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3.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,029 miles

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2009 Jeep Wrangler drivetrain problems

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2009 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Jun 282016

Wrangler

  • 118,000 miles

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

Takata recall. The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the vehicle overheated when shifted into 4 wheel drive. In addition, the air bag warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V290000 (air bags) and 16V352000 (air bags) however, the parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was approximately 118,000. Part distribution disconnect.

- Glenville, CA, USA

problem #24

Sep 152014

Wrangler

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. While driving at a very low speed, there was an abnormal noise coming from the gear shifter as it independently shifted out of the first gear. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission assembly and multiple parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired due to part unavailability. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 15,000.

- Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, USA

problem #23

Mar 012016

Wrangler

  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that after the starting the vehicle, the first gear slipped. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified if the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000. The VIN was not provided.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #22

Nov 132013

Wrangler

  • 48,000 miles

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

Cracked exhaust manifold drive side, broken bolt on passenger side exhaust manifold

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #21

Aug 202010

Wrangler

  • 30,000 miles
Linkage broken that engages and disengages transfer case. Bushing and cable has been replaced several times.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

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problem #20

Sep 272013

Wrangler

  • 171,907 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the transmission malfunctioned. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to specify why the failure occurred, but stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The contact mentioned that the transmission was previously replaced three times for the same failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but did not offer any additional assistance. The failure mileage was 171,907. The VIN was not available.

- Hillsborough, WI, USA

problem #19

May 012010

Wrangler

  • 18,000 miles

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

The transmission oil temperature got hot and boiled over. I believe this is due to Jeep poor transmission cooler design. It is on the bottom side of the radiator and does not receive direct air flow to keep cool.

- Big Bear City , CA, USA

problem #18

Mar 182015

Wrangler

  • 99,100 miles
Brought my Jeep to an automotive shop to have crank case and transmission oil changed. They discovered that the rear drive shaft was in dire straight. There are 16 bolts; 8 at each end that keep the drive shaft in place. 1 was completely missing, 12 were broken (in multiple places on multiple bolts) and 3 bolts were all that was keeping the drive shaft in place and they were all attached to the rear of the shaft. The shop insisted that I see it first hand and that they had never seen anything like it before. I was completely horrified, there is no telling how long it had been that way. I am not hard on my vehicle, I don't hot rod, off road or go mudding. There were no indications of a problem and the Jeep service department didn't discover anything during their "umpteen" vehicle point inspection. The only thing I can figure is that the factory torqued the bolts too hard or used defective equipment or both. The complacency in quality control is disturbing; my life matters and there is no telling what might have happened if that part decided to let go.

- Bremerton, WA, USA

problem #17

Sep 092014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
When pulling out into the road after stopping at a stop sign the transmission slipped out of 1st gear. It was dangerous as I lost my ability to accelerate when I needed it the most (crossing a busy road). It has been slipping or popping out of 1st gear w increasing frequency. I took it to a transmission repair shop and they found a service bulletin posted by the manufacture of essentially a known issue that other people were complaining about the same problem. The Jeep has 28K miles on it and is in great condition otherwise. Apparently this is a known defect and not causes by normal wear and tear. This problem has the potential to cause a serious accident. The dealership won't fix it under warranty and I feel it should be covered as this problem is both a safety issue and known defect.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #16

Aug 152014

Wrangler

  • 40,000 miles
Transmission overheats when driving uphill even in the snow. (needs a tranny cooler). Air bag sensor failed. Not covered but same part failed in 2007 and is covered by warranty.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #15

Dec 062013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 71,719 miles

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

Transmission overheating. Took vehicle (3.8L V6 4X4) in for trans cooler line replacement. Was told by dealer's service department that cooler line connection parts were bad (note: This is a recall item on the 2009 3.6 L engine).

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #14

Jan 012013

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that NHTSA campaign number 13V234000 (power train, steering) had exceeded a reasonable time for repair. The dealer advised the part was not available for repair. The manufacturer was not contacted. The contact did not experience a failure.

