Boddney

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About Boddney

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  • First Name
    James
  • Gender
    Male
  • Lexus Model
    GS300
  • Year of Lexus
    2002
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Norfolk
  • Interests
    Classic Cars

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  1. Boddney

    VSC

    When one of my ABS sensors failed it put the ABS & VSC Lights together. A new sensor put both lights out. There was a post on here a (very long) while ago by a fella with the VSC light on, on it’s own and it turned out to be his yare (or is it yor) sensor. If I remember correctly it’s located above the rear axle. Bod
  2. Boddney

    Spark Plug Change Time

    Lol it can be quite funny and annoying at the same time eh? There must be someone on here that can read it. Maybe you should put a plea out in the wanted section or somewhere? Might be worth a try? Bod
  3. Boddney

    Spark Plug Change Time

    Go on to Google @The-Acreand download the free Google Translate app. It’s really great. You just point the camera at the Japanese text and it translates it to English on your screen. Hope that helps. Bod
  4. Boddney

    Spark Plug Change Time

    I finally got them done. It wasn’t to bad to be fair. Although my cam covers don’t leak there was still a lot of gunk and muck in the plug holes and plug valley. I did two at a time as one coil pack runs two plugs so it made sense to do it that way. Also cleaning out the valley is easier that way as the plugs are in a kind of box made by casting webs. 2 plugs in each box. I removed the coil pack and lead from one “box”, sprayed brake cleaner around the “box” and into each of the two plug tubes then just blew out the “box” and tubes out with some compressed air. I put some blue tissue wipes over the top to stop all the debris from going everywhere and making a mess. All quite successful. I did have a scary moment when trying to undo number 3 plug. It was really tight and grindy all the way out. I kept winding back in half a turn then out three quarters then back in half and so on until it came out. I put a dribble of WD40 in the tube which helped. I really thought that was going to cost me a re-tap or possibly even a new head. The plugs I took out were Bosch Twin Electrode and not Iridium tipped. It’s a good job I changed them at 165,000 and not left it until 200,000 as recommended. Maybe the proper Iridium tipped ones can do 100,000 but I doubt the Bosch ones would last that long and I’m not sure I’d have got number 3 out after all those miles. Bod
  5. It’s that time chaps. How hard is it? Does the intake gubbins all have to come off? Is it a real ball ache? Ta, Bod
  6. Boddney

    New Look For My GS

    Bolly has been in dry dock today for exhaust welding due to fairly hefty holes in each pipe. They’ve been like it for a while now and I’ve been enjoying the noise but now I’m a bit fed up with it and the MOT is next week so it needs sorting. I added some more LEDs too. I’m quite into them at the moment and no they’re not illegal. You are allowed any colour on the front except red and any colour you have must be still i.e not flashing. The first picture though, is of my playtime car and my sons modern equivalent as she vacated the garage to let Bolly in.
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    New Look For My GS

    The front end upgrade continues. Light yellow tint to the fog lights. Just the dodgy splitter to fit now when I get a spare moment.
  8. Boddney

    New Look For My GS

    Long time since I made any changes to the old gal. Today was a little disappointing in that I only managed to fit one thing instead of the two parts that I planned. I bought a sport grill from a member on here and a TTE replica chin spoiler/splitter from the States on EBay. This is the one bought (EBay picture) and the other is what I got. As you can see, the one that came has moulded lugs instead of separate brackets, screws and rivets. I didn’t think it would be a problem and just assumed (big mistake) it was an updated version that makes it easier to fit. Again, I assumed that some under panel bolts would need to come out and be used to bolt the splitter on . Again, wrong. It does come with a bag of screws all of which are to short but that’s not really a problem as most of us have screws knocking about. The issue is the moulded lugs are not moulded in the right place, making it impossible to site the splitter properly and no chance of screwing it on. Anyway, after loads of swearing and trying and more swearing I gave up and fitted the grill. You really can’t even send the splitter back as it was $90 US dollars to send it here in the first place. I have asked the seller if he can send the bracket and stuff over then I’ll just cut the lugs off and go from there. So picture of fitted grill and super shiny bonnet. Laters.
  9. Boddney

    Sounds of Creaking Rubber Over Bumps

    Thanks for the replies guys. It was the new anti roll bar bushes in the end. I took them out again, lubed them all over with red rubber grease and all is quiet again now.
  10. Today I read a whole 4 page thread about Lexus owners working on their lovely IS’s. Lovely old job. Gotta love a binge read.
  11. I bought a a complete pad and disc set from eBay for £66. Turns out the discs seem to be made of chocolate. Waste of money.
  12. Boddney

    New Look For My GS

    Today I thought I'd measure up for some silver strip for the front and rear bumpers as mine were grey but the stripes on the side of the car are silver. Anyway, as I was doing this I suddenly thought, surely they don't just need a rub like the grill fins did, could they? So I thinned out some G3 rubbing compound with some water and gave it a gentle rub. Yes really, for some reason Lexus UK decided to cover up more shiney stuff with a light coat of grey. What amazes me more is that somehow it's stayed like that for near on 14 years without giving up it's secret. So once again Lexus UK has decided to dumb down part of a beautiful car here, and yet the US market gets to have the shines bits straight out the box. Why? Anyway, pictures. Bod
  13. My first move with the bonnet would be to wind the buffer stops right in on the high side or out on the low side to see if you can level it. The nav system does have an update disc available but it only takes it up to 2009 and seems to be a different price at different dealers with the cheapest I've found being £150. I have no idea if it plays dvds although I can't imagine it does as surely it would be easier to change a disc. Third, all Mk2s look like yours and navigation was an option on low levels and standard on higher levels. ML sound system was an option all round. 220hp is correct Hope that helps Bod
  14. Boddney

    New Look For My GS

    Today was the day to save myself £600 and not buy a new Catalytic converter. This time the gamble paid off and I bought a new lambda sensor from the bay for £34 after the diagnostic machine gave me a code of P0430 'cat 2 working below efficiency '. Yet again this forum came up trumps and there was a suggestion that it may not be a Cat issue, but the sensor sending incorrect messages to the ECU. Anyway as you may guess, the cheap part was a little different to the OEM one and the grommet needed swapping over and modifying a little bit, but after that all was well and so far the code hasn't returned. Phew, fingers crossed it stays away.