Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The fourth generation Grand Cherokee took the relatively trouble-free run of the 3rd-generation and flipped the script.

From 2010 to 2011, complaints about the vehicle not starting increased 10-fold. In fact, the 2011 model year is riddled with engine problems and a defective TIPM might be to blame. The TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module) distributes power to all the eletrical components in the vehicle, so when it starts acting funny so do numerous other components in the car. Orders for new TIPMs were so abundant that parts became scarce, prompting a class-action lawsuit claiming Chrysler ignored this obvious defect.

By 2012 complaints dropped back down by about 80%. Needless to say, if you see a used 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee on a lot just keep walking.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,507 miles

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee brakes problems

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Owner Comments (Page 12 of 14)

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problem #45

May 282014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles


After being unable to stop 3 times within the first 3 minutes of leaving my house I called Jeep about the brake recall. Jeep never contacted me to let me know that my Jeep was involved in the recall. I let them know I no longer felt safe driving the car, as it had faulty brakes and kindly requested a loaner as I had family arriving that weekend and would be doing a lot of traveling. The service writer let me know that according to the recall the Jeep will stop with excessive force & may be more difficult in warmer weather. It is currently 80 degrees in Colorado with no sign of cooling. I informed the technician that the car had already almost caused 3 accidents and I did not feel confident in it's ability to stop in an emergency situation. He apologized and informed me that his superiors would not allow me a loaner because based on the recall notification the car was safe to drive. In what world is a car with faulty functioning brakes safe for its owner or anyone else on the road!?! john elway Jeep of greeley, Colorado was the dealership involved.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #44

May 272014

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Experienced unintended acceleration, at a stop or near stop when parking. Although my foot was on the break, the car lunged forward as if the accelerator had been pushed all the way down, hitting the back of a parked truck violently. Although the impact was great, the air bag did not deploy. The incident was observed by the homeowner/truck owner.

- Cobb Island, MD, USA

problem #43

May 022014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 88,500 miles
Started the Jeep up in the morning to leave for work and as I backed into the street and tried stopping, the brake pedal was very stiff and the stopping power was almost none. I then put it into drive to go the 30 yards to the stop sign in front of the house and could not stop. I had both feet stomping on the pedal, but it didn't matter. I made it to the middle of the intersection before I stopped. This happens every time the Jeep sits for more than 30 minutes and is then driven again. I have found that pumping the brakes 10-15 times before putting the car into drive alleviates the issue faster. I am worried that eventually this will happen even after the brakes are 'warmed up' when I really need the brakes. I researched the issue in forums online and it seems very common for the new-style Grand Cherokee to have issues with the brake booster. I went to my local Jeep dealership and the part is over $200 without installation, which is not covered by my extended warranty.

- Greeley, CO, USA

problem #42

May 062014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles


Brake booster issue with 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I recently purchased a used Grand Cherokee from a dealership. I have noticed that the brake pedal is extremely stiff and it is very difficult to engage the brake at times. This is not a consistent issue. Brakes will behave normally and then pedal will become very stiff the next time the brake is depressed. My mechanic examined the vehicle and informed me of the recall and stated that the vehicle is not safe to drive at this point. The dealership that the car was purchased from and Chrysler both state that this vehicle is not recalled despite the fact that it has the recalled defect.

- Sperry , OK, USA

problem #41

Dec 012013

Grand Cherokee

  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and an unusual noise emitted from the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the brake booster needed to be replaced. There was a recall related to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number 14V154000 (service brakes, service brakes, hydraulic) but the VIN was not included. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Old Forge, PA, USA

problem #40

Mar 262014

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
During highway speeds, my brake peddle went all the way to the floor and there was barely any pressure in system. Took to dealer and was advised I had to replace my brake booster because it failed but it was not covered under warranty. Had to pay out of pocket.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #39

