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  • perezmdst
    perezmdst - 2002 Lexus IS300 - Body & Interior - 2/11/2012
    How do you bypass the ballast for installing after market headlight
    i currently have the original H.I.D. headlights installed
  • Rick
    Rick - 2008 Lexus RX350 - Body & Interior - 2/9/2012
    The drive front door works perfectly, locks and unlocks. All other doors lock only with the remote and will not unlock .
    The electric locks on the 3 doors that will lock only, all failed at the same time. The drivers door locks and unlocks with remote , perfectly.
    0 answer
  • bill
    bill - 2005 Lexus RX330 - Body & Interior - 2/8/2012
    Looking for information re: TSB on water leak around rear hatch of Lexus RX 330 from weld seams above rear lift stays.
    Water leaks and discolors interior. Known Lexus problem.
    • yboy82
      2/8/2012 yboy82
      You will notice that TSB online are just summary, if you want to obtain a full TSB report you can purpose it online or visit forums for your vehicle.
  • Andy
    Andy - 2004 Lexus ES330 - Body & Interior - 2/8/2012
    Left rear door does not lock or unlock with power locks, have to lock it manually. What do I need to fix it.
    happens all the time, other three doors lock and unlock fine with button on the door or with the button on the key.
  • joe
    joe - 2004 Lexus RX330 - Body & Interior - 2/8/2012
    Controls for back seat windows work but the driver's controls for these windows do not
    is this a simple relay switch or more complicated
    • Teacha
      2/3/2012 Teacha
      Had the same issue with my 2006 lexus GX 470. Manual says windows need to be initialized. To initialize, lower the window halfway, then raise the window and hold the button for 1-2 seconds after the window closes. Do this for all windows. Once done, the driver's controls should work.
      2/3/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Nice info
    • raoul_tiesto
      2/8/2012 raoul_tiesto
      Look on each window switch,it has a small led light in the middle.If are not initialized the light flashes.If all windows are initialized they should work from from the driver master switch.If after the initialization process they still don't work from the master switch...the master switch might be bad....
  • Carol Setterington
    • Miss Beverly
      2/7/2012 Miss Beverly
      There's a button in your glove compartment which probably was accidentally pushed. This button is so that people who are in and out of your car can't access the trunk w/o knowing about this button

  • Patricia Ardillo
    Patricia Ardillo - 2000 Lexus GS300 - Body & Interior - 2/3/2012
    I need to find the assembly that holds the park light and turn signal
    hit the ditch , messed up the left front parking light , which is also the turn signal need the whole assembly . the piece that holds the lights
  • bo
    bo - 1999 Lexus RX300 - Body & Interior - 2/2/2012
    How do you replace the antennae
    • yboy82
      2/2/2012 yboy82
      With the battery negative cable connected to the battery terminal. You should turn the ignition switch to ”LOCK” position. And then remove the antenna nut. Press the ”AM, FM” buttons on the radio receiver, and si- multaneously turn the ignition switch to ”ACC” position.

      The rod will extend fully and be released form the motor antenna. After removing the antenna rod, leave the ignition switch as ”ACC”.

      To prevent body damage when the antenna rod is released, hold the rod while it comes out.
      Install the antenna rod. You should insert the cable of the rod until it reaches the bottom.

      And when inserting the cable, the teeth on the cable must face toward the rear of the vehicle. Insert the antenna approx. 300 mm (11.8 in.). Wind the cable to retract the rod by turning the ignition switch to ”LOCK” position.

      If the ignition switch is already in ”LOCK” position, do step 1 (c) first, then turn the ignition switch to ”ACC” position. In case the cable is not wound, twist it, as shown in the illustration.

      And even if the rod has not retracted fully, install the antenna. Twist nut and inspect the antenna rod operation. It will finally re- tract fully.

      Inspect the antenna rod operation by pushing the radio wave band select buttons.
  • murry
    murry - 1996 Lexus LS400 - Body & Interior - 2/1/2012
    How to fix my gas gauge as it no longer works
    i put in engine cleaner and it worked for a while but now the gauge only rises to about the last qtr when totally full.
    • Spoon Sports
      2/1/2012 Spoon Sports
      Well, it's a fuel the problem can come from two source. The sensing unit or the indicator. DOES your refill light comes on, if it does then it seems to me like the sensing unit is functioning correctly. Cause if it was stuck or something, it won't let you know that the tank is getting empty. So the problem has to be w/ the indicator. If you could find the wire from your wiring harness that connects to the fuel tank, you can see if this wire has become corroded or if it is not grounded properly. This could cause it to not work correctly. I haven't had this problem before, so I am just pointing out the obvious....but maybe that helps a little.
  • bob
    bob - 2001 Lexus LS430 - Body & Interior - 1/27/2012
    Steering wheel tilt
    It will not go up and down
    • Spoon Sports
      1/27/2012 Spoon Sports
      Yeah because yours is motorized and a lot of people are having problems with it.

      For future readers, I have replaced the tilt motor with a unit from Toyota. The updated part number was 89231-60022. There were only minor changes to the design.

      The installation was not without challenges. First of all, mucking around with the old motor had resulted in the fault codes being set, so that the "Tilt and Telescopic ECU" would not try to run the motor. This meant that the new motor didn't run when I first plugged it in, which was a little disconcerting. However disconnecting the batteries for half an hour reset the ECU and fixed that problem.

