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Unread 03-12-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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ESC off then SERV 4WD, 4 LOW and 4WD lights on whiles driving

So, its a '10 sport trim, completely stock and sometimes used for light offroad. Today I was driving on the highway and then the light of ESC turned on and the computer said ESCOFF, I tried the ESC button but couldn't activate it again, it stays OFF... after comple minutes the SERV 4WD turned on, then 4LOW and theeeeen 4WD turned on. I was driving on highway and nothing was wrong while driving, driving on D under normal conditions

I stopped just to check what was wrong, tried to engage 4H with no results, the transfer case doesn't shift to 4H or 4L.




Does anybody have had this situation?

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Unread 03-12-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
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Most likely a sensor failed. It should still be in warranty. Take it in to a dealer. That happened to me minus the 4wd part. My cruise disengaged, tsc and service engine light came on. Turns out it was the passenger front abs sensor.
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Unread 04-27-2012, 04:09 PM   #3
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I have a 2011 Liberty Sport 4x4 and just yesterday my ESC OFF light started coming on as I was driving. Then it would turn back on for a few miles, then shut off again. It's got to be a sensor issue. I'll take it in to the dealer next week and report back.
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Unread 04-28-2012, 03:20 AM   #4
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I have a 2011 Liberty Sport 4x4 and just yesterday my ESC OFF light started coming on as I was driving. Then it would turn back on for a few miles, then shut off again.
It's sad that I would never catch that lol. My TCS is always off. I don't believe in TCS. Sure in a high powered car maybe, but in every day driving with an average powered car, there is no reason you should ever need traction control unless you're messing around. ABS, however, I can see due to emergencies. No one thinks/knows to threshold brake and instantly slams on the brakes when something happens lol.
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Unread 04-28-2012, 06:22 AM   #5
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Mine is always off as well. It really ticks me off when offroading. I will yank the fuse next time or just go the switch route. I am used to being able to mash the gas and power throu something. Not hit the gas, make a bunch of noise and not move.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 12:26 PM   #6
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Sorry for bumping such an old thread, but my wife's 08 Liberty Sport recently had the same problem with the ESPOFF, SERV4WD, 4 LOW, and 4WD lights.

The dealer initially diagnosed the problem (for which we paid a diagnosis fee since it was out of warranty) as a failed Final Drive Control Module (FDCM) and said it was out of warranty and we'd need to pay to have it replaced for ~$450. Long story short, months later the service manager offered to cover the cost minus a $50 deductible as a good will gesture. Interesting to note that the part was on national backorder.

We dropped off the vehicle yesterday to have the FDCM installed. They needed to keep the car overnight since it seemed the FDCM wasn't fixing the problem. Today they confirmed it was the "transfer case actuator motor" and not the final drive control module and is covered under the powertrain warranty.

Hopefully this information helps someone else experiencing the same problem.
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Unread 09-02-2012, 08:36 PM   #7
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Thanks for the update ^. The funny thing about the traction control. I drove a 2012 Silverado 4x4 LT crew Cab for a few days and the traction control fully on worked better then when I shut off the traction control on the Liberty. The good thing about it, when it rains and your driving on a toll road, the oil that build near the tolls, the tc helps a bit.
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Unread 09-20-2012, 03:00 PM   #8
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I can understand turning off the ESC when you're off-roading as sometimes you either want or need to get the wheels spinning and keep them going to get through a muddy patch. But ON road it's a great safety feature. It's so effective that I believe the gov't is going to ( or already does ) require all cars to have it. It prevents accidents. It really does.
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Unread 09-24-2012, 10:49 PM   #9
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My wife's 2012 Liberty goes in the shop tomorrow morning for this very reason. And you better believe I'll be bringing up this tread topic. Luckily though, we're under warranty so everything will be covered. I'll post the results of the work done when I get it back. Thanks to the OP for starting this tread!
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Unread 09-26-2012, 07:56 PM   #10
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Update: Turns out, the sensor on the transfer case was loose. Everything was covered under warranty, so no big deal, besides the closest dealer being located over an hour away.
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Unread 01-05-2013, 12:03 PM   #11
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I had the same problem with my 09 Jeep Liberty. The lights ESPOFF, SERV4WD, 4 LOW, and 4WD lights just came on when I was driving and the car went into 4wd LOW while it was engaged in 2wd. Brought it to the dealer last yr because the SErvice 4wd light kept coming on. They replaced the transfer case motor. This winter the above problem occured and it is apparently a faulty FINAL DRIVE CONTROL. Thank goodness the dealer is goign to cover it even though it is out of warranty due to it not being fixed properly last yr. Is this a common problem with Jeeps? If so, why are they not recalled? BTW the error code for this issue is C1408.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 06:12 AM   #12
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Found your thread through a search and wanted to share my issues with the ESC and 4WD.

I was driving home from vacation when the ESPOFF warnings started going off. It was intermittent and the warnings went on and off for the last 3 hours of the trip (all highway). I called the dealer to make an appointment earlier in the week and is scheduled for tomorrow. After doing that, I decided to crawl under and check the transfer case shift motor connection - all looked good. I also checked the wiring in the console to make sure the selector knob was making a good connection - all good. Started the Jeep and voila, no ESPOFF warnings and no other lights on the dash. I started to drive and went into 4HI to test it out - all good. Also went into 4LO for a test and ran into problems. It drove and shifted fine, but I could not get the transfer case to shift back into 4HI or 2HI for 30+ minutes. I tried it with the Jeep rolling in N, stopped in N, and foot on brake in N. When I would attempt to shift back into 4HI, it sounded like it was trying, but just wouldn't go. Finally I got it back in 4HI then into 2HI and parked it. Throughout the process, I have never seen the service 4WD light or the check engine light come on.

Does anyone have any clue what this could be? My only guess is that a sensor or the transfer case shift motor (or its connections) have gone bad. Also, where is the final drive control located on the Jeep?

It has 45k on it, so there is going to be a diagnose fee and the only parts covered under the powertrain warranty are "internally lubricated parts." Sounds like I will be responsible for anything electronic.
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Unread 07-10-2013, 09:32 PM   #13
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May sound crazy but when mine did this i took it to my local auto store and had them hook it up to the basic scanner. It gave me enough information to let me know it was a speed sensor. I went home and cleaned my sensors and made sure the connections were right and has not had this problem in 2k miles. Before you spend any money at the stealership try this, you will be supprised at the result. (Unless your still under warranty)
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Unread 07-11-2013, 08:38 AM   #14
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May sound crazy but when mine did this i took it to my local auto store and had them hook it up to the basic scanner. It gave me enough information to let me know it was a speed sensor. I went home and cleaned my sensors and made sure the connections were right and has not had this problem in 2k miles. Before you spend any money at the stealership try this, you will be supprised at the result. (Unless your still under warranty)
Will it show an error without a check engine or serv 4wd light on?
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Unread 07-11-2013, 10:08 AM   #15
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Will it show an error without a check engine or serv 4wd light on?
Nope you have to make it there while it is on. I kept my car running while i went in and he came right out because as soon as i turned my car off and back on they would go out
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