Jun 062013

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 45,000 miles


I purchased the above listed vehicle in April 2013, had to bring it back for an issue with the brakes. I had little to no pedal, brought the vehicle into the dealer waited approximately two weeks and the vehicle was returned to me. Service writer stated that being the truck was on the lot for a while, the brakes got warped. Was told that the brakes were changed. I left with the vehicle that had a little more pedal since I brought it into service.on or about the first week of Feb. 2014 I experienced my brake pedal was hard as a rock and I was unable to stop the vehicle. Brought my vehicle into service explained to them what was going on and they said it was the brake boosters. I get into my vehicle a few days later and once again I was not able to stop the vehicle, this time I almost was involved in an accident. I drove the vehicle almost 10 miles at 20 mph to the dealership and demanded they fix the brakes. The service manager came out got into my vehicle drove it down the street while I was the vehicle, the vehicle was there for almost five weeks, I finally received a call on April 10, 2014 that my vehicle was ready. I get into the vehicle I press on the brake pedal and the pedal goes right to the floor. I was advised by the service writer that I needed rear brakes and that is why its doing that. The cost for rear brakes was about $500, I declined and told the service writer I had my brakes done several months ago and they should not be in need of repair. He looked into the system and told me only my front brakes were repaired, they just surfaced the rotors and put the same pads back on. I went to the show room asked for a 2011 Grand Cherokee brought it to the service department and showed them a vehicle with 6000 more miles than mine and two millimeters less pad than mine and the brake pedal was full.

- Lakewood, NJ, USA

problem #38

Apr 222014

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
My wife was driving our 2011 Grand Cherokee overland yesterday and was stopped with her foot on the brake in a drive thru. While it was stopped with her foot on the brake petal went right to the floor and the Jeep started to move forward. No brakes!!! she said she heard a air type sound when it happened. Fortunately she was able to coast safely to a parking spot until I could get there. After getting it to the dealer the called me and said it was the brake booster. No details were given to me other than it failed. All I can say is thankfully it happened where it did. There are so many situations that this could have cost her life or someone else's. now every time she or I drive it we will be thinking about when the brakes will go out again. Hope we can get over that or it's gone. She was shaking for hours afterwards and was physically drained later in the day. Again, thankfully it happened while stopped.

- Freedom, WI, USA

problem #37

Mar 312014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 52,195 miles
Hi, I am writing to you today because my family and I had a couple near miss situations in regards to my braking system on my 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. There was a audible heavy air leak from the broken vacuum seal going to the brake booster. With no power brakes I was on the verge of rear-ending vehicles and even worse pedestrians for a couple days until I could get my car in for servicing. I took my vehicle to a licensed mechanic prior to servicing and he told me of a very recent recall that was just getting initiated by Chrysler in hopes of avoiding this exact situation. Recall P14. When I brought my SUV in to get it serviced they said there was no recall assigned on behave of my specific VIN number even though they did agree this recall fits exactly to what my deficiency is. I am getting it repaired as we speak because I do not want to take a chance or fool around with anything as vital as my braking system. They are replacing the entire booster and vacuum seal. If you would be so kind to inform me as to why this recall is not specific to my VIN and 2011 Grand Cherokee as a faulty braking booster and seal is in no way supposed to fail in 3 years I would appreciate it. I am at the moment on hook for a bill that's 700 dollars plus from haley Dodge Jeep Chrysler in white rock bc. I have contacted Chrysler's customer service in regards to this matter over a week ago but have not heard back. Look forward to hearing from you, thank you for your time! [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Surrey, WA, USA

problem #36

Apr 202014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
While driving the speed limit on the highway I was approaching slow traffic. I tried to apply the brakes but the brakes were hard and failed to work properly. The vehicle did slow down a little bit but not enough to stop the vehicle. I was going 55mph and then traffic slowed to about 20-25mph but couldn't. I had to veer off into the left lane to avoid hitting the car in front of me. It wasn't the anti-lock brakes kicking in either. I the brakes were just failing. The second occurrence was the next day when I was approaching an intersection to make a right hand turn I tried to apply the brakes but again the brakes were hard, as if the pedal fully depressed without applying any brake. Luckily I was cautious from the previous incident and was approaching the intersection at a low rate of speed. I was able to just barely make the turn without colliding with another car. Thankfully there weren't any pedestrians crossing the street, in New York city this is a rarity. After all this happened I checked any recalls with my vehicle and saw the brake booster recall. I called two Jeep dealers ( bayside Jeep in NY and East hills Jeep in NY) and both gave me a hard time saying that there is not a recall out for my vehicle. They are saying my VIN # does not have a recall against it but Jeep hasn't assigned the recall to any specific VIN #S, they say to just bring it in to get checked out. Since this wasn't a mandatory recall to my VIN# I wasn't given an appointment for service for 1week at bayside Jeep and 2days later at East hills Jeep. I was given attitude and didn't even care that this was a major safety issue.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #35

Apr 012014

Grand Cherokee

  • 98,000 miles


My brake booster has a malfunction causing vacuum loss in the brake booster. This causes difficulties in stopping my car. I have read about a recall pertaining to this issue so I called Chrysler about this and they said that they will issue a recall in may and I should go ahead and have the repairs completed at my dealership since there's no way of the customer service rep knowing if my car is included. She also stated that there is no way of knowing if I will be able to be reimbursed for paying for the repair out of pocket.

