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Old 09-14-08, 12:31 PM   #31
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I am still confused on which sensor is being replaced.

Are you guys talking about the one on the top of the block which I don't know where it is, or are you talking about the one in the bottom of the radiator?
It's right here.
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Old 09-14-08, 12:33 PM   #32
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Everyone who has replaced this part or is going to, please let us know your MPG improvement. I get about 19mpg average, but with different driving I can get up to 23 in my '94.
420 miles on the last full tank. That was while running the AC for about 1/2 of those gallons too. MPG dramatically improved.
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Old 09-18-08, 05:52 PM   #33
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I went ahead about bought the sensor at autozone today for 29.99.
I saw the other thread on this and it seems like its working for more and more people and for the last 6 months my car has been getting 15-16mpg so I thought I would give it a shot.

I'll let you guys know what happens and if it works I'll let the SC400 guys know about the good news. I own SC400 btw not an LS400 but same engine.
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Old 09-18-08, 07:05 PM   #34
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I went ahead about bought the sensor at autozone today for 29.99.
I saw the other thread on this and it seems like its working for more and more people and for the last 6 months my car has been getting 15-16mpg so I thought I would give it a shot.

I'll let you guys know what happens and if it works I'll let the SC400 guys know about the good news. I own SC400 btw not an LS400 but same engine.
Big mistake buying it from autozone. Its not OEM, its a generic sensor, and I bet it wont work properly.
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Their are 3 coolant sensors on the LS400. One is for the fuel and timing maps on the computer. One is for a timer for the cold start injector. One is for the tempurature guage on the instrument cluster.
There's a fourth one, that controls radiator fans, its located in the bottom of radiator.
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Old 09-18-08, 07:32 PM   #36
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The guy 2 posts above me "avalon42" used an autozone sensor and look at his results

and so did

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http://www.clublexus.com/forums/ls-1st-and-2nd-gen-1990-2000/377171-diy-coolant-temperature-sensor-change-pics.html

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Old 09-19-08, 07:58 AM   #37
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Yup. For the record, I bought the sensor at Autozone. No ECU throw codes, but then again, didn't have any to begin with.

I think all it is is a thermosister, so generic or not, it's not an overtly complicated piece of equipment.

But Och may have a point, anyone willing to buy an OEM new and let us know if you have different results (better MPG)?
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Old 09-19-08, 08:28 PM   #38
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I'm really happy to see everyone has been getting the results I have with this sensor. We are all extending the life of our Lexus engines,happiness,pocket book, and the environment. Hey were also sticking it to the oil companies!
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This sensor could help other board memebers other than the LS400 members. Can anyone maket this visible to all Club Lexus members?
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I'm gonna install soon. I have an SC400, same motor as you guys. but i noticed SC300 have the same part number. I can spread the word
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I just changed mine and I can tell already the car has more throttle response. But I have to reset the ECU?
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and where to buy it? links please
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Autozone or you can buy OEM Toyota/Lexus. Up to you.

You do NOT need to reset the ECU.
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thanks for that pic avalon.. how much ish did you need to unbolt to get to it? not really mechanically inclined..
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Want to get on this.
Does anyone have the Toyota oem part # for the part shown?
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