Disabling ADA steering wheel vibration in Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with an Active Driving Assist (ADA) system that provides various driving assistance features, including steering wheel vibration. While some drivers may find this feature useful, others may prefer to disable it. This article will guide you through the process of disabling the steering wheel vibration in a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

What is Active Driving Assist (ADA)

Active Driving Assist (ADA) is a driver assistance system available in certain Jeep Grand Cherokee models. It combines Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with lane centering technology to provide enhanced driving assistance. The system helps maintain the vehicle’s position within the driving lane while traveling at speeds up to 90 mph (145 km/h).

The Active Driving Assist system utilizes various sensors, including radar and cameras, to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings and detect lane markings. It works in conjunction with the vehicle’s braking, acceleration, and steering systems to provide a smoother driving experience.

The ADA system has two primary functions:

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): This feature maintains a set speed for the vehicle and adjusts the speed to keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. The ACC system uses radar sensors to detect the distance and speed of the vehicle in front and automatically adjusts the vehicle’s speed to maintain a pre-set following distance.

Lane Centering: The lane centering feature uses cameras and sensors to detect lane markings on the road. It actively assists the driver in keeping the vehicle centered within the lane by making subtle steering adjustments. This helps reduce driver fatigue and provides additional stability during long highway drives.

The Active Driving Assist system can be overridden by the driver at any time by braking, accelerating, or manually steering the vehicle. It is important for drivers to remain attentive and follow traffic laws and speed limits while using the system. The system does not replace the driver’s responsibility to maintain control of the vehicle and be aware of their surroundings.

Disable Steering Wheel Vibration

Step 1: Access the Vehicle Settings

On the center screen of your Jeep Grand Cherokee, locate the bottom category bar and tap on “Vehicle.” This will open the vehicle settings menu. Within the vehicle settings menu, locate the top right corner and tap on “Settings.” This will open the settings submenu.

Step 2: Open Safety & Driving Assistance Settings

In the settings submenu, you will find a left-side menu. Tap on “Safety & Driving Assistance” for more options.

Step 3: Access Active Driving Assist Settings

In the Safety and Driving Assistance menu, touch Active Driving Assist option from the list.

Step 4: Disable Steering Wheel Vibration

Within the Active Driving Assist settings, look for the option labeled “Steering Wheel Vibration.” This setting controls the activation or deactivation of the steering wheel vibration feature. Toggle the switch to turn off the steering wheel vibration.

Explanation of Active Driving Assist (ADA) System

The Active Driving Assist system in the Jeep Grand Cherokee combines the functionalities of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and provides lane centering assistance. It helps keep the vehicle in the driving lane while traveling at speeds up to 90 mph (145 km/h). The system requires the driver’s attention and can be overridden at any time by braking, accelerating, or steering.

Types of Active Driving Assist Systems

There are two types of Active Driving Assist systems available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

Base ADA System: This system uses sensors in the steering wheel to measure driver attentiveness. It requires the driver to have their hands on the steering wheel at all times. The system aims to keep the vehicle centered in the lane but reduces its control when the driver turns the steering wheel.

Hands-Free ADA System: This system uses sensors in the steering wheel and a driver monitoring camera to monitor driver attentiveness. It allows the driver to remove their hands from the steering wheel while engaged but requires them to continue paying attention to the road. The Hands-Free ADA system can also perform assisted lane changes when the turn signal is activated and conditions are met.

System Engagement Conditions and Deactivation

The Active Driving Assist system has specific conditions that must be met for it to engage. These conditions include enabling the system, buckling the driver’s seat belt, keeping the driver’s hands on the steering wheel, detecting visible lane markings, and more. The system can be deactivated by various factors such as driver inattentiveness, pressing the brake pedal, activating a turn signal, or exceeding the speed limit.

System Status and Indications

The Active Driving Assist system provides status indicators through the instrument cluster display. The indicators change colors (green, yellow, and red) to warn the driver of their attentiveness level and system functionality. Additionally, the system may issue haptic warnings through steering wheel vibration or seat vibration, depending on the system version.

System Operation and Limitations

It is crucial to understand that the Active Driving Assist system is a driver assist feature and should not replace the driver’s active involvement and attention. The system has limitations and cannot detect all situations or prevent collisions. Drivers must remain alert, keep their eyes on the road, and be prepared to take control of the vehicle when necessary. The system may have reduced functionality under certain conditions, such as sensor obstructions, modifications to the vehicle, or damaged radar sensors or cameras.


Disabling the steering wheel vibration feature in the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s Active Driving Assist system is a simple process that can be done through the vehicle settings. However, it’s essential to remember that the Active Driving Assist system is designed to assist drivers and not replace their active involvement and attention while driving.

Author: Nabeel K
Email: nabeel@wheelsjoint.com