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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,837 miles

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2008 Jeep Wrangler steering problems

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2008 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 3 of 7)

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problem #94

Oct 242013

Wrangler

  • 95,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 2008 Jeep Wrangler has developed a terrible vibration when I hit road bumps at highway speeds. The whole Jeep begins to vibrate to the point I have to pullover and stop the vehicle to gain control. I installed new tires and it is still occurring. I have reported this to Chrysler Corp customer service dept they advised me to take it to a dealer to document the problem. This issue began at 50000 miles. I replaced the tires and it went away it has stated again now and replacing the tires has not fixed it I am very concerned that Chrysler is ignoring this problem as Jeep owners know about what they call the "death wobble". I expect that you will follow up on this as it is totally irresponsible of Chrysler to continue to sell Jeep that they know have defective parts.

- Schaghticoke, NY, USA

problem #93

Mar 042014

Wrangler

  • 37,250 miles
Commonly called "Jeep death wobble". driving on a straight road at approximately 45 mph my steering wheel started to shake slightly, then became worse. Within about 5 seconds my wheel was shaking so badly that I couldn't hold the wheel. I did all I could to slow and pull the vehicle onto the shoulder. I found nothing wrong and went back on my way with no further issues. My vehicle is a stock Jeep with the only difference being newer tires (stock size) that are in good condition.

- St Cloud, FL, USA

problem #92

Feb 232014

Wrangler

  • 132,000 miles
While driving my 2008 Jeep Wrangler at speeds of 50 mph or greater and hitting a pothole, small bump, or when crossing a bridge, the Wrangler suddenly shakes violently. It becomes very difficult to steer, and must come to a complete stop in order to stop the shaking. This occurred more than 20 times in a 4 hour period. One incident almost caused an accident, as I tried to slow down and pull over in busy city traffic with a very small berm. I continued my drive at speeds of 40 mph or less, which reduced the number of incidents, but it still happened. I was fearful to move quickly, be in front of other cars or hit potholes, so driving was stressful and slow. I maintain the vehicle regularly, and have replaced the tires. This has happened before, but today was so often, it was difficult to drive the vehicle. I love my Jeep, but am very concerned about this problem. I am now considering purchasing a new vehicle.

- Brookville, PA, USA

problem #91

Feb 202014

Wrangler

  • 79,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the front end of the vehicle suddenly began to wobble and shake as the steering wheel began to vibrate. The contact stated that the defect continued until the vehicle decelerated to approximately 20 mph. The failure recurred whenever the contact was driving between 50-20 mph on smooth or rough pavements. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the failure could not be duplicated. No repairs were performed. The manufacturer was notified and no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Wheeling, WV, USA

problem #90

Oct 012013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
From one day to another my Jeep turn on the esp bas light also with the esp off light so I thought that I had bad alignment on my tires so then I went to the dealer and he told me that they have to replace the clock spring inside my steering wheel... I was reading that a lot of Jeep jk owners are suffering this also Jeep already made a recall for right hand drivers but left hand drivers are suffering the same.

- San Nicolas, TX, USA

problem #89

Oct 112012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Airbag light and chime activate when turning. Was diagnosed as faulty clock spring mechanism. Was told it was not under warranty and if not fixed airbags may not deploy.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #88

Jan 312013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 54,928 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have now experience the "death wobble"!!!!!!!!! this is a safety issue and needs to be addressed!!! this should be a recall!!!! I have now had this happen 3 out of the 5 times I have drove it!!!!!!!!! I am terrified to drive my used unpaid for vehicle!!!!! this needs to be fixed. I would never had bought this Jeep if I had know about this issue that Jeep knows about. Someone will eventually die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was driving home from work in the slow lane and had to pull off the road to get my vehicle under control. Again!!! I am terrified!!!! help us poor Jeep drives and make Jeep fix this issue.

- Dixon, CA, USA

problem #87

Dec 202013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 87,250 miles
I was entering the freeway and the Jeep started to shake so bad I couldn't steer it.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #86

Nov 202013

Wrangler

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while he driving 70 mph over a road bump, the front wheels began wobbling uncontrollably. The failure caused the contact to lose control of the steering wheel, slightly crashing into a ditch. There were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic, who replaced the steering stabilizer and the bushings but the failure was not corrected. Consequently, the vehicle could not be driven over 50 mph. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 50,000.

- Laramie , WY, USA

problem #85

Dec 072013

Wrangler

  • 19,500 miles
While driving my vehicle on the highway it started to shake uncontrollably until I slowed down this has happened three times the last after a recent tire rotation was performed to help correct the initial incident. I researched this problem on the web and it is common with Wrangler and had I known would never drove the vehicle prior to having it fixed. The first incident was while my wife had the vehicle and nearly lost control on the vehicle.

- Niles, OH, USA

problem #84

Sep 162013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Original owner. While descending a long hill I applied my brakes to slow down. The vehicle, front end, began to shake violently. It took some time to correct the problem, stop shaking, while descending with traffic. Very upsetting. Also noticed this occurrence on flat pavement and various speeds, 40 to 60 mph. We recently took another trip and noticed the problem is occurring frequently. Our family would appreciate NHTSA to look into this matter. I recently noticed other complaints similar to this one. Just wondering if Jeep Chrysler is aware of this dangerous problem and what are they doing about it. I am making an appointment with a Jeep Chrysler dealership to see if they can correct this problem. Thank you for looking into this matter in a timely fashion.

