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Lexus RX 300

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  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    Something to know. If you ordered oem Lexus pads, the front pads come without a wear indicator on them. This is a small metal clip that contacts the rotor and squeels when pads are almost gone. Just use the wear indicator from the old pads. The rear ones have the wear indicator.
    Also regarding your CEL. Most common cause is the gas cap not on good. Second most common seems to be when someone opens the top on the air box to check the engine air filter they disconnect the hose located directly behind the air box and below the brake fluid resovoir. Other than those 2 and the MAF, you will need codes.
  • gitmogitmo Posts: 23
    Thanks for the brake tip mikey. I checked the fuel cap and it was tight and the tube from the air cleaner box is also connected. I'll see what the guys find in the way of code today. The car runs great though, oil is clear, atf is pink and clean. According to average MPG on the display I'm getting 11.5 around town. That's about the only difference but that thing doesn't seem to be accurate all the time.
    I'll let everyone know what turns up.
  • gitmogitmo Posts: 23
    Hello,
    When I got my car, it came with only one master key. I've read about how flimsy these keys are (and expensive) I came across a great site: sparekeys.com you can have a shell key made for $60.00. When your cheap original breaks, just slide out the "brain" from the broken key and drop it into the new shell key, now you have a new master key that they promised me is much stronger than the original. Also, I did not have my key-code available so I called them, nice people, and really helpful. All I had to do was give them my VIN#, address, credit card# and the key goes out today.
    Still waiting to hear about my CEL codes. I'll spill my guts when I find out.
    cheers
  • gitmogitmo Posts: 23
    Sorry I'm an idiot,
    The site is: sparecarkeys.com makes more sense now. Sorry for the goose chase boys and girls. :blush:
  • gitmogitmo Posts: 23
    Hello,
    I picked up my car from the mechanic today. (2000 FWD rx-300 81,000 mls.) Code shows: p1130
    p1150 two front Oxygen sensors: bank 1, sensor #1 bank 2, sensor #2
    He re-set the CEL and said everything is fine on the car. He will install sensors if I want them...do I? Is it a real need? I had a BMW and the mechanic used to just re-set all the time and I was fine.
    Also, I was wondering about the oil jelling complaints. If a lot of owners are taking their cars to the quick change places for oil changes, tranny, etc... I know the oil filter on this car is a B**** to get to. So, that said, I would bet a lot of these places are skipping the filter change and just replacing the oil...IMHO maybe I'm wrong but how many of us check to make sure? Hmmmmmmm :confuse:
  • pschiffepschiffe Posts: 373
    I've heard too many horror stories about the quick oil change places, always took my RX300 to Toyota dealers for oil changes; about $22.95 or so with genuine Toy parts. Will probably do the same with the RX350.

    Pete :)
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  • gitmogitmo Posts: 23
    Thanks Steve for the heads-up.
    Graham
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    I just had my 00 RX300 45K service done. I thought about skipping it however I had it done. Bdfore the service, when the car was cold or for the first 10 minutes or so, I always heard a very high pitch sound like metal pieces rubbing. It was not loud but I could heear it with windows open or closed. It does not change whether in "D" or in "N". After car completely warms up, it disappears.

    Forgot to mention this to the service dept, but after the service, it is completely gone. I paid $458 for this service.

    My RX300 has very low mileage, 43500 mile now. So far two failures. (1) the "D" bulb went out a few weeks ago and I replaced it; (2) the door lock/key fob control failure which costed my about $600 for the module replacement.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    That's a nice piece of change in the dealer's pocket for little or no services rendered. 45k service, by the book, is simply an oil and filter change, $50 at most.
  • mikey00mikey00 Posts: 462
    The high pitch sound when cold was most likely a belt which they either adjusted or replaced as part of the service.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Yes, you reminded me of some old cars that had the same sound. I used to spray belt dressing for a quick fix.

    Also yes, I paid too much for the 45K service. That dealer just moved to a brand new place, much larger and nicer looking. They need to collect money from customers like me to pay it off, and the ES350 free loaner is not actually free...
  • gitmogitmo Posts: 23
    Hello,
    My car will need oxygen sensors soon. I've found aftermarket sensors but how difficult are they to install yourself? Code shows: p1130
    p1150 two front Oxygen sensors: bank 1, sensor #1 bank 2, sensor #2. Does this mean they are ahead of the cat converter ?
    Thanks for the help.
    Graham :confuse:
  • Hi Guys!
    I'm at my wits end and hoping with all the knowledge on this site I can get a straight answer. I bought my husband a Skifi2 for Christmas. He originally set it up using the cassette adaptor, but the cassette was constantly popping out on him. Called Lexus to see if it was a problem with the cassette player or the XM and they said they knew of no problems with the cassette player and to try cleaning it. So off we went to buy a cassette player cleaner. Cleaned, cassette still popped out. So we tried the FM route. Here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area there are just too many stations. The interferance is horrible. Cuts out all the time. Went to Best Buy and got a FM Direct Adaptor. The installer says that it only works on the Lexus vehicles 50% of the time. He said they spoke with Lexus and that there's a problem with the FM stations interferance and that's why Lexus stopped putting XM radios in their vehicles. Huh? Don't know what to do now. Get the adaptor installed and see if it works? Forget about the whole darn thing and stick to CD's. Hubby does love the XM, just wish we could get the darn thing to work consistently. I've got an appointment to get the adapter installed on Friday. Help!
    Thanks in advance. Sherry.
  • gitmogitmo Posts: 23
    Hello,
    I'm putting Sirius satellite in my car. I had it in my Infiniti and it worked great, I've never heard of your problem before. I do think the "cassette" type installation is not the best way to go, even with a frequency available it's sketchy at best.
    The adapter should be ok, and you should be able to find an open frequency with ease. Now, as far as XM tech, that may be a grey area, Sirius recievers do a better job I've found because I've owned XM as well. Maybe the coming merger will address the problem if it does exist. Sorry I couldn't be more help but you're moving in the right direction.
    Good luck.
  • gitmogitmo Posts: 23
    Does anyone know how to replace the two front oxygen sensors? Is it difficult? My CEL has been going on and off, and the code has been read as two bad sensors.
    Thanks for the help.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    my 00 RX300 CEL came on two days ago. I haven't felt anything different when driving. Checked the easy things like gas cap and the air filter hose. Also took the MAF sensor (the device on top of the air hose right behind the air filter box?) and "cleaned" it which looks very clean to me. No help. Since I don't feel anything different, I assume it's a minor glitch and reset the electronics by removing the "-" battery terminal. Now CEL disappears. I think if there IS something wrong, CEL will come back soon and I'll have someone check it out.
  • gitmogitmo Posts: 23
    hey Jiamin,
    Chances are your CEL will come back on soon. How many miles does your car have on it? It will probably show codes you should have your mechanic or your local Autozone (they will read code for free) It may be your co2 sensors which won't really cause performance issues aside from loss of fuel economy by 2-4 mpg.
    Good luck.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Hi gitmo, thanks for reading and replying my message.

    I got only 44K miles. I will certainly check it once I see the CEL again. Actually I should have checked it before I reset it. Now I have to wait...

    By the way, I was just told that on some cars/makes when CEL is flashing, it indicates a more serious problem than just on.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    It's been nearly a week since I reset it. I haven't seen the CEL turned on yet. I am crossing my finger now.

    By the way, ealrier I posted the back gate support getting weak. When I open the gate half way up, it should go all the way to fully open position. It does not. However, if I push it up and pull it down a couple of times, it seems to work better but still not like when it was new. It's kind of like the lubrication issue. I just leave it as is and hope it won't suddenly drop on my head...
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