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You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
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Lexus RX 300, SUV
#9352 of 9498 Re: Lexus rx 300 2000 [pam1999]
Aug 18, 2009 (9:13 pm)
I have a 2001 with only 125K and it runs good, although I just spent $1400 on timing belt, tune up, other maintenance. I also have alot of things on the vehicle that already do not work such as various dash and interior lights, garage door opener buttons, one door lock, GPS sucks. The problem is that any small thing you want to repair costs hundreds of dollars so I don't bother! I would be leary unless I had clear records of maintenance and Carfax info. Also they have the worst turn radius! Good luck.
Aug 30, 2009 (6:42 am)
dear w west.. my excellent 2001 awd fan and blower doing fine but no heat even at max heat setting... any thoughts???
#9354 of 9498 Re: no heat [melanjian]
Aug 30, 2009 (7:25 am)
Servo, vacume line, open connection, or coolant thermostat?
#9355 of 9498 no heat response.. thanks
Aug 30, 2009 (3:23 pm)
anything a non techie like me should easily check??
#9356 of 9498 Re: no heat [melanjian]
Aug 30, 2009 (5:01 pm)
I just spent $1000 fixing the heat/AC system on my '99 RX, after spending $4700 on a new transmission. I had two things wrong. First, I hadn't had heat for a few months. Then the fan wouldn't change speeds. It was always on high. The lack of heat was caused by a servo motor not working. It was expensive because they had to take apart the dash to get to it. The fan speed was some electrical part connected to the fan. At least both were in the same area so it saved a little on labor, supposedly.
Did you hear any clicking coming from the dash area. I had lots of clicking noises for a couple of months before the heat stopped coming out.
#9357 of 9498 Re: no heat [melanjian]
Aug 31, 2009 (8:44 am)
Vapor lock, bubbles, in the hose to/from the heater core. Low coolant or changed coolant recently..??
Or failed servomotor that drives the reheat/remix door/vane and all air flow bypasses the heater core.
#9358 of 9498 How old for Fluids????
Aug 31, 2009 (4:38 pm)
My 1999 RX300 is 10 years old but only has 45k miles on it. Now, the tranny fluid has been changed, but what about other fluids, like Antifreeze, Rear and Differential and Transfer Case Oil, Brake fluid???
To the best of my knowledge, the antifreeze was replaced about 7 years ago, and it recently tested "OK" at the dealership, but 7 years? Really? In my '05 RX330, the toyota antifreeze is good for 10 years, but in '99, I don't think they had this durable fluid.
I know the Differential, Xfer case, and brake fluid has NEVER been changed...
Does one go by the age of the car in this case, or by the mileage when determining when to replace such fluids.
I welcome everyones comments!
#9359 of 9498 Bulb Replacement Question
Sep 08, 2009 (4:55 pm)
The bulb that lights up the shifter area, Drive, Reverse, etc. is burnt out. This is the one down near the shifter not the one near the speedometer. The dealer says it is quite complex to replace and therefore is expensive. Anyone done this? How was it?
#9360 of 9498 Re: Bulb Replacement Question [avery1]
Sep 11, 2009 (3:49 pm)
1: I would start going to another dealer's service department. The service rep who told you that the bulb in the shifter is complex and expensive is not on your side, and I would have a hard time trusting them to do the job. A stereo and alarm installer would likely be a better bet if you want to pay someone to do it that has experience with the dash wood panel.
2. I would do it myself, if it was me. I just had the U shaped wood panel with the plastic shifter surround removed to install a red blinking (fake alarm) light, and saw what I thought I remembered. The shifter bulb is right there.
The "D" bulb in the instrument cluster seems much more involved, so I haven't done anything about that one.
To remove the U shaped wood and shifter surround, I used a couple pieces of soft plastic (like parking pass placards) to protect the panels and a thin screwdriver to pry the panel up. Be careful not to scratch the panel, and it will pop right off. It took me about two minutes being very careful. The bulb for the shifter was right in view, but I'm sure skinny fingers would help.
#9361 of 9498 Re: Bulb Replacement Question [la4mead]
Sep 11, 2009 (6:20 pm)
There are instructions for replacing the instrument cluster "D" bulbs somewhere here in Edmunds, try a search. I did it a couple times on my RX300, it is a little involved but not really that difficult.