Nissan Maxima: Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system - Starting and driving - Nissan Maxima Owners ManualNissan Maxima: Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system

The Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system uses various sensors to monitor driver inputs and vehicle motion. Under certain driving situations, the system will control braking and engine output to help keep the vehicle on its steered path.

-When the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system is operating, the SLIP indicator in the instrument panel blinks.

- If the SLIP indicator blinks, the road conditions may be slippery. Be sure to adjust your speed and driving to these conditions. See Slip indicator light, and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) off indicator light in the Instruments and controls section.

- Indicator light If a malfunction occurs in the system, the SLIP and panel.indicator lights come on in the instrument panel.

As long as these indicator lights are on, the traction control function is canceled.

If the vehicle is operated with the Vehicle Dynamic Control system off using the VDC OFF switch, VDC and the Traction Control System (TCS) functions will be turned off. The SLIP indicator will flash if wheel spin is detected. The ABS will still operate with the VDC system off.

When the VDC system is operating, you may feel a pulsation in the brake pedal and hear a noise or vibration from under the hood. This is normal and indicates that the VDC system is working properly.

The computer has a built in diagnostic feature that tests the system each time you start the engine and move the vehicle forward or in reverse at a slow speed. When the self-test occurs, you may hear a clunk noise and/or feel a pulsation in the brake pedal. This is normal and is not an indication of a malfunction.

WARNING:

- The Vehicle Dynamic Control system is designed to help improve driving stability but does not prevent accidents due to abrupt steering operation at high speeds or by careless or dangerous driving techniques. Reduce vehicle speed and be especially careful when driving and cornering on slippery surfaces and always drive carefully.

- Do not modify the vehicles suspension.

If suspension parts such as shock absorbers, struts, springs, stabilizer bars, bushings and wheels are not NISSAN approved for your vehicle or are extremely deteriorated the Vehicle Dynamic Control system may not operate properly. This could adversely affect vehicle handling performance, and the VDC OFF indicator light may come on.

- If brake related parts such as brake pads, rotors and calipers are not standard equipment or are extremely deteriorated, the Vehicle Dynamic Control system may not operate properly and the Vehicle Dynamic Control off indicator light may come on.

- When driving on extremely inclined surfaces such as higher banked corners, the Vehicle Dynamic Control system may not operate properly and the VDC OFF indicator light may come on. Do not drive on these types of roads.

- When driving on an unstable surface such as a turntable, ferry, elevator or ramp, the Vehicle Dynamic Control off indicator light may illuminate. This is not a malfunction. Restart the engine after driving onto a stable surface.

- If wheels or tires other than the recommended ones are used, the Vehicle Dynamic Control system may not operate properly and the Vehicle Dynamic Control off indicator light may come on.

- The Vehicle Dynamic Control system is not a substitute for winter tires or tire chains on a snow covered road.

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