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  • 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
     
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  • 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 ...
     
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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 - 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.