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  • Good afternoon Sarah of GM Customer Service, I have filed a complaint with the National Highway Transportation Administration. I asked that the entire LaCrosse, Regal, Grand Prix, and Impala fleet be recalled to correct this steering safety d…
  • Good morning Sarah from GM Customer Service, My steering rack was replaced at 44,451 miles on Wednesday, October 17 at a cost to me of $678.47. I tried to contact you at [email protected],com, but I have not heard from you. Perhaps I nee…
  • I am the original owner of a 2005 Buick LaCrosse CXL with 45,000 miles. I am getting a whining noise as I accelerate after making a left turn. The dealer has diagnosed the problem as a leaking steering rack. He will charge me $777.17 to replace t…
  • I have a 2006 FWD Base Pacifica with 63,000 miles. I originally had the Goodrich all season tires, and I switched to Goodyear all season tires at 59,000 miles. I do not feel that either tire is great in the snow. I regularly travel to Detroit and…
  • I am interested in replacing my 2006 Pacifica with a 2008 Pacifica LX. In reading the Edmunds review on the 2008, I see that the leather covered shift knob and steering wheel are no longer standard, but part of a leather seat option. Do you think …
  • My Chrysler dealer read the stored code which stated that the right rear ABS sensor was bad. $139 later I was back on the road with no ABS light lit.
  • I appreciate your prompt reply. I called my Chrysler dealer today, and they believe that a code is stored. I am bringing the car in Tuesday.
  • I have a 2006 Pacifica FWD with 48,000 miles. Over the last several weeks the ABS light will come on maybe two or three times a week. When I park the car and re-start it, the light does not reappear. Do you think that a code will be stored in the…
  • I have a 2006 FWD base model Pacifica with 41,000 miles. The owners manual recommends 89 octane fuel, and that is what I use. I have seen posts on this site from owners who use 87 octane fuel. I have not driven a 2007, but one change that I se…
  • I have a 2006 FWD Pacifica with 34,000 miles. During a recent trip to South Carolina from Ohio, the car developed a hesitation at 30 mph on slight uphill grades. I thought that I might have picked up some bad gas so I tried the dry gas and fuel in…
  • I agree that the Pacifica is a great long distance vehicle. I am surprised how much my wife likes the car for her city driving on the weekends. She enjoys the fact that she sits higher in the Pacifica than she does in her four door sedan. I h…
  • This Fall I had to choose a new company car, and I chose the Pacifica over the Magnum mainly because of the front wheel drive. I drive from Cincinnati to Saint Louis once in awhile on company business, and I have got caught in the snow a couple of …
  • out of a 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix that I repaired. I bought the car "as is." I removed the valve covers, oil pan, and intake manifold. I replaced the oil pump and the valve lifters. I used a wire brush to remove the sludge, and cleaned the oil re…
  • engine. I have never repaired a Toyota with sludge, but I did fix a GM V-8 in a 76 Pontiac Grand Prix that I purchased "as is." I replaced the oil pump and hydraulic valve lifters, and removed the valve covers and intake manifold in order to get a…
  • for an automotive vendor to design a clear plastic valve cover for the two Lexus/Toyota engines with the oil gel issue? If that is not a good idea, how about an inspection door in the valve cover with four of those little 1/4 turn dzus fasteners th…
  • This morning's WSJ online edition has a column called, "Eyes on the Road" by Joseph White. He talks about Toyota and sludge, and mentions the Edmunds' Engine Sludge website by name. I am not sure if it is in the WSJ print edition.
  • helpful. I encourage you to continue posting.
  • later with regards to the oil change interval on these two Lexus/Toyota engines. I remember the Certifield Lubricant Specialist on this site posting that his data revealed that after 4,000 miles, one in ten Toyota V-6 engines could experience oil f…
  • valve cover to inspect for sludge. I feel $50 is fair and reasonable.
  • is three to seven weeks for a replacement engine for your RX300, perhaps Lexus should consider shutting down the assembly line in Japan for a few days, and send the engines to the states. When Ford was having the Firestone problem, they shut down t…
  • In the aerospace industry, there is a procedure called Cause and Correction Action. When there is a quality issue, the vendor is responsible for telling the customer what caused the problem, for example, an uncontained engine failure. After the cu…
  • with synthetic oil installed. There is no reason that you can't use it at 1,000 miles in your 2002 RX300.
  • synthetic oil to their Lexus/Toyota dealer for their oil changes, then ask that the empty oil bottles be returned to them.
  • is probably not a cure all. My late Father never liked those downsized oil filters either. I remember him searching in a filter catalog for a marine oil filter for his Volvo 142S. It seems the Volvo marine engine used a bigger oil filter than the…
  • attachments. You may want to read the section on sludge removal. Good luck!
  • I was wondering though that if you increase the oil capacity by say 20% by adding an oil cooler and/or remote oil filter, does it follow that the oil would last 20% longer before in failed (sludged)?
  • Back when I was a young man, I owned a 1972 Detomaso Pantera with the Ford 351 Cleveland V8 engine. They were known for running hot. The Pantera Owners Club discovered that if you ran an extra quart of oil in the engine, and wired the cooling fans…
  • A certifield lubricant specialist on this site says it is possible for the oil in the Lexus/Toyota 3.0 engine to shear and fail in as little as 4,000 miles. Based on that, I would change my oil and filter before 4,000 miles. If you use synthetic o…
  • mentioned a Toyota-Pennzoil suit. Could you share any details with us? Thanks.
  • Back when I was a young man, Porsche was the last car manufacturer to switch to multigrade oils. They were afraid that the 10W base oil and the fillers would separate out, and cause engine damage. After reading your post, it seems they were right.…
  • I don't recall who wrote the post, but someone discussed that the Toyota sludge problem seems to be confined to the Toyota/Lexus late model ULEV (ultra low emission vehicles). The discussion stated that the heads were redesigned to meet the ULEV st…
  • Assuming Toyota would begin installing oil life systems in their cars, do you think it has the ability to detect glycol in the oil? Some Toyota/Lexus owners have talked about glycol being a contributing factor to the sludge problem. I am not sure …
  • My 2001 Buick Regal has the GM Oil Life System. According to the owners manual, the system will show you when to change the oil --usually between 3,000 and 10,000 miles. Under severe conditions, the indicator may come on before 3,000 miles. Irreg…
  • I was reading Lexus RX300 posts in the SUV message board, and a mechanical engineer had another suggestion: Mark the level of coolant on your overflow tank so you can immediately see if you are losing any.
  • Thank you for a well written list. I have two more suggestions: 9. Mark your oil filter with a black magic marker or some duct tape prior to taking your car to the "so called" dealer. 10. When you pick up your car, check the oil and check that a n…
  • If the Toyota/Lexus 3.0 V-6 has a tendency to leak glycol into the oil, would it make sense to add an occasional can of radiator stop leak to the cooling system as preventative maintenance? In my younger days, I doctored up many a clunker with thes…
  • about a hose leak causing a fire. I know when cars switched from carburators to fuel injection, the fuel lines had to be upgraded to prevent fires. Toyota would probably have to upgrade the heater and radiator hoses also.
  • If Toyota has a head gasket problem, could they replace the coolant with automatic transmission fluid? ATF may be more compatable with engine oil than glycol is. ATF does not appear to freeze in the winter, but I am unsure if it has the ability to…
  • just apply to the original owners, or are used buyers also covered? How about Lexus Certified PreOwned?
  • Over at www.clublexus.com, there is a 9/25 entry in the RX300 section concerning an owner who took his car to the dealer for an oil change. Supposedly he was told they automatically add a MOC oil additive with the oil change because of possible slu…