2000 LEXUS RX 300 DRIVE LIGHT & HEADLIGHTS FLICKER &

  • Tiny
  • Krista_T
  • 2000 Lexus RX 300

Electrical problem
2000 Lexus RX 300 6 cyl All Wheel Drive Automatic 130000 miles

Symptoms:
1) The clock goes back to 1 pm each morning. This has been happening since February;
2) About 3 months ago, the transmission went out. I took it to 4 places and they all said I need to rebuild mine or buy a used one. I bought a used one from a 2003 and it was swapped out.
3) NOW. Sometimes when I'm driving, the green drive light (the letter D that appears near the speedometer on the dashboard panel) starts flickering. It doesn't go out completely, but it flickers. If it is night time, I can also see that the headlights are flickering.
Whenever this happens, the car starts to shift really rough. The car kind of stutters and jerks. It doesn't stall or anything, and it does shift, but it just feels wrong. If I were in a manual transmission car, it would be as though I'd let the clutch out too soon during a shift.

I took it to the Lexus dealer, explained these issues. They were totally lost. They focused on examining the transmission. They said they adjusted the neutral safety switch, charged me $300 and sent me on my way. Needless to say the problem did not go away and I am reluctant to go back since they looked at me like I was nuts when I described the issue. I have had the car for 3 years and I KNOW something is not right. But what IS it?

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 AT 8:19 PM

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  • Big_Jay
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It sounds like you have a loose ground wire. I would either look for a ground thats off or loose or try and go back to the person you had put it in and have him check if u cant see.

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 AT 8:39 PM
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Wow, that doesn't sound so bad. I'm really kind of mad at the Lexus dealer now, but I'll look into the ground wire tomorrow. Thank you!

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 AT 9:23 PM
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The trans should have at Least 1 ground on it and sometimes 2.

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 AT 11:07 PM

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