These are the Slip Indicator and Stability Control Fault Indicator symbols. When a vehicle detects slippery conditions, its stability or traction control system is activated. This light flashes irregularly, indicating that the system is doing its work, helping to keep the vehicle in control.
If the light remains lit, it indicates a fault in the stability control system. The vehicle will operate normally, but without the advanced control system. You may continue driving, but do so with caution.
The overly-frightening image of a skidding car is most often associated with stability control systems. The addition of the wrench indicates that the vehicle has detected a fault in the system. Again, the vehicle will operate normally, but without the advanced control system.
The indicator may also be in text form. Some manufacturers also include an intermittent beep while the system is active. Your dealer will be best equipped to address problems with the system.
When illuminated, this text indicator, DSTC SPORT, does not indicate a problem. Rather it says that the Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC) system’s Sport Mode has been selected by the driver. The manufacturer states that the actual function is to provide maximum traction in sand, snow or while driving with snow chains, which would seem completely counter to a “Sport Mode”.
DSTC includes a number of functions: Traction Control (TC), Active Yaw Control (AYC), Spin Control (SC), and Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), all of which sound too much like an attempt at winning an acronym competition. The end game is helping you keep your vehicle safely on the road.
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