- Derry, NH, USA

problem #13

Feb 022014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Driving down the road and my Jeep shut down. I was in the middle of traffic trying to miss cars but I had no power steering. I pulled to the side of the road and took it to the shop. They had to replace my tipm module. I would like to have someone contact Chrysler to have them put in a recall so this does not happen to anyone else.

- Danville, IL, USA

problem #12

Jan 142014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 50,500 miles
I found leaking transmission cooler lines on my Jeep Wrangler. I contacted Chrysler/Jeep by phone to inquire about a customer satisfaction notification L05 transmisson oil cooler lines issue pertaining to tsb: 2008-2010 jk Wrangler: Transmission oil cooler lines may weep transmission fluid. Tsb: 2008-2010 jk Wrangler: Transmission oil cooler lines may weep transmission fluid subject: Extended warranty -transmission oil cooler lines may weep transmission fluid at the hose to tube crimp joints (7 years or 70,000 miles warranty extension) overview: This bulletin involves installing new transmission oil cooler supply & return line assembly. Models: 2008 -2010 (jk) Wrangler note: This extended warranty bulletin applies to vehicles equipped with 3.8L engine (sales code egt) and an automatic transmission (sales code dgv) built before March 10, 2010 (mdh0410xx). Symptom/condition: Weeping transmission oil cooler lines at the hose-to-tube crimp joints. Diagnosis: If the symptom/condition is experienced proceed to the repair procedure. I was told my vehicle would not be covered by this and I would have to pay for the repairs. If these lines were to burst or open up enough to spray fluid it would ignite off the exhaust manifolds and burn the vehicle to the ground. This has happened to several Jeep owners I have found in my research and one owner had their vehicle burn even after the lines were improperly replaced by a dealership even. My Jeep meets all the criteria in the customer satisfaction notification L05 yet I was told it wasn't covered.

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #11

Jul 062013

Wrangler

  • miles
The Jeep caught fire from what is thought to be vegetation caught up and under the skid plate. The vehicle was being driven on and off road.

- Santa Ysabel, CA, USA

problem #10

May 202013

Wrangler

  • 23,000 miles
Couple things. While in motion in 1st gear, the vehicle will pop out of gear suddenly, making a loud clunking noise. Also, when filling up the tank, it will overflow.

- Grand Ledge, MI, USA

problem #9

Sep 172012

Wrangler

  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that after shifting into first gear, the transmission slipped abnormally, accompanied by a loud noise. The contact mentioned that when the failure occurred, the vehicle would shake violently and without warning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was no included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 56,000 and the current mileage was 58,000.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #8

Jul 292011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
When accelerating from a stop/near-stop, the car will violently jump out of gear. The first time it occurred I thought I was rear-ended. It is difficult to intentionally repeat: The only pattern is that it is a first gear, accelerating from slow speed issue. Beginning to be intimidated to pull into traffic. It is increasing in frequency and severity. Lithia dealer says it is a Jeep issue. Jeep says it is a dealer issue. I miss my 1999 sahara.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #7

Jun 162012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 43,500 miles
Under normal driving of the Jeep in four wheel drive high range, the transmission warning of overtemperature comes on. This is to warn of a high temperature and help prevent the oil from overflowing onto the exhaust and causing a fire. This warning happens everytime the Jeep is driven in four wheel drive high range on any sandy surface. This is a defect in the proper sizing of the transmission cooler. I have spoken with numerous persons with the same results. The dealerships response is to change the transmission cooler with the aux cooler now offered, but this is a the owner's cost. I was instructed by a claims agent, [xxx], at Chrysler that there is no recall so they declined my claim. It is disappointing that I want to be proactive in preventing a know issue with my Jeep and the answer is that there is no recall so the are declining to address. Please let me know if there is more information that I can give on the situation. Thanks for your time.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #6

Oct 192011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 35,520 miles
Vehicle repeatedly jumps out of first gear from a dead stop. Transmission violently shakes the vehicle and jumps the vehicle into neutral leaving the driver with no power in the middle of an intersection. Trailing vehicles are forced to slam on brakes, or swerve to avoid my vehicle with no forward momentum.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

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