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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,305 miles

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2008 Jeep Wrangler steering problems

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2008 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #51

Oct 012010

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • miles


I am the original owner of a 2008 Jeep Wrangler that has had 5 separate "death wobble" events in the last 5 years. Now that the vehicle is out of warranty Jeep wants me to pay for repairs that they have to this point proven they do not have a proper understanding of and solution for the Jeep death wobble. Please help. My family and I are afraid to drive in this truck in this condition.

- West Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #50

Oct 092012


  • 35,000 miles
During a routine maintenance service, the dealer noticed a large amount of "play" in the steering wheel of our 2008 Jeep Wrangler sahara 2-door. It measured greater than the allowable movement. After reading about the effects of "death wobble" it was decided that this could be the early signs of this problem. With the numerous documented cases of this issue, we asked the dealer to contact Chrysler to cover the $600+ repair/upgrade that was suggested(including an upgraded steering damper, upgraded tie rod, and wheel alignment). The vehicle is completely stock, well maintained, has 35,000 miles, and has never been off-road. The dealer agreed that there was a problem with the factory parts and it shouldn't be our responsibility to cover the cost of the upgrade. They dropped the price down to $100 and it is now being repaired. The vehicle should be ready tomorrow, so we will find out if these new parts will prevent the "death wobble" issue.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #49

Oct 032012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 27,434 miles
Driving down paved road and front end started to shake violently. Had to pull over and stop for it to stop. Had same problem in March 2011 and took to dealer for repair which only lasted about 4000 mile and 19 months.

- Concho, AZ, USA

problem #48

Sep 012012


  • 59,795 miles


While driving at highway speeds, when a pothole or bump is hit by the vehicle, the tires begin to wobble out of control. This causes the steering to fail and violently shake the steering wheel. While coming off or on highway ramps the wobble causes the vehicle to veer off the road.

- Virginia Beach , VA, USA

problem #47

Sep 172012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
Air bag light came on during driving. Took it to the dealer where they told me the clock spring needed to be replaced for $525. After researching the issue I discovered that Jeep has recalled the right hand drive clock springs for 2007-2012 but not on the left hand drive Jeep. They are the same part and a recall should be issued across the fleet. This is a safety issue as it can cause the air bag to deploy on its own, or not deploy in an accident.

- Providence , RI, USA

problem #46

Sep 152012


  • 32,169 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated while driving 50 mph the front end would shimmer and shake violently. The failure also occurred whenever he drove over a bump in the road or it was uneven. The vehicle was taken to the dealer about three years ago for the same failure and the steering damper was replaced. The failure recurred; however, the vehicle was not taken to the dealer. There were no warning lights when the failure occurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 32,169.

- Salt Lake City , UT, USA

problem #45

Jun 302012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 27,000 miles


Hit bumps in the road and the front end starting shaking very badly. Had to come to a stop for the shaking to stop. The famous Jeep death wobble. At the dealership they acted like they never heard of the problem before. After seeing these complaints I realize its a common problem and Jeep should of fixed it. It cost me $400 to fix it. Also since I purchased this vehicle I complained to the dealership that the transmission shifts funny. They keep telling me there is no fix for this and it is a common problem with this transmission.

- Southampton, PA, USA

problem #44

Aug 192012


  • 38,975 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the steering wheel seized and the contact started losing control of the vehicle. The vehicle was shut off and restarted after several minutes, in which the power steering assist was reset. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where they stated to the contact that they had to replace the steering damper. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that there were no recalls under the issue. The failure mileage was 38,975 and the current mileage was 38,998.

- Fort Mitchell , KY, USA

problem #43

Aug 042012


  • 52,300 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler ltd. The contact was driving 50 mph when the front end began shaking violently and the vehicle became uncontrollable. The vehicle had to come to a complete stop before the shaking stopped. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised the contact that there could have been various reasons for the cause of the failure. The vehicle was neither inspected or repaired however the contact secured an appointment for further inspection of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 52,300.

