Check Brake System, Check ABS System, Check VSA & Check Power Steering

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  1. KendeR

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    Hey All... Been lurking in the forums and have had this baffle me.

    I have a 2012 Civic EX-L Navi and had it for almost a year. I keep regular maintenance on schedule.

    On a road trip yesterday I all of a sudden as I was driving received the following message in this order on my dashboard and iMID :

    Check Brake System
    Check ABS System
    Check VSA System
    And after a minute...
    Check Power Steering System.

    Then, I power the car off, and drive off it's fine for a while and then, repeats.

    The power steering abs and brakes were perfectly fine with no loss of power to the engine or anything strange it drives perfect even with the lights on.

    I had the voltage checked on the alternator and the battery and they both are perfectly fine. So now I'm left a little baffled as to what the situation is because clearly it is an electrical short somewhere.

    I've seen threats started about this but nothing ever really concrete about what the solution was.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  2. webby
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    Do you have any aftermarket headlights, intake etc?
     
  3. KendeR

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    Nothing. All stock everything.

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    If you're stock getting those warnings and your battery is testing fine, you'll prob need to call Honda. I've seen a couple of people report Honda updated their ecu software when this came up and it was resolved.
     
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  5. KendeR

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    Awesome. I will have to give them a shout. Much appreciated. That might be the issue.

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    This happened with my 15 ex about 4 months after I got it. Took it to honda and it just needed am ecu update like @webby said. Haven't had the issue since. Also, I know it sounds crazy, but check your fuses. I was told it could also be from that. If one that controls those systems is blown or missing in the fuse box it will cause the same thing

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  7. KendeR

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    Thanks for confirming the ECU update. It's odd it would just malfunction. With the fuses, Good thinking. I will check those too!
    Your ideas are much appreciated.

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  8. KendeR

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    I just called Honda and they told me it's likely a software update - though they want to charge diagnosis of 120$ first lol. Ah well. But your thoughts gang, seem to be spot on, and for that I thank you. Though it's not a firm diagnosis, I will update once I have it remedied for those like me who have this happen to them.
     
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  9. KendeR

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    In a surprising turn of events....vsa modulator. And that's after I called 3 different Honda service depots all saying it's likely an electrical fault.

    And...price tag is $1500 including parts and labor

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    They physically looked at your car and said the vsa modulator was faulty?
     
  11. KendeR

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    Yes indeed. That's what they told me at the dealership. They had it on diagnostic this morning and physically inspected. Called me and said that's the culprit.

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    well that really sucks. I'm guessing it's not going to be covered by any type of warranty at this point?
     
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    Damn, $1500? Seems a lil steep

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  14. KendeR

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    Negative. Straight up out of pocket :confused:

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  15. KendeR

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    The part itself was 1250$ plus labour, inspection and tax. Good good. I feel like I need to sell a kidney.

    Btw....kidney for sale.

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    Ask for the bad part when you pick up the car. At least you know they didn't just update the ecu and screw you for $1500.
     
  17. freggie

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    Same thing happen to wifey's car and same module went out. IIRC it was around $700 for the part but it was covered under warranty at the time... few years back. Just curious how many miles does your car have? Wifeys car had around 80k
     
  18. KendeR

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    Mine was at 117km

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