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i want to make sure it is an ignition switch the key does not turn in the ignition the key does turn and open the door. so there be any something else other then the ignition is it a way it can be tested to make sure that is the problem. the steering does turn I change the gears and the car didn't turn

When I start my car sometimes it idols low and cuts off I have to rev up the engine just to keep it on and put the car into gear. On the way home I only had to press the gas pedal twice because it would accelerate by itself and when I got stopped the rpms were between 3 and 4 and the engine sounded louder than usual and was making a winding noise. Once I got home and put the car in park it started revving up by itself. what could be wrong and how can I fix it?

what will it cost to replace a timing belt and water pump on a 1995 lexus es300?

I absolutly love this 1994 Lexus ES300.. I bought it in 2000 with 79K miles on it. I have done a fair share of repairs on it but I would suspect as many as with any other car of it's age. Timing belt, Tuneup, Alternator, Belts, O2 Sensors, Brakes,rear tortion or swaybar links, front and rear Struts, comlete exhaust sytem, except for Catylitic converter. My only problem now is a knock in the rear suspention, mostly noticeable just barly rolling and hit small cracks in the pavement or as driving in a grass feild parking lot. Just a small bump will cause a knock in the rear. Drives me crazy. I am sure it does it at highway speed but it is not noticeable because of road or wind noise, which in the vehicle is pretty minimal. The only other problem is a ABS brake light that will not reset, and an Air Bag light that will not go out. I am thinking fuse on the Air Bag but can't fine one.

there seems to a slight fluid leak under the hood.The service mechanic says my rear valve cover gasket is leaking. your repair directory talks only about valve cover gasket replacement(right and left side).Could you please tell me which side(right or left)is rear valve cover gasket. Thanks. my e-mail is psparam1@yahoo.com.
P.S.Param

How to remove front drivers seat in a 2002 Lexus ES300

IS 1998 LEXUS E5300 SUSPENSION, A T.E.M.S [TOYOTA ELECTRONIC MODULATED SUS PENSION]? WITH 51K MILEAGE ON THE CAR,A DEALER RECOMMENDED THAT I REPLACE THE FRONT AND REAR STRUTS AND THE MOUNTS, AND ALSO THE LOWER CONTOL ARM BUSHING. WHERE CAN I GET GENUINE LEXUS PARTS MENTIONED ABOVED? BY THE WAY ,WHAT IS LOWER CONTROL ARM BUSHING? WHAT WILL BE THE ESTIMATE COST OF THE REPLACEMENTS?
I"M GREEN ON CARS AS YOU CAN IMAGINE.YOUR HELP IS APPRECIATED. THANK YOU.

On my way to work I ran over some railroad tracks pretty hard the other day that even my wheels squeeled. When I got in to go home my trac off light was on. Not blinking just solid. I pushed the trac off/on button but nothing. Did something come loose from this incident and if so does anyone know a fix for it. Thanks so much

When turning the steering wheel, there is a loud grinding noise and sometimes it worsens when the brakes are applied.

Changed number 6 coil it was bad number 1 was fine when driving car is sputtering and has hesitation check engine light is flashing on and off

Hi, I have a 1998 Lexus ES300 has a power steering problem, it's hard to steer an has poor return. I bled the system the problem went away for a few hours, now the problem is back. I've checked the system for leaks but found none I’ve never had to add PSF to it and it is at the right level, what do you think is wrong?

The dome light cover, I think, can be pried off; I don't know if it pries off from the end (or ends), or from the center. I don't want to break it. Thanks.

The dash emergency brake indicator light started coming on an now just stays on

I 'd like to replace a cabin filter, where is it?
Thanks

the car is hard to start but once sarted runs fine

We had the oil changed in our car at an oil shop. Immediately after I got in the car, I noticed the strong smell of raw gas, but I figured that since the car was in the shop, it was from the shop.

Later, that day the smell got stronger so the next day, we took the car back to the shop. By the time we got there the gas smell was gone, but they looked over the car from top to bottom and couldn't find anything. For the next 2 days, the car ran fine and then that smell came back again! So, we took the car to another mechanic, but by the time we made it there, the smell was gone again.

Now, the smell is back better than ever. It literally smells like someone has spilled gasoline in the car. I noticed the smell is coming from under the hood and appears to be on the passenger side between the timing belt cover and the engine. We are taking it to the dealer in the morning, but quite frankly I'm scared to death because I have no idea how much they will want to fix it or even what it is.

There are no visible leaks (we park in a garage so we would see a gas leak). The car still drives the same and the exhaust is clean smelling. Help!!!

I replaced bulbs a while back, outside lens is fairly clear...the inner "dome like" lens that bulbs inserts into is cloudy. My left light puts out very little light. Is the inner lens suppose to be cloudy (opaque) or how do you clean it?

I have a rough idleing problem the previous owner says its a blown head gasket i havent ran any test yet to see if its the reason, and if not the head gasket what could it be also it has a water leak under the intake below the filler cap under the intake manifold

Where is the cabin filter and how do I replace it?

I have no turn signals or emergency flasher.
where is the turn signal flasher switch located?

I have a 2003 Lexus ES300 with 92,000 miles. I have a rear oil leak and plan on trying the Bar's Oil Additive before spending $2000 to have the Rear Main Seal repaired at the dealership. However, in the last few days, the car has lost acceleration from complete stops...just no pep. Never had a problem until now. No warning lights are coming on. The car starts right up, idles fine, just feels like it's hesitating. However, when it starts, a huge cloud of thick white smoke comes out the exhaust and then clears up. Could this problem be related to the oil leak or just coincidence? Any ideas?

How do you replace the license plate bulbs on the 2003 Lexus es300? It looks like they are way up in the trunk lid. I got two of the liner snaps near the latch off but don't know how to get more of the liner off without messing something up (I'm good at that :))

the clutch stucked in park and will not gear to drive. i was told by my sis that it might be transmission. How much will it cost to replace the transmission? Is it worth just get a newer car? HELP

my car runs but it does not go in reverse

i have a 96 lexus es300, a week ago check engine light comes on and the car lost power. when i started the car again the car didn't have the check engine light, and the car drive fine. but today, when i started the car, check engine light is on, and the car do not accelerate. no power. a friend of mine has a scan tool,but it couldn't comunicate. 15 minutes later start the car again and check engine light it's gone and the car drives fine, and the scan tool can comunicate, but it has no codes. pls help me......... than'xxxxxx

the button on my gear shift will not push in all the way to take it out of park. it started doing it for a couple days but after a couple minutes would work and now it just wont go in all the way so i cant pull it out of park to put it in reverse,drive.

When I turn my car off, the engine pings for a while. I'm putting "Super" gas in the car so I don't understand what could be causing this and whether or not I need to take it to the shop. Thank you.

How do I replace the right signal bulb (behind drivers side) on my Lexus?

are th front plugs under plastic cover, and the rear one i cant see

About (2) years ago, my power antenna gear (the one in the mast) became stripped. I removed the antenna assembly and replaced it with the rubber type. Due to continued poor reception, I wanted to install an original equipment one. ( dealer cost $500+ retail) I purchased (2) used assemblies that were working before their removal and tried them. No luck. I used the original wiring and its connections. I then, purchased an aftermarket assembly and it will not work either. I had a local shop replace some instrument lamps about a year ago. I was wondering if they could have unhooked something from the instrument panel, keeping the new antenna from working. All the new antenna needs is a chassis ground, permanent 12v and a wire from the radio switch. I purchased a complete write up on my car, in the past, with a schematic included. I have gone through the wiring in the trunk, however I need to remove the radio and check the wiring there. How is that accomplished ?