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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....
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...
Car audio is not working
Hi, other owners have had similar issues with their audio. On closer inspection, the amplifier had usually blown out and needed to be replaced. I would recommend taking this to the dealership as it may be covered by warranty.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Advice on which type of gas to use
If you look at your fuel gage, it will say "premium fuel only". The vehicle was designed to only run on this fuel. If you try and run the lower grade fuels, you will run the risk of damaging the...
Battery completely died out twice
The battery is leaking out of the top near the posts and will cause the terminals to get corroded. I suggest having your battery and cables serviced: have the cables cleaned of corrosion have the battery replaced ...
The rotors got warped the second time
Rotors become warped from things such as heat. Most of the time, the warpage happens when the rotor is hot from braking, and then you hit water or spray water on them. Going from hot to cold really quick will...
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...
Hesitation of the transmission before downshifting
The transmissions in older vehicles have a cable hooked to the transmission and the throttle and when you stepped down on the throttle, you manually moved a valve in the transmission and the downshift happened pretty quickly. Now, the...

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