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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....