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Auto entry/exit mode - Air Suspension

I just took delivery of my first Jeep - a 2015 GC Summit 4x4, White, Dark brown with rear DVD/Blu-Ray. Loving it so far. I have a quick question though. I like the option to automatically lower the jeep when you put it in park but was wondering if the jeep would go low enough to touch a parking bumper/curb if you pull over it? It does not start lowering until it is in park and I don't want to get out and check the clearance every time. I measured the ground clearance when lowered and it is about 8 inches from the bottom of the front end valence/fascia to the ground. This seems like enough (for most average curb/bumper heights) but wanted to poll the forum and see what the real world experiences have been. I don't want to pull out of a parking spot and have the parking bumper rip off my lower valance.

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Re: Auto entry/exit mode - Air Suspension

Go into your settings on suspension and check off the exit entry, that will be the lowest and will show up on your dash, press down just in case to make sure it is in exit/entry and go measure the ground clearance on your front chin spoiler.

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Re: Auto entry/exit mode - Air Suspension

Part of this is out of your control...the height of curbs/parking barriers vary. So it's probably a good idea to be in the habit of not poking the nose (or tail) over them regardless. Of course "stuff happens"...and it's conceivable that there are situations when the auto-lowering might ground you out on the curb.
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Re: Auto entry/exit mode - Air Suspension

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I just took delivery of my first Jeep - a 2015 GC Summit 4x4, White, Dark brown with rear DVD/Blu-Ray. Loving it so far. I have a quick question though. I like the option to automatically lower the jeep when you put it in park but was wondering if the jeep would go low enough to touch a parking bumper/curb if you pull over it? It does not start lowering until it is in park and I don't want to get out and check the clearance every time. I measured the ground clearance when lowered and it is about 8 inches from the bottom of the front end valence/fascia to the ground. This seems like enough (for most average curb/bumper heights) but wanted to poll the forum and see what the real world experiences have been. I don't want to pull out of a parking spot and have the parking bumper rip off my lower valance.

Thanks.
To answer you question; Yes it can happen because it happened to me once. I parked at a golf course, the vehicle lowered and then when backing out it caught the front lower facia and popped out about 4 of the plastic pins holding it in place. There was no real damage, but I did have to realign the holes and push the pins back in place. This particular instance happened because the parking block had 2 metal rebar driven through the block into the ground to keep the block in place, so when I reversed it caught on the rebar.
Really unpredictable as to when you may, or may not, have issues given the different block heights. I simply try not to pull up as far now.
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Re: Auto entry/exit mode - Air Suspension

It is possible


I like leaving it on.


I suspect if it happens you'll hear it and it will unlikely break anything as long as you bring it back up first. At least on Overland it does not look like it will break anything (it will just deflect the plastic). Not sure on summit.
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To answer you question; Yes it can happen because it happened to me once. I parked at a golf course, the vehicle lowered and then when backing out it caught the front lower facia and popped out about 4 of the plastic pins holding it in place. There was no real damage, but I did have to realign the holes and push the pins back in place. This particular instance happened because the parking block had 2 metal rebar driven through the block into the ground to keep the block in place, so when I reversed it caught on the rebar.
Really unpredictable as to when you may, or may not, have issues given the different block heights. I simply try not to pull up as far now.
Ouch, had not thought of that case.
I park in a spot with a curb made out of some rough rocks.
I suppose that could happen to me too and you won't know it until you back out.
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Re: Auto entry/exit mode - Air Suspension

This is one of the reasons why I back my car into a parking spot as often as I can rather than going face forward. In this way, I can use the rear camera to gauge the distance from the curb before I go into park. When all else fails if I choose to go in front first, I will park it a little earlier- go out and check how much space I have- then climb back in and move forward according to my calculations. Usually a quick visual cue will give you an idea. Unless its a real tight spot (length wise) there should not be any real issues.
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This is one of the reasons why I back my car into a parking spot as often as I can rather than going face forward. In this way, I can use the rear camera to gauge the distance from the curb before I go into park. When all else fails if I choose to go in front first, I will park it a little earlier- go out and check how much space I have- then climb back in and move forward according to my calculations. Usually a quick visual cue will give you an idea. Unless its a real tight spot (length wise) there should not be any real issues.
That's a good idea.

But the back is not so low that Auto/Exit would now even be a problem?
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Re: Auto entry/exit mode - Air Suspension

Thanks everyone. I thought this might have been an issue for people and it sounds like it has. I like the backing in idea but am worried about other drivers in my family forgetting about it. I will have to be careful when using this feature or just lower it manually. Thanks again.
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I just took delivery of my first Jeep - a 2015 GC Summit 4x4, White, Dark brown with rear DVD/Blu-Ray. Loving it so far. I have a quick question though. I like the option to automatically lower the jeep when you put it in park but was wondering if the jeep would go low enough to touch a parking bumper/curb if you pull over it? It does not start lowering until it is in park and I don't want to get out and check the clearance every time. I measured the ground clearance when lowered and it is about 8 inches from the bottom of the front end valence/fascia to the ground. This seems like enough (for most average curb/bumper heights) but wanted to poll the forum and see what the real world experiences have been. I don't want to pull out of a parking spot and have the parking bumper rip off my lower valance.

Thanks.
A fairly simple method to avoid ripping things off would be to make sure that you always go over any curb at above 15 mph, where you've been doing 15+ for several feet before you hit the curb.

There is another workaround--but it is sufficiently obvious not to post.
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A fairly simple method to avoid ripping things off would be to make sure that you always go over any curb at above 15 mph, where you've been doing 15+ for several feet before you hit the curb.

There is another workaround--but it is sufficiently obvious not to post.
Actually isn't the "Park" height unique and the lowest?
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Very bad experience with the company

---------- Post added at 04:41 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:38 PM ----------

I had a problem with a Compass Limited close to the end of the two - years warranty.
The company let me down although it verified the problem was a defect in on piece of the engine.
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