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  1. It may well fool speed cameras etc (or their ticketing systems) which are largely automated these days. Sent from my PSP7551DUO using Tapatalk
  2. DG65 OHE Honest guv - I never noticed! Sent from my PSP7551DUO using Tapatalk
  3. Pretty much what to expect - some tanks you'll get a bit more, some a lot less. Maybe you were pussyfooting a bit! [emoji18] Don't trust the computer for tank average too much. Sent from my PSP7551DUO using Tapatalk
  4. Looking at that tyre wear - I'd certainly get an alignment check. That isn't the sort of wear I'd normally associate with under-inflation or 'too many roundabouts'!
  5. Jack - see the thread where Paul posted - Oct 2017. 12.64 volts is perfectly adequate - you risk damaging the battery if you charge it more unless your charger is an electronically controlled trickle charger. Put it in the car - it will work fine!
  6. 758 (in C5C758942) - makes it Oct 2017.
  7. If you use Dot 5.1 brake fluid, you certainly need to replace it every two years. Lexus specify Dot 3 fluid and if you use that or Dot 4 I personally think it is overkill to replace it at 2 year intervals - I consider it perfectly OK to do the change at up to 4 year intervals - I have always done mine (in all the cars I service) at 3+ year intervals with no ill effects - there's nothing different about Lexus brake systems to change that view, at least in the UK climate. Garages often don't bother to change brake fluid unless you ask them specifically, even when it's on the service schedule. Brake fluid (incidentally, don't call it 'oil' - no-one in UK does and it's not oil - it's miscible with water for one thing) comes in 4 flavours - Dot 3, Dot 4, Dot 5.1 and Dot 5. Dot 3, 4 and 5.1 have increasing boiling points as you do along the range but also increasing hygroscopic properties - they absorb water which is why they need changing. The absorbed water reduces the boiling point of the fluid. So Dot 5.1 has the highest initial boiling point but absorbs the most water. As the chance of boiling your brake fluid of whichever type in an IS250 in the UK is vanishingly small, I use Dot 4. Actually I don't really understand why Dot 3 and Dot 4 are sold alongside each other - they are, to all intents and purposes, interchangeable. Dot 5.1 is very hygroscopic and I would avoid it for that reason - its use is really only justified in race and rally situations. Dot 3, Dot 4 and Dot 5.1 fluids are Glycol Ether based and are fully compatible, except for provisos above. Dot 5, however is a completely different kettle of fish and is Silicone based. It has the advantage of high boiling point and is completely immiscible with water. Apparently however it is slightly compressible and that leads to a soft feeling brake pedal. Its use is really restricted to some specialised vehicles such as amphibious ones, some military vehicles and some motorcycles. It is also used in show cars which rarely turn a wheel and where the brake fluid is almost never changed. A tip re changing brake fluid - if you keep the end of the tube leading from the bleed nipple to the waste collection jar above the level of the nipple, you don't need to immerse the tube in the waste fluid and you don't need to worry about tightening the nipple whilst keeping the brake pedal depressed. You can do the pumping of the brake pedal then saunter back to the brake and tighten the nipple - any bubbles go upwards in the tube rather than going back into the brake caliper. One man bleeding with no special kit! I put the waste collection jar on the second step of a step stool - be careful it doesn't fall off though! Lexus specify some complicated procedure which involves using the Intelligent Tester to change brake fluid - this seems to be something to do with bleeding the Brake Actuator. But just doing it in the old fashioned way seems to work OK - at least it bleeds out quite a lot of old fluid. Air filter - Lexus specify every 40K miles - I do it at 2 year intervals (much less than 40K miles).
  8. You only need the belt. Get one made by Gates - eg there's one on eBay for £13.90. Dead easy to fit - just turn the tensioner with a socket, insert an allen key to lock it, slip off the old belt, on with the new, use the socket to release tension on the tensioner, remove allen key, release tension. Check that the belt is running true - not overlapping an edge of a pulley. Make a note or take a pic of the routing before you start! I changed mine a couple of years ago as a precaution as it was 10 years old. No symptoms and the old belt looked to be in good nick. Your problem may be something else. Or not.
  9. PS Check this - Based on an agglomeration of feedback reviews I think. And mostly for the very common type 063 battery rather than our rare 068! Not included there, but maybe the 'best battery' could be the Optima Red Top - but it will cost more than twice the price of a Bosch in 068 size. It's specified as 50 Ah and 815 CCA. They are frequently fitted to SUVs etc. But it won't do any better job in an IS250 than the Bosch.
  10. The only specification Lexus publish is 12v and 55 Ah - they don't mention CCA. The Bosch S4026 is 70Ah. £68 too cheap for you? You can pay £94 if you like from alternative suppliers (and maybe more). But you'll still get the same S4026 battery. Bosch do 5 year warranty batteries (they come in a silver case rather than blue for the 4 year ones) but not in type 068. I'll repeat for the umpteenth time on this thread - the Bosch S4026 or Varta E23 are probably the 'Best Buy' for an IS250 battery. You can get better batteries for a lot more money, but battery life depends quite a lot on how you use the car - no battery likes standing unused for days or weeks on end, or short journeys. Medium length journeys every day with minimum electrcal accessories in use make the battery last longer than other types of usage.
  11. If you don't mind me saying so - a pretty daft question to ask on this forum! (Or on a Mercedes Benz forum!)
  12. Interesting that Tayna give the incorrect battery if you type in your reg - they suggest 069 with the terminals in the wrong orientation. You can't be too careful out there!
  13. That's the wrong battery - like many battery suppliers Halfords try to fob you off with one that will do (as indeed it will). It is a Type 030. IS250 needs a 068 - that's a rare size (it doesn't even appear on many battery size specification charts) and few battery suppliers stock them. 068 is the same size as 069 but with the terminals in the opposite orientation. I'd suggest you get a Bosch S4026 or Varta E23 (they appear to be identical). Suppliers include CarParts4Less, GSF etc. You are unlikely to find it in stock in a shop. It is likely that your battery is knackered - modern batteries frequently fail without warning. You don't mention what year your car is (and your profile says you have a 2001 IS200) but I think all IS250s need the same battery size.
  14. Wasn't that VAT you were stung for? It's pot luck - sometimes you have to pay it, sometimes you get away with it. The duty / VAT will be the same from Australia as from USA. I don't think I paid any extra when I bought my PO-40.