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ESP light on 2005 Golf

My daughter got a new battery and 2 snow tires mounted yesterday, afterward the ESP light came on and indicated the system was "turned off". Any ideas on cause(s)....?

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ESP is the Electronic Stability Programme - it only comes on if the engine computer needs to make adjustments for poor driving or road surface conditions. If it is on all the time (and you are not driving down a country road) then you should get it checked out.

P.S. Sometimes low tire inflation will cause the problem. Winter tires depending on the tread will also cause this error.

Take to a local parts store and have the engine code read. Could be a multitude or combination of different problems.

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the operators guide shows what these mean and what to do.
lost that>? i have one, and 08 JK.
pages 105 to 116
it resets each drive. the opr guide says that, and does.
its a very complex system, you should RTM.

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