I changed out the front driver side CV axle on my 04 Lexus RX330. Incidentally I also change that a bunch of the front end suspension, but I doubt that’s related. When I pulled the old CV, about a quart and a half of transmission fluid poured out, which i wasn’t expecting. I read that it can be common, but the volume seemed really high. After putting everything back together, I went ahead and drained the rest of the transmission fluid and filled it back up.
When i went to test, i heard a high pitch squeal when i went into reverse (no gas yet, not moving). I turned off the car, panicked, gathered myself and started again. Squeal was much less and very brief.
When I put it in reverse and applied gas, it moved like normal, backing up the driveway for a way. When i put it in drive, i got not engagement. Then i was getting the same results in reverse, no motion.
After stopping and starting the car again, i had movement in reverse. But in drive i have to really give it gas to get any motion. When I google “delayed engagement” it seems to describe it well. Going back to reverse seem to still have the delay issue.
One note: when it does engage, it’s a gradual motion. It doesn’t lurch.
I read about the idea that the cv axle might not be in all the way, but the symptoms do not seem aligned.
Any ideas folks?