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  • Lexus Model
    LS400 Mk4
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    Greater London

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  1. And on the ls400 they are a resilient thing, unlike lesser cars.
  2. Phew! Resting on the bump stop. Does it have DHP springs or just the wheels?
  3. So it would seem that the drain pipes blocked at the exit end (from road crud?) and the water backed up in the wheel wells. Sunroofs, more trouble than they are worth on an older car.
  4. I bought from this seller I used some specialist rubber glue to glue the ends. Worked brilliantly, and the same seal profile for a Toyota Soarer if anyone is interested!
  5. Never nice to find. So you removed the side panels in the boot and found the holes? Right where the drain pipes go through the floor on the sides? Just checking so I can check!
  6. And yes NO to oil leak products!
  7. I have had a leak from this area on a 1JZ VVTi engine. It was the VVTi cam gear oil seal leaking. As it was a 60k mile service I renewed the whole cam gear, filter and solenoid, but I am keeping the car. Anyway, not unknown for the VVTi cam gear to leak.
  8. Gorgeous interior. But I'll still take a new Toyota Century, being old fashioned like.
  9. Sounds fantastic and i can't wait to see the details of the journey. Why not drop Lexus a line to let them know you're taking one of their finest on an Asiatic sojourn?
  10. Crucial steering component in a wet area. Go Toyota OEM. Replace the seals, too. Sorry, it's the cost of ownership of these cars...
  11. The manky boot is pretty common and a £25 boot seal from ebay fixes that. The day's of the late model/FSH/clean LS400 for under £2000 seem to have disappeared. For a cheap one now it's a case of balancing required mechanical works with the level of bodywork you can tolerate. If anyone is going to hold on to one of these you have to get a look at the rear subframe. Even sticking a phone under there and getting some flash photos can give you an idea.
  12. Comes down to how you want to run an old car. For me, worn out for a lot of suspension and steering components on a heavy car like the LS400 starts at about 60,000 miles. I know a lot of people will will say that there is years of life left in them and as long as they pass MOTs they will be fine, and that is fair enough. I didn't like the slack in the LS400 steering around centre position and wanted more road feel, so I installed poly bushes on the steering rack. High speed cruising is a lot more relaxaing with far fewer minute adjustments needed. The old steering rack bushes were serviceable, would pass countless MOTs but were past their prime and the rubber had started to deteriorate (car was at 67,000 miles.) With suspension and steering on any old car I start a program of refreshing components as I like to get as close to how it felt from the factory as possible, but that's just me and I've probably thrown away serviceable components in the past.
  13. I went third party from Rock Auto in the US when I ordered a bunch of other stuff.
  14. Fresh steering rack bushes and a gearbox mount are quick work for a mechanic and make a big difference, too.