true blue

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  • First Name
    Dave
  • Gender
    Male
  • Lexus Model
    IS 250C SEL
  • Year of Lexus
    2011
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Lancashire
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  1. Thanks for that info ,it will help me keep my records tidy Dave
  2. Hi ref the maintenance schedule sheet scanned in by Texas Where did it come from ? My service book does not seem to have any pages like that ,just pages to stamp .I would find it handy for my records as I do all my own work. Thanks Dave
  3. Hi ,based on my experience with DAB on my IS250C SEL ,I would not bother with it ,I was very disappointed with reception which is patchy so I don't use it anymore Dave
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    Oil filter wrench

    That will get it off ,it is the one I use ,hope your filter has not been tightened too much ,use the longest bar you have to remove it .do not overtighten when replacing Dave
  5. Hi that is bad news ; as I said I have faith in Varta .I have recently replaced the battery in my IS 250 with a Varta 068 it had got very low after almost 8 years on the original .I purchased mine from batteriesontheweb2011 for £77.50 .They sell every type of battery at a good price ,so you could have a look at their site .I ordered on a Friday lunch time ,on my doorstep sat 11 am included in the price . The car has been stood for a week ,checked the voltage gives 13.6 on the meter so I am pleased with the result Dave
  6. Hi if your reading of 11.98 volts is correct then your battery is at 50% which is no good at all .I would suggest a varta battery which I have used over the years and found to be very good .I have had problems with batteries in the past only lasting 18-24 months so you can get a duff battery .I am aware there are other makes of battery but my experience is based on an industrial environment with small stationary engines driving emergency pumps which are used infrequently .We tried all makes available and varta gave no problems over entended time . Dave
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    Oil filter wrench

    Hi as Texas states that is the type of tool you require , one I use and can recommend is Laser 4880 64.5m/m x 14 flutes ,a good quality tool .Do NOT use any other type of wrench,chain ,stillsons etc or you will cause damage to the housing .The housing will be tight so try to get the car as high as you can to get a good purchase on the bar . This tool is available on E bay for approx. £20 Dave
  8. Yes good idea to look at the manual ,saw a tee shirt the other day ' Real dads don't read instructions ' 😁 Dave
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    Lexus Essential Care servicing

    No I do not use lexus ,it seems a good idea but they told me they will not stamp the service book ,which is in my opinion the only reason most people with older cars use the main dealer Dave
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    I can't believe its happened again!

    Hi I also do not think it will be a cat (I'm not a cat lover as a gardener !! ) it is probably a squirrel they seem to like the oil/plasticiser in plastic ;good luck with getting rid of one of these .Check in the engine compartment they are known to cause problems in there also Dave
  11. Yes the older technology was a lot easier to live with ; the only mention of the auto gearbox on the lexus service sheet is to check transmission oil level every 4 years or 40000 miles .I do not think this is easy for a DIY person as there is not a dipstick and oil temperatures need to be taken.johnatg is correct in saying a manual pump is needed to make the job easier ,it also helps to get the car as high as you safely can as the plugs are on the side of the casting and not the rear which would be easier. With regard to the pristine appearance ,the problem is the extreme pressure between the meshing gears which breaks down the additives in the oil, there is no contamination entering the system as with engine oi Dave
  12. Hi the diff oil change is in the lexus major service ,every 20,000 miles according to the previous completed service sheets that came with my car ; 75/85 viscosity GL5 diff oil is specified . This can be difficult to find ,Lexus sell it in 1 litre bottles but I have used 75/90 mobil .You will need just over 1 litre so need to buy 2. As previously stated leave the auto box alone ' if it aint broke don't fix it' In my experience oil and filter changes every 5-6000 miles will prevent any timing chain or tensioner problems . dave
  13. Hi as Normski says ,I enquired when I took mine in for the air bag recall recently and was quoted £175 ,I declined at the time as I have a tom tom which I need for the Mazda so I use that most of the time Dave
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    Jeff Ricketts

    Hi Jeff ,{'m sure you will be fine with the kumho PS71 I have been a fan of kumho on my MX5's for years. These are the latest sport tyres from kumho and have been recommended by my local tyre fitter ; I will puchase these next time round on the Lexus ..Black circles are very competitive ,I have used them also but my local man will match their prices Dave
  15. Hi ,that is really bad luck ,I have had it happen but on the Mazda not the lexus .I'm supprised a tyre guy used the emergency method ,they usually like to take the tyre off to check the inside walls as they do not know how long the tyre has been run deflated. Both my cars ,the lexus and the MX5 have the gunk and a compressor ;in my experience it only works for a straight forward hole in the main tread area ,even then most repairers will not wash out the sealer so that a patch can be vulcanised and demand you buy a new tyre.On both cars I carry an emergency kit which is a tool which pushes a rubber plug with a mushroom at 1 end through the hole which will seal on re inflation .I have used these on motorcycles for years and they are fine in an emergency . As a sure fire bet I carry a full size spare in the Lexus when we tour on the continent,this is OK for us as there are only the 2 of us in the car Dave