- Eagle, CO, USA

problem #42

Jul 292012


  • 70,000 miles
While driving about 60 mph and then begin to slow down on a major highway (slight bumps in the road). The steering wheel begins to wobble back and forth violently and the whole vehicle shakes like crazy. Must slow down immediately (almost to a stop) and then the shaking ceases. I've heard it called the "death wobble" and I understand why. This has happened numerous times over the last 4 years and the Jeep dealership has "fixed" the problem numerous times. My wife and children are afraid to ride in the vehicle, and I cannot, in good conscience, sell the vehicle to anyone. The condition seems very dangerous to me.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #41

Jul 012010

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles


Having problem with "death wobble". while traveling at a high rate of speed, over 40mph. A violent shaking has occurred a multiple number of times. Feels as though the entire front end of vehicle is ready to fly off. Control of vehicle is compromised. Especially at such a high rate of speed, which usually occurs on the freeway with other vehicles around. Dealership says that the steering stabilizer needs to be replaced. Research on the internet says that this just masks the problem. Personally looking at the steering components of the vehicle. I cannot see how a worn out steering stabilizer can cause so much chaos.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #40

Jul 202012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
Death wobble, terrible steering shimmer. Driving on highway at 55 mph. Hit one bump on the road and all of a sudden the vehicle started shaking violently. I needed to slam on the breaks to keep the vehicle from maybe flipping over. It has happened before, but not this violent. To fix this I installed a dual steering stabilizer set up made by skyjacker.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #39

Jul 132012


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the wheel began to shake after driving over a road bump or when making a turn in either direction. The vehicle would become hard to control when the failure occurred. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing however, the dealer was notified of the issue. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and opened a case for the contact (case number: 22425937). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 38,000 and the current mileage was 39,000.

- Middletown, RI, USA

problem #38

Jul 052012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
On the 2008 Jeep Wrangler (lhd) dashboard, the airbag warning light flashes on with a chime. 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 could cause airbag failure in the 2008 Jeep Wrangler (lhd) during an accident or premature deployment without warning. 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.

- Cave Creek, AZ, USA

problem #37

Feb 062012


  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler X. the contact was driving 50 mph when the wheels started to shake and the vehicle failed to steer properly. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic. The mechanic confirmed the steering stabilizer needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 27,000 and the current mileage was 28,600.

- Sound Beach, NY, USA

problem #36

Apr 262012


  • 19,146 miles
The car experienced the so-called "Jeep death wobble." At about 65 mph on the freeway, the front end of the car began to shake so violently and uncontrollably that I had no choice but to slow to a stop in the emergency lane. After attempting to drive at highway speed again several minutes later, the wobble occurred a second time, forcing me to pull over once more. Had I let go of the steering wheel during the incident, the car would surely have swerved and possibly spun out.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #35

Nov 012011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
Airbag warning light in instrument panel consistently goes off during irregular speed, steering wheel operation, and temperature. There is no pattern that correlates with the timing of the airbag warning light. When it first started, it would only come during at brief moments and turn off again. Now, April, it turns off after vehicle start (like normal operation), comes back on immediately, and only briefly does it turn off at random times. The majority of the time the warning light fluctuates is during steering wheel turning. Turning to one particular side does not alter the light more than the other. Sometimes hard bumps in the road or off-road scenarios will change the light too. Knowing very well this could be the clockspring, no other lights or functions involved with this device confirm this is the problem. The horn works at all turning angles, esp and ABS all function normally. There are also no dtc codes from the computer. All visible electrical plugs in the cabin and behind dash have been unplugged, cleaned from debris and reconnected. I find the current recall for only the 2007S and right hand drive 2008S very frustrating! the assumption that only rhds will have their windows down more on dirt roads might be factual; however, there are numerous of 2008 Jeep Wrangler owners that use their vehicle for work, or off-road scenarios that will easily bypass the RHD assumption. This is a very scary problem to have. I do no feel safe that any accident I have the airbags will deploy properly. The faith of my vehicle saving my life is completely lost.

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #34

Mar 302012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 25,040 miles
Driving on the highway at approximately 65 miles per hour my front end began to shake and the steering became so erratic that I had to grip the steering wheel to keep the car from veering into another lane of traffic. I was able to slow the car down and pull over to the side of the road. Once I began again there was no vibration. This is the second time this has happened within two month. There are many cases of this happening on the internet. It's called the "death wobble" and I don't feel safe in the car anymore. The dealership has told me that its a worn sway bar but 25K miles shouldn't wear out this type of part.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #33

Sep 012011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
Known to many who have Jeep, the "death wobble". when this first happened to my daughter's car, thankfully I was the one driving. It was on the interstate and I thought a tire had blown. The steering wheel vibrated uncontrollably and I pulled over. Nothing looked wrong but I called a tow truck regardless. They looked at it at the station and could not find anything wrong. I had no idea this was a problem Jeep created when they built the vehicle. It is a situation where the front axle begins oscillating with such violence that control of the Jeep is difficult until slowed down, and the entire vehicle shakes to the point you feel it will come apart.

- Colchester, VT, USA

problem #32

Oct 162011


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler limited. The contact was driving 55 mph when the vehicle began to shake abnormally. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was confirmed that the steering dampener needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 80,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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