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#1 of 202 Lexus RX 400h Owners: Problems & Solutions
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
May 06, 2005 (6:39 am)
Talk about RX 400h problems and share solutions here.
#3 of 202 Ignition switch loose?
Jul 06, 2005 (3:49 pm)
I have not gone in for the free "30 day" inspection/evaluation of my 400h because I have only about 300 miles on it.
However, on about 3 or 4 occasions, I have not been able to start my car immediately because the ignition switch does not "turn on" (get a Ready signal). I have tried all possible lateral moves of the key plus pushing in and out of the key in different combinations. The key seemed blocked.
Finally, after 4 - 8 times of attempting to turn the key in the above manner, the key did turn appropriately and the power system came on. I also have noticed that my Ready signal is 30 seconds or so slower to come on sometimes than someone else's 400h.
Has anyone had this experience? Does it sound like a loose ignition switch and therefore, should I go in for service ASAP? I don't want to be stranded somewhere.
#7 of 202 PS notes....
Jul 13, 2005 (7:47 pm)
From the RX400h owners manual. Page 418 left column, top...
"Driving conditions where the steering wheel must be turned frequently may cause an overload to the electric power steering system. The system will reduce assistance for some time to prevent the power steering from overheating. In this case, you may feel some resistance when turning the steering wheel though it is not a malfunction."
And some of you didn't believe the RX330 AWD system timed out after 45 seconds to prevent the ABS pumpmotor from overheating.
#8 of 202 TRAC notes...
Jul 13, 2005 (7:53 pm)
Page 451 of the RX400H owners manual, left column:
Under certain slippery road conditions, full traction of the vehicle and power against drive wheels cannot be maintained, even though the traction control system is in operation.."
Anyone care to guess what this statement might mean??
#9 of 202 Re: TRAC notes... [wwest]
Jul 14, 2005 (3:19 am)
It sounds like a CYA statement.