Herbie

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    Herbs
  • Lexus Model
    RX450h Advance
  • Year of Lexus
    2013
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    Lancashire

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  1. No, it was a 2005 RX300. I believe it is possible to do the 450h but as much as I loved having LPG I wouldn't convert a hybrid. The hybrid system is a very complex beast anyway and I think that adding another level of complexity into the equation would just be asking for trouble.
  2. To be honest it's not all it's cracked up to be anyway. OK, it tells you when the pressure is down in a tyre but it doesn't say which one of the four it is!
  3. Sounds like the latching mechanism has seized so a squirt of something like WD40 on it and a few open/close ops may help.
  4. This is a link to Paul Frost's eBay page He trades on the Bay of Fleas as lexussparesdirect. He's very knowledgeable, very helpful, and his parts are very reasonably priced. His business details are:
  5. I only have the space saver so can't say for sure, but I would be very surprised if a full-sized wheel could be kept in there. Mind you, this space saver is the first spare wheel of any sort that I've had in the last 15 years. Up to getting this hybrid, all my cars over the last 15 years were converted to LPG and the gas tank was located in the spare wheel well instead of the spare. I just carried around a can of Holts Tyreweld and a little 12V compressor for small punctures, anything bigger would be dealt with by my breakdown cover.
  6. As I said in a different topic: I'm not trying to come over as a 'know-it-all' because obviously, I don't, but I'm a time-served electrician by trade. When the factory closed down I became a telephone engineer on BT, and after a back injury led to medical retirement I'm now self-employed doing computer repairs. I'm also a licenced radio ham and dabble in electronics as a hobby. I mention that, not to blow my own trumpet, but just to explain that I've been in and around the electrical/electronics fields for more than 40 years. In my humble opinion (and this goes for both jump starting and charging), 12V is 12V. It just doesn't matter whether it's at the front or the back, it's still 12V and all you're doing is piggybacking one 12V source onto another 12V source. The only thing to worry about is to make sure you connect with the correct polarity. Having said all that, you can't blame me if something does go awry
  7. Geoff, if you put the meter on the 20V DC* range and put the probes across the battery while the car is just standing there, you should get a voltage reading that you can compare to this chart: If you then put the car into the READY mode and test again you should see about 14.5V, which shows that the charging system is working as it should. I'm not trying to come over as a 'know-it-all' because obviously, I don't, but as I've said in other topics I'm a time-served electrician by trade. When the factory closed down I became a telephone engineer on BT, and after a back injury led to medical retirement I'm now self-employed doing computer repairs. I'm also a licenced radio ham and dabble in electronics as a hobby. I mention that, not to blow my own trumpet, but just to explain that I've been in and around the electrical/electronics fields for more than 40 years, and in my honest and humble opinion I cannot find any reason as to why the manual would say that the negative (earth) cable should be disconnected from the battery unless someone was attempting to use an old-style charger that their dad used to use 30 or 40 years ago. Modern 'intelligent' chargers have all sorts of magical wizardry to monitor voltage and current levels, and safety circuitry too that monitor temperature, charge rate and other parameters. I can't see any reason at all to disconnect the negative cable when using something like the ctek or a Noco. Having said that, I can't be held responsible if something did go awry *If the meter doesn't actually state AC or DC but uses symbols instead, AC is denoted by a wavy line and DC is a solid horizontal line with a dotted line underneath it.
  8. Fair enough, thanks - every day's a school day
  9. His car is Left Hand Drive (LHD) so his blue plug may be on the opposite side to yours.
  10. It appears that the animation is still there but it needs Adobe Flash to be enabled to see it and interact with it, but it's definitely still there as you'll see below:
  11. That may well be the case if we were talking purely about an electric motor but I don't think we are because it's not as simple as energising the motor which then cranks the engine. Toyota have been extremely clever in developing what they call the Power Split Device or PSD and starting the engine is part of it's duties. There used to be a great animation here http://eahart.com/prius/psd/ but it seems to have disappeared, although a great explanation of the PSD and the role it plays can still be found at that link.
  12. All you're doing is supplementing a dodgy 12V source by piggybacking a good 12V source onto it. 12V is still 12V, whether at the front or the back, so it makes no difference whatsoever where you connect a charger or jump leads - the main thing to worry about is making sure to get the correct polarity.
  13. Our RX is an Advance and is very comfortable. The grunt is there if you want or need it, especially in Sport mode, but I'm more than happy to just leave it in 'normal' mode and waft about in complete luxury.