Service Electronic Stability Control Jeep Warning: 9 Tips to Fix the Issue

Jeep’s electronic stability control technology is very good at helping drivers maintain the handling of their Jeeps while they’re on the road. When making difficult steering maneuvers, it uses steering wheel inputs and automatic computer-controlled braking of individual wheels to keep control of your Jeep. But occasionally, it can malfunction. Then you will get a service electronic stability control Jeep warning because of a failing sensor, loose wiring, leaks, a faulty braking system, an off-balanced steering wheel, a faulty vacuum pump, or a bad relay. Continue reading to discover more about the service electronic stability control Jeep warning, its underlying causes, and appropriate fixes.

How Does a Jeep’s Electronic Stability Control Work?

The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) keeps track of the steering angle and other factors, including the speed at which the wheels rotate. It tries to reduce engine power or apply the brakes to help you regain control of the vehicle when you lose steering control or traction.

Adjusting the electronic stability control system on your Jeep will lessen the likelihood that it will roll over and help keep it on the road.

On a Jeep, there is only one button for the traction control system and electronic stability control (ESC). At faster speeds, the electronic stability control will activate, while at slower speeds will trigger the traction control.

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Service Electronic Stability Control Jeep Gladiator Warning

What Does the Service Electronic Stability Control Jeep Warning Mean?

The service electronic stability control Jeep warning typically appears when the vehicle loses control and remains when a problem is found, or the system has been manually turned off. The service electronic stability control in the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a frequently faced problem.

The service electronic stability control Jeep warning light might come on for various conditions. It alerts you if the computer detects slick road conditions and the Jeep is not under control.

Additionally, your power steering may be inactive, and a Jeep service electronic stability control warning light may be on. If this occurs, you should park your Jeep immediately because there could be a serious problem. Problems usually start when your fluid levels are too low or there is a leak. If the fluid levels are too low, top them off and start your Jeep’s engine to see if there’s a problem.

If your fluid levels are normal, a loose fuse may be to blame for your power steering problem. You can check the fuses to ensure they’re properly seated and check your PCM, as these are the common and straightforward fixes for power steering problems.

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What Causes the Service Electronic Stability Control Jeep Warning to Come on?

The electronic control system in your Jeep and your anti-braking system are directly related. The braking system and steering control are the first places to look if your Jeep’s electronic stability control isn’t working correctly. Some Jeep owners have also mentioned getting the service electronic stability control Jeep warning if they experience problems with their braking system, primary and auxiliary battery, vacuum pump, or vacuum sensors.

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Service Electronic Stability Control Jeep Grand Cherokee Warning

1. Failing Wheel Sensors

Each wheel on your vehicle is equipped with sensors that alert the Jeep’s electronic stability control system when there is a loss of traction. As a result, the ABS and Jeep electronic stability control systems malfunction, and a service electronic stability control Jeep warning is displayed when these sensors are clogged with dirt.

2. Steering Wheel Off Balance

  • The likelihood is that your steering wheel will be out of alignment when you’re done lifting your car. If this occurs, your computer will assume something is wrong and flash a service electronic stability control Jeep warning. All it is doing is detecting an incorrect steering wheel position. It is a simple fix—just recenter the steering using the drag link’s adjustment and take a drive, and the problem will resolve itself.
  • Your steering wheel may become unbalanced if it is loose for any reason, such as a severely worn screw in the steering mechanism. The service electronic stability control Jeep warning will then illuminate. 
  • The light might turn on after you upgrade the front bumper and winch on your Jeep Grand Cherokee. Check to see if your steering became off balanced by that or not. 
  • If you installed a new rack without checking the front end’s alignment or other components, most likely, the problem is that rack.

If your steering wheel is becoming increasingly uncentered and your alignment needs to be adjusted, your service electronic stability control Jeep warning will activate. 

Ensure the steering wheel is properly tightened to prevent it from slowly becoming loose. Adjust the drag link.

