What does the Toyota TRAC OFF light mean?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and tricks on Sunday, October 29th, 2017 at 3:09 pm
What does TRAC OFF light mean

When you get a new vehicle, it’s important to understand what all the buttons and lights mean. Even if you’ve owned a car for a while, perhaps an indicator pops up that you’ve never seen before. If you are wondering about the TRAC OFF light or button in your Toyota, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll walk you through what the button does and what it means when the indicator light shows up on your dashboard.

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Toyota TRAC OFF indicator meaning

Toyota VSC off indicator
If you notice the TRAC OFF light come on your Toyota dashboard, that means you have pressed the TRAC OFF button, likely located on the left side of the steering wheel. Whether you pushed the button on purpose or on accident, it disables your vehicles TRAC (traction control) and/or VSC (vehicle stability control) systems. The VSC indicator looks like a vehicle sliding with the word OFF.

When should you turn off TRAC?

Toyota TRAC OFF indicator
When your Toyota gets stuck in snow or mud, you may need to disable TRAC or VSC. The systems may reduce power transferred from the engine to the wheels, which is not ideal when you’re stuck. Disabling the systems can make it easier to rock your vehicle and free it from the snow or mud. To turn it off, all you need to do is press the TRAC OFF button. You will know you were successful when the TRAC OFF indicator pops up on your dashboard. Simply push the button again to turn it back on.

Are you wondering about other indicators or buttons in your Toyota? Feel free to get in touch with our team at Toyota Vacaville or contact your local Toyota dealer for more information.

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26 Responses to “What does the Toyota TRAC OFF light mean?”

  1. Florin Gabor says:

    Hi there. I own a Toyota RAV4 (2012). The TRC OFF light came on while i was driving. I dudn’t touch anything, i didn’t switch any buttons, it just came on and i don’t know why? A bit strange but worried now in case there’s a problem. What could it be? Thank you.

  2. Matt says:

    When it does it on it’s own, this is not a helpful post.

  3. MiMi Jimenez says:

    I can push the button on the console in my 2017 iM and it says Traction Control off. Pushing it again produces the same message. How do I know when its actually on as there is no indication on my dash display.

  4. I have a 2004 Toyota Sienna VAN. Trac Sca have come on my dash board. What does this mean? The indicator light is also on say check the engine. What do I need to do?

  5. Raafat Meckeil says:

    Hi there. I own a Toyota RAV4 (2012). The TRC OFF light came on while i was driving. I dudn’t touch anything, i didn’t switch any buttons, it just came on and i don’t know why? A bit strange but worried now in case there’s a problem. What could it be? Thank you.

  6. Jesus flores says:

    Yesterday the Trac off light came on. I pressed the Trac button but turn on but that does not help it

  7. Rich says:

    I have a 2015 Toyota Sienna AWD XLE today my engine light came on and my display it reads “Traction control off” & “Check AWD System”. Not sure what to do? Any suggestions?

  8. Ray says:

    Today the Trac off light came on. I pressed the Trac button to turn it on but that does not help.

  9. Jerry says:

    Idiot, go to the dealer.

  10. Gregory O Carter says:

    My engine light and my traction off light came on

  11. Kenfreed says:

    I have a 2005 toyota 4runner the vsc trac vsc off and also the check engine lights are came on.how can you help me?

  12. Christin says:

    Rich, we have the same year van and the same thing happened to us today, did you find a fix?

  13. Stan Adamski says:

    VSC, & VSC Trac lites ,& check engine light came on. Can I fix myself?

  14. Chris says:

    Rich and Christin, we also have the same model van, and the same thing just happened to us.

  15. Dorothy Hajdasz says:

    Traction off light came on as well as the 4WD light while I was driving. What do I do to make them go ogg.

  16. Angelo says:

    The track off lite was on I desconected the battery for 5 minutes, and whent away,but I’m worrying, if there is anything wrong with the car, any way,

  17. Lupy says:

    My check engine light came on with the tracks action control turned off I want to know how to turn it on

  18. Ifee says:

    After an accident on high lander 2015 we started experiencing the TRAC OFF display on the dashboard. What is the advise on what next to do

  19. Peggy Eller says:

    Track off light just came on. Unable to get back to on. Check engine light on. Unable to use cruise control. Advise?

  20. Mansur Sajady says:

    Trap lights came on and the engine light while driving and the vehicle was in Cruz control. Lose Cruz control power and the engine and trac light is still on. What to do? Cruz control is not have power and not working?

  21. Mansur Sajady says:

    I have Toyota Highlander 2013, while driving in the highway. The car was on Cruz control. All of a safe lost Cruz control and the trac and the engine light came on, but the car runs ok. Lost power of Cruz control I can set it up it is not working there is no power when I try to torn on the Cruz bottom. What to do please thanks.

  22. Everettsaist says:

    To turn TRAC off, simply push and release the VSC OFF button. The “TRAC OFF” indicator light should come on. Push the button again to turn TRAC back on.

  23. My 2003 4 runner and other Toyota cars will do sa me! The problem? Gas cap not on correctly! Why? Because system for gasoline is airtight to reduce emmissions! Fix? Take off cap rescrew on until it clicks once, then, disconnect positive battery cable for 30-60 seconds. Reattach cable lights should go off once car starts! If this helped please click MY HELPFUL LINK Thank You!

  24. Angel says:

    2013 rav4 trac off button and engine light came on and no acceleration after battery was boosted off from leaving on lights. Any ideas?

  25. Nanat says:

    My Tack Off light is one. Have pushed the VSC button on d left of my steering wheel that only turns the VSC Light on. What do i do? Is there. Problem? Im confused

  26. Betsy says:

    Our engine and trac lights come on together, monthly, it seems. After paying to tighten the gas cap, we tighten and take off the battery cable for 10 minutes. It works but has anyone had success with a new gas cap?

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