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Honda ABS & VSA Dash Lights Stay On? – Easy Fault Reset Procedure. — 143 Comments

  1. I was very lucky found out this article. Why Honda has this problem? They just want to make more people go to their dealer to fix this problem but not the problem? Thank you very much Rob.

    • Glad to be of help! Not sure, but I might not totally lay blame on Honda, I think it is just a glitch that happens from time to time on the CAN (OBDII) network, Honda may be somewhat at the mercy of the third parties that supply that standardized software/hardware environment.

          • If the reset procedure does not work, your problem is likely more serious than a glitch and you may need professional help. Often the problem will be related to ABS sensors but could be a few other things as well.

      • Hey I have the same problem with my 2011 TL… my problem is I have a push button so there is no way for me to put it into ignition 2 while the foot is on the brake. Do you have any suggestions?

    • 2011 accord k24z3 had a blowout r.rear at 140kmh on a steep downhill ridge while negotiating a bend .TSA system prevented me from spinning off the road a few times while bringing the car to a safe stop. Whew. TSA does not throw a code on my android app/smartphone. Did try battery disconnect blahs blahs…Thank you Rob worked first time.

    • Had the vsa and abs light on after driving about an hour with abs always being applied softly when driving under 40 mph and hard abs when stopping. Had the abs sensor replaced 4 times. Finally Honda found the problem, the old abs sensor had broken inside the brake ball bearing. The rotation of the wheel grinded the plastic abs part into the metal surface groove of the bearing and coated it and grounded it down not allowing the new sensor to receive and maintain the vsa signal to do its job. Pass this on. It will solve many an abs vsa problem.

    • My 2012 Honda Civic DX sat one day and battery was dead. Jumped it and it had ABS/VSA/power steering lights. After replacing alternator and battery the lights were still on. Thought it was a bad abs modulator that was constantly running draining the battery. Did this and it fixed my civic and car is perfect. I feel like I owe you money now.

  2. Can you also send me the pictures? I can’t see them. I need to try this on my own before I take it to a dealership. Thank you!

  3. This worked for my 2015 Honda Accord. My ABS, VSA and Tire Pressure warning light stayed on after I replaced my front rotors and pads. I had turned the car on to use the power steering while the brake calipers were unbolted. I think this triggered the indicators. This video helped me to reset the indicator lights.

    • Could be, but it would seem unlikely that a fuse would blow during this process. First make sure the switch for the sliding doors is turned to the on position. The switch is above the two sliding door buttons on the left side of the dash, see last photo in the blog post.

      Next, open and close all the doors, then start up the car and try again. Seems to me, immediately after the reset, or a battery disconnect, the door motors would not work, but after a couple of ignition cycles they went back to normal.

      If that doesn’t work for sure check the fuses, there are several fuse box locations, check the owner’s manual for where they are and which fuses are involved.

  4. Thanks for providing such great value. After a couple of attempts, I was able to reset and clear out the abs and traction light. Thanks once again Rob.

  5. Thank you for publishing these instructions. Just a heads up to future readers. This didn’t work for me on my 2011 Odyssey the first 5+ times I tried it. The ABS light would go off the first time as the instructions describe but would not come back on. However, I kept trying. I can’t be sure what, if anything but persistence, made the difference. I do think, because I was becoming more familiar with the instructions, that I was releasing the brake pedal quicker after the ABS light went off on the last try so perhaps that made a difference. So my advice is keep trying if it doesn’t work at first and continue to review the instructions each time to make sure you are following them to the letter (e.g., I don’t think I removed the keys as instructed in step 1 the first couple of tries).

  6. Thanks for the big help.I tried it 4 to 5 x and It didn’t work until i read the comment from Shawn to release the brake quickly and it worked.Thank you Guys!

    • Herman, thanks for the details of your experience! I’ll update the post to mention releasing the brake quickly. Appreciate your comment!

  7. This is miraculous! Had this problem today after getting my battery replaced. I knew it would cause problems, so I went out in the rain tonight to fix it. Using Shawn’s suggestion to release the pedal quickly, I fixed it on the first try. Thank you SO much for this awesome information. It sounds like it’s saved a lot of people a lot of hassle and money!


    • Sorry, I lost your message. Should not affect the engine as far as I know, perhaps you have some other or an additional issue of some kind. Sorry I wasn’t more help.

    • Probably worth a try, otherwise it’s a trip to the shop. Can’t hurt anything, but keep in mind if it’s a more serious issue the lights may come back on.

  9. Today is Jan. 2, 2019….I just did my 2011 Odyssey with this VSA/ABS and Power Sliding Doors issues and it did worked the first try..Thank you!

