Last post on Feb 15, 2011 at 9:23 PM
You are in the Lexus RX 300/330/350
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Lexus RX 300, Lexus RX 330, Lexus RX 350, SUV
#14 of 43 Re: Lexus RX 350 Servicing question. [lovecd]
May 06, 2008 (8:24 am)
Buy the CORRECT filter wrench and on mine I remove the horn mounting bracket for a little easier access. While it's a good idea to drain the crankcase oil with the engine warm (HOT!) it doesn't hurt to let it cool, the exhaust manifold anyway, before tackling the filter.
#15 of 43 Maint Required light doesn't go off after the engine is started
May 17, 2008 (9:01 pm)
Got the oil change done on my RX350 myself a week ago, quite straight forward and no leak at all. However, I found the maint required light does not go off after the engine is started. Does anybody know what is the reason for this? Many thanks!
#16 of 43 Re: Maint Required light doesn't go off after the engine is started [lovecd]
May 19, 2008 (4:27 pm)
You have to reset it.Procedure is in your owners manual. You put in key and turn it but do not start engine and then push in trip/odometer and reset it back to zero it seems or something similar. I have done this on my ES330 but I have to look in the manual everytime.
#17 of 43 Maintenance at 30,000 miles
Aug 27, 2008 (2:49 pm)
I was wondering....I have a 2005 Lexus Rx330 and I did not get the 30,000 mile maintenance service I was suppose to have done to it. My car is now at 33,230 miles. Should I still take it to get the services maintenance done?
#18 of 43 Re: Maintenance at 30,000 miles [eortiz]
Sep 02, 2008 (9:43 am)
Yeah, you need to get some maintenance done pretty soon, assuming you've been following some standard maintenance intervals thus far. At a minimum, get an oil change. You don't need to get everything listed for the 30,000 mile check in the owner's manual, and Lexus will charge you a lot for that service (figure between $500 and $1000 depending on the dealer). But you can get by with just the oil change, tire rotation, new air filter and maybe a coolant flush and a brake pad/rotor check and save yourself a lot of money. And you don't need to use a Lexus dealer for this, any reputable car service business can perform the work. If you feel like you must use a car dealer, consider a Toyota dealership - they'll know your engine very well and they'll cost less than Lexus. Of course they may not provide a loaner car or wash your car or serve you Starbucks coffee like Lexus will. Good luck.
#19 of 43 Re: Maintenance at 30,000 miles [md_outback]
Sep 02, 2008 (4:10 pm)
Also, regardless of the recommended factory interval, make sure you change the transmission fluid or have done so recently.
Not a "flush" or "drain & refill", but a regular transmission fluid service where they "drop the transmission pan and inspect". They will look for indications of wear based on the amount of fine debris they find on the magnetic pan. Hopefully there will be little smudge on it. Good to know on any transmission, especially like the slushboxes used on an RX.
This will change 50-60ish percent of the fluid in the system, because some parts of the system hold fluid, and that's good for another year. I wouldn't wait more than two years in between transmission fluid changes. Low mileage is usually from short trips causing more wear. However your trips might be easy on it, and maybe not. It's always better to change transmission fluid much more often than than the service interval, especially on a FWD Lexus.
I concur on checking the intervals yourself from your manual, and getting a quote at a trustworthy (if you can find one) Toyota dealer for the items you want done, first. It always seems less expensive if you pull your manual, do your homework, and get quotes first. I've found the Toyota dealer in the north San Fernando Valley to qualify; they always treat me well as long as I call the same service writer I've always dealt with and get the quote first.
Toyota dealers can't help you with warrantee service, except to let you know something needs attention that could be covered under warrantee (mine was a common premature transmission problem).
Sep 06, 2008 (6:25 pm)
Just had this service done on my 2007 RX350 at a local Toyota store for $59.95. Lexus dealer quote $109.95. Saved $50 with same parts and level of expertise but no quick and dirty car wash, free loaner or gourmet breakfast!
#21 of 43 Re: Lexus RX 350 Servicing question. [lovecd]
Jan 23, 2009 (9:07 am)
Changing the oil filter on the RX350 is much easier than on the RX330. The 330 required removal of a relatively large piece of the underside plastic to access the spin-off filter. The 350 has a small plastic door (underside, front, approx directly below the washer fluid filler cap, remove two screws holding it in place and it swings down & off) which provides access to the filter. I'm not pushing Fram, but I used a CH9972 filter element and the directions were excellent ... pictures included !! Use a 3/8" square drive to unscrew the filter housing (careful, oil may be hot or spill), you'll need a pan underneath while unscrewing the filter housing. Inside the housing is the replaceable filter element. Quick & easy, very nice design.
#22 of 43 how many miles can be driven for 6 months?
Feb 06, 2009 (8:35 pm)
I could have driven 12,000 miles in 6 months... is that OK?
5,000-Mile Or 6-Month Intervals
Use 5,000-mile or 6-month intervals if you primarily drive your Lexus under any of the following conditions:
- Driving on unpaved or dusty roads
- Towing a trailer or using a camper or cartop carrier
- Repeated trips of less than five miles in temperatures below freezing
Use 6-month intervals if you primarily drive your Lexus under conditions less strenuous than those listed above.
#23 of 43 Re: Lexus RX 350 Servicing question. [ADKers]
Feb 08, 2009 (7:07 pm)
Lexus recommends replacement of the oil plug gasket whenever changing the oil. Don't know if an aftermarket replacement is available but OEMs can be sourced from Toyota dealers.