      I also found that the motor had to be screwed in to the threaded adjusting nut exactly the correct number of turns in order to have the steering wheel tilt the full range. The motor only does three revolutions and then stops, in either direction. By correctly fitting the motor it stops before the circlips on the threaded screw hit the threaded adjusting nut. Correct fitment means that the motor doesn't try to continue rotating after it has hit the hard stop of the circlips, which could result in triggering a fault code, or damaging the motor.

      I couldn't remove the threaded adjusting nut from the steering column to clean it out, and since I wanted remove most of the old grease including in the adjusting nut, I screwed the old motor into the nut and cleaned away the grease it pushed out. Since I didn't care about the old motor, I screwed it in as far as it would go, and about half a turn more, which of course rotated the spindle in the motor. The spindle of both the old and new motors can't be turned by hand.

      When I had unscrewed the old motor I plugged it in again and surprise surprise it worked. Not as well as the new one, but it did rotate three full turns in each direction, the same as the new one.

      So, either the old motor always worked, but the fault codes were set so that the ECU didn't try to run it. I don't think this was the case though, because I had had the batteries disconnected for extended periods previously, and the tilt motor never started working. The other possibility is that by pulling it apart and reassembling, then rotating it half a turn, the motor was reset back into a functioning starting point. That is, previously it had been rotated out of its range of operation somehow, perhaps because of an overload cause by lack of lubrication, and rotating it back into its range of operation enable it to work again.

      I did have Lexus look at the motor once because it was a bit noisy, so maybe they pulled it out, incorrectly reinstalled it, leading to an overload, or they just rotated the motor out of its operating range. They looked at it a second time when it stopped working, and declared that the motor had failed. Now I know better.

      Anyway, I installed the new motor, since I had it, and the old one can be a spare, or get recycled some time. The lack of solutions offered in this thread would imply that this is a rare issue. Maybe other Lexus dealers know how to grease a thread, and correctly use the diagnosis tools available to them. The tilt motor seems to be pretty robust if understood and treated right.
  • one guys garage
    one guys garage - 1993 Lexus LS400 - Body & Interior - 1/24/2012
    What is causing my instrument gauges, & digital read outs to flicker on & off
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      Hi there, this could be a cause of a loose or defective fuse, check it and replace it if necessary. If problem persist, post a query again with additional information for us to help you identify the cause of this. Have your car been serviced lately, when and what was it?
    • David
      1/24/2012 David
      This is a problem ubiquitous to 1993 Lexus LS400 models. The factory simply manufactured defective circuit boards (there are three) that fit inside and make the instrument cluster work. DO NOT take it to a dealer or shop. Simply contact BBA Remanufacturing Inc., 1-866-573-2740, in Taunton, MA. They will tell you how to remove the cluster and they will send UPS by your house to pick it up in a box you supply, pad well with plastic bubbles, and seal with shipping tape. They will get the cluster, fix everything fine, ship it back to you in about 10 to 14 days from receipt and you simply install it again. You can drive the car [but illegally] without the cluster [since you have no speedometer] and the only effect is that the miles you put on without the cluster won't register. Many outfits claim to fix these clusters [the problem was so big a whole industry got started just over the 1993 LS400 instrument cluster fault) but BBA is the only one that fixes the problem and warranties their work practically forever. In 2008, I first sent my cluster to some place in Tennesee and got it back all screwed up and not functioning at all. Then went to BBA. After 3 years, the lights went off again so I called. They sent UPS to pick up the box, fixed it better than ever, sent it back and charged me ZERO - no shipping cost either way either. They called it warranty work since the 2008 fix went south. Getting the cluster out is simple once you have done it - remove the dash panel around your key, it pulls out with a little prying with soft tools. Oh, remember to move the steering column down to its lowest position and out as far as the steering wheel will go first. Then there are three screws at the top of the black plastic shroud in front of the cluster: one in the center and one each at either side. Remove them with a SHORT screwdriver and then pry it out top first. It is connected by two sets of wires (one on each side) to sockets. Pinch the center pin to remove the sockets and the shroud should fall out easily. Then there are 5 or 6 screws holding the cluster itself to the back of the panel. These come out easily but once the cluster is unscrewed, you still have to disconnect 3 (three) sets of wire connectors in the rear. For this, my advice is to get a very small but well trained monkey whose hands will fit behind the panel and can pinch the center pins locking each together. Without such a monkey, you will find that disconnecting these sockets sets drives you crazy, but it can be done. I take about two hours. I've seen a skilled mechanic remove them in two minutes. But once they are disconnected, the cluster pops into your lap. Wrap it in plastic, pack it in bubbles, box the whole thing up and call BBA at the number above. UPS will arrive the next day, put an address label on it and take it away. When it comes back reverse the above instructions (it's easier to put in than to take out).
  • sandi123
    sandi123 - 2007 Lexus RX350 - Body & Interior - 1/23/2012
    Chech eng, vsc, and tac off light are on.
    What is the reason
    • yboy82
      1/23/2012 yboy82
      Did you already diagnose your vehicle with a scan tool/code reader to determine what the stored troublecode is? The extracted troublecode will help you identify the fault why you warning light are on.
      4/15/2012 Linda
      how do I scan tool/code reader?
  • tigermt
    tigermt - 1999 Lexus RX300 - Body & Interior - 1/22/2012
    What are my options for replacing a burned out headlamp? Are there advantages to Halogen or HIR, if that is an option?
    Would like to upgrade to newest technology if possible for my year.
      1/22/2012 ARMY OF 4 TIRES
      I believe halogens are your only option, but they do have ones that are brighter than stock you just have to pay more, always replace headlights in pairs , also polishing your lenses could make a lot of difference if they are hazy, they make repair kits that are pretty easy to use for that