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Car has to warm up before it will shift into gear, 1996

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Car has to warm...

Car has to warm up before it will shift into gear

Mechanic's Assistant: What model and year is your Toyota?

1996 lexus ls400

Mechanic's Assistant: Nice car. The Toyota Mechanic can help you with your '96 Toyota. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so he can help you best.

Takes a long time to shift into gear. Only backs up sometimes

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?

I have a transmission on hold. Was going to replace it

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you ready to speak with the Toyota Mechanic now?

Sure

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Toyota Mechanic: Skyvisions, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
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Did you check the trans fluid level? Is the fluid burnt. Any warning lights on?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No warning, fluid was low...Added fluid
Toyota Mechanic: Skyvisions, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Did the fluid have a burnt smell to it? When you engage reverse when it's cold will that click in faster than what it does in drive and does it slip fairly well at that point also?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No burnt smell.. car has to warm up before going into drive.....car drives forward while in reverse and neutral
Toyota Mechanic: Skyvisions, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Just to clarify you're saying if you have it in reverse the vehicle still moves forward and also a neutral it moves forward instead of sitting still?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Correct. The car will move forward in reverse and neutral
Toyota Mechanic: Skyvisions, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

That is what I was afraid of. This is an internal failure in the transmission typically a planetary has come apart and has locked the transmission into the gear. It will need to be replaced at this point or overhauled.

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Toyota Mechanic: Skyvisions, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Please do not forget to rate the assistance that I provided you at three or higher. If you need any other input feel free to reply and I will get back to you.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Car is in limp home mode
Toyota Mechanic: Skyvisions, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Sometimes if you remove both battery and put a jumper wire across the two cable isolated for the battery for 5 min. then reinstall it will do a hard reset and may take it out of limp mode. But I wouldn't trust driving the vehicle like this with the transmission doing what it's doing.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
you're saying disconnect the battery and place a jumper wire from the negative to the positive wires for 5 minutes
Toyota Mechanic: Skyvisions, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Yes that is correct. This will reset all of the computers to based learning mode. It will not fix the mechanical issue you're having in the transmission. If the torque converter inside the transmission is not working correctly it will give you the sensation that you're in limp mode or no power from the vehicle.

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