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  1. As titled, I can't find any info around where is the air intake vents when you switch your airflow to internal circulation. Got a bottle air con cleaner, usually you leave it spray below the front seats. But the Lexus IS has outflow vents under the front seats, now the question, where does the air flow back in the air con system? Does anyone know? Thank you, DD
  2. Yes, I checked both places for coolant level. Hmm..., didn't pay attention to the position of the "jiggle value" (found the name of the little metal insert), I'll try rotate it up tomorrow. Thanks TigerFish.
  3. Update: Thermostat is replaced with new one, but the same problem as above still remains. gaining tempreture on stationary but will lose the temp during driving. I noticed there is a tiny whole with a piece metal insert(loose but not removeable, bigger on one side, smaller on the other side. looks like a one ) on the ring of the thermostat. The new thermostat has the bigger end of that little metal insert on the opposite side of the ring than the old one. does that matter? Anyone has any idea about what else can be wrong? Thank you.
  4. I posted this in the general maintainence forum, which had no replies Thought give it a try here
  5. Ahh~ Stuck open, never thought about that. Thank you for the explaination which is very educational! I'll try clean it up and see if I can find a replacement. Good luck on your own radiator. just to mention that there is a white plastic tap on the bottom of the radiator, which is pointing at a whole through the protection shield. if water is coming out there, you might not see the leak. hope it helps a little bit. Thank you very much! Regards, DD
  6. I bought the owner manual on a burned CD from ebay a few years ago. it was about 2 or 3 pounds with postage. you might wanna give ebay a try.
  7. I was checking the fuse box the other day, and accidently found there was a lose connector hanging beside the fuse box. and I took a look inside, found it fits into a box says "double lock control unit". so i plugged it in. suprise suprise after the weekend, my battery drained to the end (it's a new battery about 3 month old). not even a dash light can turn on. jump started it and then think, all that changed is the double lock control unit. (head light on auto, so couldn't be that). Anyone knows what does this "double lock control unit" actually do? I can still lock my car without connecting it, and pressing the lock botton twice still disables the motion sensor. And how can a locking control unit drain the battery that bad? (I mean even the headlight was left on overnight, the dash will still light up.) Thank you.
  8. I bought this on ebay about 3 years ago when my radio amp fried and I have to get a single DIN fitting radio. http://cgi.ebay.ie/Lexus-200-200-Car-CD-Radio-Fascia-Surround-Panel-/270639220846?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_FasciaPlates_SM&hash=item3f035ac86e The quality isn't to the highest, but it does the trick and easy enough to install.
  9. Also try double lock it, or try lock it with motion sensor off. (lock twice for pre 02 models and there is a bit turning key config to do for after 02 models. check your owner book for how to or search "double lock" in the fouums here, I came across one post dated in 2002 about it.) At least you'll know it's your sensor or lock playing the trick.
  10. Thank you Davison I have actually never noticed it's slower to warm up during winter. wonder if there was any problem before for the quick heat up (usually it takes just a couple of minutes, then I get about 3 -4 marks on the temp gauge, which means hot air coming through already)
  11. It was weird, it doesn't leak while it's stationary even I rev the engine up to 4000rpm for as long as a few minutes. But just 5 minutes after I hit the road, there are water all over the bottom protection shield. And the reserved coolant bottle went down very quickly, I was filling about 1 litre water/coolant for every 20 miles I drove. (that's all before getting the radiator filled up with stop leak.) Then a few days after the stop leak stuff was put into the radiator, the leak stoped. Another 2 days later, the heating stopped working. I thought it was the water circulation, actually I cleared the radiator just now, and filled with clean coolant/water mix. It's now heating up at stationary even on idle, but as soon as I'm on road and getting some speed, the temperature gauge actually is dropping down. feel like the circulation is not working at all, but I had coolant cap off and watched it. I can see coolant flow pretty fast. About the thermostat, I 'm pretty sure that's not the problem, as the radiator is not heating up at all, I can touch it bear hand, it's only a little hotter than warm. Totally no idea what can be wrong now. I might just bring it back the repairer tomorrow. Thank you guys for the help. Regards, DD
  12. Hi, I have a 2000 IS200, the radiator was leaking, so I sent it to a repairer. They couldn't find the leaking point so they put some stop leak liquid into the radiator. Good news is the radiator now stopped leaking. But I noticed the engine tempreature gauge is bearly rising up. I drove about 30 minutes to work in light traffic, the tempreture gauge is only pointing at the second mark line, and the heating is not blowing air as I set fan on auto. Checked the radiator circulation last night, seems that the water is running. Maybe it's not circulating fast enough due to the usage of stop leak? Anyone know what can be wrong? Thanks in advance. Regards, DD Update: Thermostat is replaced with new one, but the same problem as above still remains. gaining tempreture on stationary but will lose the temp during driving. I noticed there is a tiny whole with a piece metal insert(loose but not removeable, bigger on one side, smaller on the other side. looks like a one ) on the ring of the thermostat. The new thermostat has the bigger end of that little metal insert on the opposite side of the ring than the old one. does that matter? Anyone has any idea about what else can be wrong? Thank you.
  13. I went to the dealer did my 70K miles services, and asked them to check if the timing belt needs to be replaced, They replied to me the timing belt don't need to be replaced before 100K miles. WOW~! I know most cars need to replace the timing belt around 60K miles. Anyone have a suggustion? should I just replace it anyway or trust the quality of Lexus and do it at 100K? Thanks, DD
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