- Robbinsville, NC, USA

problem #34

Apr 142014

Grand Cherokee

  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle failed to respond to deceleration attempts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the brake booster had failed. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 61,000.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #33

Apr 102014

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
My wife has had 3 separate encounters where her 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee overland has randomly powered down, losing capability to operate the vehicle (no brakes/steering) while she was driving the vehicle. The first occasion happened in November of 2013, vehicle was stopped at an intersection and lost power. The vehicle was put into park and re-started with no further issue. We didn't report this incident. The second event happened on April 3, 2014, the vehicle lost power while my wife was driving at approx. 40 mph. Again, when the vehicle came to a stop she put it into park and re-started the vehicle. We contacted the local Chrysler dealership on April 7 and set up an appointment for April 12. The third event occurred this morning, April 10, 2014. The vehicle speed is difficult to determine but my wife was slowing down to make a left turn on a 50mph road. There were other vehicles in the area that could have caused serious accident, mainly a school bus with children on board. Again, the vehicle had to be put into park and restarted. Difficult to do on this busy road. I contacted the same dealership and explained to them what had happened. The dealership moved up my April 12 appointment to today. So far, the dealership has been accommodating. They plan to run diagnostics checks to determine cause of power failure. Also, there are other electrical issues plaguing this vehicle (power door locks not working, drivers side seat heater not working, key not being detected). This vehicle has approx. 129,000 kms on the odometer and we bought it privately about 6 months ago (approx. 105,000 kms). I felt that I should report this issue given the recent attention to similar issues with General Motors (ignition switch). If necessary, I can provide more details.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #32

Mar 182014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 17,700 miles
Brakes are not properly working.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #31

Mar 122014

Grand Cherokee

  • 51,000 miles
Vehicle first exhibited a hissing noise whenever the car was first started and brakes applied for the first 5 minutes of running. On multiple occasions traveling at speeds of 10-40 mph did the brakes either delay or not fully respond. On two occasions this almost caused an accident when driver was forced to stop short. Very dangerous and contemplating whether to contact a dealership or local mechanic. Seems like a popular issue but little to nothing done by Jeep. This is my 2nd Grand Cherokee, if issues like this keep occurring it will certainly be my last. I am the second owner, bought car at Jeep dealership and it has about 51K miles.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #30

Feb 012014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee brake booster failed. I am getting a "hissing" noise from the booster and my braking power has been reduced. The issue started during a real cold snap in the northeast... not sure if the defect is related to this cold weather or not. After calling my dealership, it appears that the boosters are on backorder from an overwhelming need to have this part replaced. It seems that a lot of other people have had this problem during this cold winter.

- Newton, NJ, USA

problem #29

Feb 182014

Grand Cherokee

  • 17,800 miles
My brake booster blew. Now awaiting brake booster and brake master cylinder. My Jeep is still in dealership garage. Jeep liaison is now telling me April 2 is delivery date of parts, this date seems to change weekly. Stating this is manufacturer's date of (out of stock parts) delivery to dealership.

- Keyser, WV, USA

problem #28

Mar 102014

Grand Cherokee 6-cyl

  • 33,777 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the brakes malfunctioned as the brake pedal sunk into the floorboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 33,777.

- Feeding Hills, MA, USA

problem #27

Jan 152014

Grand Cherokee

  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4. The contact stated that the brake warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the manufacture for a diagnostic test. The mechanic stated that there was air leaking by the brake booster and causing the malfunction of the brakes. As a result, the entire brake assembly would need to be repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000. The current failure mileage was 44,000. The VIN was not available.

- New Castle, DE, USA

problem #26

Dec 022013

Grand Cherokee 8-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that in colder weather, the brakes would seize. The contact would depress the brakes and the vehicle would not respond. Additionally, the brake pedal would not release when depressed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Mokena, IL, USA

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