3. Vacuum Leaks/Bad ECS Hose

  • A loose hose pipe that creates a vacuum leak may also cause a Jeep Grand Cherokee service electronic stability control warning and a brief vacuum kick. Your Jeep’s service electronic stability control warning lights will then remain illuminated and not turn off.
  • Sometimes the hose blows off, in which case the electronic stability control hose is faulty and needs to be replaced. All will be well with the Jeep once the replacement hose kit is used.
  • Additionally, a leak in the vacuum harness line is also possible. It will be resolved by replacing the vacuum hose.

4. Faulty Vacuum Pump

Service electronic stability control Jeep warning often occurs because of the vacuum pump. You have to replace the vacuum pump. The faulty pump can cause some fuses to blow as well. Replace the blown fuses. After replacing the pump, everything should work.

At first, the Jeep warning light might turn on sporadically, but eventually, it might turn on each time you drive. A vacuum leak in the system may be the cause. 

5. Braking System Issues

You might get a service electronic stability control warning in your Jeep Grand Cherokee if you have an issue with your anti-lock braking system, such as a broken brake booster check valve. Wearing brake linings and air or dirt in the brake fluid, typical of high-mileage Jeeps and off-roading Jeeps, are other issues that may affect your Jeep’s electronic stability control. A broken brake light switch can turn on your Jeep’s ESC light and display a warning for service-related electronic stability control in your instrument panel.

6. Issues with the Wiring

The wires allow the onboard computers and wheel sensors to communicate traction information. The service electronic stability control Jeep warning will appear if any of these wires are damaged, improperly connected, or if the ESC fuse blows.

A service electronic stability control Jeep warning could also be brought on by a loose ground wire or loose ground lug nut. Clean and tighten it. Additionally, look behind the passenger-side headlight for a loose ground wire. 

Check connectors, wiring, and signal. Check the voltage readings for the signal wires leading to the brake booster.

7. A Malfunctioning Steering Angle Sensor

The service electronic stability control Jeep Grand Cherokee warning light might always be on if the steering angle sensor is damaged, misaligned, or malfunctioning.

The steering angle sensor tells the ESP’s ECU which way the steering wheel is turned. It then examines each wheel speed value and uses the wheel speeds to determine the vehicle’s direction. If this differs from the steering angle sensor, ESP is activated.

What can happen is that the steering angle sensor needs to be calibrated, not to the point of being implausible or detectable, but just enough so that the values aren’t correct in certain conditions. 

Drive the car in a straight line for as long as you can, and then calibrate the sensor. The best method would be to use dead-accurate tracking/alignment gauges to confirm the alignment while calibrating the sensor.

Check the ESP ECU’s live data, have a helper drive in a straight line, and record the steering angle value to make sure. Depending on how the ECU interprets it, it should ideally be either 0 or 360. Additionally, pay attention to the wheel speeds. They ought to be the same.

Additionally, there will be ride height sensors, so these, too, need to be calibrated. If that fixes the issue, everything is good. If not, I would thoroughly check the alignment, camber, tracking, etc., and recalibrate the sensors if necessary.

8. The fuse is Not Seated Correctly

The service electronic stability control Jeep warning can appear if all fuses are not pushed down. The next time you start the car, make sure all the fuses are making proper contact. 

9. Miscellaneous Issues

  • Check to see if your throttle control is working correctly, if the service electronic stability control Jeep warning is giving you trouble. 
  • Additionally, see if the Jeep’s electrical failure was brought on by a broken power steering pump. 
  • The PCV valve may also fail. If that is the case, re-clamp the valve, and you are ready.

After you’ve resolved the issues, the Jeep electronic stability control system will need to be tested by your Jeep’s computer. You must drive your Jeep for at least 50-100 miles to allow the computer system to determine whether the system has been repaired. After that, the service electronic stability control Jeep warning will be removed automatically.

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How to reset Jeep’s electronic stability control?

Before you do anything else, test the primary and backup batteries, vacuum pump, and sensor. 

If your Jeep doesn’t start, remove the battery to reset all computer systems, and it should start again. All errors, check engine lights, etc., should go away. 

