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Old 01-18-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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Tires not spinning in 1st gear

Just purchased my first JK and decided to take it for a test run. I put it into 4wd High and went into some shallow mud, maybe 6 inches. I stopped and while still in first gear pushed the pedal to the floor and the wheels would not spin. It felt like I was bogged down and my RPM's stayed around 1500. It just seemed like I had no power. Once i managed to get enough RPM's to shift to second the tires would spin and I had plenty power.The traction light was flashing but I'm not sure if that was the cause. Any suggestions?

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Old 01-18-2013, 11:55 PM   #2
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Sounds like the traction control was activated. I don't have a newer jeep but I'm pretty sure there should be a switch on the dash to deactivate it.

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Old 01-20-2013, 11:50 AM   #3
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JKs disable the traction control in 4lo if you want wheel spin. In 4hi, you can depress the ecs button for 7 seconds to disable it. There are lots of different modes with JKs though. Some methods only partially disable the traction and stability systems.
'93 YJ, 4.0, AX15, Aussie locked D30/open 8.8, 4.10s, 2.5 OME lift, 31s...
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:42 PM   #4
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Thanks, I will give it a try.
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