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Below are some commonly found Toyota dashboard lights
4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}4-Wheel Drive indicator light

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The 4-Wheel Drive indicator comes on when H4, N or L4 mode is selected.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}4-Wheel Drive indicator warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

4-Wheel Drive
indicator light*
Indicates a malfunction in the four-wheel drive system.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}A-TRAC indicator

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Indicates that the Active Traction Control system (A-TRAC) has been activated.
The Active Traction Control system automatically helps prevent the spinning of four wheels when the vehicle is started or accelerated on slippery road surfaces.

Part-time 4WD models:
Stop the vehicle, shift the shift lever to N and shift the Front-Wheel Drive control lever into L4.

Full-time 4WD models:
Stop the vehicle, shift the shift lever to N and then push and turn the four-wheel-drive control switch to L4L.
Press the A-TRAC switch to  activate the system. At this time, the A-TRAC indicator will come on. To cancel the system, push the switch again.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}ABS warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

ABS warning light


Indicates a malfunction in:

  • The ABS or
  • The Brake Assist system

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}ABS warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

ABS warning light

Indicates a malfunction in:

  • The ABS or
  • The Brake Assist system

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Auto LSD indicator

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Indicates that the Automatic Limited Slip Differential (Auto LSD) has been activated.
The Auto LSD system aids traction by using the traction control system to control engine performance and braking when one of the rear wheels begins to spin.
The system should be used only when wheel spinning occurs in a ditch or rough surface.

System operation

Press the VSC off switch to turn on the system. At this time, the Auto LSD and VSC off indicators will come on. To turn off the system, press the switch again.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Automatic running boards indicator warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Automatic running boards indicator light*

Indicates a malfunction in automatic running boards.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Automatic transmission fluid temperature warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Automatic transmission fluid temperature
warning light

Indicates a malfunction in the automatic
transmission system.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Automatic transmission fluid temperature warning light

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Follow the correction procedure.
After taking the specified steps to correct the suspected problem, check that the warning light goes off.

Warning light/details:

Automatic transmission fluid temperature
warning light

Indicates that the automatic transmission fluid temperature is too high.

Correction procedure:
Stop the vehicle in a safe place and shift the shift lever to P. If the light does not go off, contact your Toyota dealer.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Brake system warning light  (warning buzzer)

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Stop the vehicle immediately. Continuing to drive the vehicle may be dangerous.
This warning indicates a possible problem in the brake system. Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Toyota dealer.
 
Brake system warning light (warning buzzer)*

  • Low brake fluid
  • Malfunction in the brake system


This light also comes on when the parking brake is not released. If the light turns off after the parking brake is fully released, the system is operating normally.

*Parking brake engaged warning buzzer:
A buzzer will sound if the vehicle is driven at a speed of approximately 3 mph (5 km/h) or more.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Brake system warning light (warning buzzer)

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Stop the vehicle immediately. Continuing to drive the vehicle may be dangerous.
This warning indicates a possible problem in the brake system. Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Toyota dealer.
 
Brake system warning light (warning buzzer)*

  • Low brake fluid
  • Malfunction in the brake system


This light also comes on when the parking brake is not released. If the light turns off after the parking brake is fully released, the system is operating normally.

*Parking brake engaged warning buzzer: A buzzer will sound if the vehicle is driven at a speed of approximately 3 mph (5 km/h) or more.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Center differential lock indicator

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Indicates that the center differential has been locked (full-time 4WD models).

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Center differential lock indicator warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Center differential lock indicator light*
Indicates a malfunction in the 4-Wheel Drive system.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Charging system warning light

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Stop the vehicle immediately.
This warning indicates the possibility of damage to the vehicle that may lead to an accident. Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Toyota dealer.

Charging system warning light
Indicates a malfunction in the vehicle‘s charging system.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Crawl Control indicator

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Indicates that Crawl Control (CRAWL) is active.
Crawl Control allows travel on extremely rough off-road surfaces at a fixed low speed without pressing the accelerator or brake pedal. It minimizes loss of traction or vehicle slip when driving on slippery road surfaces, allowing for stable driving. The Crawl Control indicator comes on and the slip indicator flashes when operating.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Cruise control indicator light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Cruise control indicator light
Indicates a malfunction in the cruise control system.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Downhill Assist Control (DAC) system indicator

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With the Downhill Assist Control (DAC) system, the vehicle is able to descend a steep hill while maintaining a constant low speed of about 3 mph (5 km/h) without brake pedal operation. To operate the system, press the “DAC” switch. The Downhill Assist Control (DAC) system indicator will come on to indicate that the Downhill Assist Control system is activated. Pressing the switch again turns the system off.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}KDSS warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

KDSS warning light*

Indicates a malfunction in KDSS.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Low engine oil pressure warning light

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Stop the vehicle immediately.
This warning indicates the possibility of damage to the vehicle that may lead to an accident. Immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact your Toyota dealer.

Low engine oil pressure warning light
Indicates that the engine oil pressure is too low.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Low speed 4-Wheel Drive indicator

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Indicates that low-speed 4-Wheel Drive has been activated.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Low speed 4-Wheel Drive indicator warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Low speed 4-Wheel Drive indicator light*
Indicates a malfunction in the 4-Wheel Drive system.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Maintenance required reminder light

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Follow the correction procedures.
After taking the specified steps to correct the suspected problem, check that the warning light goes off.

