Learn about the VSA vehicle balance support system on Honda vehicles

Modern automotive technology is developing at a greater rate than ever before. Accordingly, people also pay a certain attention to systems that help increase safety and improve the vehicle’s driving experience. This type of technology is extremely advanced and VSA is one of the best examples today. Discover this system now with CarOn!

What is the VSA vehicle balance support system?

VSA stands for (Vehicle Stability Assist) and is a vehicle balancing system that helps stabilize the vehicle when the driver turns more or less than the conditions that make the vehicle safe. It also aids in maintaining grip on slippery surfaces. The system can do so by adjusting engine power and applying brakes accordingly based on sensors on the vehicle.

Like other stability control systems, VSA uses a variety of sensors to measure the direction the vehicle is moving relative to steering wheel position, lateral acceleration, wheel slippage, and other factors to determine Determine that it needs to be activated to prevent slipping. VSA includes traction control, which reduces the force driving wheels that slip (lose traction) during acceleration.

This system will often activate in hazardous conditions due to weather, rough road surfaces, or the car being driven too fast for the corner it is trying to take. VSA can also help maintain smooth acceleration on slippery or steep terrain.

As of early 2022, the VSA balancing system is equipped on high-end Honda Automobiles including Honda City, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Honda Odyssey, Honda HR-V and Honda CR-V, providing the ability to Safety features and the most complete driving experience.

History of formation and development of VSA

Stability control has been required on all vehicles sold in the US since the 2012 model year. The vehicle stability control mandate has been driven by interest and development largely due to the increase in rollovers. vehicle and single-vehicle accident involving an SUV in the early 2000s.

Honda was an early adopter of this technology; VSA first debuted in 1997 on the Honda Accord for the Japanese market, and the 2000 Acura 3.5RL was the first US model to have this feature. The 2005 Honda Pilot SUV and 2005 Honda Odyssey minivan were the first American Honda models to feature VSA, and by 2006, it was standard on four Acura models and four Honda models.

How to turn off/on VSA system

The features that the VSA balance system brings include: ABS locking brakes; TCS Traction Control; Horizontal slide control. This is a completely automatic system when you start the car, however, it can still be installed as desired.

The VSA toggle button is on the driver’s side dashboard. To disable some VSA features, press and hold the button until you hear a beep

The vehicle can still brake and corner normally, but traction will be reduced. The above action will apply if you want to speed up and be confident in your driving experience level as well as ensure the road you are traveling is fully safe. You really should still limit this situation to make sure you are safe when traveling.

To restore some VSA features, press and hold the VSA toggle button until you hear a beep.

Even if the system was turned off the last time you drove, the VSA system will turn itself back on every time you restart the engine.

Note when using the VSA system

In certain conditions when the vehicle is stuck in mud or snow, temporarily turn off VSA to easily get out of that tight situation. Once VSA is turned off, traction is reduced. This allows the wheel to rotate more freely at low speeds. You should only turn off VSA to get the vehicle out of a stuck situation if the situation cannot be overcome when turning on VSA.

If the vehicle is stuck in the snow, VSA needs to be temporarily turned off

As soon as the vehicle escapes the jam, make sure VSA is turned back on. You should not drive without a VSA Since this is a safety feature that supports your trip, avoid traveling without protection

You may hear the sound of motor operation from the engine compartment during a system check immediately after starting the engine or while driving. This is completely normal.

VSA cannot improve vehicle stability in all conditions and does not control the entire braking system. You still Need to steer and turn at the appropriate speed with each condition and always keep a safe enough distance.

Besides, Make sure to use tires of the same size and typekeep standard tire pressure because VSA relies on sensors to operate. If the tire criteria are not met, this system will be difficult to perform its task properly.

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Some cases occur with the VSA system indicator light

The VSA light flashes on the control panel

If you see the VSA light flashing on your Honda’s dashboard, you don’t need to worry that it’s a fault or other warning. A flashing light simply means the system has activated and is helping the vehicle steer more safely. Once the system is running, you may notice a few changes in handling, including:

– The accelerator may not increase engine power as much as you would like.

– Engine power output may decrease when you take your foot off the accelerator.

– The brakes can be applied automatically, although this should not be too obvious or sudden.

While the VSA system is a great driving aid, it is not immune to mistakes. If you see the light coming on frequently, it could mean you’re applying the brakes on your Honda a little too hard and too often.

Permanent VSA activation light

If the VSA activation indicator light remains lit instead of flashing, it usually means the system has been disabled via the control panel switch. Turning the system back on will clear this light.

VSA system indicator light

However, there is a second VSA console light that you need to be aware of. If the VSA system indicator lights up and stays on, it means there is a problem with the system itself. If you see it, pull over for safety and turn off the engine and restart it. If the light comes back on, arrange to have the car checked at a reputable garage to diagnose the error.

Until your vehicle is repaired, you will still be able to drive, but the VSA system will not be there to protect you in difficult conditions, so you should drive with extreme care until the vehicle is repaired. when the problem is fixed.

If you don’t know a reputable facility to consign your car to, come to CarOn right away, this problem will be resolved immediately without having to wait too long. With a team of skilled and experienced technicians, fault diagnosis testing is extremely simple but extremely accurate. CarOn’s maintenance service has been trusted by many customers.


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