  10. Has anyone tried this on a 2012 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite. Lights are on for us after we had to jump our battery. Read in another thread that someone blew fuses trying this method on a 4th Gen Odyssey.


      • just tried it. worked like a charm on the first go! well, the second go. i don’t think i had the paperclip all the way in the first time. if placed correctly, the error codes show up on the dash. if not placed correctly, the codes don’t show up. thanks again for the trick. oh the wonders of google and smart people that want to help people out!

        • Fantastic! You have no idea how satisfying it is to get a comment like this from you and so many others. So glad it helped. Pay it forward… Cheers, Rob

  11. Thank you! Ever since the dealer replaced the battery in our 2012 Odyssey a few days ago, we’ve had the exact same problems with the dash warning lights and power doors. I followed your steps and it worked perfectly! (Released the brake quickly.) Saved me a trip back to the dealer!

  12. Afternoon! I was leaving a doctors app. this afternoon and saw a lady trying to get the hood up on her 2013 Accord. Dead battery. After jumping her car off, 3 lights were on that weren’t before. ABS, slippery, and brake. I followed your directions and got er on the first try. It’s always nice when we can lift a hand to help someone else, so Thank You much Mr. Rob for passing along your handy information! Take care, Randy

  13. Hello, I want to say thanks very much for this info, it has just worked on my 2006 Honda FRV – had to jump start my car yesterday after it had been parked up for a week – weather has been cold, VSA & ABS lights came on. Absolutley loving it that they have been reset without a visit to a Honda main dealer. Once again can’t thank you enough 🙂

  14. Rob, spot on! This was exactly the solution I was looking for. Thank you, I appreciate you sharing this very helpful information.

  15. Need help attempted this procedure and apparently has completely messed something up after doing the pin in the OBD my brake pedal has no vacuum to it my van will not start and I cannot get it to shift out of park. What have I done what do I need to do to fix this I have too many kids to not have my van

    • oh yeah and I have unhooked the battery and hooked it back up I have also checked the main fuse it is not blown I have power to everything I can’t even think of what to try next that it could be

      • Caryn, sorry but it sounds like you need to visit a repair shop, the problem appears to be more involved than just a simple glitch.

    • Sorry to hear you have been unsuccessful and it didn’t work for you, it has worked for many, many others. Keep in mind this procedure is to clear a harmless but annoying glitch that can occur from time to time. If you have an actual legitimate fault or failure it will not help and you will need to visit a repair shop.

  16. The procedure only worked temporary for me. It clears all the lights but they come right back on as soon as you pull off. I have already changed the sensor. But I had changed the hub barrings because they were bad.

    • Kevin, thanks for the report. Good for others to take note that the posted procedure will reset the issue if caused by a random glitch, but an actual mechanical or electrical failure will require that the problem be repaired.

    • Pete, sorry to hear that. The procedure will fix the problem if it is just a random glitch, but you may very well have an actual mechanical or electrical failure. Others have reported issues with the ABS sensors and even bearing issues that cause the ABS sensors to malfunction. Good luck!

  17. 2012 Honda Odyssey EX-L – had issue with ABS and TRaction control lights on, door would not open unless ignition off. This procedure with pin 4 and 9 and light braking worked quickly, thanks. Practiced once, got on 2nd try. If not covered by warranty (or Honda claims damage), Honda wanted $280 just to diagnose.

  18. I’m embarrassed to say I had a little dyslexic episode and shorted the opposite end of the connector pins 5 and 16. The engine turns over but won’t run. Does anyone know which fuse(s) I burned out on my 2007 Honda Pilot?

    • Ooops! Sorry I don’t know off hand, pin 5 is ground, not sure what pin 15 is used for. I hope you got it going…

  19. A little additional information on my pin 5 to 16 faux pas, the engine appears not to run due to the system not being able to recognize the ignition key. Also, my CAN OBDII reader does not power up when I plug it in.

  20. Tried this on my ’05 Pilot, blew a fuse twice. It activates the imobelizer and can will not start until fuse is replaced. Any other suggestions?

  21. Question before I have my hisband try this, my lights came on after I was sitting in bumper to bumper traffice for an hour, accelaroration went to heck . Made it home and when I turned on Van light was aoff but came back on a few miles down the ran. Do you think this is the same as the issue you addressed

    • Hmmmm, sounds like something more serious may be at play. When I had the ABS/VSA lights on it never affected acceleration.

  22. My 2016 Accord had the ABS, VAS, EPS & TPM lights on the dashboard due to low voltage battery last night. Battery changed but those said lights remain on. Short pinning 4 & 9 on the OBD connector using a paper clip did the trick for the ABS, VAS & EPS. For the TPM, tried another method by resetting the TPM button and worked. Did not have any tire pressure issues prior to low voltage battery but will go to shop to make sure tire pressures are all intact. Thank you for this suggestion and cost me NOTHING which was the awesome part. THANK YOU!!!!

