How to adjust ParkSense settings in Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is equipped with advanced safety features, including the ParkSense Park Assist system, which helps drivers maneuver their vehicles during parking. The ParkSense system provides visual and audible indications of the distance between the vehicle and detected obstacles.

This article will guide you through the process of adjusting ParkSense settings in the Jeep Grand Cherokee, allowing you to customize the alerts and volume levels to suit your preferences.


What is ParkSense in Jeep Grand Cherokee?

ParkSense is an advanced parking assist system available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It is designed to help drivers during parking maneuvers by providing visual and audible indications of the distance between the vehicle and detected obstacles.

The ParkSense system utilizes sensors located in the front and rear fascia/bumper of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. These sensors monitor the areas in front of and behind the vehicle, within their field of view. The number of sensors may vary depending on the specific model and equipment.

Rear sensors location.

When the vehicle is in reverse or when moving forward at low speeds, the ParkSense system scans for obstacles and displays the information on the vehicle’s center screen. It uses visual arcs and audible tones to indicate the proximity of objects, helping the driver gauge the distance and avoid potential collisions.

The ParkSense system provides different levels of alerts based on the proximity of the detected objects. As the vehicle gets closer to an obstacle, the arcs on the display move closer to the vehicle, and the audible tones change in frequency to signal the decreasing distance.

In addition to providing warnings, the ParkSense system also offers optional braking assistance. If the system detects a possible collision with an obstacle during a reverse parking maneuver, it can automatically apply and release the vehicle’s brakes to help avoid or minimize the impact.

It’s important to note that the ParkSense system is designed to assist the driver and not substitute for their control. The driver is responsible for maintaining full control over the vehicle’s acceleration, braking, and overall movements. The ParkSense system is meant to enhance safety and convenience during parking but should not replace the driver’s attentiveness and judgment.


The ParkSense settings in the Jeep Grand Cherokee can be adjusted to customize the alerts, volume levels, and braking assistance according to the driver’s preferences. By accessing the vehicle’s settings menu, drivers can modify the ParkSense options to suit their needs and enhance their parking experience.

Overall, the ParkSense system in the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a valuable feature that helps drivers navigate parking situations with increased confidence and safety.

Accessing the ParkSense Settings:

To adjust the ParkSense settings in your Jeep Grand Cherokee, follow these steps:

  1. On the center screen, locate and tap the “Vehicle” option on the bottom category bar.
  2. In the top right corner of the screen, tap the “Settings” option.
  3. From the left-side menu, select “Safety & Driving Assistance.”
  4. Scroll down the list until you find the “ParkSense” option on the right side list.

Adjusting ParkSense Settings:

Within the ParkSense settings, you will find several adjustable options. Let’s take a closer look at each one:

ParkSense

This setting allows you to change the type of ParkSense alert when a close object is detected. You can choose between “Only Warning” and “Warning + Braking Assist” options.

Front ParkSense Volume

This setting adjusts the volume of the Front ParkSense system. You can choose from “Low,” “Medium,” and “High” volume levels.

Rear ParkSense Volume

This setting adjusts the volume of the Rear ParkSense system. Similar to the Front ParkSense volume, you can select “Low,” “Medium,” or “High.”

Rear ParkSense Braking Assist

This setting enables or disables the Rear ParkSense Braking Assist. When enabled, the system can automatically apply and release the vehicle’s brakes during reverse parking maneuvers if a possible collision is detected.


Side Distance Warning

This setting allows you to enable or disable the Side Distance Warning feature, which alerts you to objects approaching from the sides of the vehicle.

Enabling and Disabling ParkSense

The ParkSense system in the Jeep Grand Cherokee can be easily enabled or disabled using the ParkSense switch, which is conveniently located on the switch panel above the Uconnect display. Enabling the system allows it to function and provide parking assistance, while disabling it temporarily deactivates the system.

To enable or disable ParkSense, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the ParkSense switch on the switch panel above the Uconnect display in your Jeep Grand Cherokee.
  2. Push the ParkSense switch to enable the system. When enabled, the instrument cluster will display the current system state, indicating that ParkSense is active and ready to assist.
  3. If you wish to disable the ParkSense system, push the ParkSense switch again. When disabled, the instrument cluster will display the message “PARKSENSE OFF” for approximately two seconds. This indicates that the ParkSense system is temporarily turned off.
  4. When the gear selector is moved to the REVERSE position and the ParkSense system is disabled, the instrument cluster display will continuously show the “PARKSENSE OFF” message as long as the vehicle remains in REVERSE. This serves as a reminder that the system is not active.

Note: When the gear selector is moved to the DRIVE position and ParkSense is disabled, no warning message will be displayed in the instrument cluster.

To provide visual feedback on the system status, the ParkSense switch features an LED. The LED indicates whether ParkSense is enabled, disabled, or requires service:

  • When ParkSense is disabled or needs service, the ParkSense switch LED will be on.
  • When the system is enabled and functioning properly, the ParkSense switch LED will be off.
  • If the ParkSense switch is pushed and the system requires service, the ParkSense switch LED will blink momentarily and then remain on, indicating that there is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Enabling and disabling ParkSense allows drivers to have control over the system’s functionality based on their specific parking needs. Whether you want to rely on the assistance provided by ParkSense or prefer to handle the parking maneuver manually, the ParkSense switch offers a convenient way to toggle the system on and off in the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

ParkSense Functionality and Limitations

The ParkSense Park Assist system is designed to assist the driver in parking maneuvers, providing alerts and even automatic braking assistance when necessary. However, there are some important considerations and limitations to keep in mind:

Automatic Braking Override

The driver can disable the automatic braking function by turning ParkSense off via the ParkSense switch. Additionally, changing gears or pressing the gas pedal over 90% of its capacity during the braking event can also override the automatic braking.

4WD Low and Faulted Conditions

Automatic brakes are not available when the vehicle is in 4WD Low. If a faulted condition is detected with the ParkSense Park Assist system or the Braking System Module, automatic brakes will not be available.

Collision Avoidance

The automatic braking function will only be applied if the vehicle’s deceleration is insufficient to avoid colliding with a detected obstacle.

Moving Obstacles

The automatic braking function may not react fast enough for obstacles moving toward the rear of the vehicle from the sides.

Customization and Ignition Cycles

The automatic braking function can be enabled or disabled from the Customer Programmable Features section of the Uconnect system. ParkSense will retain its last known configuration state for the automatic braking function through ignition cycles.

Conclusion

The ParkSense Park Assist system in the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers valuable assistance during parking maneuvers. By adjusting the ParkSense settings, you can customize the alerts, volume levels, and braking assistance to match your preferences. Remember to consider the system’s limitations and always remain in full control of your vehicle’s movements while using ParkSense. With these adjustments, you can enhance your driving experience and enjoy the added safety and convenience of the ParkSense system in your Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Author: Nabeel K
Email: nabeel@wheelsjoint.com