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Forum: LS400 Today, 12:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 111
Posted By oldskewel
I don't remember any problems, but I think having...

I don't remember any problems, but I think having a good ball joint separator tool was important here (mine was good enough to make it easy). On jobs like this, everything is easy until the thing...
Forum: LS400 Yesterday, 11:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 111
Posted By oldskewel
Replacing lower ball joints with Beck Arnley ones...

Replacing lower ball joints with Beck Arnley ones was the very first repair I did when I got my '91 7 years ago. I paid $57 each back then. No problems at all.
Forum: LS400 12-12-14, 03:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 781
Posted By oldskewel
You list: "89661-50032, 09/1990-08/1992" ...

You list:
"89661-50032, 09/1990-08/1992"

That is the part number for my 1991 California car with no TRAC. Photos of the circuit boards are posted on the ECU cap repair thread.

In that thread,...
Forum: LS400 12-08-14, 11:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 946
Posted By oldskewel
Cool story. Interesting item from that linked...

Cool story.
Interesting item from that linked page above, by the new owner:
"A quick note on the LSís 1UZ-FE V8 engine: The 4.0L V8 has a six-bolt main and is the only automotive engine of the era...
Forum: LS400 11-17-14, 06:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 324
Posted By oldskewel
I've never done it, but in the situation it...

I've never done it, but in the situation it sounds like you're in, I would forget the pushing and think about pulling it up the driveway using a come along or similar thing. It's probably only a few...
Forum: LS400 11-17-14, 12:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 408
Posted By oldskewel
Last time I needed new tires for my '91...

Last time I needed new tires for my '91 (205/65R15, with OE wheels), I took the opportunity to buy a set of 16" wheels with almost new tires from a clublexus member with a late 90's SC. That worked...
Forum: LS400 11-14-14, 01:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Posted By oldskewel
I don't know if it's the same for a 2000, but for...

I don't know if it's the same for a 2000, but for the earlier ones (including my '91), the first thing to check when you have any sort of PS problem is the steering rack solenoid filter. The solenoid...
Forum: LS400 11-13-14, 01:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 408
Posted By oldskewel
Sounds great. Welcome to the club. ...

Sounds great. Welcome to the club.

Definitely use premium gas. It even says it somewhere - like on your gas gauge or gas cap lid (I have a '91 too).

Regarding maintenance/fluids, I'd assume the...
Forum: LS400 11-04-14, 04:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 337
Posted By oldskewel
I hear you but ... how do the pro's have any...

I hear you but ... how do the pro's have any easier time with the crusted on oil / brittle plastic and hoses / etc.?

I usually do almost everything other than warranty work on all my cars, and...
Forum: LS400 10-31-14, 12:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 371
Posted By oldskewel
For my '91, it is 60k miles. But I think...

For my '91, it is 60k miles.

But I think this is one of those things where it all depends on how clean the gas is that you put in the car. Always clean gas = never need to replace. Often dirty...
Forum: LS400 10-31-14, 12:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 371
Posted By oldskewel
I recently replaced the filter on my '91. Before...

I recently replaced the filter on my '91. Before doing that, I searched this site and read up on everything I could find, including the fuel pump relay thing. In the end, here's what I did, which in...
Forum: LS400 10-28-14, 09:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 590
Posted By oldskewel
My '91 is the original Black Jade Pearl, with the...

My '91 is the original Black Jade Pearl, with the gray cladding. It looks almost black except when in bright sunlight the green really shows. I don't personally like the color too much, but don't...
Forum: LS400 10-15-14, 08:24 PM
Replies: 1,034
Views: 240,809
Posted By oldskewel
I would assume that post #1 contains the updated...

I would assume that post #1 contains the updated information, so just go by that. Cowboy last edited post #1 in Jan 2014, and post #548 was from Nov 2013. So I expect the number/type and links to...
Forum: LS400 10-13-14, 12:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 986
Posted By oldskewel
Starter location - I read once that it was placed...

Starter location - I read once that it was placed there to minimize noise when starting. Is that right? Kind of obsessive, I think.

Removing rear seat to access struts - they mitigated that...
Forum: LS400 10-13-14, 11:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,888
Posted By oldskewel
Billy's right about being careful not to...

Billy's right about being careful not to over-charge. Less is more as long as it's enough.

Some basic pointers:
If your car is 90-92, it originally came with R12 refrigerant, and may have been...
Forum: LS400 10-11-14, 05:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,385
Posted By oldskewel
I think you got it backwards on the can...

I think you got it backwards on the can orientation. For refrigerant in a can, the liquid will of course be at the bottom, with the vapor at the top. You want to charge vapor, not liquid, so you...
Forum: LS400 10-11-14, 04:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,385
Posted By oldskewel
My guess is that the compressor is shutting...

My guess is that the compressor is shutting itself off since it senses the system as being empty. There is a way to jumper the circuit to bypass this safety feature so you can do the initial charge....
Forum: LS400 10-11-14, 04:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,385
Posted By oldskewel
I did it earlier today. The answer on the...

I did it earlier today. The answer on the Schrader valves is it is the "Standard" ones, the GA1528 shown in the link where I asked for help. The receipt from the ones I bought (I guessed right) says...
Forum: LS400 10-10-14, 11:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 414
Posted By oldskewel
Glad to hear that, and thanks for following up. ...

Glad to hear that, and thanks for following up.

BTW - it's very easy to read codes on the pre-OBD2 cars. Search and you'll find details, but basically you put a paperclip jumper across terminals...
Forum: LS400 10-07-14, 04:26 PM
Replies: 1,034
Views: 240,809
Posted By oldskewel
I know what you mean. I did the same for my '91....

I know what you mean. I did the same for my '91. First page says 10-11 for mine, so I bought about 20-30 - to be safe, because they cost so little, maybe I'll buy another Lexus one day ...

I then...
Forum: LS400 10-03-14, 11:18 PM
Replies: 1,034
Views: 240,809
Posted By oldskewel
Yes, my '91 (with the 9 caps replaced) does NOT...

Yes, my '91 (with the 9 caps replaced) does NOT have TRAC. Glad to hear one of the two missing ones is explained. I expect there is another good reason for the 11th one and am not concerned.
Thanks...
Forum: LS400 10-03-14, 12:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,385
Posted By oldskewel
I'm still running R12 with no problems and no...

I'm still running R12 with no problems and no plans to evacuate it or switch to R134a. I will replace the cores with the system fully charged.

So I still need to know which type of cores it has,...
Forum: LS400 10-01-14, 06:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,385
Posted By oldskewel
Which type of Schrader valve core?

Does anyone know which type of Schrader valve core is used in the AC on my '91 LS400? (and are they all the same throughout?)

I'm still running the original R12, in case that matters. The high and...
Forum: LS400 09-28-14, 07:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 341
Posted By oldskewel
As I recall, there are one or two bolts by the AC...

As I recall, there are one or two bolts by the AC compressor that are coming at it from the driver's side (i.e. perpendicular to the other ~4 bolts that are facing front. Very easy to miss those. I...
Forum: LS400 09-25-14, 01:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 502
Posted By oldskewel
Could it be a problem with the fail-safe...

Could it be a problem with the fail-safe thermostat? I forget details, but remember reading opinions that it's a nice concept but in practice can actually cause more problems.
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