the Lexus price of a new unit is

£1,900-00.

I can usually get them back in the post first class recorded the same day

(dependent on the time of arrival here).

FYI I can also repair the instrument needles, getting them lighting up again

like new, this is a proper repair! Not the fishing rod fluorescent tip paint

job advertised by some others, this is £20 per needle, and is obviously much

easier done at the same time, please advise if you need, or indeed wish this

defect to be repaired should his car suffer this generic fault also.

If you wish to go ahead I can supply you with detailed instruction to remove

the unit, or if convenient by arrangement I may be able to repair your car

while you wait, in which case I will remove and refit your repaired unit for

only £10 extra.

Regards,

Chris

Hi all,

It has just been my shear pleasure to have dealt with chris vince, what a gentleman,I have been in the motor trade for over 25 years, bringing vehicle's in from japan and selling them, i also run a car repair centre so we deal with people all over the world, but i have to sincerly thank chris for his fast , friendly, & efficient, superb, service.

Chris, once again mate, thankyou.

regards paul.

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Hi everyone, I just thought I ought a post a huge thankyou to Chris Vince and this Lexus Forum.

I delivered my '95 MK3 LS400 dash to Chris this afternoon, and within the hour my dim Rev counter needle was repaired and shining brightly!

It's unusual to find such a lovely bloke who's so helpful, who spent so long working out a cost effective fix for a common fault but then doesn't charge the earth to help others!

Chris was happy to remove the dash and do the whole job for the same price however it was easier for me to remove it and drop it off.

It's thanks to this forum that I heard about Chris's expertise.

Cheers Chris, top man! :rolleyes:

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Hi all, have just bought an ls 400 awesome thing, BUT dash board lights are not working for 10 - 15 minutes

or so , can anyone help, i have raed about chris vince,anyone help with a number or something

regards paul.

Hi there, this my first post on here and have taken ownership of a 93 ls400 and has the dash problem that you describe, my question is does this dash failure also cause the main centre console and radio lights and associated switches to go out as well? Hope you can be of assistance. regards Gary.

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Hi all, have just bought an ls 400 awesome thing, BUT dash board lights are not working for 10 - 15 minutes

or so , can anyone help, i have raed about chris vince,anyone help with a number or something

regards paul.

Hi Paul,

Get me on chrisvince@btopenworld.com I have all the bits in stock.

The problem you describe is a failure of a temperature critical component on

the PCB of the dash combination gauges, not so evident in the summer because

of the higher ambient temperatures, or after a long drive when it has heated

up sufficiently to pass a current, this problem mainly affects MK2 LS400's,

of which I have repaired many, whilst at the moment you eventually get

lights, it will reach a stage when the component will completely fail to

pass any current at all.

The charge is £65 + £8 P&P back to you, the Lexus price of a new unit is

£1,900-00.

I can usually get them back in the post first class recorded the same day

(dependent on the time of arrival here).

FYI I can also repair the instrument needles, getting them lighting up again

like new, this is a proper repair! Not the fishing rod fluorescent tip paint

job advertised by some others, this is £20 per needle, and is obviously much

easier done at the same time, please advise if you need, or indeed wish this

defect to be repaired should his car suffer this generic fault also.

If you wish to go ahead I can supply you with detailed instruction to remove

the unit, or if convenient by arrangement I may be able to repair your car

while you wait, in which case I will remove and refit your repaired unit for

only £10 extra.

Regards,

Chris

Don't we just love electrolytic capacitors that develop high ESRs then overheat spreading nice corrosive electrolyte all over the pcb!

BTW just a word of warning DO NOT switch on the ignition with the dashboard removed or you will get the airbag light syndrome.

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