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Abs, brake, and vsc warning lights
Hello. Most of the time if the vehicle is running fine and the lights just came on then you more than likely have low brake fluid. If the fluid level is low then all of these lights will come on....
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Vehicle won't start. Battery no longer charges.
Hey there, thank you for asking about your 2008 Lexus RX350. Your car's alternator is responsible for charging the vehicle. When the car is running, the alternator and voltage regulator work to maintain the charge in your battery. When the...
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Overheating
Hi there. This is a concern I've experienced many times while employed at a Lexus dealer. The low coolant level is contributing to the high operating temperature and is a direct result of a coolant leak. The smell you are...
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I am trying to remove the alternator, but I need to free up more space.
Hi there. As a former Lexus master technician, this was one of the jobs that seemed like the engineers weren't in their right minds when designing it. We had to loosen the core support that holds the radiator, support it...
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Why do I constantly need to replace the brake rotors and brake pads?
Hi there. That's a really good question. What reason were you given that the rotors need replacing? What symptoms are you experiencing? If you have a brake vibration, the rotors should have enough thickness after a year, unless you drive...
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Replace oil pan gasket in 2009 Lexus RX 350
This would indicate either a major oil leak or the car is potentially burning oil which is a much more critical issue. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home to diagnose the low/leaking oil level...
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Dead Car
The smoking from the cables may very well have been caused by having the cables hooked up backwards. You may want to have your charging system diagnosed by a professional from YourMechanic to be sure your alternator and battery are...
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How to make a 3 years old, 45000 miles car driving like a new car
Hello. The vehicle may not ever feel like it did when you drove it off the lot. Overtime, wearing and driving over certain bumps can cause slight alterations to the feeling of the drive. In order to get the car...
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Check engine light is flashing and reduces the power of the engine.
If the light is flashing then the computer system should have stored codes as to why the problem is happening. I recommend having the computer scanned by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to retrieve the codes and...
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I am advised to change brake pads. Do I also need to get rotors turned?
Hey there. You should have the rotors resurfaced or replaced if cutting them takes the surface below the minimum thickness. If you would like to have the brake pads and rotors repaired for you, a certified technician from YourMechanic can...
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Suspension system needs to be replaced
There are two common failures on most vehicles. The most common is known as a sway bar end link. Almost all cars have them and when they go bad, they produce loud noises that sound like the car is about...
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Replacing front brake pad and reasonable dealership cost
Hi there. I understand your concern. I start suggesting brake pad replacement at 3mm. Most technicians have a brake pad thickness gauge that takes the guesswork out of determining when to suggest brake pads replacement; 1-3mm is red, 4-6mm is...
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The temperature gauge is almost in the red zone immediately after driving car.
Hello, thanks for writing in. There is definitely something wrong with your cooling system. If the coolant level is fine then it may be a failing thermostat or water pump causing the coolant not to flow through the engine. These...
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Clicking sound when the car is started
This may not be a normal noise and the engine may have problems with the variable valve timing system. Have the dealer look at technical bulletin L-SB-0028-09 dated April 15th 2010. It calls for repairs to the variable valve system...
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Timing belt or chain how much to replace. Buying used not sure if it done
The RX350 has a timing chain which does not need replacement. While the timing chain does not have a service interval per se, timing chain engines such as this have longer term maintenance requirements in that the timing chain tensioner...
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What is the life of differential oil?
Hi there, thank you for asking about your 2014 Lexus RX350. According to Lexus, this fluid doesn't need to be changed until 150,000 miles. It should be inspected every 50,000 miles and if the fluid is dirty it should be...
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All of the dashboard lights/icons came on and everything blacked out causing the car to shutdown completely while driving.
Hi there. The dash lights coming on and vehicle shutting down are, most likely, related to a charging system problem. It's fairly common for all the dash lights to come on with no alternator output, low voltage can cause unusual...
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Driver's side CV joint noise
Hi there. The sound is more like a differential sound that is making a click sound. There seems to be too much free play on the gear train inside the transmission. This is determined by only the sound occurring when...
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thumping noise getting louder when driving the car
This is a sign of worn or failing CV joints. All front-wheel drive cars have Constant Velocity joints or CV joints on both ends of the drive shafts (half shafts). Inner CV joints connect the drive shafts to the transmission,...
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I want to purchase a used car - which option is better?
Hi there. That's a good question you've presented. However, there is no way for us to see the vehicle from the "Ask a Mechanic" forum. You have two options, both of which could be very reliable vehicles. The unknowns are...

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