I did go to a Toyota dealership. In a rush to get help I left out quite a bit, it was the Master Maint. that was lit up (the large scary triangle).
The car would not turn over, so we jump started the small battery and the dash said we needed to park on a flat road and engage the parking break. After reading the manual, it maybe that the parking break was not totally engaged and that's what set off the Master Alarm (scary triangle). We wanted to be sure there was nothing else, so the car was taken in for a diagnostics check and that is when they told us that the cam shaft gear and the cam converter needed to be replaced.
Additionally, they said the axle seal was busted and the water pump needed to be replaced. I felt the axle and pump were immediate repairs so they are working on them now. What I want to know is how long can I put off replacing cam gear.. I need to come up with $4k to fix that.
I have never seen oil or water in my driveway, but will have them pop the hood and take a look at my new water pump.
They said the engine is acting like it's towing something and this is making it work harder than necessary, which is causing the exhaust to overheat (running lean) and send a code that the catalitic (sp?) converter is not working, but it is working fine, its the engine working hard.
Obviously, I don't know a thing about cars and my 'bro" was trying to be helpful and save me money in the long run. I'm taking the car to another shop for another quote.