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  1. Dunno about you but when I first got my 250 the first tank of fuel was, let's just say, not used with economy in mind! paul m.
  2. Bit of an interior change

    Do all the parts strip down to just the wood components completely? It's just that the chrome surround around the gear selector gate looks very intricate if you had to 'cut in' around it. Very neat looking job and I guess it is 'reversible' if required? paul m.
  3. So that IS with the horrendous looking corrosion history ( according to MOT History) could very well been in a flood situation ( there have been many in this country recently and Lexus are not gonna be excempt from this!) or the owner lived on the Seafront somewhere, eitherway it is not very good reading. Paul m.
  4. Brake caliper slider/retainer pins

    Ok, wasn't aware of that from factory fact, so do you think that the ones that have siezed, and there seems to have been quite a few ( it has turned out to be one of the known problems of this make/model) are due to improper grease or lack of any grease? I also find it strange that a low cost easy access operation ( therefore potentially big profit ) is not included in any Lexus service schedule. But it does look like that the Molykote G3407 that is now available is more suitable in this application than the red rubber grease. paul m.
  5. Yes all good here mate and hope you get a result soon :) paul m.
  6. Brake caliper slider/retainer pins

    So, not having much faith in the Red Rubber grease, That's why today I used the Silicone Grease but when I check the pins in 6 months time ( hopefully they won't have siezed by then) I will probably invest in the Molykote G3407 and try that. Even mentions Lexus! Molykote G3407 Caliper Guide Pin Grease Molykote G3407 Caliper Pin grease maintains low friction between the caliper pin and its bore in the mounting bracket. Very quick micro-sliding movements are prevented from causing fretting corrosion on the guide pin. Safe in contact with & no reaction to elastomeric rubber boots or sleeves. Developed for caliper guide pins metal to metal lubrication Superior for metal to metal lubrication than red rubber grease. Avoids copper grease which is not suitable for guide pins. Lower frictional force than Silicone Grease. OEM on many new vehicles. Optimise pedal feel & braking performance. Limit abnormal pad & disc wear. PAG formulation as specified by Jaguar, Audi GM Lexus, Toyota, etc Supplied in a convenient 25g tube. Free Postage & Packing. full specification here:- https://krayden.com/dow-corning-molykote-g-3407-caliper-pin-grease/ Sounds like the business doesn't it? paul m ( with crossed fingers!)
  7. Brake caliper slider/retainer pins

    Yes, probably, but been going round in circles a bit trying to get a definitive answer. These pins tend to sieze up after a very short period of time in relation to other components if not maintained ( the LEXUS service schedule does not include them in preventative maintaince ie not Done on any periodical service) and the grease used ( and I guess recommended is the red rubber grease) has history of allowing these pins to sieze no? this seller of replacement Lexus brake parts includes silicone grease with a pin kit http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lexus-IS250-2005-2015-2x-Front-brake-caliper-guide-slider-pin-kits-S7291CA-2-/332227526316?hash=item4d5a4dbeac:g:7L4AAOSwAO9ZUDwl&utm_source=LexusOwnersClubUK&utm_medium=ForumLinks I am aware there are lots of different greases available and most ( petroleum based) are definately not suitable due to the rubber bellows. This ex-seller of grease explains a bit about the pro's & cons. And states that Red Rubber grease has got No lubricant properties! Perhaps why our pins sieze up! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BRAKE-GREASE-FOR-CALIPER-PINS-IF-YOU-039-RE-USING-ANYTHING-ELSE-STOP-/253064197022?rmvSB=true&utm_medium=ForumLinks&ul_noapp=true&hash=item3aebcd339e%3Ag%3AJzsAAOSwjL5ZDZTF&utm_source=LexusOwnersClubUK&ul_ref=http%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F1%2F710-53481-19255-0%2F1%3Ftype%3D4%26campid%3D5336640300%26toolid%3D10001%26afsrc%3D1%26customid%3D2061X563690X33b51080c5193d154e527c5df6e45bc8%26mpre%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.ebay.co.uk%252Fitm%252FBRAKE-GREASE-FOR-CALIPER-PINS-IF-YOURE-USING-ANYTHING-ELSE-STOP-%252F253064197022%253Fhash%253Ditem3aebcd339e%253Ag%253AJzsAAOSwjL5ZDZTF%2526utm_source%253DLexusOwnersClubUK%2526utm_medium%253DForumLinks%26srcrot%3D710-53481-19255-0%26rvr_id%3D1467965507805&afsrc=1&clk_rvr_id=1467965507805&nma=true&si=1rrSY%2BQf8r%2F82ttKYA2eNYrGw0M%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
  8. As above Andre, gotta check what's good through a process of elimation. new parts have been known to be faulty out of the box and consequently you assumed bulb was faulty when problem occurred so need to check if the known good bulb ( your existing RH working one ) still works in the LH side. If it does then new bulb is faulty if not then ballast/wiring issue as you say fuse was good. Paul m.
  9. Brake caliper slider/retainer pins

