Well I am about to give up on uploading pics as I did something wrong a lost a lengthy description and have tried numerous times to add multiple pictures but only one loads...??? I am sure all user induced. But anyway it's out new one is in now for reconnecting everything and seeing if the old girl will start and run properly.
Thanks for everyone's inputs! So how many of us really had to take the darn thing out? I will also be replacing filters and O-rings front and back. I am at this time not inspired to take out the rear OCV since my error code was only a 1354 pointing to the front one.
IF you want, you can email me the pictures and I can upload them on this thread. If you would like to do so, just send me a PM asking for my email.
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Thanks so much for this DIY, I took my car to the dealer for the above symptoms, paid $160 for diagnostics and they still couldn't figure it out. Apparently they got different CEL codes at the time than when I did it.
But now I'm stuck on step 4, thankfully everything until this point was relatively easy.
But how do you get clearance to remove the filter retaining bolt? I can't figure out what other pipes to remove.
---- Front or Left (near Radiator) :Old Part 15340-20010 = New 15340-0A010 (Made in Mexico) = 15340-20011 (Made in Japan) (Interchangeable) . Dorman part #: 917-211
---- Rear or Right (near firewall or windshield: Old Part 15330-20010 = New 15330-0A010 (Made in Mexico) = 15330-20011 (Made in Japan) (Interchangeable). Dorman part #: 917-214
For verification: I bought 15340-0A010 from local toyota dealer and installed it myself 9 months ago. I just bought 15330-20011 online and installed it couple week ago. No issues since.
Description for this can be varied:
- VVTi Control Valve
- Valve Assy, Oil Flow Ctl
- CAMSHAFT TIMING OIL CONTROL VALVE
- Valve Assy, CAM
- Oil Control Valve Solenoid
- Engine Variable Timing Solenoid
- ect...but all the same...
Go with the Part Number...not the description... Hope this helps!!!
Thank You bears I am having the same problem with my es300 I ordered parts in and will be installing myself tomorrow. This thread is very helpful. Did anyone who had this problem also have a knock sensor issue I already replaced both and was wondering if the vvt going bad could set a knock code?
I just made an account so I could come post a big THANK YOU for posting this thread. I generally know zilch about cars, and I bought a '99 ES300 off of a friend 6 months back (my first car in ~8 years). I bought a diagnostic computer when I got the car, hoping I could try and fix any future problems I had with it by myself. When "Lexy" started experiencing all the problems associated with a P1354 error, I pulled the code (as well as misfires on cylinders 2, 4, & 6) and found clublexus and this thread. I immediately ordered the part off of ebay for $36.
I just completed the replacement of the rear solenoid, took my girl out for a spin, and she's running as smoothly as ever again!! I am so happy I just saved myself probably hundreds of dollars with a little googling and a diagnostic cpu.
Again, thank you so much for posting this DIY!! It worked perfectly for me!! THANK YOU!
EDIT: I just realized the instruction is for RX300, not ES300, it seems it is much easier for RX300 since there are plenty of room, any tips on how to remove BANK2 OCV for 99 ES300? there is very limited room in there, many hoses blocking the way for both BANK2 AND BANK1 OCV.
thanks for the writeup!
For bank2 (near rad) I am stuck at step 3:
1. for me the electric connector is stuck to the OCV, I tried to press the little plastic pin hoping it will release the lock to the OCV but I can not pull it off at all, actually it is not moving at all. Shall I try some WD-40? I don't want to destroy the electric connector which goes to the engine/computer.
2. I tried to pull out the OCV out *with* the electric connector on, the connector is not blocking, but there is a black hose which stand in the way when the OCV almost come out, maybe another 3 or 4mm room will do the trick but I simply cannot move that hose to make any room for OCV, how did you guys make room for the OCV?
3. How do you reach the OCV filter close to tranny? It seems impossible to reach or remove without a proper tool for es300.
Great to hear... Together we can keep our RXs running far more cheaply!
I'm going to be searching for a DIY for the Bank 2 Sensor 1, myself... just need to see where it's at and what it's going to take
Here's to doing it yourself and KNOWING it's done right!