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Just wondering what the VSA button is for or when it's best to use it.

Im assuming it's for slippery surfaces, maybe to use when driving in snow ??
 

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It should be turned off in slippery conditions like snow/ice. This is in the manual also
 

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From the manual I have read the default is for VPS on. You have to actively press the button to turn it off, with your knowledge and risk.

My personal opinion is to leave it on for all conditions other than snow. More general wet and slippy conditions are when you want VPS on as this will correct any over/under steer you may experience.
 

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From the manual I have read the default is for VPS on. You have to actively press the button to turn it off, with your knowledge and risk.

My personal opinion is to leave it on for all conditions other than snow. More general wet and slippy conditions are when you want VPS on as this will correct any over/under steer you may experience.

So when the light is on the dash does that mean its on? So when the snow I.e now it should be off?
 

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You're testing my limited knowledge too far :) I've had the car a few days.

Based on previous cars I've owned I would hazard a guess that the light ON means VPS is OFF. ie. no light equals default status of ON.

But please read the manual if you want to be 100% sure.
 

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When the yellow vsa light is on the display and stays on then you have turned the system off. Tbh i wouldnt touch it unless your stuck in snow and cant get off the line. Also if you wheel spin it will flash 3 times if i remember.
 

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Correct. If light is on. The VSA is OFF. The wheels will continue to spin for as long as you plant your foot,

If the light is OFF the VSA is ON and the car will cut power to wheels when slipping, even if yoh plant your foot!

You will more than likely get " OIL PRESSURE LOW "


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Correct. If light is on. The VSA is OFF. The wheels will continue to spin for as long as you plant your foot,

If the light is OFF the VSA is ON and the car will cut power to wheels when slipping, even if yoh plant your foot!

You will more than likely get " OIL PRESSURE LOW "


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+1 to the VSA light.

Not sure about the 'Oil Pressure Low' warning though :confused:

VSA should only be turned off if you're having trouble pulling away in the snow. It should be on at all other times IMO.

Apart from when on a track of course ;)
 

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I had it earlier. I forgot to turn it off going up the drive and it cut out n said low oil press, I'm guessing I was because I was trying to play the food and the car was saying NO ! Hahaha


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Day to day commute i leave VSA on, you will not notice a difference either way so no point switching (normal weather conditons & not racing)

Any other time (adverse conditions/ spirited drive) i turn it off
IMO it makes the car unpredictable and sometimes this can be dangerous, once again, just my opinion

If it's off i know the car will do exactly as i ask and i know the boundaries to where i can push the car, there's been a couple of times it's tried to 'help' and actually hindered... I only blame myself for not turning it off and it ends up 'doing its job' when i dont want it to though
 

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Mines perminantly off.

As for having it on in snow its very good at stopping me going anywhere.
 

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It's a pain had it cutting in today when I was out for a drive, hit a wet surface and the vsa cut in. Can it be turned off altogether? When I had my mazda3 mps that was the first thing I did when getting into the car turn the vsa OFF :)
 

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So do you always hit the button before you drive off? And it shows up on the display.
Yeah.

You can sort of turn it off on a Flashpro map but it doesnt work 100%, so sadly I have to press the button everytime otherwise it interferes with my aftermarket LSD.
 

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So do you always hit the button before you drive off? And it shows up on the display.
A lot of people do mate. It turns in to a must do, like putting your seat belt on,

Some also says it wears your brakes down a tad quicker, as it interferes around corners , ie brakes etc for you when you don't want it to


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A lot of people do mate. It turns in to a must do, like putting your seat belt on,

Some also says it wears your brakes down a tad quicker, as it interferes around corners , ie brakes etc for you when you don't want it to


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Oh right then, I think i'm going to have to try off for a week or two and see if I can notcie much difference.

Didn't realise it was always on! Thought you have to hit the button to turn it on.

Only crossed my mind today whilst driving in the snow, thought I should have it on, but was actually deactivating it then, oops!
 

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Don't see why you would want to permanantly turn off a safety feature of the car other than if you're stuck or want to go for a spirited drive.

You wouldn't turn the airbags off would you?

(Yes, I know airbags are a different form of safety and are there to protect you in case of an accident, but the VSA's there to stop you from having an accident in the first place...)
 

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Don't see why you would want to permanantly turn off a safety feature of the car other than if you're stuck or want to go for a spirited drive.

You wouldn't turn the airbags off would you?

(Yes, I know airbags are a different form of safety and are there to protect you in case of an accident, but the VSA's there to stop you from having an accident in the first place...)
Yes but there is no compromise from having the airbags on is there.

VSA causes issues in certain instances. One of which is present now, snow.

Plus I love to correct understeer with more power, with the VSA on I cant do that :-D and its not friends with my LSD.
 
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