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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 1 of 7)

problem #134

Oct 192016

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles

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

The front end developed a bad shaking. If you are ridding at 60 to 65 mph and hit a very slight bump the front end develops a shake that causes you to loose control and have to come to an abrupt stop even is you are on a major highway. Jeep called it a death wobble but they said its not a recall ! are they crazy ? my wife almost got killed. She had to come to a sudden stop on rout 18 in New Jersey while driving at 65 mph and a truck was barreling down on her. Thank god the truck was able to stop in time. It happened to the same car 4 times since I own it. It seems to happen every 50,000 miles.

- Middletown, NJ, USA

problem #133

Jun 192016

Wrangler

  • 88,000 miles
I was driving my 19 year old sons Jeep Wrangler and experienced the so called death wobble, it was so bad other drivers on the highway were honking their horns at me. My son was with me and said that this has happened to him when you hit a bump at speeds between 50-70mph. The steering violently shakes from side to side. It will only stop if I slow down to speeds below 20 mph. I know longer allow my son to drive the Jeep Wrangler on the highway and will not let him take it to college when he starts back in the fall. I do not want to put him in a dangerous situation on the highway. The Jeep is stock; no lifts, aftermarket wheels, etc. I cannot believe there has not been a recall on this, loosing contol of your steering at 50+ mph cannot be safe.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #132

Mar 152016

Wrangler

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle began to shake violently. The contact coasted over to the side of the road, turned off and restarted the vehicle, and resumed driving. The failure recurred four times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering damper needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Exton, PA, USA

problem #131

May 142016

Wrangler

  • 41,000 miles

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

At highway speed, approximately 50+ mph, when the car goes over a bump or pothole (it doesn't need to be a major bump or hole) the front shakes violently until the car is slowed and then it returns to normal. Searching on the internet I have found discussions describing this exact situation. They call it the "death wobble".

- Northport, NY, USA

problem #130

Dec 012015

Wrangler

  • 150,000 miles
Rear passenger door is seized up and front passenger is starting. Car violently wobbles as 55mph!

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #129

Feb 212016

Wrangler

  • 45,000 miles
Clock spring self-destructed at just over 45000 miles. Airbag light is now on and the ribbon cable is unwinding out of the steering column. Same issue that was being reported by owners and has been recalled for 2007 model year.

- Moab, UT, USA

problem #128

Nov 102015

Wrangler

  • 29,000 miles

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

Jeep has 30.000 miles getting death wobble at 60 miles an hour can't control Jeep unless come to a complete stop talked to a lot of people and had same problem.

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #127

Aug 162015

Wrangler

  • 65,000 miles
Clock spring failed and had to be replaced.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #126

Aug 292015

Wrangler

  • 85,000 miles
It has only happened once so far, but it was very scary. The front wheels began an uncontrollable wobble. I was going 55-60 mph and had to wrestle the car off the highway as it was fighting to stay on road. It felt like the front wheels were falling off. The car behind me almost hit me. It was fine once I stopped the car and hasn't happened in 2 weeks. Upon checking the internet, there are a whole lot of people with the same thing happening to them. They even have a name for it, it's called "the Jeep death wobble" and it's common in Jeep Wrangler of all ages. And most people have it happen to them several times. Look it up. I talked to dealers and Chrysler corporate and they all said "we have heard some stories, but don't have a real fix for it.". they said it could be caused by "adding lifters to your car", which is a joke, because everyone that was complaining about the Jeep death wobble have stock Jeep and are not taking them off-road. It's an issue Jeep is ignoring until there is a death, which is bound to happen soon.

- West Caldwell, NJ, USA

problem #125

May 162012

Wrangler

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Jeep Wrangler unlimited. While driving at 50 mph, the front end of the vehicle started shaking violently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and an authorized dealer. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000. The VIN was not available.

- Goshen, NY, USA

problem #124

Apr 152015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 45,850 miles

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

Clock spring is broken, causing horn and airbag to be inoperable. Vehicle was being driven on road and subjected to normal driving conditions. Requesting NHTSA consider a recall for left hand drive vehicles similar to NHTSA recall 11V-528, (same year and model only RHD.)

- Bend , OR, USA

problem #123

Oct 032014

Wrangler

  • 18,000 miles
When driving on the expressway at a speed of approximately 70 mph, the left front tire struck a small pot hole, the front suspension began shaking violently, removing drivers grip on the steering wheel. After regaining wheel grip, driver began rapid deceleration while steering off to the shoulder. Shaking subsided around vehicle speed of approximately 40 mph and then a complete stop was achieved without incident. No traffic was immediately present at the time. Nothing was found during initial inspection on roadside and vehicle drove properly after resuming cautiously.

- Lakeland, MI, USA

problem #122

Apr 142015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Death wobble, uneven surface or slight bump in road such as an expansion joint on entrance or exit to bridge. It is a scary thing, going near 60 mph. It will start the wobble and everything shakes violently until the vehicle stops. Luckily I have been on 4 lane roads when this has occurred. One time it threw me off of highway into ditch. There has to be fatalities related to this problem" my personal mechanic has looked at steering components and has stated that all steering parts are good or within specification. I have Dodge dealer that is going to look at it tomorrow. They said look and they will say lets try this part. I replaced 2 bolts that hold track bar on with large shoulder to fill up large factory bolt hole. Factory bolt holes look undersized" replaced track bar bushings. It run for 2000 miles without a death wobble. And then it has started again. Last 15,0000 miles it has felt very loose in the steering. It is a very dangerous safety issue !!!

