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Old 09-18-2009, 07:22 AM
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Can somebody school me on the Accord's traction control?

I had trouble finding a clear answer to this in a search of the 7th Gen forum...

This is the first car I've owned that has a traction control other than ABS. The 7th Gen Accord does have "stability control" as part of the traction control system, correct? Is the traction control only effective to prevent wheel spin on takeoff, or is it also active at highway speeds to prevent sliding?

The reason I ask is that it was a point for me to get a car for my wife to drive that is safer than our old 1998 Maxima. She is a very good driver. She's a professional delivery driver in fact for a certain well-known company so I'm not so concerned about her skills and habits. I am, however, always concerned about the skills and habits of all the other drivers and obstacles on the road.

Can some of you please take a few minutes to explain to me the extent of the functionality of my Accord's TCS?

I'll also be having a look at the owners manual when she gets home tonight so see if there's any good info in there.

Thanks in advance!

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Old 09-18-2009, 07:39 AM
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Traction Control System = prevent wheelspin off the line / lose of traction on acceleration
Honda VSA (Electronic Stability Program; also known as ESC, VSC, VDC, advanced trac, etc) = prevent understeer/oversteer/lose of traction
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Is my '05 Accord equipped with the VSA? I'm going to assume now that it is not since I haven't seen anything that leads me to believe that it is (ie: dash lights, documentation, etc.). Thanks for the reply.
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Is my '05 Accord equipped with the VSA?
.....we have similar cars .....which - IIRC - are not VSA-equipped.

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If your car has VSA, the quickest way to tell is there'd be a switch to turn it off, down next to the switches for the sunroof (low on the dash, to the left of the steering wheel). Some cars have ESC systems that are too touchy, hence why they come with off switches, although Honda's VSA is generally not to intrusive.

And I have had mine kick in in all driving conditions, not just on takeoff. Any time the car senses wheel slip (which is a lot less now that I've got better tires than the stupid Michelins that came with the car).
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so the 2005 accords dont have any of that? even an 05 ex-L? coupe
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03'-05' V-6 cars have TCS - Traction Control System, that's it and nothing more, it applies font brakes to bring spinning tires under control, and it will also retard throttle (since it is electroinc throttle with no direct cable between your foot and the throttle plate).

06'-07' V-6 cars have VSA - Vehicle Stability Assist, it is the TCS in the 03'-05' Accords plus additional electronics to control front and rear brake calipers independently to bring a slightly out-of-control cars back in line. Note that if you grossly mis-handled your car such as driving beyond the road condition or going into a turn marked for 30 MPH at 90 MPH, then physics and Newton's Laws take over, nothing will save your @$$ at that time.

I don't believe the I-4 cars had the TCS or VSA, it's easy to tell as the switch is to the left and below the steering wheel, it's part of the 3 switch cluster of sunroof, TCS/VSA, and the fog-light.
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As stated above The VSA is not like what you would get in a BMW or Benz.
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