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vrodman last won the day on February 23 2014

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  1. Sarah has a new car 😁.... and I have a tear in my eye 😪 Best car I've ever had by a country mile but for me, it's the right time for a change. I reckon something in Sonic Titanium with black leather interior would be good after the new year....
  2. Hi Sarah I don't know if you got fixed up with a RX400h but I may be selling mine which you might be interested in. A few details - It's a 2008 SE- L with 92k miles on it. I've owned it for the last seven years and I bought it from the family who bought it new from Lexus Birmingham. it has just been serviced and Mot'd about two weeks ago at HW Moon Toyota main dealer in Wigan who have, in fact, serviced it every year since I got it except for 2018 when it had the cambelt service at Lexus Bolton. The only advisory was a small exhaust leak which I have now had fixed with a new section
  3. I'll second that - straight pipe is the way to go. I take my car to my local Toyota dealer for servicing and they told me that they have had about 20-30 cat thefts from Toyotas, mostly Prius's but also Auris.... and I live over 200 miles away from London ! I preempted my theft and had the cat removed before some thief took it - it's now on my garage shelf and can be re-fitted in a few minutes if required...
  4. Had mine done at a local replacement ss exhaust place. There was a very slight blow on the exhaust, picked up on the mot as an advisory, so I took it to have it sorted and he fixed that (said it was a common fault) so whilst the car was in, I asked him to make me a bypass pipe so I could remove the cat and refit it for the mot if necessary. He did a cracking job and put flanges and spigots on as required so both pieces are the same length and have the same ends and it is now a few minutes worth of a job to change it back. Having said that - he does mot's as well so he said just bring it
  5. Good to hear Dave - just for info, Lexus Preston quoted me £851 to fix this problem !
  6. Thanks for that I did it today, pretty easy with the back wheel off. I didnt have to dismantle the linkage - it was just the ball joints on either end that were seized so the length didn't change. I took the linkage off the car and soon had the joints moving again with WD40, the rubber seals were a bit worn but I squirted the WD in with a fine straw to wash out the joints then got my gease gun with a pointed nozzle and filled the joints with waterproof grease. The whole job only took about 45 mins - I know Lexus were going to replace the linkage and sensor with new rath
  7. Just had my RX400h serviced a my local Toyota dealer and I asked if they had any experience of catalytic converter theft and he said they had about 20 - 30 customers who had had theirs nicked - Prius and even an Auris had been done. That's in NW England.
  8. Cheers for that - to be honest I hadn't really researched it, I just saw it as an item on the checklist on my service report. I guess it's one or both of the little ball joints on the ends of the linkage that's seized - if I take the back wheel off is it just two nuts to remove the linkage then I can get it on my workbench to free it off and maybe pack some grease in there to keep it moving ?..... ..... and what is the setting up that requires special tools that my Toyota dealer mentioned when replacing said linkage ?
  9. Just had my RX400h in for major service at my local Toyota dealer and they have notified me that the rear height sensor linkage is seized. They said that it's a Lexus dealer only repair as it needs setting up and they don't have the equipment so I just got a price from my local Lexus dealer of £650 - £850 over the phone without seeing it depending on the time taken to do the repair - does this sound about right ?
  10. Ok, it's all working. I think the light switch had just got turned to the off position at some point in the past and as the dark nights are now drawing in it has only just been noticed - unfortunately she switched it to 'on' instead of 'door' I didn't want to connect the jump leads direct to my van battery as there is a big fat label on the battery saying do not connect jump leads directly to negative post or even near the battery terminal..... summat to do with the stop / start function it says. On a separate note - I'm about ready for a change now and I think the RX450h
  11. Thanks for that. Ok, so, I think we may have found the problem - my wife has remembered turning the rear cargo area light on on Thursday, whilst unloading some shopping, and can't remember turning it off again afterwards. This means that the light would have been on all the time from about mid-afternoon on Thursday 'til now - the car didn't get used at all yesterday so it remained on all that time. Would that be enough to fully deplete the battery ? When I've put the battery on charge, the gauge on the charger went crazy for about the first ten minutes and has now settled down
  12. 2008 RX400h Can anyone please tell me - should I disconnect and remove the under bonnet battery for charging or should it be left connected ? Got in the car this morning, the door was unlocked.... unusual for us to forget to lock it but can't specifically remember locking it the previous night, but anyways, everything is completely dead. Keyfob wont lock or unlock, nothing works. Tried spare key but just the same. I tried connecting to my VW van with jump leads - +ve terminal to +ve terminal, engine bolt to engine bolt with the -ve lead and the display lights up, possibly a bit
  13. I've just had the wheels re-finished last week on my 2008 RX400h and have only just noticed that they have discarded the chrome metal hexagon tyre dust caps and just fitted plain black plastic ones. They have put new tyre valves in the wheels but I think they should have re-fitted the original dust caps which have been on the car since new. I will call them tomorrow but it's odds on that they will have binned them or lost them. Anybody any idea how much they are to replace ?
  14. Nice one ! Mmm, let's see, jampot, full width rear hub, barrel finned front hub, auto a/r timing cover...... I'l go '55 G3L ? 😀 I'm a Matchless man meself - here's my '54 G80 built to look like a comp replica...
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