I had that happen in a 1996 Camry V6. Lift the car and support it on jack stands, never get under the car supported with only one jack. I have taken the car to the dealer on at least two occasions for this issue. Automatic Transmission problem 26 Car won't go into gear properly during stop-and-go traffic or pull out into traffic while turning a corner, resulting in unsafe situations as noted by other cars' horns honking and brakes being applied. It seems the car's electronics does not regognize the accelerator's request for fuel under those conditions. It has 86000 km mileage - around 60000 miles. If it was a total flush then all the fluid was replaced with new.
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. It then shifts back to the low gear, red-lines again and repeats the process. This is an intermittent problem which makes it especially unnerving. I finally figured it out, and replaced the radiator. Also a problem with the car trying to decide what gear to be in when going around 20 to 25 miles per hour.
Now I live in virginia. Engines revs but transmission will not catch. Researching Lexus forums indicates this is a wide spread problem for 2002, 2003 years at least. I took my car back to the Lexus dealer telling them that the fuild was over filled, they did not agree and my Service Consultant told me that this is what it is supposed to be as per Lexus recommendations. This flaw has been recognized by multiple dealerships and by Lexus customer service. Before adding transmission fluid, make sure that your engine was running when you checked the fluid level. I've done this since that conversation and the performance is still sub standard and in stop and go traffic still unpredictable and dangerous.
In the spirit of full disclosure, the car is eight years old, is well maintained and has been driven 113,000 miles. The car seems to shift into a very low gear where rpm is nearly red-line and power is almost non-existent. Several near accidents at stop signs and traffic lights. This condition is very dangerous when moving into traffic or turning a corner. . The 'rpms' will rise extremely high, before the transmission figures out what gear to shift into in order to comply with the request of the driver's action.
During this time, the car often goes into a neutral condition and takes a couple seconds before power is returned to the wheels. The consumer has not been pleased with the shifting performance of the vehicle. Lexus dealer states this is normal. The third condition occurs during full throttle acceleration. Passengers even have asked what was that? Pull the dipstick out and place the funnel in the hole. There are three very obvious symptoms that have been occurring ever since I purchased the vehicle.
Buy synthetic oil for your 2002 Lexus Es300 3. Superior protection against wear, improved fuel economy and better performance under extreme temperatures. The second condition occurs when you go from a slowing situation into an acceleration situation. The problem is so bad that the consumer intends to get rid of the vehicle. I have driven only 10k since the fluids changed in 2007. The patch does not work, and the condition is a safety problem.
If the level is low, add the appropriate automatic transmission fluid for your vehicle. We took it in for the update but that did not fix the problem. Change interval based on your Es300's recommendation. The manufacturer installed a software upgrade but it only slightly improved the performance. The car was returned and another fix by computer was done with no change to the querky, unsafe condition of this transmission.
I keep being told its normal, it seems hundreds of others have complained, but I'm not getting anywhere. Lexus customer service says the car is performing as designed and no further modifications are planned. Lexus of tulsa has quoted a transmission replacement of 4200-4600 dollars this is unacceptable. The sudden acceleration causes a rapid and jerky throttle response to mild accelerator pedal input. This question was directed to homemechanic.
Unfortuneately there is no warranty on services in the sense you are talking about. Ar hesitates on acceleration, lunges at times, searches for proper gear and shifts hard. When oil is working properly, it will clean as well as lubricate. The trans fluid kept turning almost black, and the coolant would also change a really dark color. . Also I have had problems with the car down shifting as I come down a hill.
Pull out the dipstick and wipe it clean with a rag be careful, fluid is hot. The vehicle seems to be attempting to decide how to respond to the action of the accelerator being pressed whether to remain in the current gear, or down-shift for quick acceleration. This fluid may be darker than new fluid just do to age and use. It isn't working very well. . I only know of two. Unfortunately, that was nearly a year ago and I'm still waiting.