Warning light/details:

Maintenance required reminder light:
Indicates that maintenance is required according to the driven distance on the maintenance schedule.

Warning light/details:

Illuminates for about 3 seconds and then flashes for about 15 seconds approximately 4500 miles (7200 km) after the maintenance data has been reset.

Correction procedure:

If necessary, perform maintenance.

Warning light/details:

Comes on and remains on if the distance driven exceeds 5000 miles (8000 km) after the maintenance data has been reset. (The indicator will not work properly unless the maintenance data has been reset.)

Correction procedure:

Perform the necessary maintenance. Please reset the maintenance data after the maintenance is performed.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Malfunction indicator lamp

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.  

Malfunction indicator lamp

Indicates a malfunction in:

  • The emission control system
  • The electronic engine control system
  • The electronic throttle control system or
  • The electronic automatic transmission control system

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Malfunction indicator lamp

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.  

Malfunction indicator lamp

Indicates a malfunction in:

  • The emission control system
  • The electronic engine control system
  • The electronic throttle control system or
  • The electronic automatic transmission control system

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Multi-terrain Select indicator

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Indicates that the Multi-terrain Select system is active.
The Multi-terrain Select system has four terrain modes. When a terrain mode is selected in accordance with terrain conditions, engine power and the Active Traction Control system is controlled to enhance off-road drivability. Additionally, guidance messages such as transfer mode selection advice are displayed on the accessory meter to assist the driver in operating the vehicle.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Multi-terrain Select indicator warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Multi-terrain Select indicator light*
Indicates a malfunction in the Multi-terrain Select system.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Power steering warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Power steering warning light

Indicates a malfunction in the power steering system.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Rear differential lock indicator

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The rear differential lock system is provided for use only when wheel spinning occurs in a ditch or on a slippery or rugged surface.
The rear differential lock system is effective in case one of the rear wheels is spinning. Press the switch to lock the rear differential. At this time, the rear differential lock indicator will flash. Wait a few seconds for the system to complete operation. After the rear differential is locked, the indicator will stop flashing and remain on. To unlock the rear differential, press the switch again.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Rear differential lock indicator warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Rear differential lock indicator light*
Indicates a malfunction in the rear differential lock system.

*If equipped.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Roll-sensing of curtain shield airbags off indicator

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Indicates that the Roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags (RSCA) have been turned off.
This switch only should be used in a situation where the inflation is not desired (such as during extreme off-road driving). Press and hold the on/off button for a
few seconds.

Vehicles without Smart Key System:

The RSCA OFF indicator turns on (only when the engine switch is in the ON position). The roll-sensing function for the curtain shield airbags and seatbelt pretensioners will turn back on automatically each time the engine switch is turned to the ON position.

Vehicles with Smart Key System:

The RSCA OFF indicator comes on (only when the ENGINE START STOP switch is in IGNITION ON mode). The roll-sensing function for the curtain shield airbags and seatbelt pretensioners will turn back on automatically each time the ENGINE START STOP switch is turned to IGNITION ON mode.

Operating conditions when the RSCA OFF indicator is illuminated:

  • The curtain shield airbags and seatbelt pretensioners will not activate in a vehicle rollover.
  • The curtain shield airbags will activate in a severe
    side impact.

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Slip indicator light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

Slip indicator
Indicates a malfunction in:

  • The VSC system
  • The TRAC system
  • The Active Traction Control system
  • The Auto LSD system
  • The Downhill Assist Control system
  • The Hill Start Assist Control system or
  • The Crawl Control system

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}SRS warning light

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Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.
Failure to investigate the cause of this warning may lead to the system operating abnormally and possibly cause an accident. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

SRS warning light
Indicates a malfunction in:

  • The SRS airbag system
  • The front passenger occupant classification system or
  • The seatbelt pretensioner system

4Runner-2013-{{imageAltName}}Tire pressure warning light

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Follow the correction procedures.
After taking the specified steps to correct the suspected problem, check that the warning light goes off.

Warning light/details:

Tire pressure warning light
When the light comes on:
Low tire inflation pressure

Correction procedure:
Adjust the tire inflation pressure (including the spare tire) to the specified level. The light will turn off after a few minutes. In case the light does not turn off even if the tire inflation pressure is adjusted, have the system checked by your Toyota dealer.

Warning light/details:
When the light comes on after blinking for 1 minute:
Malfunction in the tire pressure warning system.

Correction procedure:
Have the system checked by your Toyota dealer.

Still have questions or concerns?
Consult your Owner's Manual.

Consult your Owners Manual or schedule a service with a nearby dealership.

Caution*

*If a safety system warning light does not come on...

Should a safety system light such as the ABS and SRS airbag warning lights not come on when you start the hybrid system, this could mean that these systems are not available to help protect you in an accident, which could result in death or serious injury. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately if this occurs.

Dashboard icons are displayed in a variety of colors, depending on the system and its status in a specific vehicle. Yellow icons indicate an item of importance (such as low fuel), but are not necessarily a warning. Red icons indicate a condition that requires immediate attention, such as an open door or low engine oil pressure. See your vehicle's Owner's Manual for more details.

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