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Forum: ES300 and ES330 Today, 02:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 103
Posted By Oro
+1, loose nut is "clunk". The KYB struts you...

+1, loose nut is "clunk".

The KYB struts you got are about the best IMO for this application; I have about 10k on a set right now and really like them. I'd focus on diagnosing and sorting out the...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 Today, 01:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 307
Posted By Oro
Most of these pans have magnets in them,...

Most of these pans have magnets in them, magnetized bolts, etc. You can add more of course, but I doubt it will add any additional effectiveness.

These transmissions are known to work well and...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 Today, 12:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 103
Posted By Oro
+1 on mounts. This is a pretty common issue with...

+1 on mounts. This is a pretty common issue with these and the Toyota variants (Camry, Avalon). Torqueing them might solve it.

If by chance you kept your OE parts, put the OE mounts back in. ...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 Today, 12:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 204
Posted By Oro
Oh, now I see the issue. So on flats and...

Oh, now I see the issue.

So on flats and steady speed, you can run it in "D" and not worry about it continuously locking/unlocking and heating.

Then in hills, traffic, etc., like rlx101 said,...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 Yesterday, 10:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 138
Posted By Oro
The 2002 definitely has the Aisin U151E 5 speed. ...

The 2002 definitely has the Aisin U151E 5 speed. There is incorrect information about this in Wikipedia on this so perhaps that was your source and why you were misinformed.

The 2002 (and maybe...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 03-01-15, 10:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 204
Posted By Oro
I don't have detailed knowledge of the inner...

I don't have detailed knowledge of the inner workings of the U151E in your car (and mine), but a torque converter clutch to allow lock-up at cruising speeds and save a little mpg is pretty standard...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 03-01-15, 06:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 307
Posted By Oro
When I switched to a full synthetic ATF the...

When I switched to a full synthetic ATF the shifting improved dramatically. Not only that, but it got BETTER after a few thousand miles more. I was a late convert to full synthetics for engine oil...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 02-27-15, 03:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 307
Posted By Oro
The PPU can get that way fast if you have not...

The PPU can get that way fast if you have not been running a quality full synthetic before. According to the cw, it will clean faster than almost anything, including HDEO. I was doing 5k changes on...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 02-25-15, 06:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 133
Posted By Oro
There is no easy way to do it. A speed wrench...

There is no easy way to do it. A speed wrench helps, and a lot of time. Eventually you will loosen the nut and the bolt will drop free; getting it re-started is even harder. Those frame...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 02-24-15, 07:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By Oro
Yes, that's very likely. Lots of people report...

Yes, that's very likely. Lots of people report high failure rates with rebuild alternators; they aren't very careful about testing them or even verifying parts compatibility according to the "word...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 02-19-15, 06:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 239
Posted By Oro
The 2002 had some minor breathing mods to...

The 2002 had some minor breathing mods to decrease condensation and sludge formation. The real issue is if oil changes were done on reasonable intervals, there's no real worry to be paranoid about...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 02-11-15, 11:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 199
Posted By Oro
I have an Acura that did just this precisely 20k...

I have an Acura that did just this precisely 20k miles ago. Here's what I did

1) add a few ounces of SeaFoam to PS reservoir, drive a day or two.
2) get a quart of good synthetic ATF, like...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 02-11-15, 02:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 394
Posted By Oro
I do 7.5k mile oci's with Mobil 1 5w-30 High...

I do 7.5k mile oci's with Mobil 1 5w-30 High Mileage. The car runs super smoothly with it and is whisper quiet (same as always). It has 233k on it and burns no oil. I see a real difference in using...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 02-09-15, 08:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 368
Posted By Oro
Did you check your front running lights? I got...

Did you check your front running lights? I got that warning also when one of my front running lights was out. I had the light on, and I could not get it to go off after replacing all the burned out...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 02-06-15, 07:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 802
Posted By Oro
I looked at emdunds.com (what I use when buying...

I looked at emdunds.com (what I use when buying used) and that mileage, excellent/outstanding condition and most common features says $2,600 trading in, $3200 private party, $4250 dealer retail in...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 02-05-15, 05:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 802
Posted By Oro
I love the interior and general quality and...

I love the interior and general quality and virtues of our 02 ES. That is the style 02-05 (still a 300 in 02 and 03 and then 330 04 and 05). A neighbor as a '14 and I honestly prefer the '02...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 02-04-15, 04:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By Oro
This happened to me once and is definitely...

This happened to me once and is definitely something to check in this case.

Also simply look to see if a wheel weight was thrown. See if tires are wearing evenly, or excessively. That can throw...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 02-02-15, 04:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 458
Posted By Oro
Yes indeed that was a heck of a good answer he...

Yes indeed that was a heck of a good answer he gave.

Thinking back on this I recall even being careful, I managed to break one before I sussed the exact secret squirrel handshake. If you do that,...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 01-30-15, 06:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 458
Posted By Oro
I don't have the car w/me to look, but I recall...

I don't have the car w/me to look, but I recall having trouble getting those off last summer.

I think I had to insert a very small screwdriver and pry a release tab upward while pulling the...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 01-29-15, 11:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 543
Posted By Oro
Yes, it runs VERY smoothly on it at 233k now. ...

Yes, it runs VERY smoothly on it at 233k now. This car (02) just runs and looks great still.

I have also used Mag1 in the past and on another vehicle. Also runs great and other than not having...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 01-29-15, 03:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 543
Posted By Oro
That is a good point - I have mentioned before...

That is a good point - I have mentioned before that alone made a noticeable diff. in shifting in ours. I would use MaxLife or Mag1 Synthetic though, both are a better than T-IV or WS from what I've...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 01-27-15, 11:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 390
Posted By Oro
Yep, same as above. Totally do-able and what I...

Yep, same as above. Totally do-able and what I did. Many decades of motorcycling on/off road taught me that if it isn't leaking, don't f' with it. You can do it w/o loosening the front mount on...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 01-26-15, 09:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 543
Posted By Oro
Don't forget the upper "dogbone" mount - aka...

Don't forget the upper "dogbone" mount - aka "torque strut." It runs from the rf upper strut mount to a brace on the engine in front of the rear cylinder bank. It is hard to visualize since the...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 01-23-15, 02:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 856
Posted By Oro
Sounds more like a timing issue. Many auto...

Sounds more like a timing issue.

Many auto parts stores will loan a fp tester for free (e.g., - they have loaner tools you charge and then return) - I borrowed one once from O'Reillys. Check you...
Forum: ES300 and ES330 01-21-15, 11:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,097
Posted By Oro
I would think it's time to get some tools and git...

I would think it's time to get some tools and git 'er done.

Neither of these are really advanced issues and can be solved for about $40 and some elbow grease. the rest of the costs quoted you are...
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