- Yulee, FL, USA

problem #83

Oct 012013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 91,800 miles
On the 2008 Jeep Wrangler (lhd) dashboard, the airbag warning light flashes on every other minute with a chime, an indication that there is something malfunctioning or interfering with the vehicle's airbags.this has been a recurring issue and concern for many 2008 Jeep Wrangler (lhd) owners, including myself, and has been shown time and time again to be caused by a faulty clockspring within the vehicle's steering wheel. This faulty clockspring is the culprit for potential airbag failure in the 2008 Jeep Wrangler (lhd) during an accident or premature deployment when simply driving around. Daimler Chrysler has refused to address the safety concern of their faulty clockspring that can cause failure of the vehicle's airbags from properly deploying. I have read that this is a know problem with 2007 models and have had a recall issued. I have also talked with Jeep and they said the 2008-2010 RHD Jeep have had a recall issued also.

- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

problem #82

Oct 272009

Wrangler

  • 3,600 miles
Problems with steering started at 3600 miles and have gotten progressively worse to the point of nearly causing accidents. Jiggles and excessive play in steering on normal roads and wretching steering on bumpy mountain roads to the point of swerving into other lanes. Jeep tightened steering gear box twice and stated "it was just loose" however after warranty expired, they now say the gear box is destroyed and I need a new one. The steering gear box is an issue that needs to be addressed with Chrysler as, per the internet, 8 of 10 Jeep Wrangler in the year 2008, 2009 are having the same issue.

- Sparks, NV, USA

problem #81

Mar 292013

Wrangler

  • 42,500 miles
On the 2008 Jeep Wrangler (lhd) dashboard, the airbag warning light flashes on every other minute with a chime, an indication that there is something malfunctioning or interfering with the vehicle's airbags.this has been a recurring issue and concern for many 2008 Jeep Wrangler (lhd) owners, including myself, and has been shown time and time again to be caused by a faulty clockspring within the vehicle's steering wheel. This faulty clockspring is the culprit for potential airbag failure in the 2008 Jeep Wrangler (lhd) during an accident or premature deployment when simply driving around. Daimler Chrysler has refused to address the safety concern of their faulty clockspring that can cause failure of the vehicle's airbags from properly deploying.

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #80

Aug 022013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 42,108 miles
While driving 45mph and making a slight bend to the left or right, the vehicle encountered a slight bump and the steering wheel started shaking violently. I had to bring the vehicle to a complete stop along the side of the road in order to get the shaking to stop. This happened several times during this trip. The vehicle was very difficult to control once the shaking started. It felt as though the entire vehicle would just shake apart. There is also a clicking feeling that can be felt in the steering once the vehicle warms up and is driven between 5 to 10 miles. The steering actually feels more loose once this warmed up condition is met. The click is felt going over any type of bump in the road or even when sitting still and the steering wheel is moved back and forth, (left to right).

- New Castle, PA, USA

problem #79

May 232013

Wrangler

  • 37,426 miles
Warning light goes on...........horn does not work.......cruise control won't work properly........a well known problem that Chrysler refuses to fix or recall.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #78

Apr 132010

Wrangler

  • 20,000 miles
Since 2010 if not sooner, my Jeep Wrangler sahara 2008 had a red light and air pressure light come on and off as a I drove. I took it to the Jeep dealer I bought it from 2-3 times for this and they could not duplicate it so they would not fix it despite showing a video of it. In 2010 my steering damper went bad and I had to pay to get it fixed. I almost crashed 3-5 times due to the wheels violently going back and forth doing 50-65 on the highways. It was terrible. It is now 2013 and its happening all over again. I do not feel it is right to pay for this when it is clearly an issue Jeep needs to resolve.

- Colts Neck, NJ, USA

problem #77

Jun 192013

Wrangler

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while traveling at unknown speeds, the contact hit a bump and the vehicle veered out of control. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the stabilizer had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 65,000. The VIN was not available.

- Stoughton, MA, USA

problem #76

Apr 252013

Wrangler

  • 65,000 miles
It is a largely know problem with steering box and components on 07' and newer Jeep Wrangler(jk Wrangler both 2dr and 4dr) to have mass amounts of "play" in steering. This is mostly related to lack of quality parts in the steering box. Sector shaft, draglink, tierod ends, and ball joints from the manufacturer. After talking to the dealer in my area I have found as many times as there have been an issue, there is no word or concern from Chrysler about a solution to fix the problem. The looseness of the steering at speed poses a great threat to vehicle occupants and surrounding drivers safety. This needs to be addressed asap.

- Reelsville, IN, USA

problem #75

May 282013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 37,000 miles
'08 Jeep Wrangler sahara displays truly alarming wheel vibration under light braking when descending from altitude. Altitude is usually around 10,000 feet, grade is usually 6-7% and speed 55-65mph. To-date I have only replicated this problem at altitude (kings canyon/sequoia in ca and in the rockies on the I70 in co to name a couple of incidents) so it"S unlikely to be the notorious "Jeep death wobble, " though it may be a related issue. I?M wondering whether the viscosity of the brake fluid may be a factor" Jeep referred me to a dealer but I don't want an opinion from a repair shop, I want (and deserve) an explanation from "the manufacturer" of the vehicle as to why their vehicle is suddenly so difficult to control under braking.

- Hermosa Beach, CA, USA

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