Causes and Fixes VSA Light Honda That Will Go Off

By | September 7, 2022

Causes and Fixes VSA Light Honda Acura
If you have a Honda Acura and the VSA light comes with a yellow exclamation (!) and triangle, this has to do with the driving stability.

There is a switch to turn on or off the VSA system; if it does not work, there is an internal error with the VSA computer module.

The system will come on when there is bad driving condition but maybe an error if it stays on all the time and the driving conditions are good.

For example, if it is raining, the system can come on to help the driver maintain control over the vehicle.

If the weather is nice and the road conditions good, the light should not stay on.

What is the VSA Light in a Honda Acura?

VSA stands for Vehicle Stability Assist and is a system to help the driver control the car in less than ideal conditions.

Most modern vehicles have built-in driving assist controls that help when the roads conditions are not good.

When operating normally, the light will come on temporarily to show it is working and go off.

How to Turn Off the VSA Light?

How to Turn Off the VSA Light
The most common way to turn off the VSA light in an Acura is to use the switch.

The Honda Acura has a switch usually located on the left of the steering wheel that turns off the VSA system.

If the switch does not work to turn off the light, it will need the VSA module to be reset and cleared.

How to Reset and Clear the VSA Light?

How to Reset and Clear the VSA Light
If there is an error in the system, an OBDII code reader with ABS will be needed to read the codes and reset or clear the error.

There are many Honda OBDII scan tools available, but not all will have ABS built in to scan the VSA system modules.

For example, the FOXWELL NT630 Plus is one such OBDII scan tool the has ABS built-in and can read and clear the VSA error codes.

There are many more types of ABS-compatible scan tools units available.

If you do not have the money to purchase a scan tool with ABS compatibility, many automotive stores will do a scan and reset for free.

A good scan tool will also have a procedure to reset the steering angle switch, which can cause issues when unaligned.
How to Reset and Clear the VSA Light 2

3 Causes and Fixes VSA Light Honda That Will Not Shut Off

  • Steering Angle Switch
  • Modern cars commonly have a steering angle switch built into the steering wheel.

    The switch relays information to the module, which the computer uses to maintain stability.

    There is a reset procedure for the steering angle switch, which usually requires turning the wheel all the way to the left, then right, and back to the center.

    In some cases, they can go bad and need to be replaced.

    If one goes bad, one can be bought at an auto parts store or online at Amazon or eBay.

  • Wheel Speed Sensor
  • Each wheel has a speed sensor that relays information back to the computer on speed and driving conditions.

    If a wheel sensor goes bad, the computer will get bad data and give an error.

  • Wiring
  • Bad wiring or loose connections can cause many issues.

    For example, a loose connection n a wheel speed sensor can cause the same error as a bad sensor.

    Summary
    If you have a Honda Acura and the VSA light comes on, it may be normal, depending on the driving conditions.

    If the driving conditions are good and the light does not go off, there may be a problem in the system.

    Be sure to see if the light goes off by pressing the VSA switch.

    If the light does not go off, an OBDII scan tool with ABS built-in will be needed to scan for codes.

    Most good scan tools can also clear and reset the light if needed.

    Have you had issues with a VSA light in a Honda Acura? Let us know your thoughts below.

One thought on “Causes and Fixes VSA Light Honda That Will Go Off

  1. Michelle

    2005 Acura MDX. Good road conditions. All of a sudden there is a slight grinding noise, slight braking, slight pull to the right. Lasts about 5 seconds. Feels like I hit a patch of ice. VSA light comes on. Really gets my heartbeat up! It happens at any speed although I have not gone over 55 since it started. Even happened in a parking lot going very slowly searching for a parking spot-not using brakes, just coasting. Dealership is over an hour away and I can’t afford them anyway. Social Security budget. All started after the battery died. Battery died 3 times in one week then it was fine. Battery 18 months old and registered 98% at Auto Zone. Not sure if the VSA has any relationship to the battery experience. Not concerned about the VSA light but I’m real concerned about the safety and worried about going on the highway.

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