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About bucephalus

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    James

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    Male
  • Lexus Model*
    RX350
  • Year of Lexus*
    2008
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    Western Australia
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  1. I received my vehicle from the panel beater to find the passenger-side rear window inoperable from the driver's door armrest despite working properly on the hot morning I drove the vehicle to the workshop. The window functions correctly from it's own door switch which rules out the motor. Proposed fault detection: (a) IF fused, check fuse (b) Remove driver's armrest and check switch wiring connections (c) Exchange driver's armrest switch with a known functioning switch and test (d) Purchase and replace driver's armrest switch, if necessary. Before removal of armrests, door trims, switches, etc; can any contributor advise if the driver's armrest switch is fused into the rear passenger window electrical circuit? Thanks in advance.
  2. Hi fellow contributors, which OBDII Code Reader would you recommend based on the following requirements? 1. Should be $100 or less, 2. NOT a Chinese import UNLESS the unit has Australian back-up, 3. Either Bluetooth or Cable ( prefer Bluetooth which I can pair with either my iPhone5 or laptop ), 4. Must be capable of reading Lexus specific AND generic DTCs and turn off check engine light, 5. Must support multiple trouble code requests: generic codes, pending codes and manufacturer specific codes, and 6. In conjunction with displaying DTC, should be capable of explanation; eg. Lexus specific code: P1345 - VVT Sensor Circuit Malfunction (Bank 1) [ Explanation - Variable valve timing sensor - LH bank - circuit malfunction ]. Any code reader which closely matches these requirements will also be considered. EDIT: As I know very little about Readers, the requirements above were drafted from web pages which offered advice on readers.
  3. Problem solved. It would appear that an Android phone must be connected/paired FIRST, followed by the iPhone. 1. Switched ignition on, deleted iPhone5 from vehicle's system (all six "slots" now free), switched ignition off. 2. Switched ignition on, activated Samsung BT, connection established and paired with vehicle. 3. Switched ignition off, switched off Samsing BT. Switched ignition on, activated iPhone5 BT, connection established and paired with vehicle. 4. Despite permitting up to six phones, vehicle system permits ONLY ONE at a time to operate - it's a 10-year old system. Consequently, remember to select appropriate phone before moving off. NOTE: When switching ignition On/Off, only switch to "Accessories"; it is not necessary to start the engine.
  4. Thanks for that advice mate. I'll give it a try when I get home later this week and let you know.
  5. Advice sought to resolve the following Bluetooth problem: Vehicle: 2008 RX350 Mobile: Samsung Galaxy S5 The Samsung works correctly as it detects and pairs with my wife's iPhone 5 but not our RX350's Bluetooth. I have googled the problem and completed the recommended fixes (eg. Clear Cache, etc.), but none have been effective. As the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a popular mobile, I hope contributor/s will know of an effective solution. Thanks.
  6. I am considering swapping the transponder and battery from my November 2007 (2008 Upgrade) RX350 Sports Luxury original key (Blade Length 41mm, Width 8mm, Thick 3mm, Central Groove Length 32mm) to a 3-button Flip Key Shell. Although I located an American vendor of suitable U.S. manufactured Flip Key Shells, they were no longer stocked and my subsequent request for their supplier's contact details went unanswered. e-Bay lists allegedly suitable Flip Key Shells available from China or Hong Kong. However, their price of approx A$7 and Free Postage, indicates, to me at least, the questionable quality of steel used in the key blank. If any member has obtained a quality Flip Key Shell from other than China or Hong Kong, I would appreciate advice and any other input. I require only the Shell, not the transponder and battery.
  7. Agree with ilv4000s. My mechanic is German, BMW trained so is up-to-date with all modern technology. He's not cheap but he is good. Sachs are among the best you can buy!
  8. Suggest you take your vehicle to at least TWO suspension specialists for inspection & report. I purchased my 2008 RX350 Sports Luxury 2 months ago also with 128K on the clock. My trusted mechanic advised the rear shockies dust covers were CUT, not split, and recommended replacement as dust covers are unavailable. He recommended Sachs which are standard fit on most Euro vehicles, for a total cost including labour @ $120/hour of about $900. Do not buy genuine - way overpriced! I'm almost certain the Sachs were: Rear Right: SACHS 312 901, Rear Left: SACHS 312 902 - CHECK FIRST with reputable suspension specialist. HINT: 2008 RX350s have the same engine (2-GRFE) as the 2008 Toyota Aurion XV40. However, Toyota dealers are not permitted to sell spares that are to be used on a Lexus. My wife's car is a 2008 Aurion . RX350 Service Parts: FILTERS: Oil Filter RYCO R2648P, Air Filter RYCO A1491, Cabin Air RYCO RCA152C, Transmission Filter Kit RYCO RTK87. DISC PADS: Front: BENDIX DB1517, Rear: BENDIX DB1518 DRIVE V-BELT: TOYOTA Part No. 99367C2090 (approx $90 from a Toyota dealer) OR BOSCH 7PK2090 ( CHECK FIRST before purchase to confirm - approx $55). Good luck mate. You can also make some good buys on e-Bay!
  9. bucephalus

    Are you in Perth

    Contact your insurance company. With 2 independent witnesses, they may take it on. Then again, they may not but what have you got to lose?
  10. bucephalus

    Cargo Tonneau / Cover / Blind

    I purchased a Cargo Tonneau/Cover for my 2008 RX350 from an Eastrn States wrecker but it does not fit! I have since located and bought locally the correct Tonneau, so the original, which probably fits a model later than mine, or perhaps also an LX, must be sold. Good condition, no rips. There are two pairs of square retainers which appear to hook over fittings mounted on the backs of the rear seat. In each pair, the retainers are (centre to centre) 16cm apart and each pair is (centre to centre) 13cm apart. As I do not wish to hog space on the site, PM me with a private e-mail address and I will forward photos and answer any questions. Dealer's price is approximately $1850 . My price is $200 FIRM excluding postage or courier (your choice) from WA.
  11. I would greatly appreciate if a fellow contributor would advise the nomenclature of the 5-speed auto transmission in my 2007 Lexus RX350 Update Sports Luxury, manufactured Nov 2007, registered Feb 2008. For example, the Chassis Nomenclature is GSU35R-AWAGKQ and the Engine Nomenclature is 2GRFE but what is the transmission? Is it by chance U151E/F ? Thank you in advance.
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    WTB Cargo Tonneau

    No longer required thanks.
  13. bucephalus

    WTB Cargo Tonneau

    Mod please move as I am unable to create in "Buy/Sell" WTB Cargo Tonneau, Black in colour, to fit my Nov 2007 RX350. My recently purchased vehicle has an incorrect Tonneau which appears designed to clip onto or over lugs on the backs of the rear seats. I believe the correct unit is held in place via hooks around the supports of the rear seat headrests (for example, see attachment) Provided the price is agreeable and the unit in good condition, I will pay ALL costs (eg. your time, packaging, Courier, etc). I would wish to view a few photographs to confirm its condition and securing system. Thank you.
  14. Hopefully some will find this useful. krazykeys.com.au does Lexus keys in addition to Holden, Ford, Toyota, Mazda, etc.