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  • First Name
    Paul
  • Lexus Model
    GS300 Navigator (MKII)
  • Year of Lexus
    2001
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Midlothian
  1. Thanks. I think I was clutching at a straw of hope there. Ah well. Time to source a fix 🙄
  2. One propshaft with a U joint at each end. The bearings don't have any play in them and they turn evenly. This might be a daft question, but how should they feel? Should they run smoothly or should they feel clicky? By clicky I mean there's a consistent feel of notching every 5 deg or so on all four axis. Click click click regularly across all ranges of movement. If it was just in one place or on one move, then I'd say the joint or the bearing is damaged but this isn't something I have encountered before.
  3. If it's just stopped, I'd go with slide pins. Sounds like they've freed themselves up. All the other options mentions are pretty permanent unless you do something to correct it like replace a stud or a tyre or rebalance. Try some gentle braking at different speeds to see if you can detect the judder again. Better to identify the fault now and correct it than find those brakes just don't work as well as you remembered as you slide into a tree sideways :-/
  4. Yer, that would be the route I'd go down if I were planning to keep the car. If I were biting bullets, I'd just get off my backside and go buy another car. Sadly time doesn't allow for the next couple of months so all I want to do is stop the leak.
  5. Yer, ok, I was probably being unfair. I've retested cars before to find the testers have found different faults but I suppose the leeway testers have can be pretty wide for subjective areas.
  6. Ok, so when I had the car serviced last, the monkey make a casual remark about there being a tiny leak at the rad. Damned if I can spot it, but sure enough, there is dampness down there, and I need to top up the res every couple of weeks. I cracked open a bottle of K-Seal and poured it into the res in February thinking that would cure the problem, but it's made no difference except leave lots of K-Seal in the res. Pretty, but useless. Am I missing a Lexus trick? Should I add a second bottle, this time to the rad itself (cold rad, drain out a bottle's worth, top up direct with K-Seal)
  7. Yer, a couple of CustomExhaustsRUs wanted between £250 and £500 to make me one, scrappie swore he had one for £125 but when I ordered it, the sacrificial exhaust was so rotten even they gave up. Problem was "solved" with an exhaust bandage and a pot of exhaust paste which held together long enough to get an MoT but I will be disposing of the wagon before the next MoT because Father Time is showing me the other multitude of parts that will need replacing soon :o(
  8. Have a look at http://www.motinfo.gov.uk/htdocs/m4i00000001.htm. Doesn't look like it to me
  9. Yes, IF it comes up and that's the question. We all know most garages find faults so punters get them to fix them. Only the council MoT garages do an unbiased job
  10. Took my wagon for it's MOT and failed for the first time ever. Soon fixed the problem and passed on retest. Annoying, but impressive when thinking the car is almost 15 years old. But I got thinking and perhaps a wise head here knows the answer. MOT certs are all electronic nowadays. If I were to fail at one garage, could I just drive round the corner to the next and test there without the first knowing? Do garages look up certs?
  11. I've a GS300 Mk2 with the original 2002 exhaust. The front pipe (the one with the cat in it) is starting to blow and the two garages I've contacted have said the part is a dealer only now. One national chain cupped my arse with both hands and wanted £1250. An independent wanted £550 but said it could be more once if the lamda sensor didn't come out cleanly. Financially it might make sense to scrap it and buy another wagon, and I know it's showing signs of it's age, but I hate car hunting and would probably rather keep this one limping along for a bit longer. Any suggestions from the wise heads in here?
  12. I had the same dilemma years back and spent far too much time online looking at tyre reviews done by organisations that knew what they were talking about rather than self opinionated prats lauding it over their latest self confirming penny pinching purchase. I settled in Pirelli P7 and can honestly say I really noticed the reduction in road noise and better grip on corners. Indeed as a penny pinching self opininated prat, I'm about to replace a damaged one via Blackcircles for £130 inc fitting. That'll be my 6th over the years. If you're interested, contact me direct and I think I can get you a 'recommend a friend' discount. FWIW I've steered clear of asymetrics since you can't rotate them to even out wear and if they're on the front and don't wear evenly, they're a bugger to get the tracking back on target.
  13. Oh you lot have let me down big time. I ask the simplest question and you all stare at your feet and shuffle a bit. Tsk. So to answer my own question, it was a 80D26L 70Ah 620CCA ..... which is a meaty 068 in the UK. Now your punishment will be to go to your cars and polish your wheels ... including the fiddly bits you keep putting off. And what was in my wagon that needed replaced? A 005L 60Ah with a 390CCA probably more suited to a sodding golf buggy than my tank. I blame the previous owners ... should have him cleaning my fiddly bits as punishment!!
  14. Oh you lot have let me down big time. I ask the simplest question and you all stare at your feet and shuffle a bit. Tsk. So to answer my own question, it was a 80D26L 70Ah 620CCA ..... which is a meaty 068 in the UK. Now your punishment will be to go to your cars and polish your wheels ... including the fiddly bits you keep putting off.