When you own a Mini Cooper, you can be sure it’s going to be a fun ride. The Mini Cooper might be compact, but its powerful engine adds to the enjoyment of it’s drive. Its maneuverability and punchy engine also adds to the appeal, but when your Mini is experiencing a DSC failure, you will feel the effects in the way your vehicle handles.
The DSC uses the onboard computer to detect the car’s movement. There are sensors to assist you with driving safely. When the roads are wet, conditions become slippery, and that is when the DSC performs its purpose by helping you stay in control of the wheels. It can also prevent you from hydroplaning. Let’s take a closer look at the importance of the DSC system.
What is the DSC?
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is a computerized system that improves a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing skidding. The DSC works together with the Automatic Stability Control (ASC).
The DSC functions during all driving conditions. When cornering, it provides maximum stability. When performing emergency moves, there is a significant decrease in the risk of skidding and other loss-of-traction incidents. The system can reduce throttle and individual brakes on the wheels to help restore the driver’s intended path.
The dynamic stability control uses the steering wheel movement, vehicle speed, transverse acceleration, and yaw to detect potential problems. This is an amazing assistant to you in emergency driving situations, so you want it to be functioning properly any time you need it.
Benefits of the DSC
The most important role DSC plays in ensuring a safe journey is reducing the number and severity of crashes. We have all driven on slippery road conditions. The dynamic stability control, along with the other safety devices on a vehicle, can help drivers maintain control on the road when you need it most.
Causes of DSC Failure
- Low Brake Fluid: Low brake fluid can cause DSC failure. When the brake fluid is either leaking or has dropped below its recommended levels, your brakes won’t be as responsive or may not work at all. Taking your Mini into a professional repair center for routine maintenance checks can prevent these issues. A quick brake fluid change and you’ll be safely back on the road.
- Sensors May Have Failed: There are 3 types of sensors, and if any of those sensors fail this will signal an issue with the overall computer system:
- Wheel-speed sensors: There is a sensor on each wheel that feeds information to the central computer.
- Steering-angle sensors: Located in the steering wheel column, this sensor helps the vehicle detect if the vehicle is moving in the correct direction.
- Rotational-speed sensor: The yaw sensor measures the side-to-side motion of the vehicle.
- Battery Connection: When there is a poor battery connection, the DSC will not have enough voltage/power it requires for the sensors to work optimally. When your vehicle is serviced regularly, these minor issues will be detected and prevent a failure issue with your DSC.
Warning Signs of DSC Problems
If the DSC light on your dashboard comes on, this is a sure sign that there is an issue with your DSC. If the ABS light illuminates, it is also an indication that there is a DSC issue.
The DSC draws power from the battery. So if you find that the battery is regularly drained or draining quicker than usual when replaced, it is best to get your vehicle checked by a professional.
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