Happy Jim

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  1. I can’t remember off the top of my head (will check later), but I reset mine post a DIY service, so it’s doable via the Screen. Rgds Jim
  2. LS460 Version: Ignition on (or engine running) & parked. Switch lights to OFF Push and hold the INFO button Turn lights to ON, OFF, ON, OFF, ON, OFF Diagnostic menu will then pop up (Nav, audio, Lan, GPS etc etc) Cheers Jim
  3. OBD2 software won’t capture Lexus specific fault codes, those faults will need dealer software to read and resolve. Jim PS - fault is likely to be the Radar sensor as that is common to all those errors
  4. Internet pint on it’s way to you Sir !! Half a can of easy start later and it spluttered into life spitting clouds of fuel out of the exhausts (took a minute or so to clear). No real diagnosis of why, other than maybe change the plugs if they’re getting old - I guess it’s one of those “time will tell” moments as to whether it was a one off or something else is going on. Hats off to the RAC though, phoned them at 09:00, man and a van on my drive by 10:00 - can’t grumble at that! Thanks All, Jim
  5. Don’t think the LS460 has a hole for a key (that I could find anyway), my gut feel is that it’s either MAP, MAF or cam sensor gone, RAC out tomorrow and then pack it off to Lexus if they can’t do a home start on it. Thanks all Jim
  6. Balls 😞 Car started this morning for about 5 seconds then cut out - odd as it’s never done that before. Tried starting again but just cranked over and over with no hint of life. Bought a new battery for it this evening (eliminate the easy) and it cranks but won’t start, every 4th or 5th crank cycle (10ish seconds on the starter motor) it coughs and splutters and then gives up. So rather than fanny about I’m just going to chuck it at a Garage to fix (RAC can flat bed it away when I call them) unless anyone has any pearls of wisdom? Does anyone know of a good independent within shooting distance of Wokingham? If not I’ll resign my self to a walletectomy at Lexus Reading. Thanks all Jim
  7. I’m going to say that you need a new Camshaft pulley and belt! And that’s about it. I’m assuming that the 400 has the non-interference engine (ie Valves don’t hit the pistons when this happens). Rgds Jim
  8. You can adjust each shock by +/-20mm in the software (offset), any more and you will need to adjust the level sensors (then measure/reset the heights) - it’s in the suspension setting under utilities. Rgds Jim
  9. On the LS460 You can use Techstream to manipulate each individual damper (0 soft to 17 hard), but that’s just for testing & diagnosis. I’d guess it’s the same on earlier models. Jim
  10. 460 has a chain 😉 Service history is about risk. Otherwise bounce the corners to check shocks, check all the electrics, floppy glovebox is 30 mins work, preferable would be replaced arms (or bushes), brakes are diy cheap. Rgds Jim
  11. Lowered, bespoilered, tubbed, couple of blowers, roll cage - come on man stop being a tease and tell us what you’ve done 😂 Looking forward to this one Jim
  12. So near and yet so far! Having cleared the codes and got everything back to normal I noticed that the Parking Brake was now, erm, garbage! I put it down to old shoes on new Disk/drum so ordered and fitted new parking brake shoes. Still Garbage! Bugger 🤯 So it turns out that after releasing the EPB manually that I will now need to reset the “Zero Point” and/or initialise the EPB actuator PERFORM PARKING BRAKE SHOE BEDDING (a) Perform parking brake shoe bedding See: Testing and Inspection/Programming and Relearning. Here is where I am going to need some help! I can only find part of the manual that explains how to do this (I’ve done the manual brake shoe adjustment already) electronically via Techstream - does anyone have a link to the other pages of This supplement to the workshop manual Or if someone knows what to do in Techstream that would be even better ? Many thanks Jim
  13. Oil Filter changed, looked a bit twisted, otherwise OK, oil looked reasonably clean so it’s had some TLC fairly recently which is good. Cabin air filter was predictably grotty but easy to change, tightening up the glove box lock stops looks horrific but only took 30 mins Following this link thankfully 😅 Jim
