How to Reset a VSC Light on a Highlander

by Blaze Johnson

The Toyota Highlander is a midsize sport utility vehicle that features all-wheel-drive, an automatic transmission, third-row seating in several creature comfort options. Standard safety options include a tire pressure monitoring system, air bags and a vehicle stability control system. Certain vehicle malfunctions may impede the vehicle stability control system, causing the "VSC" light to appear on the dashboard. Resetting the VSC warning light that appears on your vehicle's dashboard may be possible by performing a simple repair.

1

Shut off the vehicle's engine and apply the parking brake to protect yourself while working on the vehicle.

2

Open the vehicle's hood and examine the engine compartment. Locate the air filter box mounted to the left of the engine. The air filter box features a black exterior, square in shape, and a large ribbed intake hose.

3

Check all of the small black vacuum lines surrounding the air filter box. Reconnect any disconnected or loose vacuum lines you find.

4

Start the engine and drive the vehicle to clear the "VSC" warning light displayed on the dashboard. If the VSC light fails to go out after driving the vehicle normally, proceed to the next step.

5

Park the vehicle, turn off the engine and set the parking brake. Open the vehicle's hood and disconnect the battery's negative cable for 15 seconds, using an appropriate size socket. Disconnecting the negative battery cable will reset the vehicle's computer and clear the "VSC" warning.

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About the Author

In the spring of 2008, Blaze Johnson decided to share his expertise through writing. He studied business administration at a local community college and runs his own driveway mechanic service, specializing in computer-controlled vehicles and custom car audio installs. Johnson also serves as the de facto computer repair person for his family, friends and coworkers.

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