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Dynamic Stability Control recalibration

November 19, 2008 · Print This Article

The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system on the car relates your steering inputs to the actual motion/slippage of the wheels, and attempts to bring the car back under control by adjusting both engine torque and braking. The DSC cannot perform “magic” and break the laws of physics however.The DSC needs to be recalibrated after the battery is disconnected so that it can operate correctly. If not calibrated then it will noticeably interfere with your driving experience. Any dealer that you take the car to should be aware of this and perform this for you if they disconnect the battery.

If you disconnect the battery yourself, there should be a flashing “DSC OFF” message on the instrument cluster and a permanently lit picture of a car with skid lines underneath it as well. This means that DSC recalibration is required.

You do the calibration by following this procedure (as noted in the manual):

1) Turn the ignition to on (but do not start the car).
2) Moving the steering wheel full lock left then full lock right.
3) Note that the DSC OFF and car skid light have gone out
4) Turn the ignition to off
5) Turn ignition back to on, and verify that the DSC related lights in the instrument cluster go out as normal.

If the lights remain on after doing this then take it to a dealer - and drive carefully! The car will not behave on the road as you would normally expect.


10 Responses to “Dynamic Stability Control recalibration”

  1. Chris on June 4th, 2009 2:02 pm

    worked for me! Just be aware that it is very difficult to turn the steering wheel with no power steering. Best of luck rx8-ers!

  2. Steve on August 2nd, 2009 10:02 am

    Thanks so much! I did was what suggested and worked great!!

    Thanks again!

  3. sunny on May 1st, 2010 3:37 am

    thannks for the help, i was not knowing about the dsc, i put the light on, and had a expensive crash due to skiding, in the wet road

  4. hassan on May 8th, 2010 12:12 pm

    i have a problem with my rx 8. the clutch plate is burned and i need to buy a new one so please help and tell me from where can i get one that is custom.

  5. MAS on May 13th, 2010 3:48 pm

    Man…u rock!! just got mine 2 days back, and was getting ready for my first trip to the dealer…but the 2 turns worked :)

  6. Cameron on January 18th, 2011 12:10 pm

    Cheers, i thought it was going to cost me a packet.

  7. nvrslippn on April 21st, 2011 2:18 am

    I got this new Optima Battery in and was stoked then I saw the lights!!! I thought DEATH!!!

    even if the manual said….you saved me! and if you do hold it down for 7 seconds it will disable the entire thing….SWEET!

  8. Dogboy88k on July 2nd, 2011 11:04 am

    Thanks for the help !
    Worked well.
    You weren’t kidding when you said it would be hard to go full lock with no power steering.

  9. Channi Singh on October 23rd, 2011 9:48 pm

    Luv u man, I was shitting m,yself that its bound to be atleast few hundred quid job, but it worked instantly and again like first commenet says, it was very hard to turn the steering. keep up the good work.

  10. Timothy on November 2nd, 2011 3:45 pm

    Good job man…you know your stuff,Thanks from barbados

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