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I am afraid my 2003 Lexus GX 470 might have a similar issue

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Hi. I am afraid my 2003 Lexus GX 470 might have a similar issue as this post. the mornings, at times (not always), it will make kind of a screeching sound and then I can hear some pump type sounds. it can go on for 10 to 30 seconds. I was actually able to record the sound this morning. I have not heard it do it once the car has been warmed it possibly a fluid issue vs mechanical issue?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Lexus
Expert:  mike switzer replied 2 months ago.

fluid wouldnt cause a screeching noise but is the sound in the same location as the post you presented?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I took the cover off this morning and could hear it from the mbc area so think that is it. It only did it 2 times this morning. Yesterday it went on for about 1 minute between the screech sound and then a pumping sound. So I guess the question is at what point do I replace long can I live with it? Things seem fine once it is done doing its thing.
Expert:  mike switzer replied 2 months ago.

they generally last a very long time before the need replacing. they will throw a code when they definitely have an issue until then its more of an annoyance of the noise when cold is all.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Ok. I did get an obd reader so have that when I need it
Expert:  mike switzer replied 2 months ago.

what kind is it. it may not read codes from the abs unit.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I actually have two. One for my Audi but does say supports lexus - Carista this one that I have in my Lexus - Kobra
Expert:  mike switzer replied 2 months ago.

those both will not read abs codes. they are strictly for smog related codes that are in engine modules not abs modules. but when and if you see an abs light on with the vsc and trac light then you know there is a code in that system. and most likely it will that part that has failed.