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LEXUS ES300 1998 bumpy ride?

3 mechanics have tried to fix the bumpy ride from rotating the tires to a set of new shocks. Could this be something to do with accumulators or the computer that controls the ride?

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  • Christine Andres Oct 26, 2012

    I just went there and the snooty 'advisor' said since i hadn't used Lexus struts they couldn't help me. I didn't get a chance to speak to a mechanic - which is supposed to be something special that they let customers do at this particular Lexus dealers. So I had a a 40 minute drive there to be scolded by their advisor' for not using Lexus parts. I don't think I'll go there again. Thank you for the advise and I'm sure that any other Lexus place would have helped me more.

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I would seriously recommend bringing it into a Certified Lexus Dealer, there the Technicians will have most likely accoutered the issue before and have an accurate and precise diagnoses, for your ride issue.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

  • Christine Andres Oct 25, 2012

    After 3 different mechanics have tried to solve this, I believe that you are correct. The Lexus mechanics most probably have seen this before. It's just that they charge the earth for their work.

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Its likely that you got so used to the soft ride you had with old worn shocks that the new ones feel strange. You could buy a more inexpensive shock to restore that "old" feeling, but I don't think you really want that. One thing you should do though is to make sure by having a couple of people bounce the rear, that the shocks are not binding or are too long and bottoming out part way through the suspension travel. There is a part # stamped into the bottom of the shock just above the weld ...double check that part number to make sure you have the correct ones. Also check the standing height of the back end (compare the height of yours with others you find in parking lots...I have a 93, which measures 171/2" from center of rear wheel hub to edge of wheel flair.)
If standing height is too low, shocks are not working at the center of travel but at the lower part. (likely you would have noticed this more with the old shocks though). Additionally, there are adjustable shocks available that you can "tune" to your comfort level...they usually have three settings ...you choose the one that suits you best.
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SOURCE: the car rides rough.

Dear Alban: You may not like the answer, but the reality of the issue is this: The lower the profile the tire is, the less time there is for irregularities in the road to be absorbed. Low profile tires have very stiff sidewalls which equates into little in the way of flexing. The car was designed for 15" wheels with a totally different profile tire. There is always a trade off with ride and handing traits when big changes are made with wheels and tires. The big rims and low profile tires are the rage right now and this is a very big problem that I run across when cars come into my shop and customers complain about the ride and road noise. Whether it is a 300ZX or a Mercedes, makes no difference, I still get the same complaint. Some cars display the problem to a slight degree and others, it is very pronounced in. There is not a shock or strut in the world that will solve this problem. Your only solution if you can't live with the ride of a log wagon, is to get rid if the wheels and get something with a tire that has some distance between the road and the rim. mybunkey
SORRY>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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