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Old 06-19-2009, 09:37 AM   #1
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Default Girl in Tennessee needs car help

My boss' 20 yr. old daughter is up in Tennessee doing some kind of summer job while she is out of college for the break. Her 200k mile Lexus SC300 is stalling out when hot. She is leading a team of other college students door to door selling books (stupid, right?) so the car stays on for hours at low rpms. She said the temp gauge reads fine and there is no smoke when she revs on it (I was concerned with oil fouling because I know it uses a little).

She said it dies when she puts it in gear and/or accelerates after sitting running for long periods of time. She indicated that it doesn't feel like the engine is shuddering when it dies. I am wondering if it might be a sensor getting heat-soaked or a weak/hot fuel pump.

Her father is worried about her. If she takes her out of state car to just any repair shop, she will be taken advantage of.

Is there a fellow on this forum who is anywhere near Columbia, TN? She said it is near Nashville. Maybe some knowledgeable do-it-yourself'er could meet her and take a look at the car, or at least recommend a shop where she would be treated fairly. Compensation would be arranged if you fix it, too.

Many thanks.
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Sounds like a vacuum leak or like you said, heat soak on a sensor.
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:15 PM   #3
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I thought we had a few Tenn guys on here. Anybody?
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shoot Chad (cjernigan) a PM, he's around in TN if he's not in alaska (although I know ****-all about US geography...)
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If she has the hawtness, a pic of her (preferably in Bikini... or less) would probably help. And if she isn't hot, why would anyone here bother to fix her car?
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If she has the hawtness, a pic of her (preferably in Bikini... or less) would probably help. And if she isn't hot, why would anyone here bother to fix her car?
There is a group of girls with her, all on summer break from the university.

Who wants to be a hero?
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Not sure if it'll help, but I'll be down there in a month. I had a 1JZ Supra, so I've had plenty experience with the 1/2J.
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There is a group of girls with her, all on summer break from the university.

Who wants to be a hero?
hell, with the above information, I'll come over and sort stuff out
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I'm about an hour nd a half out of Nashville in Alabama..can't even think about getting up there during the week (Army) but if nobody closer is up for it I can probably get up that way this weekend. Only problem is all of the tools I own are in Virginia...and I've never worked on a Lexus before, lol..can't be too much more complicated than any other car on the road. Is it throwing any type of code?

EDIT: If she's got a nice cell phone like most people her/my age do...tell her to take a couple pictures under the hood to see if there's anything going on that would be painfully obvious to us on here but maybe not so much her.
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Car stuck girls++
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Im 3 hrs out from nashville. I believe Chad is in Alaska until sept. N3V is in nashville atm tho. He doesn't check mt.net much tho. I could ask him if he's not busy.
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I pm'd KPLAFIN. Flier, have you heard from N3V?
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