Vac and check engine light came on after oil change and smoke under hood

Asked by Dec 24, 2013 at 05:54 PM about the 2005 Toyota Highlander Base V6 AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I received an oil change at 4:30pm yesterday and drove 1/4 mile home.  I noticed a
strong odor assuming it was oil.  Today after driving 4 miles, I noticed the odor becoming
stronger smoke coming from under the hood.  I pulled into a parking lot and called the
shop.   I left the car in the parking lot for 2 hours before driving back to the shop.  No
smoke on the way back. Told to call on Thursday is it came back.   Driving away, more
smoke and the VSC check engine light came on.  Brought it back but no one qualified to
run a diagnostic.  Said it could be any of 2000 things and ok to drive.  Is it okay to drive?
What are the likely causes?

9 Answers

they left the damned oil cap off~....seen it before...inspect where you put the oil in....this cap may be missing~

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

okay they've even got them available in colored anodized aluminum~

the out-of-control crankcase pressure would turn on a few lights~

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

to answer your question...NO it is not "okay to drive" put the cap back...check the oil level (probably not much left) and when you returned perhaps they out of embarrasment put it back without sayin' nothin'....probably the leak is gone because 17 year old technician put the cap back without sayin a thing...problem solved....a nasty letter could not possibly hurt~

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Houston, we have a problem~~~~


I agree with judge. Not ok to drive. Check oil level. If you can't locate the issue I would have it towed to the shop. Then if it was thier mistake that caused it have them pay tow bill. Might want someone else to look at it to cause less than honest shop owners would never admit to making a mistake.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

admittedly...I've done stupid stuff like this in my short time as a neighborhood mechanic in Berkeley....hippies are stinky....and broke....stay away from them~


Not all of us hippies are stinky and broke!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

2000 things.....what imagination.....I can list only left the drain plug cap um the filter was out of stock, so you substituted a saturn one which leaked to free the monkey~

Your Answer


Looking for a Used Highlander in your area?

CarGurus has 30,982 nationwide Highlander listings starting at $2,500.


Toyota Highlander Experts

  • #1
    Wendy Tucker
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
  • #3
    Shawntele Lewis
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Pilot
505 Great Deals out of 36,299 listings starting at $500
Used Toyota 4Runner
273 Great Deals out of 23,163 listings starting at $2,300
Used Toyota RAV4
672 Great Deals out of 45,925 listings starting at $1,195
Used Acura MDX
434 Great Deals out of 16,820 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Camry
892 Great Deals out of 81,516 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Highlander Hybrid
27 Great Deals out of 1,830 listings starting at $3,500
Used Honda CR-V
719 Great Deals out of 56,956 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Explorer
902 Great Deals out of 68,146 listings starting at $1,295
Used Nissan Pathfinder
364 Great Deals out of 26,547 listings starting at $1,500
Used Toyota Sienna
374 Great Deals out of 26,517 listings starting at $1,799
Used Toyota Tacoma
545 Great Deals out of 44,376 listings starting at $1,790
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
839 Great Deals out of 69,928 listings starting at $700
Used Toyota Sequoia
106 Great Deals out of 5,402 listings starting at $2,500

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Toyota Highlander For Sale
15 Great Deals out of 14,005 listings starting at $26,987
2016 Toyota Highlander For Sale
55 Great Deals out of 1,482 listings starting at $23,799
2015 Toyota Highlander For Sale
111 Great Deals out of 3,028 listings starting at $18,500
2014 Toyota Highlander For Sale
46 Great Deals out of 1,123 listings starting at $17,894
2013 Toyota Highlander For Sale
50 Great Deals out of 1,101 listings starting at $12,487

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.