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Old 11-09-2012, 12:55 AM   #1
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Electronic Stability Control OFF

Being a new Rubicon owner, I am not sure when I should turn the Electronic Stability Control Off. Some advice would be great..

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Old 11-09-2012, 01:13 AM   #2
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i would turn it off anytime you're off-road. otherwise, leave it on. it will wear out your rear brakes over time, but it might prevent an accident on the road. brakes are cheap

it turns off in 4-low.

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Old 11-09-2012, 03:05 AM   #3
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Yep, agreed. As soon as you go off road. There is 3 modes. Mode one is what you are in during every day driving, mode 2 is pressing the button once, mode 3 is hold the button down for 7 seconds. Mode 3 can also be activated automatically by engaging 4lo.

If you activate by holding down for 7 seconds, you have to remember that if you power off it will need to turn it off again every time. You can also turn it off permanently by the steering wheel dance as follows:

Procedure To Turn ON (or OFF) The Permanent ESP Disable Feature:
a. Verify that the automatic transmission selector is in the “Park” position, and that a manual transmission is in neutral gear.
b. Shift the transfer case into the 4H range position and ensure parking brake is firmly set.
c. Turn the steering wheel until it is centred and the wheels are pointed straight ahead.
d. Turn ignition on (and optionally start engine to make turning the wheel easier – will work with or without engine running) and wait approximately five (5) seconds for the system bulb check to complete.
e. Turn the steering wheel one-half (˝) turn to the right (clockwise).
f. Press and hold the “ESP OFF” button for 7 seconds exactly then release and wait for chime.
g. Turn the steering wheel back to centre, then continue turning the steering wheel one-half (˝) turn to the left (counter clockwise).
h. Press and hold the “ESP OFF” button for 7 seconds exactly, release and wait for chime.
i. Turn the steering wheel back to centre.
j. Press and hold the “ESP OFF” button for 7 seconds, release and wait for chime.
k. Cycle the ignition switch to the “OFF” position.

Now what does it do or not do in each mode?

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Old 11-09-2012, 05:26 AM   #4
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I know with my 2008 JKUR your could do the dance but I do not know about the 2013?

I would like to do the same....Now owning a 2013 JKUR I have read some places that you can no longer do the dance? is this true? do I have to order a tuner?
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:43 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I will be turning it off while off road low speed wheeling. Its going to be fun learning the capabilities of my new Jeep.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:12 AM   #6
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Towing a Wrangler Sport (manual Trans) ESC. off or on??

Sorry if this doesn't pertain to this tread but it was the only one I found addressing the ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
I am towing my 2012 Wrangler Sport behind my Motorhome. Should I turn off the ESC? or does it matter?

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Wrangler Sport 2012
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:25 AM   #7
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Are you towing it with the key on?
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Old 10-09-2014, 07:51 PM   #8
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So has anyone figured out how to shut down the nanny features on 2014 jk yet?

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