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Unread 08-20-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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Is there a way to adjust ESP sensors?

Hi after a long break from the forum.

I've been suffering with ESP problems ever since putting 33's on my JK (MT/Rs). Finally managed to get 2 stock tires and rims and rode them on the front of the JK for a week and all problems went away. Putting the larger tires back brings back the problem - ESP taking over in even standard corner when going slightly fast. Based on this I have to assume that there is nothing wrong with the steering.

Was wondering if there is anyway to make the sensors less sensitive?

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Unread 08-20-2013, 11:40 AM   #2
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There isn't a way to make them "less sensitive". The question here is.. when you added the 3" lift, did you re-center your steering wheel? Re-centering it will help with keeping ESP from early engagement, but it will not remove it. After re-centering our 2010 with the 3.5" lift, if I drove around town and took corners like "normal" people would, ESP didn't come on. But if I took a turn a little too fast, or hit a bump in the road during a turn, ESP would come on. After knowing what sets off ESP, I adjusted my driving habits to avoid "pushing the ESP limit", or if I'm in a turn, and I see a hole in the road, I just get ready for ESP to turn on.

From what I know, there isn't an "easy" way to completely turn off ESP. Just pressing it once only turns off the traction control part of it. I think ABS and "stability" are still active.
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Aev procal tuner will turn it off i think???

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Unread 08-20-2013, 03:24 PM   #4
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Have to do the steering wheel dance. That will turn it off completely. Did min about 4 months ago best thing I every did. Tried to adjust my driving habits to what triggered it but living on country roads made it hard. Just read the owners manual it will tell you how to turn it off. Good luck.
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Some more info on what the problem is would help too. Is it only happening around turns, or when going straight? Did you recenter the steering wheel. I have never been able to make my esp go off around turns but my wife does, so I know that driving habits can have an effect too.

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Have to do the steering wheel dance. That will turn it off completely. Did min about 4 months ago best thing I every did. Tried to adjust my driving habits to what triggered it but living on country roads made it hard. Just read the owners manual it will tell you how to turn it off. Good luck.

Agreed. If it keeps engaging you likely don't have the axles centered under the frame, or perhaps there's an alignment issue. Howevber, even with a dialed in suspension, in the best of circumstances the ESP will engage at inopportune times. I turned the ESP off on my '09 two years ago and have never looked back. Just have to ignore that annoying indicator on the dash cluster.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 11:43 AM   #7
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The lift was actually installed back in 2007 but I kept stock tires until recently. Never had a problem with this until the new tires. Straight line is no problem. Hit the brakes hard and she stops with no light coming on. If I take a turn like an on ramp to the freeway (90 degree bend) and accelerate then it comes on. If I'm driving mountain pass and go into a bend with foot on the brake then the JK goes ape. Almost feels like I lose all control and the ESP has taken full control. Actually scary.

Will be checking the manual to see how I can deactivate the ESP.
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