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Old 06-19-2012, 10:11 PM   #1
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ESC light is on intermittently- help needed- am out of town

So here I am in amazing Telluride and Ouray, just exploring some trails and towns. My ESC light has started to come on. Then it went off earlier today and just came back on again. this is not the "ESC Off" light but the slightly larger ESC light. I did air down to 22 psi for some trails and it came on the first time on pavement. Then it went off but it came on again on pavement, though I have aired back up quite a while ago. Any thoughts on why? I seriously doubt there is a Jeep dealer here, so I am hoping it is not serious.

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Old 06-19-2012, 10:30 PM   #2
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Oh, it seems to drive fine, though the speed limit in town in 25 MPH. One other thing I noticed...I tried to put it in Reverse and the Jeep did not budge. It seemed like it was still in Park. That happened 3-4 times today on some easy trails....just backing up to turn around. I sure hope this thing does not have to go to the shop with 2,000 miles on the odometer. I swear I will never hear the end of it from my GF and my buddies.

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Old 06-19-2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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Is your steering wheel perfectly straight?
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Just checked...the steering wheel seems to be perfectly straight.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:43 PM   #5
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have you taken a peek at your undercarriage? Does your steering stabilizer boot look intact? Tie rod? Could be a wheel sensor went bad, also.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:44 PM   #6
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Is your jeep lifted? We need as much info about your rig as you can give us to help better.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:55 PM   #7
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All stock 2- door 2012 Rubicon. No mods and stock 32" KM2s.

It is dark now but will peek underneath first thing in the morning. Just don't want to be stuck on Black Bear Pass or Engineer Pass if something is wrong. That's why I took a week off- to explore this area.

Anyway, I'll get underneath and look at the stabilizer. Will see what a tie rod looks like, and then find it. Not sure I can see a wheel speed sensor.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:00 PM   #8
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Your steering stabilizer would not cause your ESC light to come on. It is on from either your alignment being off or a faulty sensor. Your tires are KM1s not KM2s.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:01 PM   #10
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My speed sencor went out (right rear) caused my rear brakes to wear. Go to dealer have them check it .If it is out cost 67.00 parts and labor ( Alabama)
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:04 PM   #11
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Your steering stabilizer would not cause your ESC light to come on.
you're right, I just thought it might be indicative of other trauma down there
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:09 PM   #12
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I did not bottom on anything but rocks have a habit of jumping around underneath. Thanks for the info so far....I will be under that Jeep first thing in the morning. And in case any of you head to Colorado, this area is pure Nirvana.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:34 AM   #13
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Good luck with the sensor. We were just there a couple of weeks ago in our Dozer JKR. I agree - just an amazing area! Second photo looks like first "water feature" on Imogene out of Telluride.

Don't miss the box canyon waterfall in Ouray. We stayed at the Victorian on 3rd Ave., and I just walked up there from the hotel, then partially around the perimeter trail around town. And try to stop into the Beaumont Hotel, a beautifully restored Victorian hotel on Main St. with a really nice outside restaurant.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:43 AM   #14
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From the day I drove my 2012 JKUR off the lot, the same would happen to me. It would ding and light up the indicator whenever coming to a stop or taking a right turn... at any speed. They had to replace the sensor. It was covered under warranty of course. All is good now.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:28 AM   #15
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Go up to Governor's Basin (Up the Camp Bird rd)
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:42 PM   #16
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Did Yankee Boy, Governor, Imogene, and Black Bear so far. Taking a short rest break and off again.

So this morning, I get under there and look at everything...no issues and no marks even. So I get in the Jeep and drive an hour to the dealer. The ESC light goes off within 5 miles on the highway. I get there and they tell me to leave the Jeep with them or make an appt for tomorrow. I made an appt. for 8 AM just in caae, and went to do Black Bear. That staircase was scary and two switchbacks made me so thankful I have a 2-door and lockers. That was one heck of an adrenaline rush.

There was NOBODY else on Black Bear..made it a bit scarier but I loved it. What an amazing trail!!!
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:46 PM   #17
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Oh, so I aired down to 20 PSI and then back up to 30 PSI after Black Bear. The ESC light has not come on again since it went off this morning on my way to the dealer. Will keep an eye on it, and thanks for all the quick advice and help.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:29 PM   #18
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what ever came of this?
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:32 PM   #19
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That light never came back on. The local dealer (an hour away) sucked- would not even look at it.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:37 PM   #20
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Thanks for the reply. My ESC light came on for a while today after turning and merging with traffic. Went off a minute after I turned off/restarted the Jeep.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:40 PM   #21
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Yeah, if I remember, mine came on after a turn from dirt onto pavement. Something must have slipped and triggered it. However, nothing after that. After 20,000 miles, I am trading this JKR for a JKUR...ordered it yesterday. I hope the new one is also a solid one.
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That light never came back on. The local dealer (an hour away) sucked- would not even look at it.
When I was in Colorado, I was driving down Mt. Evans on my last day, and was going pretty fast....I then slammed a pothole, and the ESC (car with skidmarks) light went on. Turned engine off then on, still there. Drove around 5 more miles, and the light shut itself off. Pretty sure it was because the axle lifted off the ground or something, and neither wheel had traction so the ESC went bananas. Never came back on again. Your transmission not shifting into reverse is a different (and potentially serious issue.)
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:58 PM   #23
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Yeah, what I thought too, but it never repeated itself after that day and has worked perfectly. Now I will go back in a JKU this year...can hardly wait. All that room....

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