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Lexus RX 350 Servicing question.



  • robert1958robert1958 Posts: 1
    Hey Flowman,
    I was happy to read someone else has been through this.
    I am just going through this with my 2008 RX 350 now.

    Never ran into one I couldn't figure out !

    Looks simple. but......

    Bolts dont seem to loosen at all. Is there a trick to them? Do they come right out ?

    Looks like lift end closest to drivers side first after bolt issue.

    Is there a safe place to put a small screwdriver to pry open the lid?

    Please and thank you. :confuse:
  • flowmanflowman Posts: 2
    I'm going from memory here.......
    I'm pretty sure the bolts were captive - they don't come all the way out. No special trick to loosening them, but they might need a little snap to get them to break free.
    You are right about lifting the right (driver's) side first, then the left side has a tab that fits into a groove. I did not need to use anything to pry the cover open, and I would try to discourage that unless there is no other choice.
    The whole thing is not especially complicated, but there is not very much room to get the filter element out.
    I took some photos in response to ac2000's request back in January, but I couldn't figure out how to post them. They would have shown that it's not all that complicated. Just need to be really careful about disconnecting the sensor. Good Luck!
  • Hi. Had to change oil today and mechanic couldn't unscrew the oil filter housing. He is afraid to break it. It is supposed to be just handtighted but I guess at the last place I went to, they didn't know what they were doing. Any advice?
  • pschiffepschiffe Posts: 373
    This won't help and no disrespect intended, but avoid oil change joints. Use only genuine Lexus or Toyota parts and service. I usually have my RX350 oil changes done at a Toyota facility, same parts and level of competence at about half the price of Lexus. No quick and dirty car wash or gourmet breakfast but I can live without those. My 2¢.

    Pete :)
  • me21379me21379 Posts: 18
    on the bottom left side of the MSRP sticker of my 2010 RX are several boxes with text. One of the sentences in one of these boxes states "complementary 1st and 2nd scheduled maintenance services"
  • gladiator99gladiator99 Posts: 104
    edited October 2010
    Hi all!
    I certainly think that it is wise to avoid those fast oil change places. Many of them have been charged with fraud after investigations revealed some service work was charged for but never done on many vehicles. They try to sell you everything from filters to tranny flush, to differential fluid changes. I would recommend either a Lexus or Toyota dealer for all your service. Oh Yes, I believe that in your warranty or owners manuals there are coupons for one or two free oil and filter services.
    Check with your dealer about these.
  • la4meadla4mead Posts: 347
    edited October 2010
    Yes, that is if you can find a Toyota or Lexus dealer which will perform tranny service, regardless of oil changes and/or high-profit service "packages". It seems to be a rarity. Apparently, they usually prefer to "flush", or replace the transmission as a component.

    If you can make an appointment and wait while they drain and drop the pan, a good tranny shop will show you any sludge accumulated on the pan/magnet and any debris in the filter or screen. Type IV fluid usually has to be ordered ahead, they usually use Dex/Merc.

    Or maybe I'm too picky.
  • Hi, I was wandering if any of you are earing some cracking noise from your RX350. I've own mine since almost two years now and it's getting worst. I have some noise coming from the dash. I had to remove the vinyl trunk cover, "SORRY don't know the english word for that one" it was making such noise.
  • pschiffepschiffe Posts: 373
    Anybody ever heard of fuel injector service on an RX350? I often take my RX350 to a Toyota shop for oil changes and last time the service adviser stated that they recommend that this be done every 25,000 miles @ $99.95. They claim it is necessary due to the high sulfur content of fuel in this area (Buffalo-Niagara Falls region). No mention of this in the owner manual or by my Lexus dealer nor was this ever done on my previous RX300. I suspect there is no necessity for this and it frankly damaged my opinion of an otherwise very satisfactory Toyota shop. I declined the service, any comments? TIA

    Pete :(
  • Just before I got my 2010 RX, my lexus dealership on an oil change visit recommended a "fuel induction" service on my '07 RX. It was to clean up any carbon build up. Maybe this is what they meant?? Needless to say, I declined to have that done.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Pure snake oil...

    $3 can of "cleaner", run the engine for 10-15 minutes on YOUR gas, $97 profit.
  • I save money by going to Sam's Club to do tire rotation and balancing. Sam's Club charges only $16 for this service which includes all 4 tires. If you bought the tires from Sam's they do it for free. Also, Sam's Club fixes flat tires for free no matter where the tires were bought and they balance it when they're finished fixing the puncture. When going to the Lexus dealer for service you must ask that they delete the tire rotation and brakes inspection from the service. If you just ask to delete the tire rotation they will still remove all 4 tires to inspect the brake pads and charge you the same as if they rotated the tires. You can easily inspect brake pads yourself.
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