Stressed Out Stability Control System Today - is there a "rescue" feature from Jeep?
Just some background before I post my question. My main passion for the last 35 years has been desert racing. Jeeps are kind of a side attraction for me. I still race some, in fact, I'm signed up for a National Hare & Hound Desert Race next Saturday in my UTV. I've raced three different vehicle classes over the years.
Anyway, I did some exploring today in the Jeep, in the mountains of southeast Nevada. I got snowed out at high elevation and had to come back down to the high desert (5000 feet elevation) to get out of the snow. When I got back down to the main dirt road heading north-south my fuel situation limited which way I could go. If I went south to the highway there would not be a fuel station close enough to refuel before running out. So I had to go north, which was away from home, but I could gas up in Garrison, NV, and then return home. A few miles after turning north I see a sign that says "Garrison 66 miles", and I knew I had enough fuel to make it. The road was a typical desert road with long straights, sweeping turns, and a few wash crossings that made for big G-outs. After a few miles I start picking up the speed a little more, and then a little more. Eventually I'm hitting 70 on the straights, and sliding through the turns some. The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is coming on for pretty much every turn, but it isn't interfering too badly, and I'm having a good time. I am noticing that the Jeep is working really good. Its not a race vehicle, but the Fox 2.0 shocks are working awesome for this type of driving. The Toyo M/T tires are working very well, with a smooth transition from grip to slipping that is easy to control. The bumpstops are set perfectly, and when the suspension is bottomed hard on a G-out the tires very very slightly buzz the fenders. Couldn't ask for a better set up for a basic exploring Jeep.
Then I enter a turn a little hotter than the rest. I get on the brakes a little harder than I normally would, then decide I'm going to have to drift this turn instead of brake for it, and go to get back on the gas. All of this takes about a half second if you've been doing this for a few decades. But, ... the ESP system had gone into full panic mode, far far more aggressively than its ever done before. And I realize that except for the steering wheel I have no control over the vehicle at all. I made it through the turn, but with a different method than I planned on. The ESP can apply brakes to just one side of the vehicle, which I obviously cannot do.
As I exit the turn and get back on the gas, I'm thinking to myself that I need to back it down a bit, and I notice that the Sirius radio had gone silent. I had been listening to a nice Patty Loveless song on Prime Country, and it stopped. The radio then starts speaking to me, and says "If this has been a roll-over, or you need emergency towing service please press such and such button to set up this service, or just speak directly into the radio. I didn't catch what button it said to press. I looked at the radio and the display says "VOICE" and there is a microphone symbol after the word, and everything is quiet, as if the radio is waiting for me to speak.
Being the conspiracy theorist that I am, I didn't want someone somewhere that is connected to a satellite listening to me. So I turned off the radio, and then turned it back on again, and it was back on Prime Country again, and the Patty Loveless song was ending.
Then I thought, why didn't I check this out. What is this "emergency towing service" that it was talking about? Is it satellite based, or cell phone based like On Star? Is this a service that could save your butt if you got into trouble in the middle of nowhere where there is no cell phone service? How do you go about activating it? And how much does it cost? Is it a Jeep based service, or do I need to stay subscribed to Sirius to use it?
Sorry for the novel, but it was one of those you had to be there moments. I think I made my ESP think I rolled my Jeep.
2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon; 35s - no lift, Warn 9.5 XP-S, ARB Twin Air, SPOD
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk (wife's Jeep)
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Last edited by MOPWR2U; 04-25-2015 at 08:21 PM.