GeoffBrown

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    Geoff
  • Lexus Model
    RX300 SE-L
  • Year of Lexus
    2004
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Lincolnshire

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  1. GeoffBrown

    RX300 Suspension problems

    Ok, here's a good one! Hopefully, some bright spark on here can enlighten me as to what's wrong? I've got the software now but before I load it onto my laptop, I just thought I'd disconnect the battery for 30 minutes as has been suggested elsewhere, in order to 'zero' the suspension memory. I re-connected the battery after 30 minutes and then selected 'L' on the suspension height control followed by 'N'. Lo and behold, all 4 wheels ended up at the same height! Yippee! However, I then took it for a 5 mile spin. After I parked in my drive and selected park, the suspension compressor kicked in and raised only the right hand side of the car up! The easy access was not selected at the time. Can anyone tell me which unit's not working properly or should I attempt to find out via Techstream when I get it up and running?
  2. Any chance you could send me the exploded parts list Steve2006?
  3. GeoffBrown

    RX300 Suspension problems

    Thanks for the advice - I'll give it a go! Update; Now ordered!
  4. GeoffBrown

    RX300 Suspension problems

    Or... If anyone can tell me how to access the suspension codes, that'd be a great help!
  5. Suspension problems with RX300 (SE-L 2004): I've had the car about 6 months and have noticed that each wheel seems to select it's own height setting! I started looking at the problem seriously when my wife complained that sitting in the back seat had nearly broken her back and she described the ride like "sitting on a park bench". I went out this morning after the car had been sat there all night and took measurements from the centre of each wheel to the wheel arch in the 'cold', Hi, N and Low suspension height settings. They are all over the place. ----------Front L - Front R - Rear L - Rear R Cold-- 45.5-------50.0-------41.0------45.5 Hi-------51.0-------51.0------52.0-------50.5 N-------47.0-------48.5-------44.0------44.0 Lo-----45.0-------47.0-------42.0------43.0 Measurements are in Cm. So you can see, when the engine's cold, I've got a 9cm difference between 2 of the wheels, and when running in 'N' I've got 4.5cm difference. I'd better point out that I didn't drive the car in-between changing the height settings. So my problem seems complicated and I'm not sure where to start! I've run an OBD check and don't have any faults listed on the ECR. The compressor runs ok and I can't hear any obvious air leaks. I did come across a post which I've been unable to re-locate which mentions an on-board test monitor which can be activated by turning the side lights on and off between 6 and 12 times and when activated, will show suspension problems? Any sensible suggestions gratefully accepted but I'm not rich so would rather keep clear of a Lexus garage! TIA P.S. I'm in the UK
  6. GeoffBrown

    RX300 Losing ATF but where to?

    Thanks for the advice. Maybe I need to start getting my service at a Lexus garage? I've only recently bought my first, an RX300 2004 with 83k on the clock.
  7. GeoffBrown

    RX300 Losing ATF but where to?

    I remember using kick-down and seeing a large plume of something disappearing out of the rear nearside. Perhaps that was the torque converter spitting it out. I did ask the mechanic (ex Mercedes mech) if he had the Toyota type IV and he said that it was the equivalent ATF. Is the Type IV that critical?
  8. GeoffBrown

    RX300 Losing ATF but where to?

    Thanks Colin, it all makes sense now!
  9. GeoffBrown

    RX300 Losing ATF but where to?

    Thanks for your input everyone. It would appear to now be fixed. The garage ordered and replaced the gearbox sump gasket and found the old one to be very old which had caused it to split. No longer losing ATF.....yay! However.... the garage reckon they've put 8.5L of oil into it (it now reads up to the top mark when hot). The mechanic reckons it only takes about 5L and suggested that perhaps someone's fitted a larger torque converter? My Lexus book tells me it only takes 3.6L... Does anyone have the correct figure for an RX300 2004 gearbox ATF capacity?
  10. GeoffBrown

    RX300 Losing ATF but where to?

    No, the engine was off and cold (I'm aware that it should be properly checked when up to temperature and having gone through all the gears). I just wanted to give myself an idea of what it would measure cold.
  11. GeoffBrown

    RX300 Losing ATF but where to?

    OK, update! My garage informed me that the gearbox sump gasket needed replacing. They did so. However, the following morning, I woke up to a pool of ATF under the car. They informed me that the gasket they used looked as if it had perhaps been stored for a long time (they could only get it from Lexus) and they ordered a replacement. They once again replaced the gearbox sump gasket, allowing adequate time for the sealant to take effect.. This morning, just for the hell of it, I checked the fluid level cold. It was halfway between the marks. I then went on a 20 mile round trip. When I got back, I left it idling on my level driveway for 5 minutes while I unloaded shopping from my car and then checked it again. The dipstick wasn't even damp. Not a sign of ATF, no gearbox overheat warning light, nothing. Why would it be venting it, and how? I'm not even sure who to go to for answers except the experts on here, so all help & advice continually appreciated!
  12. GeoffBrown

    RX300 Losing ATF but where to?

    OK, so I've been out again this morning and the ATF level was about midway between full and empty. I took it for a spin and used the kick-down. I noticed a large cloud of mist coming from the rear of the vehicle, seemed to be from the nearside underneath somewhere, so wouldn't seem to tie in with the exhaust which is on the offside. Needless to say, the level has dropped! Any suggestions as to what's happening/at fault greatly appreciated!
  13. GeoffBrown

    RX300 Losing ATF but where to?

    The garage didn't change the fluid, only checked the level. I'm unsure what they've topped it up with although I can guarantee it won't have been with Toyota fluid. I was present for the procedure and it came out of a very large 'ATF' container! I didn't realise that the ATF manufacturer was that critical on these vehicles. I'm going to monitor the level over the next week or so and I'll get back to you! Thanks for the welcome & reply.
  14. Hi All, I'm a new joiner and would like to know if anyone can help with this one; I bought an RX300 (2004) about a month ago. Everything's been running well and I've covered about 300 miles so far with no gearbox problems. Before I put it into my local garage for a full service 2 days ago, I checked the engine oil and gearbox fluid levels. Both were fine and I noted that the gearbox fluid level was at the max mark. Following the service, on a short drive the following day, I noticed the usual 'kangaroo' effect that you get when the gearbox fluid level's low so I checked it. It was at the 'min' mark. I called the garage (thinking that they must have changed it but not filled it up enough). They informed me that they only checked the level on the service and didn't change the ATF. They told me that the level was ok when they checked it. We arranged that I take it back today for them to look at. This I've now done, and the mechanic noticed the 'kangaroo' effect when he drove it into the inspection bay. On checking the level, he couldn't see any fluid level! He's topped it off with about 2 pints of ATF and it's now just below the max mark. I'll be keeping an eye on it over the next few days. I've got no leak marks on my driveway and no smoking or smells when driving. Where's the ATF been going to? Any suggestions? TIA