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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Lexus GX470 - Steering & Suspension - 4/17/2014
    Rear suspension bottoms out
    180,000 miles, suspension shocks, compressor and lines replaced for $4,0000 and has not solved problem, problem intermittent, when it happens compressor does not run. Problem first occurred in very cold MT, -20 degrees f. now happens in above freezing temperatures
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Lexus ES300 - Steering & Suspension - 3/27/2014
    Left rear rumble and very stiff and bumpy ride
    The left rear started rumbling over the slightest bump about two weeks ago. Gradually, the ride deteriorated, and now its as if there is no suspension, whatsoever. Every little bump is a terrible jolt - all seeming to come from the left rear. And if I push down on ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/27/2014 HouseCallAuto
      Most likely has a frozen strut piston. I have replaced a few on Camry for that reason which is essentially the same car.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Lexus ES300 - Steering & Suspension - 3/27/2014
    Left rear rumble and very stiff and bumpy ride
    The left rear started rumbling over the slightest bump about two weeks ago. Gradually, the ride deteriorated, and now its as if there is no suspension, whatsoever. Every little bump is a terrible jolt - all seeming to come from the left rear. And if I push down on ...
     
    • AutoMD Member
      3/27/2014 AutoMD Member
      Well if the roads you’re driving on are anything like they are here in the northeast you may have fallen victim to a pothole. It sounds like you have a damaged strut in the rear.
      AutoMD Member
      3/27/2014 AutoMD Member
      Well, not THAT bad. You have my sympathy, though, especially this year. We do have bumps, but nothing like that. And what's strange is that the rumble was there, but the shift to the harsh ride didn't correlate to anything. It just seemed to get worse over a couple of days, and then almost lock up entirely.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Lexus ES300 - Steering & Suspension - 3/27/2014
    Left rear rumble and very stiff and bumpy ride
    The left rear started rumbling over the slightest bump about two weeks ago. Gradually, the ride deteriorated, and now its as if there is no suspension, whatsoever. Every little bump is a terrible jolt - all seeming to come from the left rear. And if I push down on ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Lexus ES300 - Steering & Suspension - 3/27/2014
    Left rear rumble and very stiff and bumpy ride
    The left rear started rumbling over the slightest bump about two weeks ago. Gradually, the ride deteriorated, and now its as if there is no suspension, whatsoever. Every little bump is a terrible jolt - all seeming to come from the left rear. And if I push down on ...
     
    0 answer
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Lexus ES300 - Steering & Suspension - 3/27/2014
    Left rear rumble and very stiff and bumpy ride
    The left rear started rumbling over the slightest bump about two weeks ago. Gradually, the ride deteriorated, and now its as if there is no suspension, whatsoever. Every little bump is a terrible jolt - all seeming to come from the left rear. And if I push down on ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2008 Lexus IS F - Steering & Suspension - 3/13/2014
    I have a loud noise from the front left over bumps.
    Only over a speed bump or railroad tracks I get a banging sound from my left front wheel area.
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      3/13/2014 HouseCallAuto
      I suspect that you have a broken / disconnected sway bar link
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Lexus ES300 - Steering & Suspension - 2/5/2014
    My suspension is terrible after a few hours in the cold. I can feel every crack. Is there a way to prevent this?
    I have had a broken suspension for about 4 months of regular use. My car has 218,000 miles on it and we won't be selling it, so I'm pretty much driving it to death. The damaged suspension is on the back left tire and is usually pretty fine, only occasionally over ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/12/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Might need struts replaced back there. Someone has to diagnose it and confirm it.
    • AutoMD Member
      2/5/2014 AutoMD Member
      You know suspension is broken, hence bad ride . Get it fixed and you will have many more miles to enjoy the ride.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1991 Lexus ES250 - Steering & Suspension - 1/16/2014
    Steering wheel oil leak
    oil leaking from steering power and engine light on
     
    • Jimm
      1/16/2014 Jimm
      Need more information - from which component is the steering leak - from the steering pump, from the power steering hoses, or from the rack and pinion unit? As a first step - clean (thoroughly) the steering components listed, then refill the steering fluid to the correct level - to determine the leak source. If the power steering pressure hose is leaking (as example) then be sure to always replace both the pressure and return hoses at the same time - due to mileage / wear / age considerations.
      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities. In fact, they (RockAuto) list the power steering pump from around $69.00, and the power steering pressure hose from around $23.00 for your vehicle.

      The check engine light is located on the dash and stays on if the computerized engine control system detects an engine performance or emissions problem. First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2010 Lexus HS250h - Steering & Suspension - 11/29/2013
    Ride is rougher after collision repair
    The car was hit a somewhat glancing blow by a Chevy Avalanche at the left rear door turning the car 180 degrees, and causing substantial damage. The collision damaged the left tire,wheel and all suspension components. All damaged parts were replaced with OEM Lexus ...
     