  23. It worked great on the third time. 2012 Odyssey EX. The trick seemed to be moving quick on and off the brake. Really appreciate the work you did on this Rob! Thanks for taking the time to post!

  24. Recently had front and back breaks put on my 2012 Honda Accord. When I picked up my car, the VSA and ABS lights came on and stays on. Also the Brake light comes on and goes off after I stop. Everything worked fine before I put breaks on the car. What do you think could be wrong?

    • I think I would go right back to the shop that did you brakes and let them resolve it. If the brake light comes on that could mean low fluid in the brake system – ?? Be careful and good luck!

  25. Hello Sir,
    Your instructions were crystal clear and perfect. I had a low battery problem and after fixing the charged battery, I found out these ABS and VSA lights. My car never moved, so these problems should not have been there (so was sure, it is just a computer glitch).
    Just followed the instructions as mentioned and in the second trial, the lights had gone.
    Just for information, my car is Honda Accord 2.4L, 2011 model (Right Hand Drive for India).

    • Munazzir, that’s fantastic, glad it worked for you. Thanks for the feedback, good to know this works on at least some Honda products outside the US market.

  26. Another successful reset. 2nd Try. Although, after the double blink, the light did come back on for a second, then went off and stayed off. Tested starting up the car it it stayed off. Love free fixes!

  27. I put in the fifth instead of the forth and in 9 and my car don’t want to power on. Is it possible to destroy my computer bord?

    • Pin 4 and pin 5 are both ground conductors so that error would not hurt anythung. Sounds like you have a “real” issue and not just the “glitch” the procedure can resolve. Is your battery dead?

  28. I followed the procedure many times. When i short the pins i get tpms sign blinking also b1241 – 51 code blinking. Pls help.

    • Khaled, seems like you have a more serious situation. You could try googling the code, but that’s beyond my ability to help. Unfortunately you are probably going to need professional help.

    • Don’t know for sure, but seems to work on most Honda models of that vintage. Also depends if your problem is just the “glitch” often caused by a weak or dead battery, or something more serious.

    • Tom, thanks for your report, you may have a more serious issue than just the “glitch” usually caused by a low or dead battery.

  29. how long we have to hold the brakes until the light disappears.
    also there was blinking “NO” on the trip meter , is it normal

  30. Many have reported that they found it necessary to release the brake very quickly after the light comes on in step 4 and 6. Sorry, I have no idea about the tripmeter message.

  31. I just messed first step , did short on pin 5 and 13, now having multiple failures , cabin lights , display, door locks, and some gauges

    • Ugh. I don’t know what pin 13 does (if anything) except it is unique to Honda. Pin 5 is ground. You may want to try disconnecting the battery for a few minutes and hope that does a reset.

  32. I’ve been having trouble with non opening sliding doors and with VSA, and ABS lights on. This occurred after I changed the hub bearing and the CV axle on the right front of my 2011 Odyssey. I had to drill out the ABS speed sensor, but I did this with the spindle hub still on the car and the CV axle in place as well. I did drill a small indent into the bearing race along side the knuckle area. I removed the CV axle to see why or if there was a problem with the speed sensor after having the VSA and ABS lights come on. Found some plastic still attached to the knuckle inside between the speed sensor and bearing. Cleaned that all out but had to remove the speed sensor and reclean and drill the holes out better. While putting it all back together, I cracked the housing of the speed sensor but the wires were still intact. So I figured what the hell. I placed back together with it being cracked cause I special ordered it from a after market auto parts store. After placing it back together, VSA and ABS lights were still on. Every time I worked on the Odyssey, I did disconnect the negative cable. After finding that the lights were still on, I special order another ABS speed sensor from the dealership and installed the sensor but lights are still on.. Just saw your article and looking forward to trying your solution tomorrow and pray it works.

  33. Wow Rob you are genius. Not sure how you figured this out. Worked first time. I had quite a scare when this happened as I had my family in the van and could not open the sliding doors. Just by chance I shut the engine and removed the key that helped open the sliding doors. What a relief it was not a major problem.

    • Thanks Samir, glad it worked our for you. Don’t think I am a genius as I got a lot of the info from research and other sources. Maybe I just did a pretty good job of documenting it. Cheers!

  34. Thanks it worked for me on Honda Odyssey 2013XL lights went on after original battery failed
    and it was replaced in Honda Dealer . I noticed lights an my way home from dealership.:( Call them next day They said bring the car back for investigation.
    What is important during the procedure is released the break pedal immediately after the ABS light goes off .

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