I recently bought a 1999 Lexus RX300 that seems to not have been maintained well for the past few years. I am having issues with it not braking, automatically accelerating and suddenly shifting to a lower gear while accelerating or driving at a higher speed. To explain further, while driving it sometimes accelerates without my pressing on the gas. Then, if I try to slow down. It will not brake for a moment until I press harder on the brake then it will suddenly brake by jerking. I worry it will not brake at all sometime and I will run right into someone or some other vehicle. Furthermore, if I need to brake after I am stopped and accelerate again, it will brake with great difficulty. Additionally, if I am parking and need to back up a little and put it back in drive to park, it will brake with great difficulty. I get very close to hitting other objects or cars. It seems to be pure luck that this has not happened yet. I read in the manual something about this vehicle having two breaking systems and if one fails, I need to contact the dealer and never pump the breaks. I cannot spend a lot of money on this vehicle so I was wondering if there was ever a recall for these brake or transmission issues? I was also needing to know what basic things I should do first such as flushing transmission or using some fuel cleaners or oil additives. Do I simple need brake fluid or do I have a failed/failing break system? I appreciate your help and expertise.
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 AT 10:08 AM