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Old 05-13-2011, 08:47 AM   #1
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Hill start assist

Does anyone know if there is a way to turn off the Hill Start Assist in the 2011 JKs? I just got mine less than 2 weeks ago and it's great but haven't really checked the manual regarding this feature.

I can see how it'd be useful when doing some crawling or something but I'd rather have it off with my everyday driving.

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Isn't this feature off until driver activated..? 2011 JKU

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Old 05-13-2011, 09:26 AM   #3
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as far as I know, no. ...at least I haven't done anything as far as physically pressing a button or flipping a switch to activate it.

It seems to be automatically activated whenever I'm on an incline.
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You can definitely turn it off, but I'm not sure of the procedure without the EVIC. I just scrolled thru the options till I found the "OFF" button for it on my '11.
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1. Start with the engine off and vehicle in PARK (automatic
transmission) or NEUTRAL with clutch out
(manual transmission) with wheels straight. Apply parking
brake on manual transmission vehicle.
2. Start the engine.
3. With the engine running, the brake applied, and the
clutch out, rotate the steering wheel 180° counterclockwise
from center.
4. Press the ESC OFF switch four times within twenty
seconds.
5. Rotate the steering wheel 360° clockwise (180° clockwise
from center).
6. Cycle ignition switch OFF then ON.
7. If the sequence was completed properly, the “ESC
Activation/Malfunction Indicator Light” will blink several
times to confirm HSA is off.
Steps 1-7 must be completed within 90 seconds to turn off
HSA. Repeat steps 1-7 to re-enable HSA functionality.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:50 AM   #6
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You can definitely turn it off, but I'm not sure of the procedure without the EVIC. I just scrolled thru the options till I found the "OFF" button for it on my '11.
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1. Start with the engine off and vehicle in PARK (automatic
transmission) or NEUTRAL with clutch out
(manual transmission) with wheels straight. Apply parking
brake on manual transmission vehicle.
2. Start the engine.
3. With the engine running, the brake applied, and the
clutch out, rotate the steering wheel 180° counterclockwise
from center.
4. Press the ESC OFF switch four times within twenty
seconds.
5. Rotate the steering wheel 360° clockwise (180° clockwise
from center).
6. Cycle ignition switch OFF then ON.
7. If the sequence was completed properly, the “ESC
Activation/Malfunction Indicator Light” will blink several
times to confirm HSA is off.
Steps 1-7 must be completed within 90 seconds to turn off
HSA. Repeat steps 1-7 to re-enable HSA functionality.

repo -- did you find that here: HSA (Hill Start Assistance) Review on JK Wrangler - Jp Magazine Forums at Jp Magazine ? I saw that too and it seems like a lot of fanfare, but I'll suppose I'll try it. seems like sheets just found an "off" switch though

sheets -- the EVIC on the steering wheel controls? when I scroll through them I just have the compass/temp, trip timer, mpg info etc... where in this menu did you find it?
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repo -- did you find that here: HSA (Hill Start Assistance) Review on JK Wrangler - Jp Magazine Forums at Jp Magazine ? I saw that too and it seems like a lot of fanfare, but I'll suppose I'll try it. seems like sheets just found an "off" switch though

sheets -- the EVIC on the steering wheel controls? when I scroll through them I just have the compass/temp, trip timer, mpg info etc... where in this menu did you find it?
Those are instructions from the owner's manual, this is the manual way to disable HSA.

Sheets is correct, In 2011 models, with the EVIC, you can turn it on and off
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On my 2011 I just use the button on the steering wheel and go to personal settings, page through it and you will see it and select off. The button on the dash is for hill decent for use in 4x4 if you have an auto.
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I have this on my 2011 JKU 6-speed. I really dislike it, causes me greif because I am already familiar with manual transmissions when I bought the Jeep. I am going to see if my dealer will disable it for me when I get the free oil change done on it.

MangoRango: I think the EVIC is all that extra fluff with extra bluetooth/etc on the steering wheel. I have the regular convenience package like you with the "Step/Reset" buttons. I checked out one of these with EVIC, but I was unwilling to pay extra for it (to the tune of 1K or so in the price at my dealer, may have had extra options though, who knows). Seems like alot of steps to disable the HSA though.....
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:01 PM   #10
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Thanks all for the responses.

Repo -- that worked for me, thanks. I suppose I could have read the manual, but it was easier to ask here on WF while I was at the office doing "work", hah. Thanks again.

Tx -- just follow the steps posted on here by repo... simple enough and I'm now back in my comfort zone of having the rollback -- which I tend to use to scare the people behind me if they decided to pull up a little too close behind me (is that mean?)
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Is this Hill Start Assist the reason I seem to have difficulty getting the vehicle to move from a stoplight without giving it what I consider way too much gas as I release the clutch? I typically keep my foot on the brake at lights having seen a bunch of fender-benders caused by folks not realizing the road had a slight grade.

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Is this Hill Start Assist the reason I seem to have difficulty getting the vehicle to move from a stoplight without giving it what I consider way too much gas as I release the clutch? I typically keep my foot on the brake at lights having seen a bunch of fender-benders caused by folks not realizing the road had a slight grade.

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Is this Hill Start Assist the reason I seem to have difficulty getting the vehicle to move from a stoplight without giving it what I consider way too much gas as I release the clutch? I typically keep my foot on the brake at lights having seen a bunch of fender-benders caused by folks not realizing the road had a slight grade. Thanks
It probably is. I know I didn't like the way it felt on mine, but after disabling the system I haven't had any problems. When i first bought mine, I thought my problem was the electronic throttle, because installed a lot and never had that problem on any other vehicle. Now it drives just like I think it should.
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I don't mind the HSA. I know how it works and I come off the brake a second or so early. I haven't had any problems. I don't need the assistance but it's not a hindrance.
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Had mine in the dealer for 45 days trying to shut off this crappy thing. Locked up rear brakes every time. There is a way to disable this spelled out in Wrangler manual.
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Had mine in the dealer for 45 days trying to shut off this crappy thing. Locked up rear brakes every time. There is a way to disable this spelled out in Wrangler manual.
it took the dealer 45 days to figure it out?
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it took the dealer 45 days to figure it out?
They could not get it to shut off with the procedure. Two engineers from Chrysler showed up but it was in the shop for almost 2 months.
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It is great you have the ability to turn it off. I need to spend so time with my Jeep and my manual. I had that feature in other cars and you couldn't turn it off. I could see how I would hate it wheeling. you can't just push the clutch and let her roll back. This actually caused an accident I could have avoided in my MINI. I was on a hill stopped and car came skidding around a corner. I was already in 1st gear to take off. I could see he was head right for my front end. I left off the brake with the clutch in so I could roll back out of the way since there was no one behind me. The car just sat there for what seemed like eternity but was a couple of seconds. Unfortunately it was a couple seconds to long. Not enough time to try for reverse. It finally started to roll back and probably saved the car from being totaled. They ended up hitting the front of the car in front of the front wheel. On the Mini there is only 6" of car in front of the front wheels! They found it! If they just would have let off the brakes-No Anti Lock A second and steered the car all would have been fine. The car was a cheap Nissan. They still sell new cars without anti-lock brakes? Should be mandatory because half the people in the US couldn't get a drivers license in places like Europe. They require you prove you have driving skills.
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Thanks so much !!

I was wearing out my rear brake shoes & killing my gas mileage with with the brakes always dragging .
My Wrangler will free wheel or coast now when I let on the gas pedal giving me way better gas mileage.
It really launches @ the red light now leaving the bumper riding idiot behind. Thanks so much . Biff

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