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Need help with lights - what do I do?

Sorry, not sure if this is the right place to post this or not, I'm new here. I am also a 23 year old girl who knows nothing about cars so hopefully I can use the right words to explain..

Today when I started up my 07 Rav4 (limited model), I thought the engine sounded loud but not too out of the ordinary so I put it in reverse to back out of the driveway. Immediately the engine started making a loud noise and shaking the whole car. Three lights lit up so I pulled back into the driveway and turned the car off to check the manual. The lights were: VSC, check engine, and 4WD. The manual just said "take it to a dealer".

Well it's Sunday, so I can't take it to the dealer. And it's finals week at my college so I'm really busy through Thursday and won't get done at school in time to take it since they close at 5.

I started the car up again and the lights were off and the engine sounded normal again. I drove it to the store and back and it seemed fine.

I should mention that the car was serviced about two weeks ago. The oil was changed, two recall things were fixed (something about a window mechanism and some rear suspension clips). While they were doing the clips, they realized my rear sway bar was broken. So they replaced it ($220). Also, my front brakes needed resurfacing so they took care of that too. They had been at 5% so they needed done. Everything was running great after that until today when those lights came on.

I guess my questions are: since the lights turned off does that mean the problem resolved itself? Should I still take it to the dealer? Why was the engine so loud? Will it be okay if I wait until Thursday when my exams are over?

Thank you so much for any help you can give me! I'm worried about it and frustrated that I just spent so much money getting everything fixed and now seems like I will have to spend more....
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The first thing you should do is pull the dipstick and make sure your motor oil is at the proper level. If that checks out, and it starts and runs normally, take it to an auto parts place like AutoZone or Advance Auto Parts and have them check the codes. They will do it for free and it will show the codes stored in memory from when the lights were on. This should narrow down the problem.

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Yes, it's the right place to post. And welcome!

Is it a V6 ("V6" on grill)? How many miles?

Check its oil & have the codes read as Junebug says. Make a list for us. We'll interpret for you.

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Yes it is a V6, it has slightly under 88k miles on it. I bought it used in 2009 and at that time it had 34k miles on it.

I will try to get to a store and see if they will get the codes for me. Thank you for the replies so far! I appreciate it.
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Well I took it to the Toyota dealership and they read the codes for me:

U0105
B1421
B1424
B1441
B1446

The guys there are pretty nice. They told me that sometimes when it's really cold outside that this will happen because the injector didn't get enough fuel fast enough, and that causes a misfire. So basically it was just a fluke. They said it most likely won't happen again and if it does, to bring it back and they will start looking deeper. They did not charge me anything. It has been running fine ever since the one incident, so hopefully they are right.
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Sounds like a good dealership! They apparently didn't try to sell some sort of high-priced "fix" as sometimes happens, especially since some unscrupulous car dealers try to take advantage of supposedly unknowing females. Good that so far the problem appears to have been a fluke.

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Yes I'm glad they don't try to push things on me that I don't really need. The Toyota dealership in my hometown kept trying to get me to let them change my transmission fluid and flush it....$500...when my car only had 40k miles on it! Little did they know, I do know enough to check my own fluids, and when I checked it right in front of them they become unfriendly in a hurry.
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Yes I'm glad they don't try to push things on me that I don't really need. The Toyota dealership in my hometown kept trying to get me to let them change my transmission fluid and flush it....$500...when my car only had 40k miles on it! Little did they know, I do know enough to check my own fluids, and when I checked it right in front of them they become unfriendly in a hurry.
Good one. May be next time you should play dumb just to mess with them

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