- Hillsboro, MO, USA

problem #121

Mar 022015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Over the last month or so, the air bag light goes on and off at random times. Sometimes it will not come on at all and other times it will go on and stay on. Also, over the last few days, I've noticed a 'shaking' while driving, starting around 50mph.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #120

Mar 012011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
This vehicle has the Jeep "death wobble" which involves severe shaking and violent wobbling at about 50 mph. This occurs frequently. I have made numerous attempts to have the problem solved and vehicle repaired. Nothing has helped.

- Madison, MS, USA

problem #119

Oct 242013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
As with other Jeep owners, my Wrangler suddenly fell into the 'death wobble'. with many attempts at repair and over $1500, there is still an unresolved issue.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #118

Mar 012015

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 81,249 miles
I was traveling on a busy highway at a speed of 65 miles per hour when out of the blue the Jeep started to shake uncontrollably. To make matters worse, I had a semi right behind me hauling a gas tanker. Fortunately for me I was traveling in the speed lane which is adjacent to the emergency run off the lane. I let my foot of the gas and rolled/trembling off the highway into the emg lane till I came to a complete stop. After catching my breath and my heart. I proceeded to get out of the car to check and see if there was something wrong with the front end axle. I did not see anything problem so got back in the Jeep and drove off. I drove about another 50 miles that night and was not able to duplicate the problem at any speed. So a couple of days later I took the Jeep in to see my service advisor at planet Dodge in doral, fl. After a brief description of the symptoms and what happened, the service advisor calmly said it's a common problem called "the death wobble". so I am now having to drop off this Jeep in order to get a diagnosis and have the problem repaired. I hope it never happens to anyone; especially my mother who often drives the Jeep. This is a very very dangerous condition which will eventually cause accident and may even cause fatalities. There needs to be a class action suit filed against the manufacturer. Or at the very least a recall.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #117

Mar 012015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 81,249 miles
I was traveling on a busy highway at a speed of 65 miles per hour when out of the blue the Jeep started to shake uncontrollably. To make matters worse, I had a semi right behind me hauling a gas tanker. Fortunately for me I was traveling in the speed lane which is adjacent to the emergency run off the lane. I let my foot of the gas and rolled/trembling off the highway into the emg lane till I came to a complete stop. After catching my breath and my heart. I proceeded to get out of the car to check and see if there was something wrong with the front end axle. I did not see anything problem so got back in the Jeep and drove off. I drove about another 50 miles that night and was not able to duplicate the problem at any speed. So a couple of days later I took the Jeep in to see my service advisor at planet Dodge in doral, fl. After a brief description of the symptoms and what happened, the service advisor calmly said it's a common problem called "the death wobble". so I am now having to drop off this Jeep in order to get a diagnosis and have the problem repaired. I hope it never happens to anyone; especially my mother who often drives the Jeep. This is a very very dangerous condition which will eventually cause accident and may even cause fatalities. There needs to be a class action suit filed against the manufacturer. Or at the very least a recall.

- Homestead, FL, USA

problem #116

Mar 042015

Wrangler

  • 40,000 miles
I was just driving down a paved residential road on a slight decline about 40 mph and it started wobbling and shaking the entire car. I felt like I was going to lose control and couldn't swerve over since there was traffic. I applied the brakes lightly, but not too much since there was other vehicles behind me that I didn't want to slam into me from behind if I suddenly braked too hard. Even while applying brakes the Jeep was still wobbling violently. Violently! seriously thought I was going to cause a wreck. Finally the Jeep stopped wobbling where I pulled over and checked if my tires were lose or anything. Everything was fine on the outside. When I came home I wanted to see if anyone else had this issue, and turns out it even has a name called the "death wobble". my Jeep is a 2008, with 40,000 mile. This Jeep is rarely used. This is unacceptable. Not only the Wrangler, but many other vehicles as well. Chrysler seems to deny that any issues exist concerning the "death wobble". please help.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #115

Dec 152014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 132,000 miles
I was driving home from work on a state highway, even though posted speed limit was 65mph, traffic was heavy and I was forced to slow down to around 50 to 53 mph. When speeding back up to 55 mph my Jeep sahara shook violently and uncontrollably, I thought my vehicle was going to shake apart, I hit the brakes and went down to 50 mph (thank god no one was close behind me and did not hit me) and the shaking/wobble stopped. As traffic picked back up and I was able to speed up to 60 mph, there was no real problem (a slight shake as I past 55 mph), but as soon as I had to slow down to 55 mph the vehicle started to shake/wobble uncontrollably again. It appears if I accelerate from 0 to 55 mph I get the violent shaking/wobbling but if I go from 0 to 60-65 mph, I do not really experience the violent uncontrollably shaking, just a slight shake at the 55 mph going to 60-65 mph. If I slow down from 60-65 mph to 55 mph I get that same violent uncontrollable shaking/wobbling. This happens everyday - not randomly! I found even on non-highways, where speed limits that allow 55 mph, I get the same violent shaking. This is my only vehicle and I depend on it to get to and from work every weekday. I have read the forums and I have checked the tire pressure, it has no effect on the shaking/wobbling. I have never taken it off-road, I don't even put it in 4 wheel drive. My son has his own Jeep that he has work on for years and he looked at my Jeep (things like steering components, ball joints, tires, steering damper, etc.) all the things Jeep owners have posted on these forums and have paid dearly for at the dealership and everything seems ok. I recently found from a Jeep forum that this is called the 'death wobble'.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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