  14. Thanks Aido - just checked and confirmed the near total lack of Service History! Ah well, on with the catching up 🙂 Thanks Jim
  15. Well, following on from finding and buying my LS460 Original post I’ve covered about 800 miles now and it’s every bit as smooth and comfortable as I had hoped for! I had a nice 60 mile waft up the M40 and got surprising fuel economy, although to be fair my normal commute of 30 miles each way is about 10 miles of slow A/B Roads And 20 miles of Motorway and that gets me 26MPG which I am still happy with. I knew that the Service History was pretty flaky when I bought the car so first thing was the Air Filters - yuk, obviously not changed for a couple of years 😞. Next up was to replace all the brake disks and pads, I’ve done my own for years, how hard can it be............ I whipped off a rear wheel, popped off the Caliper, removed the pads and then realised that the E-Handbrake was still on and therefore I couldn’t remove the disk (my first time with a E-Handbrake), no probs I thought, I’ll just start the engine and flick the switch to stop the handbrake from coming on. Jump into the drivers seat, foot on brake pedal, push the start button, servo wakes up...pedal drops a bit...dash lights up like a bloody Christmas tree with every sort of warning light known to mankind - IDIOT IDIOT IDIOT Being a smartarse car it recognises that the rear caliper pistons have moved excessive fluid compared to the others (caliper is clear of the disk and has no pads in it remember!), assumes there is a fluid leak, locks off that fluid circuit from the ABS module and warns you that Armageddon is approaching, do not pass go, do not collect £200, in fact go to dealer and deposit wads of cash with them to sort the problem out, or....... Go to E-Bay, cross your fingers, buy an OBD interface lead and some TIS TechStream software EBAY Link to Lead Load the software onto an old Win7 Laptop, cleared the codes and life was good - I claim a lucky escape this time 🙂. But at least I learned something new and now have the Software should any other sensors etc decide to throw a wobbly! Next stop is the Oil Filter/Oil, Cabin Filter - even I can’t duff that up....can I? So in summary, after 6 weeks, LOVE IT. !!! Jim
  16. You can get replacement valves for these on fleabay for about £10. I had 2 sensors replaced by MK Lexus for £350 a month ago, so chappy is talking doo-doo at £1200! Jim
  17. They do have Air all round. From the reading I’ve done it appears that ride height sensors are more prone to failure than the shocks themselves, there are aftermarket versions available that bring the pain factor down should they go pop though. My Merc had air all round and dropped to it’s bump stops one night, I replaced the pump for £120 DIY, I figure that the lack of depreciation will allow me to budget for more than a few K’s worth of unplanned maintenance. Rgds Jim
  18. I came out of a company car 4 years ago for the same reason as you. My steed of choice then was a Merc S Class (2004 W220), it was brilliant! Wafty/bargy hugeness! Sadly it got written off 6 weeks ago.....so I bought an LS460SEL (2006) more toys than Hamleys and 2 steps up the comfort ladder compared to the Merc. I contemplated the 600H as well but the thought of a CVT gearbox put me off (for no good reason) plus they are only available at £15k+ in sensible mileage. Jim
  19. 79K Miles, £7000 V cheap compared to the rest of the 460’s for sale currently, BUT, it does need a set of disks/pads soonish, and the Service History is absent (not a massive issue for me as I self service my cars anyway). Regards Jim
  20. 4 previous owners, bought from a small dealer in Bedford. 2006 plate, so an early 460. Had the TPMS sensors replaced/coded, heated seat switch pack replaced and a bit of bodywork touched up as part of the deal. My compromise was on the interior wood (red) which I’ve decided I can live with! Staggering amount of toys though 😎 The drive back was super smooth! A couple of steps up the comfort scale compared to my S Class which was nice. It needs a good service which I’ll do once I get a free weekend, and the glovebox is slightly loose, other than that I’m just going to waft around in it and enjoy it ! Pics once I’ve given it a proper clean and polish. Regards Jim