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  • ejectomat
    ejectomat - 2005 Lexus RX330 - Steering & Suspension - 3/19/2015
    How do I replace the lower control arm bushings?
    with 204,000 miles, I don't want to spend $1850 to pull the engine & tranny to replace these bushings. Is there another way?
     
    • Jimm
      3/19/2015 Jimm
      No need to remove the engine or transmission at all- where did you get this idea ?

      Non-typical parts needed, including special tools:

      22 mm (7/8) wrench and socket
      30 mm deep well (12 point) socket
      breaker bar
      2 floor jacks
      2 jack stands
      penetrating oil
      ball joint separator (local parts store loaner tool)
      2 new bushings
      2 new ball joints or;

      2 new lower control arm assemblies - this maybe the least expense and difficulty.

      Here is a high level summary of the bushing and ball joint procedure:

      1. Jack vehicle and remove front wheels. Remove dog bone engine mount
      2. Remove nuts from both pass and driver side engine mounts
      3. Remove nuts from front engine mount
      4. Remove bolt from rear engine mount
      5. Jack up engine using two jacks, one on oil pan and other on tranny pan
      6. Completely remove only the side engine mounts
      7. Remove both A-arms
      8. Replace bushings
      9. Reinstall A-Arms except for ball joint end
      10. Remove passenger side caliper assembly, rotor, speed sensor
      11. Remove passenger cv joint assembly nut with drivers wheel/tire on and on ground
      12. Remove tie rod
      13. With mallet hammer cv joint assembly back through spindle
      14. Remove ball joint
      15. Pull cv joint assembly back through spindle
      16. Reinstall new ball joint and everything else
      17. Add wheel/tire to passenger side and lower vehicle.
      18. Repeat 10-17 on drivers side.

      For replacement parts, check these various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few.

      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the lower control arm assembly (complete with bushings) from around $45.00 each side - for your vehicle.
  • ejectomat
    ejectomat - 2005 Lexus RX330 - Steering & Suspension - 3/19/2015
    The lower control arm bushings are very worn and need replacing. Is there a way to do that short of pulling the engine
    204,000 miles. No symptoms; just visual evidence. No immediate driving difficulty.
     
    • Jimm
      3/19/2015 Jimm
      No need to remove the engine(?)

      Non-typical parts needed, including special tools:

      22 mm (7/8) wrench and socket
      30 mm deep well (12 point) socket
      breaker bar
      2 floor jacks
      2 jack stands
      penetrating oil
      ball joint separator (local parts store loaner tool)
      2 new bushings
      2 new ball joints or;

      2 new lower control arm assemblies - this maybe the least expense and difficulty.

      Here is a high level summary of the bushing and ball joint procedure:

      1. Jack vehicle and remove front wheels. Remove dog bone engine mount
      2. Remove nuts from both pass and driver side engine mounts
      3. Remove nuts from front engine mount
      4. Remove bolt from rear engine mount
      5. Jack up engine using two jacks, one on oil pan and other on tranny pan
      6. Completely remove only the side engine mounts
      7. Remove both A-arms
      8. Replace bushings
      9. Reinstall A-Arms except for ball joint end
      10. Remove passenger side caliper assembly, rotor, speed sensor
      11. Remove passenger cv joint assembly nut with drivers wheel/tire on and on ground
      12. Remove tie rod
      13. With mallet hammer cv joint assembly back through spindle
      14. Remove ball joint
      15. Pull cv joint assembly back through spindle
      16. Reinstall new ball joint and everything else
      17. Add wheel/tire to passenger side and lower vehicle.
      18. Repeat 10-17 on drivers side.

      For replacement parts, check these various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few.

      In fact, they (RockAuto)list the lower control arm assembly (complete with bushings) from around $45.00 each side - for your vehicle.
  • Robert Bledsoe
    Robert Bledsoe - 2004 Lexus ES330 - Steering & Suspension - 2/19/2015
    I have leaking power steering fluid from the car
    Power steering pump works fine only noise is when fluid is low
     
    • Jimm
      2/19/2015 Jimm
      Several possibilities; leaking steering pump, leaking pressure or return hose. First step is to clean the pump and hoses so you can see any leaking fluid. Fill the system,then operate normally - inspect the system components for leaks.

      If the steering hoses are the issue - always replace both hoses at the same time due to age / mileage / wear considerations.

      Check these various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the steering pressure hose from $18.50 and the steering pump from around $62.70 for your vehicle.
  • Sharon
    Sharon - 1999 Lexus ES300 - Steering & Suspension - 2/4/2015
    When car is cut off fans continue running underneath hood until battery is drained.
    Mileage 194,000. Problem started 2 days after alternator belt was replaced; happens every time car is started and cut off No check engine or other lights on. Car is not running hot. Had to disconnect one battery connection to turn fans off. Even if connection ...
     
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  • karim900k
    karim900k - 1992 Lexus SC400 - Steering & Suspension - 11/24/2014
    I hear a cracking sound when I turn the steering wheel, I want to know if that the cv boot or another issue
    The problem is loud but does not happen all the time
     
    0 answer
  • mikeviv
    mikeviv - 2004 Lexus IS300 - Steering & Suspension - 11/1/2014
    Do I have bad shock absorbers?
    When I drive over rough and not so smooth roads the ride feels really bouncy and I can hear cluncking noise coming from the rear. It's almost feels as if my back end is wobbling and if I hit a pot hole I can hear a loud clunk. Sounds almost like metal hitting ...
     
    • Jimm
      11/1/2014 Jimm
      First question - how many miles on the current set of struts and shocks? If over 50k to 70k miles, then may be time for replacement, though mileage driven is only one consideration.
      Reference the 'How-To-Guides' on the AutoMD website for the steps to inspect for worn suspension components including the struts and shocks, as well as details for how to replace.

      Check these various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the front struts from around $65.00 each,and the rear from around $68.00 each for your vehicle.
  • Joe
    Joe - 2009 Lexus ES350 - Steering & Suspension - 10/18/2014
    I am considering installing 225/55R17 tires on this car to replacee the original 215/55R17 tires. Is this advisable.
    If the larger tires are permissible and provide proper clearance, can the original wheels be used?
     
    • Jimm
      10/18/2014 Jimm
      This 215 number indicates that your original tire has a width of 215 millimeters. The 225 size adds only 10 mm width - so these optional tires would fit OK. No other changes necessary.
  • Janel
    Janel - 2014 Lexus ES350 - Steering & Suspension - 10/12/2014
    It sounds like an air compressor is running and my car is turned off
    It only did it for about 30-45 seconds, then stopped. What is wrong?
     
    • Jimm
      10/12/2014 Jimm
      Possibly the electric cooling fans at the radiator? Where does the sound originate from? Under the hood or elsewhere on the vehicle?

      Since the vehicle is a 2014 model and still under warranty - recommend to leave at the local dealership until the problem is resolved.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Lexus ES300 - Steering & Suspension - 9/23/2014
    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 ...
     
    • greasemonkey
      9/23/2014 greasemonkey
      depending on the mileage your probably at the age to replace your vehicles struts or shocks that one sounds shot!
  • 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 ...
     
    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 ...
     
    0 answer
  • 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