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Vsc amd engine light came on & remained on for an entire trip of 500 miles. the following day it did not appear. Is there any cause of concern?

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Vehicle stability control (vsc)will reset if NOT faulty when you turn off/restart the car.same as any self diagnostic circuits.

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