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Old 02-05-2015, 08:31 PM
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Driving in Snow - ESP off

It's winter time in New England and lately we've been getting pounded with snow. I took my newest jeep (13' JKUR) into an empty and flat sand pit covered with 10-14" of snow. First thing I did was turn off the ESP so I could get the wheels to spin and have some fun. I did this by pressing the ESP button below the climate controls and the dash light "ESP-off" came on. Yet, when I started to slide another dash light would come on that looked similar to the ESP warning light and it would basically disable me from powering up my Jeep. Additionally, the steering was interrupted and seemed to shake pretty violently. Surely someone else knows what I'm taking about?

This is my second wrangler; other one was a 2007 unlimited. I vaguely remember this happening to me before and I was able to shut it off. Since then I've had a couple other cars and now I'm back to the jeep so I'm relearning the jeep again.

This is probably a common question and for that I'm sorry for clogging up the forums with a noob question. I've searched but my keywords are too vague and I come up with too many results. I've consulted my owners manual quickly but I couldn't find anything. THanks for your help everyone!

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Old 02-05-2015, 08:32 PM
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Also, to state the obvious I was driving in 4-hi.

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Hold the ESP button down for 5 seconds in 4H to completely turn off.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:34 PM
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Okay, a google search came up with this. I was only in partial ESP off, correct?

Partial Off
This mode is entered by momentarily pressing the ESP
OFF switch. When in
Partial Off mode, the TCS portion
of ESP has been disabled and the “ESP/TCS Indicator
Light” will be illuminated. All other stability features of
ESP function normally. This mode is intended to be used
if the vehicle is in deep snow, sand, or gravel conditions
and more wheel spin than ESP would normally allow is
required to gain traction. To turn ESP on again, momentarily
press the ESP OFF switch. This will restore the

normal “ESP On” mode of operation.

ESP Off (4H Range Only)
This mode is intended for off-highway or off-road use
when ESP stability features could inhibit vehicle maneuverability
due to trail conditions. This mode is entered by
pressing and holding the ESP OFF switch for five seconds
when the vehicle is stopped and the engine is running. In
this mode, all ESP and TCS stability features are turned
off except for the “limited slip” feature described in the
TCS section. After five seconds, a chime will sound, the
“ESP/TCS Indicator Light” will illuminate, and the “ESP
OFF
 message will appear in the odometer. Refer to
“Compass and Mini-Trip Computer — If Equipped” in
Section 4 of this manual. To turn ESP on again, momentarily
press the ESP OFF switch. This will restore the
normal “ESP On” mode of operation.
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Yes, you were in partial off. Come to a full stop in 4h, hold the button down for 5 seconds (until it beeps), then have fun doing donuts in full off.
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