This car still has the problem. In addition, there is a repeated shifting problem at low speeds wherein the vehicle continuously shifts in and out of overdrive, again with unexpected and uncontrollable results. Often times I will press the gas pedal to quickly get out of the way and the delay is not only annoying, it's dangerous. Recently, I got my car checked at Merchant's during oil change and I was told the transmission fluid is very dark and needs to be changed. Reinsert the dipstick -- push it in as far as it will go. Cold marks are never accurate.
I try to change the trans fluid in the pan this way when I change the motor oil. Can anyone tell me what is the correct trans fluid level supposed to be? Almost had an accident because of the hesitation. The problem occurred with no warning and was intermittent which also displayed a sluggish delay. The dealer indicated this was the way these cars were engineered and did an firmware upgrade. A transmission flush is possible via the cooler lines but is not recommended due to the potential for small metal particles to a fix to the innards causing blockages. This is my wife's car, and I really don't think there needs to be any injuries or fatalities to have something done about this wide spread problem. This so called reset did nothing to fix the problem; less than a week later, I narrowly escaped a crash after my car hesitated while crossing an intersection.
Also see what was done for the fluid change. Should I use an automatic transmission fluid in my power steering unit or should I buy a regular power steering fluid? For argument sake, the car might have a front accident impact at that point. Over time, the chemical properties of the transmission's fluid begin to break down, thereby reducing the fluid's effectiveness. ? These problems do not seem to occur if you stomp on the accelerator from a stoped position. It has 86000 km mileage - around 60000 miles. If it was a total flush then all the fluid was replaced with new.
Dealer claims this is a known problem but nothing is being done about it. After the replacement the cars are fine, its not necessarily anything the owner did. Car will be parked until repaired. If the vehicle has been driven over 10 miles or 16 km 15 miles or 24 km in frigid temperatures and the fluid temperature is 160-175 degrees F, 70-80 degrees C, the transmission is hot. It is like the transmission doesn't adjust with the pressing of the gas pedal.
It is therefore imperative to ensure that the transmission has the proper quantity of fluid, and to be able to add fluid to the transmission if necessary. B When it's cold, the the fluid is always higher on the dipstick. However, checking a cold transmission is to be used for your reference only and the transmission must be checked again for correct fluid level at normal operating temperature. Lexus has been developed sophisticated transmissions through years and it is critical that you add the exact type of transmission fluid stipulated by your owner's manual typically in the back of the manual in a section titled Fluid Capacities. If there has been a missed interval of the tranny fluid.
The first lasted a day making the car seem like the demo I test drove. Find the transmission plug and loosen it, keep in mind that is not the same with the engine oil plug. Had it happened a twenty minutes earlier while I was on the baltimore beltway I-695 I would probably have been killed. I, should have mentined his name at the top. The car was returned and another fix by computer was done with no change to the querky, unsafe condition of this transmission. You can easily tell by pulling out the tranny dipstick and check these. With the engine still idling, check the fluid level and condition on the automatic transmission fluid dipstick.
I have driven only 10k since the fluids changed in 2007. You can feel the car change gear. I have had it in for service several times before the accident complaining about this problem. My wife was nearly broadsided in cross traffic pattern as the car hesitated as she attemped to turn onto a side street. .
The trans fluid kept turning almost black, and the coolant would also change a really dark color. I promptly returned the vehicle to the dealer for service. Check it when it is cold and running, the torque convertor drains and backfills the pan when it is not running and that is when the level seems too high. Sometimes it hesitates, sometimes it lurches. I had a 97 Lexus es300 and I had a Leak in the Power Steering System.
We took it in for the update but that did not fix the problem. In the spirit of full disclosure, the car is eight years old, is well maintained and has been driven 113,000 miles. Here at Advance Auto Parts, we work with only top reliable Automatic Transmission Fluid product and part brands so you can shop with complete confidence. I finally figured it out, and replaced the radiator. The consume explained that there is a lag time between stepping on the gas an the transmission responding. At current mileage of 32,000, the problem seems to be worsening. Transmission fluid is necessary to not only allow the transmission to shift through the gears, but also to cool the transmission.