The easiest way to do this is to have someone that has the machine that you disconnect one line that is going to the trans cooler and hook up to machine , it takes the fluid coming out and puts new back in on the other side. In my opinion, if you are doing regular pan oil changes 15-30 k you will be fine with what ever you change in the pan. The tools and materials are available at your local auto parts store and your local Toyota or Lexus dealer. In the hundreds of thousands of miles. My 02' Rx300 is at 35000km right now. Handling is secure, though not agile and aided by standard stability control. Complaint Number: 10274219 Incident Date: February 20, 2009 Date Added to File: June 18, 2009 Description of the Complaint: On february 20, 2009, I was driving my 2002 lexus rx300 with approximately 79k miles when it would not shift into overdrive.
Was the fluid black and odorous on the first 15k change and each susequent fluid change? I'm also learning that others have experienced this model of lexus suv jumping out of gear and locking up the axles while the vehicle is in motion. The local dealer at the place where my car broke down wants to replace the entire transmission for 4K!! The demographics of the surrounding neighborhood determine where that transmission shop is located. Everything in car care comes down to a matter of risk. The workmanship from this dealer is at best poor. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who stated that the transmission replaced. It happened with no notice causing my engine to slow on the road and then was rear ended by another vehicle. Especially the latest generation of Dextron that has a high synthetic content and excellent life characteristics.
Complaint Number: 10202584 Incident Date: September 1, 2007 Date Added to File: September 11, 2007 Description of the Complaint: Failure of torque converter in automatic transmission, resulting in total failure of automatic transmission. Has anyone lodged official complaints with Lexus customer service, and how was the response? My mom, who has owned a Lexus for 12 years swears by Fulton Ave. The only maintenace I'm very meticlous about is oil-changes, do them myself every 4k with syn oil. Shouldn't this be a recall? I have news for everyone again. And their customer support folks at the 800 number are just pawns of somebody who will not give in to customer pressures. I brought vehicle to repair shop where I was informed that the knock sensors needed to be replaced.
And that's absolutely crucial if you value your automatic transmission. I own a 2002 rx300 and the transmission failed at about 100,000 miles. Lexus Corporate continues to bury their heads in the sand regarding this issue and pretend that all is rosy. I'm probably more agressive than the average Lexus driver but not really bad compared to most of the other So Cal drivers and I do tend to drive a bit more than average 16-17k a year with a good bit of city driving. Leave the front bolts in for about a minute to drain as much out of the back of the pan as possible.
Simply draining and refilling is sufficient. The independent transmission shop that I took the car to showed me information that indicated the Lexus vehicles from 1998 - 2002 have a history of significant transmission problems. I had them replaced and vehicle seemed to be working fine. We were not too sure about the cost and timeframe she proposed, and got it towed to our city for our local dealer and Lexus cust service to take a look at. The mechanic says the clutch is burned out, requiring a new transmission.
The failure mileage was 57,465. They need to hear it collectively from all of the owners of the failied trannys. I know it is not Lexus but the principal on trans fluids is the same. The reason your transmission fluid looks dark is because you've just been having a portion of the fluid drained out and new fluid added. Other than that, speculation could include driving habits, cold climate vs. Has anyone lodged official complaints with Lexus customer service, and how was the response? Shouldn't this be a recall? While driving 55 mph, the vehicle suddenly slowed down and began to sputter. And that's absolutely crucial if you value your automatic transmission.
Please keep us posted on what you determine. It is really a hydraulic oil and a cooling medium for the trans as well as a lube medium. No prior warning, no engine check light, no transmission temperature alarm. What I took out did not alarm me and I am not concerned about going another 40 or 50,000 before another change. The first replacement transmission I found hoses and bolts missing on the transmission to engine and vacuum lines disconnected.
It stays very clean and functions for a long long time. Not only does this completely replace the existing fluid, but also cleans the wire mesh filter inside the transmission. You could really make a heck of a case to Lexus with some imperical data like that. Since the oil from the cooler line is direct oil leaving the torque converter you are getting a direct purge of the oil that is of the most concern. As I said, the trans oil is not contaminated by blow by or contaminates like engine oil is. The procedure you use also involves risk. If you are towing you might want to do a total replacement.
I just had mine flushed about a month ago and the fluid looks like new, pinkish in color. Flushes might work great in some circumstances. . Thats not nomal, it may be what needs to be done I doubt that too but its not what would be expected of a vehicle of this caliber and cost. The number one reason being that most people never have their transmission serviced until it fails.