Originally Posted by billt
I'm not going to do anything. If I get a recall notice in the mail, I'll call my dealer and see just what's involved. If it's a 5 minute, in and out deal, I will take it in. Otherwise I'm not worried about it. I don't have "Auto Park", so my brakes and steering are not hooked up to U-Connect, any more than my pool pump is.
Also, I'm not convinced the neighborhood geek can do this at will to my, or anyone else's Jeep for that matter. As of now, this is all a bunch of smoke filled coffee house crap. Nothing to get worried about.
It's more like a 20-30 minute process:
It took about 10 minutes to download the zip file and unzip it to a flash drive. The it was another 15-20 minutes to do the update. I downloaded the original file to the flash drive I used. The site claims you need a 2GB flash drive, but my ISO file once unzipped was less than 600MB. It's possible some models have more components so the size recommendation was a one size fits all thing.
When you start the update in the Jeep, it claims 30, but it was about half that time. It's possible it might take longer in a model with more affected options, though, since several of the parts passed through really fast compared to others on mine.
It should be pointed out, the brakes could still possibly be accessed without Autopark, since it's not clear exactly how they did that trick. Autopark was shown on the EVIC, but the computer also controls the brakes for traction control, stability control, hill start assist, hill decent control and adaptive cruise control. Those all happen without any input from the driver, and all but the last two are standard on all models. The Hill Decent Control is only on models with a low range mode in 4WD and Adaptive Cruise Control is optional on all models, as far as I know. Traction control is on all models and turns itself on automatically upon starting the vehicle. Hill Start Assist is a menu option.
Right now, steering can only be down through the Autopark function. Does the Grand Cherokee even offer that option or is that only on the newest Cherokee?
It's up to you whether to do the update, but it really wasn't that hard to do. Just make sure you leave the drive connected until the system says "Hands Free System Available" after the reboot that follows the install. That should prevent the error message that the system is not authorized that might pop up if you disconnect the drive earlier.