2001 Lexus transmission catches while in reverse

  • by: PAUL BRAND
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 3:52 PM

Q I'm having a problem with the automatic transmission in my '01 Lexus ES with 125,000 miles on it. The reverse gear hesitates when I shift into reverse, catches, hesitates again, then catches and moves the car. The problem is not present when the engine is cold but appears after warm-up. It hasn't gotten worse over the last year but is especially bad when backing up an incline. A transmission mechanic suggested I use reverse gently but it would likely need a rebuild. I did have the transmission serviced several months before the problem started. Any thoughts?

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