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So i just installed some Fog lights on my X.

While i was doing the wiring i had the negative wire unplugged from the battery just to be safe. When i re attached it, the VDC off light is on and wont turn off when i keep pressing the VDC button.

I didnt touch any other wires under the hood or behind the dash so i dont know how it could have been something i messed up.

do you have to reset the light after you have the battery disconnected for a while? if so, how?

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awesome thanks

yeah i only had it on for like 30 seconds to move it, ill see if it turns off tomorrow on the way to work
 

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Wow...I was JUST getting ready to ask this very same question. I didn't install any fog lights, so I don't know why my light came on. I did unplug something when I was installing my K&N air filter, but I replugged it. So, I will see if it goes off when I drive it around. Thanks!
 

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my VDC off/ Slip light came on after i took the neg battery terminal off like it said it would in the manual. i tried to reset it like the manual says:

start the engine and set the steering wheel in the straight forward position.

drive the vehicle at speeds above 10mph for at least 10 min.

the VDC off indicator light should go off indicating the traction control system is operational.

i tried this twice with no change. the first time was 13 minutes. the second was about 18-20 minutes. anybody know any other way to get the lights to go out? maybe on the highway? also i have less than 500 miles on my X.
 

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it should turn off after driving for a little bit. you might try pushing the switch after you have been driving around for a while also. I have had this happen twice from pulling the neg. battery cable. It just needs to reset.
 

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08XOR,
My VDC off light stayed lit for about 1000 miles, (three weeks) after I disconected the battery to add Fog lights and a K&N air system. I thought I was going to have to take it to the dealership.... I had tried every suggestion I read... I drove it for about 15 miles and was sitting in a parking lot talking on the phone and reached over, pushed the VDC off switch a couple times and the light went off. I was so suprised I pulled out and drove around just to make sure it wouldn't come on again. No issues since; and it works great.
Good luck.
 

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Ah the VDC and slip light issue. I've read about this serveral times here and at other Xterra sites. I've had it happen about ten times in the last 14 months. As far as I can tell the lights are false indications and the VDC isn't on ... and the wheels are not slipping. I have the thing stay on for two or three hours on the way to a run but other times just for the 20 minute ride to work. The lights come one whenever they want to - but only when I start the truck up. Sitting in the garage it's not getting wet. Driving around SoCal it's not getting cold.
 

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Paul, if the lights keep coming on periodically, take it to the dealer and tell them to check out your steering angle sensor. I was able to take it in while the lights were on and when they plugged their scan tool in, it came up with that error. I had mine replaced and so far 5K miles with no ill effects. Everything now works the way it should...knocks on wood.

You guys should have this taken care of. I almost ran into a wall one time cause the roads were slick and the VDC/Slip lights were on. The computer thought i turned the VDC off and i literally drifted towards a wall. I was able to control the truck but it scared the shit out of me.
 

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thanks for the replies. ill wait a while before i take it to the dealer. i think tomorrow im gonna take it for a little road trip and see what happens.
 

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Could this recall have anything to do with it?

Nature of Defect:
2. SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Recall Number: 07V528000
Dates Manufactured: OCT 2007 to OCT 2007
Number of Vehicles Affected: 1115
Date Owners Notified On: N/A
Vehicle: 2008 Nissan Xterra

Defect Description:
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM/VEHICLE DYNAMIC CONTROL (ABS/VDC) ACTUATOR IS DESIGNED WITH ONE BALL IN THE VALVE SECTION. SOME ABS/VDC ACTUATORS WERE MANUFACTURED WITH MORE THAN ONE BALL IN THE VALVE.

Consequence of Defect:
IN ABS/VDC ACTUATORS WITH MORE THAN ONE BALL, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT FLUID FLOW COULD BE BLOCKED AND CAUSE A REDUCTION IN BRAKE FORCE IN ONE OR BOTH FRONT WHEELS OR AFFECT OPERATION OF THE ABS AND/OR VDC. THIS COULD RESULT IN A REDUCTION IN BRAKE EFFECTIVENESS WITHOUT WARNING INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Corrective Action:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE ABS/VDC ACTUATOR WITH A NEW ONE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT NOVEMBER 17, 2007. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.

http://www.edmunds.com/maintenance/...D+(4.0L+6cyl+5A)&zip=94556&synpartner=edmunds
 

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My ABS is working great..I got the notice..don't think I'm gonna let them touch it. next thing you know they will be pulling "A Ford" and reflashing my ECM so the motor makes less power.

