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1996 Lexus es 300, transmission is slipping. It started just with a little shaking when I was taking off at a red light. Now a few weeks later its gotten much worse. Finally it stopped shifting at all and the car rolled to a stop. I have not seen any fluid leaking out. But the fluid was low. I added a quart and was able to drive the car home but the transmission was slipping but was able to drive the 5 miles home and stayed up with traffic. Any Ideas? If this is a $3500 problem I will be getting another vehicle to drive?.

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Depending on the amount of damage done driving it low on fluid you may be able to salvage more use out of it. The first thing you gotta do is change the filter and gasket inside the transmission pan. Check the owners manual and be sure to replace it with the correct type and amount of automatic transmission fluid. It might even help to get your local mechanic or parts store to recommend the best transmission additive available. After and only after you've done all this. You wait until low traffic time and drive it in the immediate area until such time as you can tell that it's shifting and not slipping at all. If it has "any" slip it will only continue to get worse. Don't let anyone sell you some 6 buck a quart fluid for the change unless that's the only one the manufacturer recommends. Good luck. This repair, if you are mechanically inclined and have a suitable jack to safely get under the car to change the filter, shouldn't be bank breaking. You may have to go to your local mechanic. But even a hundred or so is better than the pocket emptying transmission overhaul.

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