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#121 of 144 driving with engine oil filler cap off
Jan 16, 2010 (5:01 pm)
Hi I just found out, after ~6 months, that the lexus dealer never put the engine oil filler cap back on after they did the service on my 2008 GX470. How bad will this damage the engine?
#122 of 144 Re: driving with engine oil filler cap off [newcomer3]
Jan 16, 2010 (5:40 pm)
Really can't answer that directly. The only damage would be from whatever dirt got into the engine through the filler cap opening. That damage is likely just additional wear on the engine which would be immeasurable at this point. As long as no major dirt was injected, anything would likely be caught by the filter before doing much damage. Do you drive in very dirty conditions or in the desert? Otherwise, I would just change the oil ASAP and move on with life. It's a tough engine and unless you're planning to keep it 200k-300k miles you'll likely never know the difference. It also pays to always make sure the dealers do their jobs. It's unfortunate, but even Lexus puts entry-level folks on the oil change rack.
#123 of 144 Re: driving with engine oil filler cap off [sebring95]
Jan 16, 2010 (5:51 pm)
Thanks, I just drove very lightly, around 4K miles during the past 6 months, driving conditions have been pretty good, in New England. Is it worthwhile to ask them to put on extended warranty on the engine?
#124 of 144 Re: driving with engine oil filler cap off [newcomer3]
Jan 17, 2010 (6:08 am)
Based on such low miles and easy driving as you say, I don't think an extended engine warranty would really benefit you. Like I said, this is a tried and true engine that can take some serious abuse. Wear from something like this would likely creep up LONG after a typical 80k-100k powertrain warranty was up.
Have you expressed your displeasure with the service manager? They might be likely to offer up something of more value than a warranty or perhaps you could push them for a full extended warranty as a huge discount. While the engine is quite impressive, there are some other bits that seem to not be as well made. We had a lot of little issues on ours during normal warranty and then had to pay for a new transfer case at 75k miles. But if you drive so few miles, you may never see the benefit of that either. Maybe a couple free service visits would be more valuable.
#125 of 144 Air Conditioning inoperable 2003 GX470
Mar 08, 2010 (12:11 pm)
2003 Lexus GX 470 Air conditioner inoperable. 82,000 miles. Fan is working but no cool air being propelled. A/C light on console screen blinks. Any suggestions?
#126 of 144 Re: Air Conditioning inoperable 2003 GX470 [chloesmith]
Mar 09, 2010 (6:31 am)
Likely loss of refrigerant from a small leak. Dealer or a good AC shop should be able to rectify.
#127 of 144 Re: Problems with speakers
Mar 12, 2010 (8:48 am)
Yes my wives 06 GX470 has been back 6 times now for L. speakers intermittintly quitting. 6 times now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't duplicate problem.
#128 of 144 Re: Problems with speakers [rpeterek]
Mar 12, 2010 (9:35 am)
Check the relays and wiring for the Bluetooth and LexusLink system if so equipped since these go through the Left side audio channels only.
#129 of 144 Alternator Problems
Mar 12, 2010 (3:56 pm)
We love our GX 470, it just doesn’t love us back! Lexus of Seattle replaced the short block after 22K miles. I believe they failed to properly torque the nut on the main alternator wire and failed to lock the plug into place, I believe they just hand tightened them. Four years and 50k miles later, it came lose, began arching, and caused a catastrophic failure of my electrical system. I was told by a Lexus dealer in Utah (when we broke down), what and who caused the problem. Lexus of Seattle won’t help with the $3,500 repair costs and Lexus Corp, doesn’t want to get involved. Not a good way to retail loyal customers, I current own 2 of their vehicles. Anyone have same type of problem? We won't be doing any more business with Lexus of Seattle!
#130 of 144 Re: Problems with speakers [rpeterek]
Mar 15, 2010 (6:48 pm)
It still happens to mine all the time, but it is the right side. Ug! Let me know if they ever figure it out.