Is it safe to drive with the ESC light on?

Even if the ESC light is illuminated, you can still drive, but you must take precautions such as slowing down. Also, have all the electronic stability control-related issues resolved as soon as possible by the dealership.

How to operate electronic stability control on Jeeps?

When you start your Jeep’s engine, stability control is activated automatically. Under most driving conditions, you should be fine using stability control. However, you should adjust the settings in different driving conditions, such as rock crawling or off-roading.

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The service electronic stability control Jeep warning is a tricky one. If you’re lucky, your problem will be resolved the first time, but others have had to return to the service center multiple times to track it down. If the Jeep grand Cherokee electronic stability control warning light stays on or you see the service electronic stability control Jeep warning, go through the list of potential issues and check them individually. You will find the root cause, and resolving that will restore your Jeep.

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  1. my 2017 grand Cherokee has the esc light and the service 4 wheel light on also. It will not go off

    1. To determine which speed sensor is failing, use a scan tool that can track all four in real-time, then focus on that one. You can search on Google for Bi-Directional OBDII scanners. The Thinktool Pro Bi-Directional Scan Tool is an option. It can be a short in one of the speed sensor wires or a wheel speed sensor.
      After using the tool, you’ll get an idea of where the problem is coming from, and you can proceed from there with the help of the article.

  2. I have a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee trailhawk. I recently replaced the start front bumper with a heavy steel front bumper with a winch. Now i’m getting the electronic stabilizing light is on.
    In your comments #2 reason it could cause of the steering wheel being off balance. How could that throw off steering wheel balance and if so how can I fix that?
    Thanks mr peterson

    1. In general, replacing the front bumper should not cause the Service Electronic Stability Control warning light to come on. However, there are a few things that could happen during the bumper replacement process that could trigger the warning light.

      • If the bumper is not properly aligned, it could interfere with the sensors of the ESC system.
      • If the bumper is damaged during the replacement process, it could cause a short circuit in the wiring harness that connects to the ESC system.
      • If the brake lines or sensors are damaged during the bumper replacement process, it could also trigger the ESC warning light.

      I don’t know how you replaced your front bumper, but you could have inadvertently lifted your front when you bolted the brackets. Check out this video to make sure everything is alright. But my guess is that your bumper is not properly aligned and it’s messing with your sensors.

  3. On my 2014 Grand Cherokee the esc light has come on and when turning there is significant resistance to turning the vehicle in either direction to the point of the vehicle ‘hopping’ when trying to turn the vehicle. The folks at the local Phoenix dealership are telling me I need to replace the front transfer case at cost of approximately $5,500.00, which is about half the value of the vehicle. Yet, I find no reference online to any reference to a failure of the transfer case as a cause forth esc light to be on. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    1. I think there’s some misalignment. Check your steering wheel and its connected components. Things like track bar, drag link, ties rod, control arms, etc., for some looseness.
      Also, check your Ujoints to ensure it is not seized up.

      ESC light has nothing to do with the front transfer case. Because your Jeep is ‘hopping,’ the dealership thinks it’s the transfer case. I recommend you check those things I’ve mentioned first and get the opinion of another dealer if you can.


    1. Thank you for your query.
      Start with the wheel speed sensors. Verify the proper alignment of your steering wheel.
      If your engine light is on, check the ECS hose, vacuum harness, and vacuum pump.
      Go through the article once or twice, and you’ll get the general idea.

        1. Then, the problem may lie within the steering wheel. It could be that the steering angle sensor as well as other components, such as wiring, are malfunctioning. Check it out first.

  5. Hi, I have a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited. I recently replaced 3 times the sensor brake Pedal & i’m always getting the electronic stabilizing light is on. what should be the reason and any suggestion to fix the sensor brake pedal to not get faults again and to fix the service electronic stability control.
    Thank you for your support.

    1. I don’t understand why you’re replacing the brake pedal sensor for the service electronic stability control warning. Usually it’s the brake light switch. Nevertheless, go through the article where I’ve listed the reasons for which the ESC light comes on.

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