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View Poll Results: When do you turn off your ESP (Select all that apply)
In deep snow 19 47.50%
Off road 21 52.50%
On the highway 1 2.50%
Is that the button with the squiggly lines 5 12.50%
Never touch it 11 27.50%
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Electronic Stability Program (ESP) / When to use it.

I know we have a thread somewhere in here that covers the ESP. But I was curious how people use the lovely little button.

I know you turn it off for deep snow, turn it completely off to do donuts, and off road driving.

But I have heard if you turn it off while on the highway driving it improves gas mileage. My brother also swears by this but he drives a Dodge Charger...

So whats your guy's 2 cents?

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I have never used it

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I basically controls the amount of wheel spin the system allows. Turning all the way off does allow the ability to do donuts. mmmmmmmm....donuts...aghhhhhh

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When I got my 07 XK the dealer told me that the only time I should turn it off was when I was on ice. He never said anything about deep snow. I may have to try it next winter and see what happens.

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Ive only had my Commander in "real" snow once, and I turned it completely off, per owner's manual. Which brings up another point. I see a lot of new guys get somewhat reprimanded for not using the search tab before posting what to other members may be a question with an obvious answer. Fair enough. But there is also a lot of info in the factory owner's manual that seems to be overlooked. Do you guys have the manual, or is it just easier to look here for the answer as opposed to going outside and opening the glove box?

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When ever the commander is in 4 Low I hold the traction control button down for approx. 10 seconds and disable the ESP/Traction Control. If you read the owners manual it recommends you to do that when off roading. This has worked out well for me during the past off road trips to Rausch Creek.




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If you are in mud or snow sometimes you need wheel spin to get keep going. If you don't shut off the ESP/TC it will detect wheel spin and apply the brakes to the spinning wheel(s) and cut engine horsepower. Not a good thing when trying to plow through the snow or trying to climb out of a mud hole.

I do exactly as 07JeepXK says. If I'm in 4LO I shut it all off.

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Just to clarify for everyone. In my 07 Commander when I hold down the traction control button for 10 seconds it doesnt totally disable the traction control. It displays ESP disabled on the dash however the traction control still kicks when a wheel begins to slip. As stated above when you are in deep mud or snow you dont want the traction control to kick in. You need the wheels to spin. Thats why I hooked up a toggle switch to disable the traction control completely for those situations. It has come in handy a few times already when playing in deep mud. The last thing you want when going through a huge mud hole is the traction control to kick in and apply the brakes.




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