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  1. Oh apologies, I have never had to locate that drain plug. I no longer own an IS200 so I can't help you with that one mate. I'm sure someone on here would be able to help though.
  2. As for flushing the heater matrix, remove the hoses to the matrix from the engine bay and attach a hose into a bucket and the other end to a garden hose on low pressure. And then swap the hoses around to reverse flush to make sure everything is clear. Use clear tubing if possible to see the colour difference in water coming out of the matrix. When refilling the matrix pour anti-freeze coolant directly into the heater matrix hoses to ensure coolant gets to the matrix, once full re-attach the coolant hoses the correct way it was removed. I'm sure you knew that anyway but just sharing some info.
  3. Hi mate the coolant drain plug is under the plastic under tray. Remove about 10, 10mm bolts holding the under tray on, around the edge of the bumper and a few on the underneath of the tray. Towards the passenger side of the radiator is the white coolant drain plug. Although it might be quicker to get some pliers, undo the clamp holding the lower radiator hose on, and pull off the hose.
  4. If the water pipes coming from the heater matrix is hot by the firewall that would indicate that water is flowing through, you could also check the heater matrix itself or near the area inside the car to feel any heat around the heater matrix. It could indeed be the servo motors. They started to go on my old Lexus, used to click when the engine was turned off as if it couldn't negotiate it's correct position, but worked perfectly when the car was running. Only way to tell is to buy another one and swap them out. They are only about £15 off eBay. Think you gotta take the glove box out to get to it.
  5. This is sadly pointing towards heater matrix, I've read online that the dash has to come out to get to it and get it out. Although, it can be done by removing the hoses to the heater matrix, joining them together so you don't loose coolant and cutting the pipes of the heater matrix to remove. But how you would get the new one without cutting it I don't know.
  6. Have you checked the top and bottom radiator hose, the top hose should be hot and the bottom radiator hose should be cooler as its being cooled by the radiator. If they are exactly like this then there is no issue, if they are both cool, there is a problem and I would say thermostat. I'm trying to suggest the obvious before changing the heater matrix as this will more than likely be a nightmare to do. My previous Lexus IS200 had 163,000 on the clock and never needed a heater matrix replaced, cooling issues were else where.
  7. Hi mate, I would check the obvious first, there is coolant in the expansion tank and radiator, don't forget these cars have two filling points for coolant. Secondly whats the symptoms the car is experiencing? My old IS200 used to warm up fine at idle, as soon as you start driving, the heat used to go cold and had no heat at all (temp guage went from middle to cold), I suffered throughout the whole winter with no heating. The issue was the thermostat, I had replaced the thermostat when changing the radiator, i replaced the stat with a BluePrint part, the car didn't like it, the thermostat wasn't closing off properly, so the car never kept its temperature. I replaced the BluePrint part with a genuine Toyota Stat and problem solved, never had any issues since then.
  8. Hiya, I've sold my Lexus now but the tax was £175 for 6 months / £300 for a year. As for mpg I think about 28mpg, 300 miles out of a tank. As for things to check, make sure it's had a cam belt and water pump changed at its service schedule every 60k. And the front lower ball joints have been done, only replace with genuine Toyota parts. Only other thing is watch out if it has had a replacement pilkington windscreen as they used to leak water into the footwell and can cause electrical issues. This is rare on the later models though. I can't think of anything else. Just make sure it's serviced and it will last forever.
  9. Just chuck some 9006/HB4 bulbs in them and put them back in the car. Take the gauze off the rubber vent tube and put the tube back on. I never had any issues with water getting into my dogs after doing that
  10. Mines a 2002 IS200 Sport and has 162,000 miles on it, Last year had to have a new radiator which had done 150,000 miles on the original rad, over heated 6 times and is still running a year later. These engines are bullet proof. Had to have cambelt / water pump and aux belt change this year, along with lower ball joints as a precaution due to them starting to knock. 160,000 miles on original ball joints is pushing it. But I've also had years of trouble free motoring from the car. This was just routine maintenance.
  11. Hi All, At the beginning of the year I had the same problem, both my keys snapped, one snapped summer last year and in Jan the second snapped. I ordered two keys for £5 from ebay and cost my £29 to get both blades cut at a local locksmith. Hope others can find local locksmiths to cut their blades. Dean
  12. If it was me, I would get the car up on axle stands and have the car running, while its still cold, get under there and listen for any rattling at the cat. Even give it a bang and see if you can hear anything loose/breaking down in the bottom. I would rather take some time to investigate first before parting with £400 for a new cat. I will be honest, I had a rattle with my car, you know what it was, there's a few bolts around the cat for the heat sheild. a bolt had sheered, i put a new bolt in, problem sorted. no rattle.
  13. £280 for a sensor, yeah right, I paid either £60 or £90 for the sensor think the part number is DOX-0205 which the denso OE part number, you havent got to have the removal tool, i dont mine with a pair of mold grips / mole grips what ever their called, and used WD40 around the thread. Unscrew the sensor and screw new one in.
  14. Hiya mate, when I was going through this problem and had a new cat fitted, mine cost me £400. Are they having a F**king joke, £900 to replace the heat shield, WTF!!!! its held on by 4 bolts. Source one from scrap yard and fit it yourself.
  15. Hi Rich, I had this on my previous IS200, I will start by saying this was a nightmare for me. I changed the O2 sensor on the manifold in the engine bay, the one nearest the front of the engine. This didnt resove it. I then changed the cat converter under the floor, this didnt solve it. For me it was a simple case of i had just done an oil change but used castrol magnatec grade C3, which was not burning right. I done another oil change and used magnatec A5 which i have always run my car on and this sorted the problem. Have you just had an oil change done? If you havent, then best advice i could give is start cheapest option first. Take out the O2 sensor and check the condition of it. Is there any discolouration to it? Grey/white? I think the part number for the one i changed was DOX-0205. Ideally you need to check if the O2 sensor is doing its job by getting a read out of the O2 sensors fluctuation. I cant advise what is correct here but a garage with the OBD computer could tell you. But using the wrong grade of oil was the cause of my problem. There is a post on here somewhere, when i had the same issue.