How to turn off Vehicle Stability Control on Toyota Tundra

Your vehicle’s stability control system automatically controls the brakes and engine to help prevent the vehicle from skidding on a slippery surface.

Toyota Tundra second generation, from 2007 – (photo by Toyota)

The system is activated at speeds above nine miles an hour. You may hear a sound in the engine compartment for a few seconds after the engine is started. This means the VSC system is in the self-check mode, but does not indicate a malfunction.


If the vehicle is going to skid, the slip indicator light will blink, and an alarm will sound intermittently. Special care should be taken while driving. On four wheel drive models, the VSC system automatically turns off and the VSC off light is illuminated when the vehicle is set in the four wheel drive mode.

Should you need to get the vehicle out of mud or newly fallen snow, turn off the vehicle stability control system using the following procedure:

  1. Turn off the traction control system by pressing the VSC off switch on the dashboard. The auto LSD and slip indicator lights will come on.
  2. Next, with the vehicle stopped, press and hold the VSC off switch for three seconds or more. The VSC off and slip indicator lights will come on.
  3. To turn the VSC system on again, press the VSC off switch again. The VSC system will also reset to on the next time the ignition is turned to on.

See your Toyota dealer if any of the following situations occur: the VSC off warning light does not come on when the ignition is turned to on; the VSC off warning light remains on after the ignition key is turned to on; the VSC off warning light flashes while driving.

Contact the author: kostisfloros@wheelsjoint.com


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