    Checked all my slide pins today for the first time and have had the car since August last year. just prior to purchase the seller said he was gonna fit new rear pads that he already had, I asked if he could ensure the slide pins were well greased while changing the pads. So today they were all fine and moved freely but while I was in there I cleaned them all up anyway and re-greased with silicon grease. Pleased to see that all the pads had all the correct shims still in place ( plain steel & blacked backed ) well I would hope so too the cars only done 38k so prob only second set of pads! ( the pads in there now are Textar ) Will go back in there again in 6 months to see how they are fairing. One thing that was a bit un-nerving was torquing up the wheel nuts to 76 ft/lbs just did not seem tight enough! paul m.
  10. Details on all the levels of trim and spec's here https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/lexus/is-2005/ paul m.
  11. Good that it is working as it should but bad that you did not find an obvious cause. Fingers crossed that it behaves as intermittent faults can send you round the bend. Hopefully it does not happen again but if it does then the interior of the drivers door will need very close inspection. In my previous post above it was apparently a loose connection in drivers door. cheers Paul m
  12. Thanks for the dash cam info, trying to do some homework as I really want to get something fitted before it's too late! The law of sod says that something will happen when on the way to buy a dash cam!!!! paul m.
  13. The manufacture date of the battery is on the end of the yellow sticker.
  14. Under-inflated tyres normally show wear on both the inside & outside edges of the tread surface, whereas over-inflated tyres will wear along the centre line of the tyre and feedback through the steering will be different in both cases, under-inflated will feel 'heavier' than over -inflated. under-inflated tyres will have more contact area with the road and therefore MPG will reduce, handling & braking will be affected as there is now a softer than normal link between the car and the road and the chance of a blow out increases as the tyre itself will heat up due to increase in friction and flexing of the sidewall on every rotation! over inflation gives you less contact with the road so MPG might go up if you survive long enough because your handling and breaking capacities are greatly reduced!! paul m.
  15. If you wanna 're-fresh' your air filter at 6 months say, you can use an air line and carefully blast the filter carefully in the reverse direction of its normal air flow to remove any loose build up of contaminants. Try not to breathe in any of this Krap obviously! paul m.
  16. Glad to hear your happy in an IS again through no fault of your own! Question Newbie? You might have mentioned in another post already but can I ask first hand all about your dash cam set-up? ie what model? Any accessories? Hard wired and to where? And any pros, cons & sample vids if poss? Thanks in advance :) paul m.
  17. Shame that your first toe in the water so to speak was with ( in my opinion) the worst car that ever had the Lexus 'L' on it. shame also as if you had got the petroleum version I reckon you'd still be behind the wheel, and the bonnet hinges would Deffo had not been used as much as yours! just gotta say that my current car has got to be the best I have ever had. paul m.
  18. Like this? My Original fit that lasted 10 years and 6 months! and before anyone says it Yes those caps are loose!
  19. The DVD and sound system will drain a iffy battery quite quickly, is your battery still the factory fitted Black top Panasonic, because if it is it is coming upto about 10 years and this is about the mean failure time! couple of recent threads have covered the replacement battery topic. paul m.
  20. Beat me to it there! yes, 4th,5th & 6th number on yours is 758 ( as above rightly comes back as being manufactured Oct 2017) that is the number heat branded into the battery case yes? paul m.
  21. Yes, manufacture date code for Bosch is posted in my last post here, https://www.lexusownersclub.co.uk/forum/topic/107731-best-12v-battery-for-is250/?page=3
  22. None available within 20 miles of Bristol :( and Del not an option :(
  23. If you can wait ( they come along very frequently ) for a 50% off flash sale from ECP then I should be £83 inc Delivery for a S4 068 with 4 year G'tee paul m.
  24. The factory fitted Panasonic battery is 257mm X 170mm X 200mm. So the Bosch S4 at 260mm X 173mm X 200mm is a snug fit but it does fit. I have got one! paul m.
  25. That was the Ford ETIS site. www.etis.ford.com paul m.