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Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 08-14-17, 09:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 264
Posted By Baetke
Sounds like a car that was not loved. If you have...

Sounds like a car that was not loved. If you have emissions testing where you live, run it through a voluntary compliance check. I wouldn't buy a car that fails emissions testing without knowing...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 05-16-17, 12:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 863
Posted By Baetke
When you turn the key on (don't start the engine)...

When you turn the key on (don't start the engine) does the check engine light illuminate during the self test?
Have you put a scan tool on it to see if it reports any trouble codes?
The data you...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 05-11-17, 05:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 980
Posted By Baetke
There is a way to test the A/F sensor but you...

There is a way to test the A/F sensor but you will need a scan tool to do it because these are narrow band sensors and you can't just look at them with a voltmeter or oscilloscope. You need a scan...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 04-05-17, 06:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Posted By Baetke
Did you check to make sure your overdrive isn't...

Did you check to make sure your overdrive isn't turned off?
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 01-27-17, 04:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 828
Posted By Baetke
Both trouble codes and your spark plugs are...

Both trouble codes and your spark plugs are pointing to the bank 1 A/F sensor. If you have a scan tool and know how to use it you can easily verify before replacing it. I don't think it is the MAF...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 11-29-16, 04:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By Baetke
Could also be a sticking idle air control valve....

Could also be a sticking idle air control valve. A vacuum leak will typically cause the car to idle faster than normal, not slower. Normal idle rpm should be 700 +-50 rpm.
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 10-28-16, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,018
Posted By Baetke
Excellent photos, very helpful! Do you have...

Excellent photos, very helpful!
Do you have part numbers for the two covers?
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 10-25-16, 04:53 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 307
Posted By Baetke
RX300 Electrical Connector List

I have the wiring diagrams for my 1999 RX300 but no information about the connectors.
From the wiring diagram I can figure out the wire color and pin number I want to probe but not where the...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 03-20-16, 06:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 549
Posted By Baetke
They claim they aren't electricians. If they...

They claim they aren't electricians. If they can't diagnose and fix a knock sensor trouble code then they aren't mechanics either. Next they will claim they can't fix a vacuum leak because they...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 01-19-16, 04:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,847
Posted By Baetke
Last year I drove a friends RX350 from Phoenix to...

Last year I drove a friends RX350 from Phoenix to Portland ~1300 miles in 3 days. It was a nice roadtrip car for high speed driving on long hauls. It was quieter and smoother than the RX300 of course...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 01-17-16, 05:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,094
Posted By Baetke
In my experience, it is common practice to put a...

In my experience, it is common practice to put a label on top of the timing belt cover listing the mileage at which the belt was last replaced. This is true whether the work is done at the dealer or...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 12-01-15, 04:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,483
Posted By Baetke
Did they come with the upper strut mount? If so,...

Did they come with the upper strut mount? If so, that will be interesting to see as the other manufacturers seem to not get that right.
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 09-28-15, 08:49 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,882
Posted By Baetke
A couple more tricks I have used with success. ...

A couple more tricks I have used with success.
1) put a little valve grind compound on your screwdriver bit to increase the "bite"
2) try tightening, then loosening, then tightening, then...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 09-16-15, 09:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,092
Posted By Baetke
These codes all make sense with one-another. The...

These codes all make sense with one-another. The P0300 is a multiple misfire code caused by misfires on cylinder 2 (P0302), cylinder 4(P0304), and cylinder 6(P0306) all located on Bank 2. P1153 is a...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 09-16-15, 08:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,092
Posted By Baetke
For less $ than the dealer wants to charge you...

For less $ than the dealer wants to charge you for a diagnosis you can buy your own code reader. Keep in mind that the code reader only tells you what type of fault occured and why, not what part to...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 07-14-15, 06:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,816
Posted By Baetke
Struts are doable by an intermediate to advanced...

Struts are doable by an intermediate to advanced DIY'er with the right tools. The most dangerous part is swapping the spings over since you will need a spring compressor. You will also need a four...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 05-14-15, 07:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,608
Posted By Baetke
If you google the definition of a "classic" car...

If you google the definition of a "classic" car you will find as many different definitions as there are sanctioning bodies. Here's my definition...

"If you love the car enough to spend more money...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 05-06-15, 01:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 624
Posted By Baetke
You could use a turkey baster to extract the...

You could use a turkey baster to extract the fluid from the reservoir and refill but that won't flush the lines, actuator, or pump. If you have a couple of old linoleum tiles and some grease you...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 05-06-15, 08:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 923
Posted By Baetke
When you try to insert the plastic geared piece...

When you try to insert the plastic geared piece into the body there is a "shoulder" in the lower end of the tube that the plastic part tends to get stuck on and it won't go all the way down to the...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 05-06-15, 08:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 624
Posted By Baetke
When I did mine I jacked up the front of the car...

When I did mine I jacked up the front of the car so I could turn the wheels back and forth. I disconnected the fluid return line to the power steering reservoir and put a cup under it to catch the...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 04-07-15, 05:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 857
Posted By Baetke
2 ideas... 1) salvage yard parts 2) is there...

2 ideas...
1) salvage yard parts
2) is there a Toyota vehicle that uses the same size sunroof?
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 04-06-15, 05:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,300
Posted By Baetke
If anything, I would expect the effect on VVT to...

If anything, I would expect the effect on VVT to be marginal due to a change is actuator response time. Perhaps a small change in power on acceleration and increased emissions on deceleration but I...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 04-05-15, 01:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,300
Posted By Baetke
Keep in mind that on a VVT engine the oil serves...

Keep in mind that on a VVT engine the oil serves not only as a lubricant for the engine but also as hydraulic fluid for the cam actuators so the viscosity the manufacturer recommends should be...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 03-20-15, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,157
Posted By Baetke
I just dropped my engine pan about a week ago. I...

I just dropped my engine pan about a week ago. I have 160K miles since I purchased the car new and have changed the oil and filter every 5K miles with Valvoline conventional oil. As you can see from...
Forum: RX - 1st Gen (1999-2003) 03-07-15, 10:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,161
Posted By Baetke
Not at all. If you post a summary of the...

Not at all. If you post a summary of the Lexus->Toyota part numbers for all of the parts you use when you're done it will be a great help to all the other DIY'ers on this forum in the future.

In...
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