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Everything posted by GrahamG

  1. Ian, have you found the Michelin Cross Climates to be quiet in normal conditions? That is a major factor for me. They are top of the list for my RX350 and I hope they come down in price before I need to decide.
  2. Front and now Rear Suspension woes

    Damien, I am not an expert but have read more than one post that advises against running the engine while the car is jacked up and I believe there is a warning against doing so in the manual. This because of the air suspension but I do not know of anyone experiencing any damage, just the problem you had. I would advise you to use the official jacking point on the chassis and certainly not a suspension arm.
  3. Back on the road

    Neil, thanks for the information which I know will interest others especially those who worry about the possibility of water in the main radiator contaminating the auto transmission and ruining it. Please keep us informed of how this progresses; I will certainly have my fingers crossed for you. If you still have faith in the expertise of the auto gearbox specialist could you give us their name?
  4. For perfection I would also go with 3K. But if you attack that with some cutting compound it may not look so bad. From the photo most panel lines are as original. Perhaps just a little flexible filler and an aerosol for a part of the car only directly viewed when on ones knees.
  5. Back on the road

    Neil, If anyone deserves some good luck you are that man. Dare I ask two more questions. What would have been the normal labour cost to fit that replacement gearbox? Also is the external cooler in addition to the normal cooling within the engine radiator or does it replace it? I know it is always easy to offer advice from the side lines but have you considered sending a copy of your post to Lexus UK? You might add my comment as an owner of two Lexus cars that for them to leave matters as they now stand is to flush down the drain an outstanding reputation.
  6. Ezzie, I am not an expert but have researched the subject considerably and now renew my car battery every three winters/four summers here in southern England. I buy top quality batteries and swap them out because I do not want to be stranded for not much more than the cost of a tank of fuel. Regarding your Saabs have you considered the CTEK type chargers/conditioners? They are designed to be left continually connected to a battery itself remaining connected to the car. Their intelligent circuitry actually prolongs the life of the battery.
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    Neil, pleased you are pleased. Can you share more details? Cost of the used box and cost of fitting if you did not do it yourself. My local independent recommends a separate ATF cooler rather than renewing the radiator by way of preventative maintenance but there are doubts about the temperature being correct.
  8. Is the Polish exhaust stainless steel?
  9. I would endorse Phil's recommendation of epoxy paint after a blasting process. A couple of coats, or more of two part epoxy would be cheap and easy.
  10. There is a massive amount of information on this subject on the USA owners site. Beware the impedance of the ML speakers is an unusual value and especially with the sub woofer the wrong impedance may blow the amplifier. There is an Ebay kit of a new foam ring and the correct glue for small bucks. Also Youtube videos on how do the repair and how to cut out with Dremel a hole to access the sub to without removing the rear seat and parcel tray.
  11. Outstandingly informative post......thanks
  12. My '04 Ls430 [85,000miles] has an intermittent murmuring noise which can be heard up to 30mph and is apparent only when the car is moving including in reverse [not when revving the engine in neutral and stationary]. It continues when coasting in neutral. It is intermittent like morse code but softer and lower register. No it does not say, 'I am locked in the boot'. Its is not affected by moving the steering wheel, applying brakes, A/C on or off or the engine RPM. Perhaps it started when my telescopic steering function failed recently. The fuse was pulled with the wheel in a good position which kills both rake and tilt motors. Difficult to say where it comes from other than in front of the driver but it is quite a distinct sound so I am hoping someone knows.
  13. Is there any downside to the Lucas additive? Have read positive reports for a long term fix over a number of years. It seems the more sceptical the user the better it works.
  14. Qamar, thanks for that suggestion which must be a possible. Not vital and not expensive so puts a smile on my face.
  15. I should have said the noise is much too soft and gentle to record against all the other background noises without specialist kit. When the telescopic motor fails a remedy is to move the steering wheel to a good position for driving then remove the fuse which kills power to both motors. I explained this had been done in case anyone thought the noise might be from either motor. If I had to guess I could imagine some sort of servo driven vent or flap behind the dash associated with the heating and ventilation. Had hoped it would stop when switching off the A/C but of course other functions continue. Cabin air filter replaced. This is such a distinctive sound that if someone else has experienced it they will immediately remember. Thanks for the replies
  16. I am astonished 5 year old tyres can be sold as 'new' and I will pay attention to this factor when next buying because I have only recently become aware of age factors affecting tyres. There are recommendations that 7 years is old enough. It is not just a matter of safety. For a luxury car quietness can be compromised by the heat cycles hardening the rubber well before the tread is worn down on low mileage cars. There is a Youtube video of a mechanic demonstrating this with a sound meter in the cabin.
  17. Eddy, have a read of Jake430's posts in July 2015. There he lists the Lexus parts for the rear suspension in steel. These cost him 1,100 Euro so to do all four corners will be much more expensive than I suggested above [@10.20am] which is the oft quoted relative cost in the USA. Lexus Birmingham would be worth a try to give you an idea of costs in the UK. Amayama in Japan are often favoured on this forum but there are extra import costs.
  18. Jim, can you give any details of the change to the rear Lexus steel? Any part numbers? Was it just a spring and shock absorber or was a top mount or bumper required? Who did the work, presumably not a Lexus main agent? Any problem with the dash warning light?
  19. Take a strong torch and check for rust underneath, especially the rear sub frame.
  20. Jim, I see it is a 2004, could you confirm it is the facelift model?
  21. Jim, what year is your Ls430 please? Coilovers have a mixed reception in the US and seem less successful if the original Lexus ride is required.
  22. Eddy, I should say second hand air struts are available on Ebay and are easy to fit. One advantage with air is that if just one has failed it is not necessary to replace any others at the same time. Beware that all four struts are not necessarily the same.
  23. Phil, are you saying the steel spring suspension was offered in Japan for the facelift car ie 2004 to 2006? If that is the case then I will certainly convert if my air system fails. I changed from a '95 Ls400 with steel to a '04 Ls430 with air and experienced no improvement whatsoever.
  24. When the ride height sensors seize up the connecting arm can break. Worth looking to see there are no broken arms. On the US owners club site search for a diagram of the pneumatic plumbing system and some soapy water might show a leak. There is a 4 way manifold for instance that is easy to check. The pre facelift models, ie your car,. were offered without air suspension. For the cost of renewing one corner with air suspension you could replace all four corners with conventional Lexus steel. That is a common remedy in the US.
  25. When my front spring went the car was not safe to drive.