Lexus RX300 1999-2003
Lexus RX330 2004-2006
Adjust the valve clearance when the engine is cold.
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
Remove or disconnect the following:
Negative battery cable. If equipped with an air bag, wait at least 90 seconds before proceeding.
- Turn the crankshaft pulley and align its groove with the timing mark 0 of the No. 1 timing cover.
Check that the valve lifters on the No. 1 intake are loose and the No. 1 exhaust are tight. If not, turn the crankshaft 1 complete revolution (360 degrees).
NOTEAll measurements should be written down. These recorded measurements will need to be used in conjunction with a mathematical formula to determine the thickness of the replacement shims.
Measure the clearance between the valve lifters and the camshaft. Record the measurements on valves No. 1 and 6 intake; No. 2 and 3 exhaust.
- The intake valve clearance cold is 0.006-0.010 in. (0.15-0.25mm).
- The exhaust valve clearance cold is 0.010-0.014 in. (0.25-0.35mm).
Turn the crankshaft
of a revolution (240 degrees). Record the measurements on valves No. 2 and 3 intake; No. 4 and 5 exhaust.
Turn the crankshaft another
of a revolution. Record the measurements on valves No. 4 and 5 intake; No. 1 and 6 exhaust.
- Remove the adjusting shim by turning the crankshaft to position the cam lobe of the camshaft in the up position on the valve to be adjusted. Using a small thin flat bladed tool, turn the valve lifter so that the notches are perpendicular to the camshaft. Press down the valve lifter with tool 09248-55010 part A. Place too 09248-55010 part B between the camshaft and the valve lifter; remove part A.
- Remove the adjusting shim with a magnet and a small screwdriver.
Determine the replacement adjusting shim size by either using the charts or the following formulas:
Intake: N = T + (A - 0.008 in./0.020mm)
Select a new shim with a thickness as close as possible to the calculated value. Install the new replacement shim.
NOTEShims are available in 17 sizes in increments of 0.0020 in. (0.050mm), from 0.0984 in. (2.500mm) to 0.1299 in. (3.300mm).
- Recheck the valve clearance.
Install or connect the following:
Cylinder head covers