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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Re: Check engine and VSC lights on
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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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It likely had water on the ignition system. The check engine light will flash for misfire. The VSC light is on just because the check engine light is on. You likely have it dried out now and its fine. You just need to clear the codes. Autozone will do this for free.
I have the same issue with my 2007 Avalon XLS, 50,900 miles, but mine is ignition coil B. Had mine reset, as well and I came back on, along with the vsc and traction control light...I was told all three lights come on when the engine light pops on...ridiculous really!! I hope this **** is covered in my warranty as I have complete coverage...funny thing is I purchased the car looking for stability, had a 2000 dodge intrepid for ten years until she conked out on me a week before Christmas 2010! Now the 07' Avalon is acting up and I haven't had it for 6 months! Can anyone give us any explanation what these coil failures mean, and why my car feels like it's bucking when I'm driving it?? Thanks!!
On these cars and Toyotas also, if the engine computer sees an emissions problem, it will illuminate all of these lights. As long as the check engine light isn't flashing and it's not running funny, you should be ok to finish your trip. Keep in mind the traction control may not work if you were to get into a situation where it could be helpful. Recommend checking the gas cap to be sure it is tight, it should click 3 times minimum.
I'm not sure about the Lexus, but Nissan and other vehicles with the VSC usually will be on until you can drive on a straight road for approximately 2-3 miles without stops and about the same speed during the reset process. The interstate or some type of hwy will reset this light once the vehicle has learned the Vehicle Stabilization Control in which is learned by the way you drive and enables the car to have stable control. Hope this helps out, if this doesn't work, I would take it in for more diagnostics.
I took mine to the dealer to find out why the VSC, Trac off, and check engine lights are on. They said it is the camshaft position sensor, it retards the timing, and causes it to lose power when climbing. Also, 1 of every 30 to 50 scions have this problem. Sounds like it should be recalled for this. The cost of replacement is about $500 bucks. Get your dry belts and valve cover gaskets changed at the same time to avoid labor charges later. I couldn't believe the dealer charges $89 bucks an hour for labor these days, Rediculous. At least it comes with a a 12 month unlimited mileage warrenty.
My 2000 Lexus GS 400 just had the VSC/VSC off light and the check engine light come on. I would have to push the accelarator peddle all the way down to get it to go. Took it to the Toyota dealer and the code pulled up as the Throttle Position Sensor was out. Purchased one and having it put in. Will update if this fixes the problem.