Last post on Oct 30, 2006 at 9:56 AM
You are in the Lexus LS 400/LS 430
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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#1868 of 2081 Re: LS 400 Starter / ignition problem [paul29]
Dec 17, 2005 (2:36 pm)
You & the other forum members who replied to my problem were a lot of help & inspiration. I thank you all.
What I think I should do - since everything is pointing to the starter itself - is take the car to my mechanic and have him access the starter to find out if the contacts are dirty. If they are, I'll ask him to clean them & put everything back together and I will give it another shot to see if the problem has been solved.
If the contacts seem to look clean, I will order the $300 starter from the Lexus dealer (they give you a rebuilt one, anyway, according to my mechanic who installed one on a 1993 LS400, but at least it comes with the dealer's warranty).
Does it sound like a good plan, or should I try something else prior to that? Remember, if I cannot duplicate the problem, a voltage drop test will come out perfect.
#1869 of 2081 Re: LS 400 Starter / ignition problem [firsttimer5]
Dec 17, 2005 (6:13 pm)
I wouldn't clean the contacts , replace them . While you have the starter out you can get it checked at a alt/starter shop . Now another angle , if the clock is ticking on your mechanic , it may be cheaper to have a rebuilt sitting there and just replace it , I would expect a rebuilt from Lexus to be of the best quality , it will have new contacts ,brushes , bearings and the commutator turned or a new armature , all clean and pretty. I do all this type of repair myself so labor is not in the equation , it looks like you have to include it . The call is yours . To give you an idea what you will be seeing when you open it up , go here: http://yotarepair.com/startercontacts.html .
#1870 of 2081 Wind noise - 02 LS430
Dec 19, 2005 (8:39 pm)
I just bought a CPO 02 LS430. Everything is in good condition. I recently noticed there was a wind noise when I was traveling on the freeway.
The Lexus dealer's mechanic said we are hearing wind noise from the outside since LS is a quiet car.
Is the wind noise normal during high speed on freeway?
#1871 of 2081 Re: Wind noise - 02 LS430 [whitebirch]
Dec 20, 2005 (2:45 pm)
Well - I've had mine up to 100 mph, and there's absolutely no wind noise. Has this car ever had a frontal impact?
#1872 of 2081 Re: Wind noise - 02 LS430 [whitebirch]
Dec 20, 2005 (7:11 pm)
"Is the wind noise normal during high speed on freeway?"
There is also a higher level of noise when I drove the car faster. For example, when I am on the interstate, I definitely have to increase the volume on the sound system. Quite a lot.
If it's windy outside I can tell a difference, too.
I don't think any car is totally soundproof. Our LS is the quietest car we have ever owned.
#1873 of 2081 Re: LS 400 Starter / ignition problem [paul29]
Dec 21, 2005 (5:00 pm)
Thank you Paul29 - you have been a great help!
#1874 of 2081 Re: LS 400 Starter / ignition problem [paul29]
Jan 05, 2006 (10:58 pm)
I saw your message and would also recommend that you go to Lexus on the starter, when you replace starter in a lexus 400 series the V8 they take out the whole top of the motor the intake manifold and this is a big operation and even though some independent lexus repair shops save a little money on this jog I would trust it to Lexus. When they replace the starter it has to meet a special requirement for dependability and the lexus motor is like no motor in the world today. It is far better than just about all of them. Remember the lexus can go 300,000 to 500,000 miles and keep ticking.
#1875 of 2081 NAV update
Jan 08, 2006 (5:47 am)
Have 2002 LS430 can anyone provide me with step-by-step instructions on updating NAV system disc. New update arriving this week.
#1876 of 2081 Re: NAV update [duval1]
Jan 09, 2006 (7:14 pm)
The unit is in the trunk, on the passenger side, under the matt. Keep your key in the ON position, unscrew the unit, lift it up, open the door, eject the DVD, insert the new DVD, close the door, screw it back down, cover it, and you're good to go. Or so I hear. Mine should be here on the 11th, I'm told.
#1877 of 2081 And.........speaking of Navigation DVD
Jan 12, 2006 (4:29 pm)
I received mine today - and just installed it. Works perfectly, as promised. Installation went just as I described above, I'm happy. Also, presets were retained, so no need to re-program all preferences, etc.