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Cam shaft issues on 07 with 141k miles?

 
Old 06-12-19, 03:43 PM
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Default Cam shaft issues on 07 with 141k miles?

I have a 2007 es350 that I absolutely love. Last month the VSC light came on and I took to dealer. They “fixed” for $580 saying it was a bad sensor.

Last week the light came back back and then went away. I took back to the dealer and they said it could be a cam shaft issue. I asked how much to fix something like that and they said $6k!

Sounds to me that hat if I see the dreaded VSC light come back I may need to look at buying a new car. Is it normal for a 2007 to have cam shaft issues with 141k miles? I was hoping to keep this car for another 2-3 years.
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Old 06-12-19, 05:54 PM
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Can you ask them what is the code number?
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Old 06-13-19, 07:32 AM
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The codes found “p0015 exhaust gear repair “. Says the cam was out of timing. Rep said it would run funny as rpms are increased. Cost would require 22 hours of repair not including $2500 for part.

Rep says everything was functioning correctly when I left but will be an issue if the codes come back on.
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Check this thread out. You may have much less expensive fix to your issue.

https://www.clublexus.com/forums/es-...00-repair.html
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Originally Posted by cabanarock View Post
The codes found “p0015 exhaust gear repair “. Says the cam was out of timing. Rep said it would run funny as rpms are increased. Cost would require 22 hours of repair not including $2500 for part.

Rep says everything was functioning correctly when I left but will be an issue if the codes come back on.
Don't even think about that. That code means that the camshaft is over retarded, which means that you are low on oil, clogged small filter which goes at the top of the VVT-i line or a bad solenoid (sticky solenoid). First check the oil level, if it is OK then drive the car. If it comes back then I will tell you what you need to do, how to clean the VVT filter.
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there are several causes for a P0015, not all of them catastrophic

P0015 Camshaft Position "B" - Timing
Over-Retarded (Bank 1)
1. Valve timing
2. OCV for exhaust camshaft
(bank 2)
3. OCV filter (bank 2)
4. Exhaust camshaft
5. ECM
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Old 06-15-19, 07:00 AM
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We had the same code on our 2008 RX350 a few years ago. We were told by the Lexus dealer to change the oil with synthetic, after running marvel mystery oil in the existing oil for a few hundred miles. Since then the code has not come back except for once on a long highway drive. After resetting the code, it did not come back and it has been about a year and a half.

This car now runs synthetic blend. I chalk the code up to the intervals my sister ran over the oil change mileage with regular dino, oil by a few thousand miles each time. After the synthetic blend switch and occasional marvel mystery oil added to the crankcase, the inside does look cleaner, at least from the oil fill.
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