The electric stability control (ESC) disengagement indicator is located on the instrument panel. This light comes on when the ESC has been manually disengaged. If the light comes on while driving and the button has not been selected, it indicates that an error has been detected in the ESC system. The light on the dashboard can have multiple meanings, so it is important to understand how your particular system works.
Generally, the light will illuminate when the computer is actively trying to maintain control. This light will remain on only as long as the vehicle is not under control. If the light stays on constantly, it is likely that a malfunction has been detected or the system has been manually shut down. In some cases, the ESC light comes on if the vehicle is actively trying to maintain traction control.
If the ESC light stays on, it means that your vehicle is not under control. And if the ESC light stays on for an extended period of time, your ESC may be malfunctioning, or the system has been manually deactivated. On the dashboard, there is an ESC button that may have been accidentally pressed. If that is the case, you can manually turn off the ESC light.
Look for the switch that says ESC, ESP or DSC on the dashboard and press it for three seconds. Look at the instrument panel to see if the light has gone out. On the lower left side of the dash there is a button that says ESC off Switch. ESC stands for Electronic Stability Control.
The codes are stored in the computer's memory for the problem, but a scan tool is required to extract them. If your car is still under Kia warranty, it can be repaired free of charge. If the ESC light flashes when driving than it normally does, that means the system is activated, and is trying to keep the vehicle under control. While ESC can help reduce the risk of rollovers and jackknifing, it will not necessarily prevent your car from rolling over.
In this particular situation, ESC accelerates the engine power take-off until it is no longer sufficient to move the vehicle. The second most common problem that triggers the stability control light is a faulty steering angle sensor. If you are driving in slippery conditions and the light keeps illuminating, reduce speed to make the car easier to control. The quickest way to find out why the stability control light is illuminated is to use a diagnostic scanner to read the codes from the stability and ABS modules.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a safety feature that prevents the driver from losing control of the car. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) may also be referred to as Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) or Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). Note, however, that the ESC light may be an indicator that you are driving on a slippery road, and you may need to reduce speed to improve your control. Since Electronic Stability Control is actually an extension of ABS and ASR, it is generally safe to drive a vehicle with an ESC failure.
In general, it is always safe to drive when the ESC light is on, but the driver should take some precautions when driving. If your vehicle is still under warranty, take your car to the dealer to have the ESC problem properly diagnosed. If your ESC was manually disabled, there is a button on your car that you can use to reactivate it.