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My Wheels wont turn in my RX 300 2001

My check engine has been on for some time now. I do regular servicing for oil, transmission fluid etc. This problem occured before with my gas cap not being tightly closed. I was told that a belt was loose once, but never did anything about it. I have had the car for 4yrs now and it currently has 98,000 miles on it I noticed the car jumping a tad bit which was very unusual. I got stuck in the snow where I was parked last night and this morning I was helped by some gentleman to get unstuck and it never happened. They began telling me that my wheels were not moving! They checked my transmission oil which the level of content was good! What am I looking at as the possible culprit?

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  • fedavis123 Jan 19, 2009

    I don't know if my differential was ever checked, I will call the shop to check and see if this is a standard procedure that comes along with the oil change service I do routinely! I did turn the car off during the process of trying get unstucked and the car sort of reset itself and I was able to move, but shortly thereafter I was unable to move. I will try to get pushed or towed out of the spot as there was a stalled car parked in front of me and a parked car behind me.



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  • fedavis123 Jan 19, 2009

    It's funny that for days now I have only driven with my AWD engaged and the last time I remember the car jumping as if the transmission was slipping was again when I was driving in inclimate weather with my all wheel drive on again. Thank Guys!

    I never would have correlated the scenario as such.

  • Paul  Rose
    Paul Rose Jan 28, 2009

    It's amazing --the EXACT same thing happened to me, I got stuck in the snow and then turned the car off and back on, was able to reverse then not able to move forward again. My friend told me that none of my tires were spinning. How did you end up getting your RX300 out of the snow?

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Could Be Your Deferential When Was The Last Time You Changed The Fluid In There? Also If The Car Was Stuck The Tires May Not Spin Due To Positraction This Will Cause Neither Tire To Spin As It Switch's Back And Forth Trying To Go.

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  • Michael Fisher
    Michael Fisher Jan 19, 2009

    Also Id Check My Transmission Level.

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