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post #1 of 8 Old 09-29-2013, 03:36 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys!! New here......just got a used jeep compass, and loving it!! My question is about the esp button. I cant find what I need in the owners manual.....when I am driving on dry roads do I want the light to be on or off? I dont know why this is so confusing to me!? If I press the "esp off" button the light comes ON. Please help...... thanks guys!
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-30-2013, 12:24 AM
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If you have a 4x4 Compass the ESP has 3 modes.

ESP On - This is the default setting and will use reduced engine power and the brakes to control wheelspin and keep the vehicle from spinning out(oversteer or understeer)

ESP Partial Off - If you depress the esp button the light will come on the dash (looks like a vehicle with skid marks) in this mode the esp system will allow more wheel spin before using the brakes or engine power to slow down the wheels that are spinning. This mode will function the same when it comes to preventing the vehicle from spinning out (oversteer or understeer). You would use this if you get stuck and need more wheel spin.

ESP Full Off - Only on 4x4 models, if you push and hold the esp button for 5 or so seconds, you will hear a chime and the msg "ESPOFF" on the vehicle display center. In this mode under 56kms/h all traction control aids (with the exception of the brake lock differential) are disabled, so you will be able to spin the tires as much as possible. Since the vehicle stability control is also disabled you will be able to oversteer and understeer and do doughnuts or whatever

Once you start going above 56kms/h the system will revert back to esp partial off.

For normal driving when you start the vehicle up the light should be off. If you push the button it will come on. SO based on your description everything is functioning fine.
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Alright!! Thanks-im not sure why that was so hard for me to understand.....I cant wait to get some snow here so I can try this bad boy out! I traded in an 07 mitsubishi eclipse that would get stuck in my driveway.....
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You will absolutely LOVE how the compass' awd system works in the winter, it is sooo seemless and works great. Most of the time in the winter I never even lock the 4x4 in as I find the standard awd mode works best on slick roads.
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This is an old post, so I hope it's checked still. How does the ESP work with 4x4? I didn't get the chance to use my Jeep in the snow because it didn't snow after I bought it, but I want to be ready for next winter. My old Cherokee didn't have ESP so I just had 4x4 to deal with. Thanks!
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4x4 or not, all the esp system does is control/limit wheel spin depending on the mode you are in. 4x4 operation isn't affected by the ESP mode.


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So shutting off ESP should in theory save some gas lol
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I guess another way to look at it.

If you plowing through or about to deep snow or mud you'd want it off (which will give you more power to the wheels if they're breaking traction). Otherwise just leave it as is including going down your typical dirt unpaved road rough road. More importantly I would activate the 4WD T-lever behind the hand brake

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