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Check engine and VSC lights on

Just purchased 2002 4Runner. First day to drive to work this am. Drove about 3 miles and VSC lights (2 of them), and check engine light came on. My husband is taking to mechanic today. Any ideas? We test drove on interstate w/no problem. Drove about 40 miles home. Only difference this morning (around 5:30 am) was cooler temperature outside, and dampness. Also, car had been sitting a few days w/out being driven.

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  • ufblue Nov 06, 2008

    Very helpful! Founds this site by glad I did!!!

  • jimmyjon Nov 28, 2008

    2001 4runner 2wd 125k never ran better. Today the svc & trac as well as the check engine light came on. Have not noticed anything at all different with performance. The owner's manual only sais to take to dealer, no explanation at all. I will take by local auto store for free code reading and post my findings.

    I will probably need some translating since I am not mechanical. Any assistance would be appreciated!

  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2008

    Same problem Trac off / VAC light on as well as check Engine came on this morning. Checked gas cap was loose. I tightend it but lights are still on. Any suggestions?

  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2009

    Had tranny changed on 02 fourunner now vsc and check engine lights wont go out

  • MICBM Jan 28, 2009

    I have a similar problem, however, my 2001 4Runner 4wd just had the transmission replaced. I was driving when I heard it pretty much eat itself and finally **** out on me. The transmission shop remanufactureed the tranny using an RE340E (??) at $2,255.00. When I picked up the car last night it had the VSC/TRAC and VSC OFF indicator lights on along with a CEL. Not only that but it seems to be driving in "Limp Mode" since I can literally watch my gas gauge drop faster than my checking account! I'm sure it has something to do with the transmission change. Help!

    Also, should the guys that changed my transmission be responsible for making sure this gets fixed?

  • Anonymous Mar 03, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 2002 Toyota 4runner, with the cel and the trac off lights. only thing is that it only comes on when I hit a pot hole or drive down a bumpy road. I can reset it by disconnecting the battery, and it is fine until the next bad road. Any ideas?

  • Anonymous May 26, 2009

    2002 Toyota 4 runner, 2 wheel drive. TRAC OFF and VSC OFF and check engine lights are all on, should i take it to the dealer or is it a simple fix that i can take care of?

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    while driving 77-80 mph... the escape hybrid showed a triangle with ?in the told u to pull over husband turned off the engine...wited started up again...drove bout 3 miles did it again...... whats that mean

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    New starter put in, picked up car & oil lamp light on. Parked car overnight, driving to work on interstate when check engine light comes on then engine shuts off. Same shop said ck engine was a transmission code. Diagnosis:Torch converter lock up clutch, same 2 warning lights remain on. Do I take to a transmission shop?

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    Mechanic reset VSC and check engine light but then it came back on



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I talked to you on the live chat, and I think that you may have missed the end of my typing...

What I went on to say is that more often than not, on the 02 4Runners, the Check and VSC lights in tandem look mainly after the emission system, and, since you stated no issues during the road test, I would guess that it is a fuel issue (too full/loose gas cap). But, if you can get the vehicle scanned, I will be very glad to provide you with more and better info if you provide me with the DTC codes. That would require your guy or an autozone hookup to a scan tool. I hope my clarification helps; and the graciouness of a FIxYa rating for this question would be greatly appreciated

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Took my 2002 toyota 4runner in for a smog. the trac light wouldnt come on for the test. the tech said he couldnt complete the test. any ideas toyota ed ?? thanks.

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