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#8926 of 9498 Re: RX300 Interior Door Panel, Lock Motor Help [la4mead]
Jun 08, 2006 (12:13 am)
I hope this helps to alleviate some mystery because I think others have come across this problem. With the help of a very kind fellow Edmunds member who went out of his way and was prepared with a repair manual when I should have been, I was able to find the hidden snaps and catches. Also, I'm adding some information that wasn't included to save some frustration. I want to share this information in case someone else wants to have a go at it because I found out that the sluggish power drivers door lock solenoid is common part to need replacing in the otherwise fairly reliable car.
The guy at the Lexus parts counter admits the driver's door power lock solenoid fails at a higher than usual rate as the RX ages; he said they went through six of these just last week, and the customer waiting behind me in line said his 2001 RX had the same problem, so he's just been locking the car manually. I guess no one ever got stranded because the power door lock didn't go on it's own, but I like everything to work right, so I wanted to fix it.
You have to buy and replace the entire latch (lock assy 6904048020). The solenoid also contains the light switches & a window switch that's operated by the key from the outside, however Lexus does not sell the solenoid (power door lock actuator motor) separately. The list price is over $300! The parts guy was really understanding that I had another dealer already replace this item once and it failed again (however that was 8 years ago), and that I only wanted the solenoid which is not how it's sold, so he offered 15% off to shut me up. Needing the part, I thanked him and took him up on it.
To remove the door panel, start with the window up and disconnect the battery because the lock solenoid will activate the window when the lock rod is moved, and that's when your hands/tools are in there. Besides the obvious screws at the bottom and upholstery pins, you need to remove the inside door handle "bezel" by removing the screw, pushing the tabs in at the top and bottom of the corners nearest the lock button and prying it out and toward the rear (it has a slotted clip behind it). That's what was really holding things up for me. Then remove the wood switch panel by carefully prying upwards at the very top with a cloth covered screwdriver, unplug and remove. Remove the screw from behind the panel. Then remove the courtesy light by pushing the screwdriver between the panel and the light on either side, so you can unplug and remove it. At this point the door panel can be unclipped, tilted up, removed, cleaned, and set aside.
After the panel is out of the way, to replace the lock/solenoid assy, remove the inside handle (it's self-explanatory), and disconnect it from the cables. Warm the mastic slightly, and peel back the plastic barrier. Remove the bolt at the bottom of the window track nearest the lock. The track will move freely, and you can hang it up on the side-impact beam. Now the slightly awkward part: Remove the two rods that go from the lock cylinder and the exterior handle down to the latch (lock assy). You unclip the plastic clips at the top, swing them sideways, and pull the rod out of the hole for each one. Unscrew the lock using a #30 Torx bit, swing it sideways so you can unplug the two connectors, and remove the whole assy, including the two cables that go to the interior lock and handle, and two rods that go up to the lock cylinder and exterior handle. Now you are ready to replace it with a new one!
Yeah! Now everything works like a new Lexus should. Thanks again Pete, and best luck on the new RX350. I hope it's just as trouble-free, except they improved the lock solenoids.
#8928 of 9498 1999 RX300 Trailer wiring
Jun 13, 2006 (9:05 am)
I just purchased a 1999 RX300 and have a hitch receiver installed. I need to wire the trailer lights etc via the pigtail on the trailer. The trailer has two break/tail lights and four little side "orange lights". I know the RX does not have a buiilt in harness to tap into. Could some one direct me to a source for the parts and wiring instructions to connect a trailer to the 1999 RX 300. I am pretty handy with electiral and mechanical work so would like to do it my self. Thanks in advance
#8929 of 9498 1999 RX300 Trailer Wiring - reply to above
Jun 13, 2006 (1:48 pm)
I posted complete instructions on this way back on 9/4/99 but it seems that it is no longer archived! I have a hard copy and since it was rather lengthy it would be easier if I just sent you a pdf. Email me with your eMail address and I'll be glad to send it to you.
#8930 of 9498 Re: 1999 RX300 Trailer Wiring - reply to above [pschiffe]
Jun 13, 2006 (2:21 pm)
...but it seems that it is no longer archived!
It's still archived but our archives are temporarily offline. They will return when some system performance issues are resolved.
Jul 01, 2006 (9:43 am)
Bought a 2001 Rx300 with a Nav. have 57K miles. wife's car. Nav working very well. Had to change battery. April 2006. Nav started to wonder, I would reset (Dealer calls it Recalibrate and to do it for $80.00.)still wonders. Went to a dealer about the problem. Was told problem was the DVD paid $387.00plus $57.00 to take 2000 Dvd and insert new CD. Then was charged for recalribrating. Did not work. was told that it is the antenna had to be changed.$188.00 plus tax. Did not have in parts. Next day tech said that he had to do a diagnosis, cost $300.00 plus parts. I ask how much, they said they would given me a price after, may be $400.plus parts. So,here I have a Nav no direction.
I wonder if someone can guide me. When turn off motor and restart, I will be 35 miles away from where sit. I reset and it is okay. Then it would change and I notice that the compass would change direction, from North to south. and I am 40 miles away again. What can be the problem? Thank you.
#8935 of 9498 Electric windows
Jul 13, 2006 (10:50 am)
Has anyone ever had a problem with the windows on their RX 300? Mine is a 2001 and I had to have the drivers side motor replaced! Naturally this happened after my warranty was up! Joanzie