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High Winds + Straight Road = ESP Activation!

Hey All,

We've had some crazy weather here in California this week. We had a Hail/Ice storm yesterday that left over 1/2" of ice on the jeep in about 15 minutes! That doesn't happen here, ever.

Anyhow, my question for the forum: How does your jeep handle in the wind?

After the lift & 35's, my jeep is pushed around quite a bit by the wind. I didn't notice it before. Is it that even more air gets in under the jeep? Percentage wise, adding about 5" of clearance under the jeep is a large percentage (near 50% i'd guess).

On Tuesday morning it was so windy (40-50mph winds) that I had to have my steering wheel at about 10 O-Clock just to drive straight at about 60. When the wind gusts reached their peak I actually had ESP kick in while going straight! The road was wet, but I wasn't sliding.


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post #2 of 8 Old 01-21-2010, 08:50 PM
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Aero dynamics aren’t one of jeeps better qualities! Ours is all over too in windy conditions.

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hahah how do you like the weather

thats wierd that your esp would come on if you werent sliding. maybe you didnt realize?

My jeep is also all over the road in bad winds. Thats what happens when you drive a brick on 35s. File that under a jeep thing
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-22-2010, 07:58 AM
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My guess is that it would be going off because the steering wheel is telling the computer you are turning, but the sensor that can feel the forces of a turn wasn't telling the computer you were turning causing it to think you were sliding. Just like if you don't recenter you steering wheel after doing a lift.

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We can get some pretty windy conditions here in Alberta too... When the Chinooks come in we can hit 60 mph winds... Have the same problem, just no ESP lights

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I've run into that before. Part of the ESP thing for me was my steering wheel wasn't exactly centered. Close, but not exact.

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doubtful that the ESP was working. It was probably throwing the light because it is thinking there is a problem. It looks for the steering wheel to be straight most of the time, with you fighting the wind for so long it thinks the wheel is not centered and there is a problem..

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I had this happen for the first time yesterday. It was crazy windy and we were out in the country driving around. The light every once in a while would blink and at least once I felt the roll midigation working. I'm not worried about it, it was just so windy that I had to put a lot of turn into the wheel just to go in a straight line.

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