Volkswagen EPS System (Electronic Stability Program)

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How it works


This feature helps prevent you from

WHAT IT DOES This feature helps prevent you from losing control of the direction of your car due to a spin out or plow out. When effective, this also significantly reduces your risk of being in a rollover – one of the most dangerous types of single-vehicle crashes.


A series of sensors read

THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND IT A series of sensors read the direction your vehicle is going, the position on your steering wheel and the brakes on your tires. If they detect that the car isn’t going in the direction you intended it to go, this feature helps correct your car back on-route by adjusting your speed and selectively braking one or more wheels. Without ESC, as this image shows, you may depart the road or get into a crash.


Spin outs and plow outs most

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO Spin outs and plow outs most often occur when you are taking turns too sharply and quickly; and when you make sudden maneuvers on slippery roads. You should always be sure to take turns slowly and carefully – which may require you to reduce your speed – and adjust your following distance on slippery roads so that you can brake or steer to safety sooner when needed.

 TIPS FOR USING  Electronic stability control work

TIPS FOR USING Electronic stability control works most effectively when your car’s anti-lock braking system is working effectively. If you are having problems with your ABS, your ESC may not work well or at all. Common causes of 4-wheel ABS malfunctions include worn brake linings and air or dirt in the brake fluid. Both ESC and ABS work most effectively when the tires are properly inflated and in good condition.

What Does Electronic Stability Control Do?

ESC helps you keep your car stable. It reduces the risk of losing control of your car when you make sharp turns or perform emergency steering maneuvers.

Although ESC can help lower your risk of spin outs and plow outs, it won’t necessarily stop your car from rolling over. It also won’t apply hard braking or steer your vehicle automatically.

What Happens When Electronic Stability Control Fails?

Since electronic stability control is an extension of the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and traction control system (TCS), it's typically safe to drive a vehicle that has an ESC malfunction. Electronic stability control systems can activate brake calipers and modulate the engine power, but malfunctioning systems usually fail to operate at all.

If you notice the DSP, ESP, or ESC light come on, it's a good idea to have it checked out by a qualified mechanic. However, you should be able to continue driving the vehicle as if it didn't have stability control.

If you continue to drive the vehicle, be especially careful on wet pavement and sharp corners. If your vehicle starts to oversteer or understeer, you'll have to back off and make the corrections on your own.


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Whats the Point of Electronic Stability Control?

ESC is supposed to keep a vehicle moving in the direction that the driver wants to go.

Like anti-lock brakes and traction control, electronic stability control is an added safety measure. These systems won't protect you from careless driving, but they help keep you on the road under adverse conditions.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), electronic stability control reduces the risk of multi-car, single-car, and rollover accidents. The reduction in fatal single-vehicle rollovers is the most dramatic, and drivers with ESC are 75 percent more likely to survive those accidents than drivers who don't have ESC.

Is it safe to drive with the ESC light on?

While electronic stability control can help you avoid loss of control of the vehicle, it can’t do everything for you. Try to keep the light off as much as possible. If you are driving in slippery conditions and the light keeps illuminating, slow down so the car is easier to control. Any issues preventing the stability control from operating should be addressed as soon as possible too. There are times when you need to turn the stability control off, but you can leave it on for the most part.

If your vehicle’s stability control isn’t working properly, our certified technicians are always available to assist you in diagnosing any problems.

How can we help?

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