    • HouseCallAuto
      11/29/2013 HouseCallAuto
      Sounds like something is preventing suspension jounce in the rear, probably the left side that got hit. Maybe a strut, not sure, but I would bet that someone that has been in the repair business for like 20+ years or more, a shop owner preferably would be able to road test this vehicle and hit a few bumps and just know that something isn't right, and then he could find the cause. Not just any tech can do that. You know your car better than anyone. Did the tires remain unchanged?
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Lexus ES300 - Steering & Suspension - 11/12/2013
    My suspension is terrible after a few hours in the cold. I can feel every crack. Is there a way to prevent this?
    I have had a broken suspension for about 4 months of regular use. My car has 218,000 miles on it and we won't be selling it, so I'm pretty much driving it to death. The damaged suspension is on the back left tire and is usually pretty fine, only occasionally over ...
     
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  • thelma651
    thelma651 - 2002 Lexus ES300 - Steering & Suspension - 9/15/2013
    Why does my car squeak when I turn right?
    184000 miles, car makes a squeaky noise when I make right turns, sounds like a squeaky belt?
     
    • Jimm
      9/15/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / loose / worn belt tensioner, slipping steering belt, worn / faulty strut bushing. Try this as the first step -with the hood raised, and the engine on and transmission in Park - have an assistant turn the steering wheel slowly to the right - to listen for the same squealing sound - try and pinpoint the source of the sound.

      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com, wwwpartsgeek.com, www.autoanything.com and www.rockauto.com - to list only a few sources. For example, they (Rock Auto) list the power steering pump drive belt from around $3.10 for your vehicle.

    • richard5141964
      9/15/2013 richard5141964
      Sounds like a bushing, have some one look and listen as you turn your wheel. I had the same thing.
    • richard5141964
      9/15/2013 richard5141964
      sounds like a bushing.
  • gangstra1
    gangstra1 - 1998 Lexus ES300 - Steering & Suspension - 8/15/2013
    Why does my car sound horrible when driving over bumps and cracks in the road?
    This is my first car and I'm not that big on what is wrong with it. My 98 Lexus Es300 has 217,000 miles. Every time I go over a bump or even a crack in the road you head a horrible sound. I've been told by family that it may need knew shocks. Just would like to hear ...
     
    • Jimm
      6/8/2013 Jimm
      Several possibilities; faulty / worn front suspension bushing, faulty / worn upper strut mount, faulty / worn front control arm bushing. First step - is to park the vehicle on a level surface - then bounce the front and rear end up and down by hand to better determine the source of the noises.
      Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for steps to inpect and diagnose the suspension for wear and noises.

      Check the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse, www.carpartswarehouse.com, or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts.
    • frankiedonnn
      6/8/2013 frankiedonnn
      It's very possible that it does need new shocks because shocks are the most neglected parts on a vehicle,and they don't stop the car from driving when they are bad.When the shocks are bad the wheels hop on the road and cause flat spots on the tyre threads.If you can push the vehicle down easily with your hands the thats a sign of worn shocks.If you bought the vehicle pre-owned and it has 217000 miles there's no telling if they were ever replaced before.Of course other parts could be worn too but replacing the shocks will make a big difference to the ride.
    • XDealerTechs
      8/15/2013 XDealerTechs
      Front strut mounts. Very common on this vehicle. Replace the front struts and mounts, knocking noise will stop.
  • lotmo98
    lotmo98 - 2002 Lexus LS430 - Steering & Suspension - 5/11/2013
    I want to change out the shocks on the car is this a difficult job
     
    • Jimm
      5/11/2013 Jimm
      Not difficult - with the right tools - especially the strut spring compressor. Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD website for the steps to replace the front or rear shocks or struts. You may also use a good repair manual; Chilton, Haynes - or check the local library in the auto repair reference section.

      Check with the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; www.autopartswarehouse.com or www.rockauto.com for the replacement parts. For example, they (RockAuto) list the front or rear struts from around $39.00 each for your vehicle.
      Jimm
      5/11/2013 lotmo98
      Thank you for your input Jimm I will start staging to do this project myself.
      Jimm
      5/11/2013 lotmo98
      i forgot to mention that the vehicle has air suspension ride wont that determine which shock or strut i need to purchase
  • Lanegra
    Lanegra - 2003 Lexus RX300 - Steering & Suspension - 3/27/2013
    I was told that my problem is the RT axel, which axel can it be.makes loud clicking noise when turning RT or Stopping
    WHen the ABS system was disconnected it the noise stopped.
     
    • racel4750
      3/27/2013 racel4750
      It is logical to replace axle in pairs, save time and repair bills.Check the tie rods & ball joints also.