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  1. No idea about year of softer valves? 220k+ it's the LPG that's worn the seats, no lube kit fitted!
  2. Yes having read a bit more about it I think you are probably right, easier and cheaper to chuck another lump in. Really frustrating this car, right when finances are stuffed too 😣
  3. Hi Chaps Unfortunately i've been had when buying an LS430, it's got suspect valve seat recession. I think the best way forward would be to buy some heads from a non-gassed scrapper then get them swapped over. I'd like someone to do the job that is comfortable with pulling 3uzs apart (and putting back together!). Anyone have any recommendations for specialists?
  4. Interesting, thanks for the info. No my key is different. Did you take it somewhere to have it erased? Yes i've heard Techstream can be used to re-programme a key, without all the ignition on/off/open door press brake pedal nonsense! I'll have to try and get a secondhand key from somewhere then!
  5. Hi chaps, thanks for all the comments. The key I am using is a master key going by what you have said jonthetourist. It's got three buttons with clear front bits over the buttons, I have actually found a second key too but it has black bits over the buttons and there are only two buttons on it. Jon, did you successfully get your master key cloned then? Was it pricey? Thanks for the info!
  6. Hi Chaps Just bought a 2003/2004 facelift LS430, it only came with one key (one of those keyless entry/start ones). What would be the cheapest way to get a spare? Can I get one from a scrapper and reprogram the fob part? Thanks in advance
  7. Just read about your adventure, I guess you are on it right now! The best of luck, sounds incredible, would love to do something like that, maybe when i'm retired and funds allow! Let us know how you get on! 🙂
  8. I'm sure later models are superb, but no denying the cost cutting. Take a look at the seats for example. The leather usually stays in very good condition on the 400s, but in the 430s you often see ratty seats!
  9. Hi Ben, thanks a lot for the comprehensive reply, really appreciate it! It's not what I wanted to hear but it's what I suspected, I *think* I read something similar a while back, but i'm also sure I read that some people had success connecting (think that might have been US market LS400s though!). Bleedin' cars eh! Now...Anyone happen to have a genuine Toyota/Lexus code reader stashed away that will read UK LS400 codes? 🙂
  10. Isn't it only stainless on the LS400? I thought they started cutting costs with later models... Will still be a decent exhaust, but not stainless
  11. You aren't a million miles away from Tony Banks exhausts in Leeds, i'd go there and ask them, they will sort you out i'm sure. Took my LS400 there to fix the usual rusted Y pipe to the Cats, sorted it no problem!
  12. Hi Chaps I've been trying to diagnose a misfire on my 1999 LS400 and i'm getting nowhere. I really need to connect a code reader to the car, but it's just not communicating. I thought that the caps in the ECU were knackered and that's why the reader wouldn't connect. Just had the caps changed and it's sorted out a lack of power (which I thought was related to the misfire), but the reader still won't connect. I've tried the reader on my Mum's Yaris and it connects perfectly. Using the cable test, it shows errors on: CAN-H, CAN-L, L I have looked at the physical OBDII connector on the car and it looks fine, no damaged pins that I can see, but there are only 5 wires going to it. Should there be 7 going to it (going by the cable test)? I'm just stumped by this and i'm wondering whether the car doesn't actually support OBDII because it's before the standard came in? Thoughts anyone? Any input gratefully received, getting really frustrated by this now...
  13. Right, had my caps replaced on my Mk4 and it's restored a heap of power! The chap who swapped the caps for me said that there were no leaking caps/visible damage, but that wasn't to say that some hadn't gone open circuit. The whole purpose of this exercise was so I could connect a code reader to the car to diagnose a missfire, however it still won't bloody connect. Tried it on my mum's Yaris and it connects perfectly so I figured it must be a dodgy OBD connector. I looked at it and it looks fine though?! Seriously getting peeved with the car now!
  14. Hey Rob, was it definitely these guys? I contacted them, but they quoted me between £85 and £125. I mentioned you had yours done for around £30 and the chap told me he wasn't sure about that because their min charge is £35, and the caps can be quite difficult to remove... I said i'd supply the caps needed on mine, and mine will need 11 of them replacing. Think your's will have been 6 caps, so a bit more work, but seems to be triple/quadruple the price so I thought there must be a misunderstanding here!