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2000 es300 lexus auto w overdrive button overdrive 4th gear not work

97-2002 model pretty much same car
press overdrive button on and off works you can see the indicator light on dash but when driving and speeds over 45mph or so car stays in 3 rd gear. so car revs to 5k around 65mph
this is 4 speed automatic
someone said could be solenoid in transmission be problem
Anything I can do and how much you thnk?

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  • adsmobile4u Nov 20, 2008

    ok there is engine light on I will have it check ed


  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    OK, the 1st thing to do is have the system's electronics tested for trouble codes, based on what you said there will be codes, any of the many chain auto parts store's do this for free, Kragen is where I send most folks.



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There isn't anything wrong with your car. This is perfectly normal. I have a 2000 ES300 as well as other people that I know and it operates in the same way. Overdrive doesn't mean the same thing for every car or transmission. In our case overdrive is simply a reference to the top gear which is 4th gear. When you switch overdrive off(which is depressing the button causing the O/D OFF dash light to illuminate,) the highest gear becomes 3rd because you turned 4th gear or overdrive off. The application scenario for this is usually mountainous terrain where a lot of uphill driving makes it more feasible not to up shift into 4th gear while ascending and descending. It will not switch back to overdrive or 4th gear until you re-engage it by turning the overdrive back on or repressing the button. Again, when the O/D OFF dash light is illuminated, overdrive which is 4th gear is off and the highest gear will then become 3rd. It will never shift into 4th gear while this light is illuminated or overdrive is off. When you press the button and the O/D OFF dash light is NOT illuminated overdrive is on and therefore it will shift into 4th gear as usual. This applies to all 97-2001 ES300's and probably any other car you drive tat exhibits this same type of change when overdrive is turned off.

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