Also. the slip-VDC light is the only fault indicator for several different inputs that are req'd for the VSC system. Mine came on because the brake pedal switch went out intermittently as the computer wants to see brake pressure and brake pedal switch input at the same time. The other checks are for the yaw and steering angle inputs and if one isn't there, the VDC-Slip comes on.
 

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I am surprised so many people are having problems with the VDC turning off after having the battery disconnected. I did a pretty extensive stereo install over this summer and for about a week while I was doing the install I had the battery disconnected almost daily. As the manual said, everytime I reconnected the battery and turned on the vehicle the VDC OFF light came on. All I did was just drive the vehicle to the end of my neigborhood (about 3 or 4 blocks). I made sure to hit at least 30mph and the light would turn off (which means the VDC system is back on)

Throughout the stereo install and some otehr things I bet I have had the battery disconnected at least a dozen times and never had a problem with the VDC system turning back on.
 

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I've had the VDC/Slip light come on a number of times (say, 10) in the past year on my '06 S 4x4 AT (mileage between 12,000 & 30,000). It sounds funky, but the last two times I followed this procedure, as outlined, and the lights went off for the next start: Immediately after starting, if the light stays on, turn off the X, take the key out of the ignition and put it back in the ignition without turning it. Repeat x3. Restart.

Since I only have two successes in two attempts, I'm unsure of the actual culprit, or if it's not just luck. Perhaps something to try for future reference, but it doesn't address the actual cause...
 

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08XOR said:
my VDC off/ Slip light came on after i took the neg battery terminal off like it said it would in the manual. i tried to reset it like the manual says:

start the engine and set the steering wheel in the straight forward position.

drive the vehicle at speeds above 10mph for at least 10 min.

the VDC off indicator light should go off indicating the traction control system is operational.
I removed the negative wire from my battery in an attempt to reset my XM radio. It didn't help, but the VDC/Slip lights did come on.

I found the above procedure in the manual, and all I had to do was hit 10mph in straight line, and they went off. It was a matter of seconds, certainly not 10 minutes.

I think one key is that you have to start the car, and then go straight. No backing out of the garage first, or any other sort of steering.
 

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GoLoaf said:
08XOR said:
my VDC off/ Slip light came on after i took the neg battery terminal off like it said it would in the manual. i tried to reset it like the manual says:

start the engine and set the steering wheel in the straight forward position.

drive the vehicle at speeds above 10mph for at least 10 min.

the VDC off indicator light should go off indicating the traction control system is operational.
I removed the negative wire from my battery in an attempt to reset my XM radio. It didn't help, but the VDC/Slip lights did come on.

I found the above procedure in the manual, and all I had to do was hit 10mph in straight line, and they went off. It was a matter of seconds, certainly not 10 minutes.

I think one key is that you have to start the car, and then go straight. No backing out of the garage first, or any other sort of steering.

the couple times i tried to reset the lights i pulled onto the shoulder of the road and shut the truck off, started it and went back on the road. i bet when i turned the wheel to get back on the road that canceled the reset. but the lights went off a month later anyways.

now i have another question. i want to put my Optima red top in and i was thinking, if i leave the truck running while i change the battery will the VDC/slip light come on? not sure if anyone knows or has tried it but i thought of it the other day.
 

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i just put my optima battery in my X. so of course my VDC/slip lights came on. i had to go out so i stopped on a hill that has a nice straight away on it. i shut the truck off, restarted it and pulled away. the lights went off after about 10 feet. no exaggeration. this time i didnt cut the wheel, which is the key.

so now i know the way to do it. and knowing is half the battle. :cheers:
 

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08XOR said:
my VDC off/ Slip light came on after i took the neg battery terminal off like it said it would in the manual. i tried to reset it like the manual says:

start the engine and set the steering wheel in the straight forward position.

drive the vehicle at speeds above 10mph for at least 10 min.

the VDC off indicator light should go off indicating the traction control system is operational.

i tried this twice with no change. the first time was 13 minutes. the second was about 18-20 minutes. anybody know any other way to get the lights to go out? maybe on the highway? also i have less than 500 miles on my X.
push the button?
 
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