Alarm + VSC TRAC, TRAC OFF, ABS, Emergency Brake Light On

70

Asked by Dec 18, 2017 at 01:11 PM about the 2004 Toyota 4Runner

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The other day, about 10 seconds after starting my 2004 Toyota 4Runner SU
with a little over 181,000 miles on it, the VSC Track, Trac Off, ABS and
Emergency Brake light all came on, as well as a continuous alarm sound
(emitted primarily from the left-hand side of the steering wheel).

Turning the car off and back on did not help. Took it for a test drive to see how
it handled, and after about 15 minutes I noticed the brake pad locking up. I
had to press down hard on it for the car to slow down.

I turned the car off for about 2 minutes, started it again, and the alarm and all
those lights came back on, but after about 15 seconds it all stopped; the
alarm, the lights, and the brake was working just fine.

This has happened on two occasions, with about 5 days in between each
event.

My local mechanic says it might be the ABS or PCM system failing.

As a side note, my check tire pressure and "MAINT" light have been on for a
few weeks now as well, but we've had a cold weather spell and I haven't had a
chance to check the tires, and I just recently had an oil change and assume
they just failed to reset the "MAINT" gage. However, I wanted to mention this
in case it's related to the issue with the alarm, brakes and other lights coming
on...

Any thoughts and/or ideas on this is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

23 Answers

13,640

check your brake fluid if low all those lights will come on, but not the tire monitor light.

7 people found this helpful.
70

Is this still happening?/. Just happened to my husband this AM. All the lights and the siren - went for a few minutes then it stopped and seems fine to him. Wondering if you had more repairs? Thanks!

5 people found this helpful.
13,640

are you entering the vehicle with remote or key?

8 people found this helpful.
70

cjsras: thank you for the tip about the fluid. I haven't checked it yet, but we haven't had this happened anymore... also, we have both the remote and key, and the two times it's happened it's been with both. Kens-toyota: it has been about 2 weeks since it has happened, so hopefully it were 2 isolated incidents. I was told by two private mechanic shops and a Toyota dealership that it could be isolated occurrences, or a sensor going bad, or the ABS or computer system needing repair. That latter would be the worst case scenario. I'll provide an update should this happen again. I appreciate the responses!

7 people found this helpful.
13,640

your welcome.

70

Great to hear that you didn't have occur a lot! Ours is using key. I called Toyota as well and he said because we had unusual cold temps this am it could of affected it. That we shouldn't worry. We are at 183,000 so interesting that it's happening to us both at that Mileage!hopefully it's all a fluke for us both! Thanks!1

2 people found this helpful.
30

Hello , Did you ever figure out what was wrong? My Toyota 4Runner is doing the exact same thing. Thank you

3 people found this helpful.
180

My wife Toyota 4runner has the alarm going off and the abs light is on and brake light. And the trak light

7 people found this helpful.
180

My wife Toyota 4runner has the alarm going off and the abs light is on and brake light. And the trak light Has no brakes goes all the way to the floor

4 people found this helpful.
180

how do you fix this

7 people found this helpful.
13,640

Have the codes read.

1 people found this helpful.
40

My daughter's 2003 4Runner (141,000 mi) had the same: ABS & brake indicator lights as well as trak, VSC and audible alarm. She was driving when the warnings came on. A minute later, the car in front of her hit their brakes (to avoid another car). She hit her brakes and, when they didn't respond and her brake pedal got hard, she swerved into the next lane. Thank God, there were no other cars around and she ended up hitting the car in front of her. It will cost $3600 in body repair and $3700 to repair the anti-lock brake and brake assist systems. The owner's manual says to "stop immediately and contact Toyota dealer." Unfortunately,

4 people found this helpful.
100

Replace motor under brake fluid or computer next to e brake under dash

6 people found this helpful.

How you fix the problem?

100

Call me. I’ll facetime and show you. 904-472- 0829

2 people found this helpful.

My 4runner hit just over 200,000 miles. Then all the sudden I heard beeping, the dash light up with all the warming light, then about 2 minutes later, the engine stopped. I had it in the shop for a full inspection and fixes a few months ago so I'm not sure what could cause that.

10

hello did anyone get an answer for this? just happened to my GF car 152,000 miles. Did replacing the motor under brake fluid solve the problem? Thoughts?

1 people found this helpful.
20

My 2003 4 Runner is doing the same thing. The high pitch sound happens almost every time I turn on the car. I’ve had the car looked at and nothing seems to be wrong. Maybe it’s a malfunction in the Toyota 4Runner after a certain amount of miles????

2 people found this helpful.
100

Yes

My 2007 Lexus Rx350 just did it. Didn’t affect The drivability. Have 57,350 miles on it. Just had in for regular maint about a month ago. Did this several years ago and not again til now?

Im having a similar issur 02 toyota 4 runner at 225k miles and the VSC Track, Trac Off, ABS lights are on. No alarms though? Any thoughts?

13,640

Did you have the codes read??

70

It’s been over a year since I first posted in here - Toyota’s looked at it several times and never found a reason for it - they will reset it and it will stay off for a bit - then comes back on - we’ve only had the high pitched alarm sound once and that was over a year ago - just about to hit 200k -

Your Answer:

4Runner

Looking for a Used 4Runner in your area?

CarGurus has 547 nationwide 4Runner listings starting at $7,995.

Postal Code:

Toyota 4Runner Experts

  • #1
    Kurt Burton
    Reputation
    1,700
  • #2
    Papaobewon
    Reputation
    1,030
  • #3
    azurro
    Reputation
    950
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Tacoma
28 Great Deals out of 1,817 listings starting at $5,999
Used Toyota Highlander
25 Great Deals out of 1,333 listings starting at $4,600
Used Toyota Tundra
18 Great Deals out of 1,602 listings starting at $4,000
Used Toyota RAV4
72 Great Deals out of 3,376 listings starting at $4,400
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
59 Great Deals out of 4,887 listings starting at $3,499
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
10 Great Deals out of 1,301 listings starting at $3,690
Used Toyota Sequoia
179 listings starting at $4,999
Used Ford F-150
137 Great Deals out of 9,955 listings starting at $2,000
Used Ford Explorer
33 Great Deals out of 2,527 listings starting at $4,495
Used Honda Pilot
11 Great Deals out of 871 listings starting at $6,450
Used Toyota Camry
40 Great Deals out of 1,518 listings starting at $1,995
Used Jeep Wrangler
11 Great Deals out of 1,484 listings starting at $2,494

Used Cars for Sale

2019 Toyota 4Runner For Sale
237 listings starting at $46,155
2018 Toyota 4Runner For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 61 listings starting at $40,984
2017 Toyota 4Runner For Sale
27 listings starting at $38,310
2016 Toyota 4Runner For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 111 listings starting at $34,900
2015 Toyota 4Runner For Sale
46 listings starting at $30,339

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.