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  1. Headlight leveling sensor issue

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    If you just removed the connecting rod the sensor's arm should just stay in one place and be just fine. The sensor is attached to the vehicle separately so the connecting rod isn't holding it on. And there shouldn't be any error condition triggered because the computer doesn't know that there is...
  2. High Mileage IS300's come here...

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    My 2001 (purchased June 2000), which is now owned & driven by my son, has turned the dial to 209K miles. Still running well. It needs a new timing belt soon though. Rob
  3. MN: Headlight leveling sensor - 1st gen front

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    Got one. Thanks. Rob
  4. MN: Headlight leveling sensor - 1st gen front

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    Here's a picture of the sensor in its normal location. It includes the linkage and the round-ish unit in the upper right: Rob
  5. High Mileage IS300's come here...

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    My 2001 is just about 197,000 miles now. Still going strong. Only real issue is with the headlight leveling sensor. Rob
  6. MN: Headlight leveling sensor - 1st gen front

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    Looking for the front leveling sensor for a 1st gen IS300. PM me if you have one. Thanks, Rob
  7. roof moulding and dash

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    They are glued on from the factory. There are no clips. Anyone know what type of glue to use to fasten a new one on? Thanks, Rob
  8. High Mileage IS300's come here...

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    My 2001 just passed 160K. Certainly not the highest number around, but it is the most I've ever had on a vehicle. Still going strong! Rob
  9. Headlight leveling sensor issue

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    If you read from the start of this thread you'll see that the sensor is only sold as an entire (very expensive) assembly. Your choices are to buy the assembly new, fab your own bracket, or find someone else selling a used one. On the first page of this thread is a post from someone who has a...
  10. Headlight leveling sensor issue

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    I put the new one in over the weekend. Just as with the old one removed, there is no longer any clunk noise, so problem solved. Can't imagine what problem there could be from it... this is exactly like the OEM part and is made of stainless parts and sealed ball joint couplers. I'm guessing it...
  11. Headlight leveling sensor issue

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    Here are a couple pics of the parts and the resulting replacement connecting rod. Nothing too complicated. Just need to measure the center-to-center distance for the two bolts and cut a chunk of threaded rod to the correct length (minus length of the ball joint ends internally). Turned out on...
  12. Headlight leveling sensor issue

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    My IS is 10 years old with 150K miles through 10 MN winters commuting in metro freeways, so it has some wear on it. :-) When I bounced the car up and down in the front it made a uniform "clunk, clunk" on the down and upstroke. As you noted, a little play is normal and is needed for the free...
  13. Headlight leveling sensor issue

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    I'll take a picture of the replacement connecting rod I put together. Rob
  14. Headlight leveling sensor issue

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    Correct, it does not affect the function of the headlight leveling. The rod still moves the sensor, it's just that the ball joints on the rod ends make noise. Here's a quick way to diagnose: - turn your wheels full left so you have room to reach into the wheelwell and get to the connecting...
  15. Headlight leveling sensor issue

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    $14 worth of parts from McMaster-Carr and I have the pieces to rebuild the front and rear headlight leveling sensor connecting rods. This is with stainless and weather-proof parts. Here is the info in case anybody needs to do this in the future: 98805A029 18-8 STAINLESS STEEL THREADED ROD...
  16. Headlight leveling sensor issue

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    I appreciate the offer. And if it would be the sensor going out I'd jump at it, but I can rebuild the rod a lot cheaper. Someone else will need the sensor, I'm sure. Thanks, Rob
  17. Headlight leveling sensor issue

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    After hearing of the $330 price for the whole unit I just shook my head and gave up on Lexus (Toyota) or OEM parts entirely for this repair. I'll just buy some ball joint rod ends and rebuild the rod myself (or create a new one). McMaster-Carr has some weatherproof ones for under $3 each...
  18. Headlight leveling sensor issue

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    I'm sure. I had my son rock the car up and down and as soon as I grabbed that connecting rod the sound stopped. I can even just shake the bar and make the noise. There certainly could be other noises going on too, but this is the consistent, easy to replicate one. Rob
  19. Headlight leveling sensor issue

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    I've been dealing with a small 'clunk' from under my car for a few weeks. I finally tracked it down to the small connecting rod that ties the headlight leveling sensor to the suspension (driver's side front wheel well). You can see it in the center of the picture below. It's just getting old...
  20. Differential Diff Fluid Replacement *DIY* Lots of pics ***Printable PDF Attached***

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    Changing the diff fluid is enough. There is no need to 'flush' a diff and I'm not sure what that would involve anyway. If you really want to make sure the diff is cleaned out then pop the cover off and wipe it out well with clean paper towels or a clean rag before refilling. You'll need...
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