2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee – shutting off ESP

Dear Doctor: I purchased a used 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4 and I would like to use it in the sand at the beach. In the owner’s manual it stated that when operating in sand to turn the Electronic Stability (ESP) off. I am nervous about sand and have a fear of getting stuck. Could you please give me your opinion if turning the ESP off will allow Jeep to go through sand at the beach? Christa

Dear Christa: Yes, the Jeep is designed so that you can take it off-roading, including on sandy beaches. Shutting off the ESP system will give the driver full control without the any traction control assistance. Make sure you clean down the Jeep after each trip to the beach to help prevent corrosion.

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