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How to Disable VSC in a Camry

by Arthur Heberger

Vehicle stability control is an option on some models of the Toyota Camry. Sometimes people get confused between traction control (TC) and vehicle stability control (VSC). TC is to keep your wheels from spinning on slippery surfaces. VSC helps prevent skidding and loss of control. Some Camry model years came with a switch to turn off the TC, in case the vehicle is stuck on ice, but there is no switch to disable the VSC.

Complete the following sequence within 30 seconds of starting the vehicle. The VSC will be disabled until the vehicle is switched off. If you want it disabled again, the procedure must be repeated each time the vehicle is started.

Make sure the Camry is in park and the parking brake is disengaged before you start the engine. Start the engine.

Complete these steps within 30 seconds:

Engage the parking brake.

Fully depress the brake pedal, release.

Fully depress the brake pedal, release.

Disengage the parking brake.

Fully depress and hold down the brake pedal.

Engage the parking brake; disengage it.

Engage the parking brake; disengage it.

Release the brake pedal.

Engage the parking brake.

Fully depress the brake pedal, release.

Fully depress the brake pedal, release.

When you see the VSC and the Trac-off indicators lit on the dashboard, you will know that you have successfully completed the procedure.

Warning

  • Do not disable the VSC unless you have a good reason for it. The VSC helps you keep control of your vehicle during emergency maneuvers.

About the Author

Born in Connecticut, Arthur Heberger started writing how-to articles and reviews in 2009. He has over 20 years experience in the automotive field, is a National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence certified automotive technician and a Hunter Engineering certified alignment technician. Heberger received his automotive training at Technical Careers Institute in West Haven, Conn. and Hunter Engineering in Springfield, Mass.

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