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Vsc/traction and check engine light (orange lights) click on after about 5-10 sec turning on the car

This has happened in the past-went to few different mechanics where they scrolled through the computer and it said something about the exhaust? How ever-another time I was told was that it was a solenoid around the gas tank area. Parts were repalced about a year ago. I then had recent brake work done(new pads, rotors resurfaced, tires rotated. Thes lights di not come on immediately, but a few days after. It seems coincidental that it has occurred in the past following tire/brake work and it has been going on intermittently for two years. I have already put probably almost $1000 into this problem between them running the computer, parts and labor-I cannot believe this is an issue again and the part that is the greatest problem to me is that the vsc does not work, and the four wheel drive as well when these lights click on.

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  • Anonymous Jul 15, 2008

    replaced the oxygen sensors and put on a new fuel tank cap

  • 4running Aug 11, 2008

    went rafting for the weekend and noticed that, the loaded truck was running a little rough around 1500rpm - 2200rpm. The next day; the check engine and the VSC on and the VSC off lights went on.
    We have 240 000kms on the truck and have serviced everything but the front/center/rear diff.
    For the last few months we have been letting the fuel get down to the low fuel light. Has this caused the problem or had something to do with it?

    I'm just a little worried that I'm going to spend 1000s of dollars to fix many things that might be the problem, and find out that it is the last thing they check/fix. This just seams to be the way that everyone else has had to deal with this problem.
    Hope I get some good feed back, Cheers!


  • tfarnold Aug 12, 2008

    I have a 2001 Toyota 4Runner a couple months ago theVSC TRAC & check engine lights stay on, mechanic says there's no problem driving the car.

  • Anonymous Sep 25, 2008

    My Toyato RAV4 has the same problem, does that means i should ignore the indicaton light?

  • sweetrunner Jan 27, 2009

    I just had the Trac off and vsc trac and orange check engine lights have come on. wondering if I should have it checked.

  • gato1353 Mar 22, 2009

    vsc and vsc track ligths are on plus check engine, diferential liquids repaced 1 week ago front and back. is tthis and emission problem or just a blown up fuse? car performance is normal.

  • sbm13 Apr 09, 2009

    New mechanic suggested avoiding driving through deeper puddles-I have avoided them since and the lights have not come on again. My greatest concern when the lights came on was not whether it was drivable. but more that it could not be put into 4 wheel drive and the skid control did not engage.

  • Chris May 11, 2010

    What is the code(s) that it is throwing? If its a P0446 only, then the likely culprit is the VSV valve located on the charcoal canister. It could be a NUMBER of things, getting the code(s) is the first step. -C

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I have the same problem on my 2001 4Runner. I have been told and also researched that it has something to do with the fuel pressure and making sure the gas cap is on tight enough. The solution I have used...with minimal success...is to disconnect the battery which resets the VSC/traction/check engine light. Sometimes I can go two months without it coming back on and sometimes it comes back on in one day.

I wish Toyota would do a recall on this because it is more annoying that mechanically troublesome.

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I have had the same problem, i recently took mine to a mechanic and he says its the abs pump or one of the individual abs pump sensors located on each of the tires, makes sense, cause I originally thought it might be my master cylinder with the noise I am hearing as well.

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Off trac lights are on

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  • grldoll Apr 06, 2011

    Had the same problem. It was the sensor. Picked one up used at junk yard for 50.

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Check the trouble code that is causing check engine light to come on and repair that. That should take care of all the lights if they all came on at the same time

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