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  1. Got this sorted. Rear wheels needing balancing. £28.50 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. How infuriating that this happened and thankfully the other party was an honest sort. Let us know how you get on - it really doesn't take much to write cars off like ours off these days.
  3. I'm increasingly aware of a vibration that seems to come from the rear of the car, at speeds around 70+ mph. I think it's the rear end rather than the front as I can't feel anything through the steering wheel. My gut says it's one or both of the rear wheels out of balance. Back in August I had the wheels off the car and did a thorough clean of them, including removing old tar and glue from previous sticky weights. Do you think this would be enough to cause it? I was thinking of leaving it until April when it's due a service but that's six months away and it's annoying me. Any other thoughts before I book it in and leave myself and my wallet open for abuse?
  4. You may need to adjust the tracking as well as replacing the tyres. No idea what the oem tyres were, but I don’t think it really matters. Any decent brand (lots of opinions on here about tyres) will do. I run Michelin Pilot Sport 4s on my GS450H, no complaints. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I had the same challenge when I thoroughly cleaned my wheels in August. The solution is WD40 sprayed around the stuck area, patience to give it a chance to penetrate and lubricate, then a few taps with a hammer to get them out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Groms are great, but an even cheaper option is a FM transmitter thing. I have one plugged in under the armrest out of sight and it does sterling work broadcasting whatever’s playing on my iPhone. While you can’t skip tracks from the steering wheel I don’t find that too much of a problem as I just ask Alexa or Siri (if listening to Amazon Music or Apple Music respectively) for next track, new album etc. This is what I have. http://www.tecknet.co.uk/f36-105.html Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Thanks very much for taking the time to write up your experiences. Seems like the RX was a helpful addition to what sounds like a fantastic holiday. I must admit your talk of the 12v fridge has given me ideas for road trips with my own family wagon, a Volvo XC90. Thanks again!
  8. If you can wait a year mine will be for sale! [emoji846] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks Lee, I did start cleaning without taking off the spokes but quickly realised it would make my job easier and faster in the long run to whip them off. I put some grease on the thread when I put them back on so hopefully that will help get them off easily next time I do this job. A few more pictures showing the silver calipers behind the clean wheels and the newly painted locking wheel nuts. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Took the wheels off my 2008 GS450H and gave them a thorough clean, polish, and wax. Also cleaned up the the calipers and painted them silver and cleaned under the arches. All that described in a very short paragraph but Jesus H I’m feeling it now. My legs are tired, my arms ache, my knees hurt, I’m a wreck! Anyway, unhealthy middle aged bloke grumblings aside, here’s the evidence of what turned out to be about 12 hours work. This is the car pre-clean. Note the dull grey calipers and dirty wheels. This picture shows in better detail the caliper behind one of the front wheels, the dull locking wheel nut, and the grime under the wheel arch (but hey at least the body work is pretty clean). Here’s a rear wheel shot. The rear calipers are tiny in comparison to the meaty bad boys on the front, and on my car at least the rear discs while still ok in terms of thickness look rusty and naff around the hub. Apparently since it’s a hybrid the rear discs don’t have to work very hard as there’s a braking with regen. Either way, looks could be improved. Once jacked up and wheels off I could get to the arches with the pressure washer and scrubber. I wasn’t going for pristine here, just improved. I blasted several times with the Karcher, sprayed G101 and agitated it around, blasted it all off again, and once dry sprayed and wiped with Aerospace 303. The wheels of my era GS450H have chromed plastic ‘spokes’ which might look nice but are a right pain to clean around. Since this was going to be a proper clean I decided to remove them. A spray with WD40 around the 10mm nuts helped and my electric screwdriver paired with an adapter from my socket set saw them all come off easily enough. This is definitely something worth doing every year or so as I could easily imagine them seizing solid if they went ignored. Wheels are a pretty hostile place for a happy union of plastic and metal like this. I cleaned them up with some Autosol, which is brilliant stuff. Once the plastic bits are removed the wheels look like this. This is pictured towards to the of the (back breaking) process of cleaning them. I cleaned the wheels with Bilberry wheel cleaner, Dragon’s Breath iron remover, G101, then tar remover. I used some old Meiguars polish then waxed with Collinite. With the wheels sorted it was time to tackle the calipers and rear discs. I was undecided between going for black, which is possibly more original, or silver, which to my eyes looks cleaner and fresher. I went with silver. I used Hammerite smooth coat which came well recommended and a brush I stole from my 5 year olds art box (now replaced with a new one). Beefy front caliper done. Weedy rear caliper and drake disc done. I could have done a slightly neater job but figured any small excess would be hidden by the wheel or removed the first time I braked, so didn’t worry too much. Car jacked up waiting for wheels to be reattached. Weirdly one of the bits I’m most proud of is the locking wheel nuts. I cleaned them up as best I could and then dipped the nut face down onto the open lid of the paint tin. The residual pain on the lid was enough to provide a small coat to the surface of the nut but no more. Looks pretty neat I think and doesn’t interfere with how they work at all. Front wheel done and back on (yes I know a nut is missing, I was letting the locking ones completely dry before reattaching). Rear wheel done. It was a hard slog but now I’ve done it once I know what’s involved I’d happily paint calipers again in the future. I’m pleased with how it’s turned out. Thanks for reading! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. My local Lexus dealer price-matched Blackcircles when I recently purchased four Michelin Pilot Sport 4s for my own GS450. This means they’ll fit them and in the unlikely event of them breaking or damaging anything you can complain and they’ll sort you out with their “legendary customer service”. [emoji106] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Your car may be old enough to qualify for Lexus essential care. Basically reduced price servicing for older cars, but done by Lexus main dealers. https://www.lexus.co.uk/owners/servicing-and-maintenance/lexus-essential-care/ Also, won’t pay I can relate to but can’t pay?! Did you not consider servicing costs when you purchased the car? What if something needs replacing? I hope whatever you do your wallet remains unbruised. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Great write up! Thanks for taking the time to post and I’m positive this would help others in a similar position. Good on you. But dude, what’s going on with the red/pink steering wheel and mess of charging cables?!? [emoji33][emoji846] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Thanks chaps for the comments and the warm words on my expanding family, it's always good to get the feedback of the forum collective. With regards to my hopeless dealership: Does anyone else use Lexus Cambridge? If so, are my unlucky experiences unique? Anyway, the 'limited power you get unless you kickdown' thing has been playing on my mind more, and I've been doing some (very unscientific) testing. If I extend the throttle all the way to the floor WITHOUT KICKDOWN then the power needle jumps to about 150 KW and stays there as the car gathers speed. If I definitively boot it, engaging kickdown, it gives you the full bananas, spinning the KW needle up to about 250. This happens regardless of whether you are in normal driving mode, or Hybrid Power mode. Some light googling has informed me that 150 KW equates to about 200 bhp and 250 KW equates to 335 bhp (basically the full power of the car). This corroborates my observation that under 'normal' acceleration it's similar to a BMW 520D as these are in the region of 200 bhp. I appreciate this could all be a bit nonsensical as torque and everything else plays a part, but figured it might be interesting to people.