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Old 02-27-12, 07:32 AM   #1
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I've got three lights illuminated on my dash -- the brake, ABS and VSC lights. Just got back from the dealer and he told me the brake actuator is shorted out. The part alone is $3,200 and it will take three hours of labor! Can this possibly be??? Anyone ever hear of this problem?
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Old 02-27-12, 08:11 AM   #2
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I would get a second opinion on that. I am not saying that the dealer is wrong, but those lights have also been associated with the "Brake Light Switch". A very simple and low cost repair. Search this forum using the key words "Brake Light Switch".

Let us know how this turns out.
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Old 02-27-12, 11:44 AM   #3
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+1 for getting a second opinion and to see about the brake switch. Common failure. Which dealer gave you the $3200 diagnosis? Also, which model and year RX do you have? Hybrid?
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Old 02-27-12, 11:54 AM   #4
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Sounds like a hybrid. Might try moving this post to hybrid section.
I know that actuator is an expensive part...but $3200 sounds odd...a transaxle is $4500 and an inverter is $7000 (at least it was two years ago when mine was replaced under warranty).

***edit*** just checked an online source - $1539.80. still not chump change, but cheaper than $3200.
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I've got three lights illuminated on my dash -- the brake, ABS and VSC lights. Just got back from the dealer and he told me the brake actuator is shorted out. The part alone is $3,200 and it will take three hours of labor! Can this possibly be??? Anyone ever hear of this problem?
According to your profile on this site you have a 2004 Lexus RX330. Is that correct? If so your posting should not have been moved to this hybrid forum. I also wonder if the dealer misspoke and should have said "ABS Actuator" See this posting:

http://www.clublexus.com/forums/rx-s...s-on-help.html

That model vehicle also has a recall in which the lights you mention will appear on the instrument panel (brake light switch).

http://auto-recalls.justia.com/lexus...000/index.html
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Old 02-29-12, 10:50 AM   #6
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Hmm...is it an ABS actuator or a BRAKE actuator? If he has a RX330 then he likely means the ABS actuator. The 400h has a brake actuator. You're probably right and I was wrong and this post shouldn't have been moved to the hybrid forum.
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Old 02-29-12, 11:46 AM   #7
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I've got three lights illuminated on my dash -- the brake, ABS and VSC lights. Just got back from the dealer and he told me the brake actuator is shorted out. The part alone is $3,200 and it will take three hours of labor! Can this possibly be??? Anyone ever hear of this problem?
This sounds like the classic brake switch issue of which the fix is just a $30 brake switch replacement.
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Old 02-29-12, 06:52 PM   #8
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I think take to another lexus dealer. I also agree that the switch is a likely cause
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