Road Trip, ESS, V53 Recall
1) Just returned from a 800 mile road trip from North Texas to Central Texas and back. Van performed flawlessly with ACC operating well and transmission shifting downshifting appropriately. MPG on van's screen showed 29.7 on the way down and 28.4 on the way back. This included about 15% city driving and highway speeds averaging 70. Full load and A/C was set at 73 degrees. Very pleased.
2) My ESS system basically stopped working last year in October. Due to health issues, I have not driven the van much as even after this road trip, total miles is 5,400. The van's screen always indicated that the ESS system was inoperative due to battery charging. Since I wasn't too concerned with it, I just left the issue alone as I didn't want to run the van to the dealership just for this issue. Other than the ESS system not working, I experienced no other issues as others have reported such as engine stalling.
3) Since I received the V53 recall notice, I took the van in for that and mentioned to the Service Advisor that the ESS system had not been working for over six months. He had that checked and when I picked up the van, I was told that both batteries were bad and that they were both replaced under warranty. The ESS system works as designed now (of course, the batteries are new) and functioned well during my road trip. For me, it's not hard to regulate the pressure on the brake pedal when coming to a stop so that when I know a light would be changing shortly, the ESS system will not activate. I don't know if the V53 recall made any difference in my case as I experienced no other issues before the recall.
Will keep everyone posted.
'17 Pacifica Limited, July ‘17 Build, Purchased August ‘17
Granite Crystal; Black/Mocha
Trailer Tow Package, Vacuum, All Safety Options
Previous, 2012 T & C Limited