NHTSA — Electrical System Problems

2012 Jeep Wrangler (Page 3 of 5)

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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,844 miles

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2012 Jeep Wrangler electrical problems

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #47

Aug 012013

Wrangler

  • 42,808 miles

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

First thing that happened with this vehicle while driving on a highway the air condition and defogger for the winshield went out, winshield fogged up could not see on a rainy foggy night when I had to open all windows for air to take mist off winshield.second incident when I pulled into a service area to check the A/C the vehicle above was locked in park when suddenly the vehicle started going in reverse with engine running almost running over my brother who was in rear of vehicle.

- Greenlawn, NY, USA

problem #46

Jun 182015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2012 Jeep Wrangler. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle faulty instrument cluster replacement. The consumer stated he lost all power to the horn, lights, directional signals and windshield wipers. After days, Chrysler replaced the instrument cluster.

- Irvington, NY, USA

problem #45

Apr 152015

Wrangler

  • 32,500 miles
Vehicle stalled (engine quite running) then jerked back on. At first it would only do this occasionally. Now it does it frequently in all gears (six speed manual).

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #44

Feb 252015

Wrangler

  • 34,443 miles

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

Inop battery, A/C and heat blower, alarm security light, windows inop intermediately

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #43

Jul 072015

Wrangler

  • 28,000 miles
We have had multiple times where the engine will stall at idling or low RPM's. we have had the vehicle at the dealer 4 times now and of course they cannot diagnose the problem. Yesterday, they car would simply not start at all and it only has 28,000 miles.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #42

Jul 022015

Wrangler

  • 38,000 miles
The windshield wipers, directional signals, horn, steering wheel radio controls, headlights failed and rear back power window would not go up- this happened while driving in the rain.

- Smithfiled, RI, USA

problem #41

Jan 032014

Wrangler

  • 3,700 miles

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

Approx 4 months and 3700 miles of having my 2012 Jeep Wrangler sahara unlimited, during regular driving all dash lights came on, the warning chimes were on, all gauges dropped and continued to flash, the vehicle slowed down and the lights remained flashing and flickering for about another 20 seconds I couldn't accelerate. This has happened over 30 times since then and almost caused a serious accident on the interstate. This still continues to happen regularly and after showing them 2 videos on separate occasions dealership says they can't duplicate the problem so there is nothing they can do. Now at 47000 miles my warranty is gone and this time when it happened the check engine and airbag remained on. I don't know if the two issues are related or are separate, but now it kind of "sputters and put-puts" when its in park and won't accelerate properly. Dealership wants $150 just to look at this issue again and tell me they can't duplicate the fault. This is a serious safety issue; it has never been driven off road, is garage kept, and not used everyday. I don't want my Jeep to catch fire or continue to put me and my children in a position where when could get hurt because of these issues. If anyone else has had these issues any help would be appreciated.

- Southaven, MS, USA

problem #40

Oct 012013

Wrangler

  • 20,000 miles
I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler unlimited with 40K miles. Around 15K miles, I started experiencing issues with the driver side and front windshield heating/defrosting not working. Heating works on the passenger side, but not on the driver¿'s side seating or windshield areas. This issue creates a comfort problem during cold days due to no heat on the driver¿'s side¿¦ but more importantly, creates a safety issue because the front windshield does not defrost properly without sufficient heat, creating unsafe driving scenarios. This issue was intermittent at first, but over the past 20K miles has become a frequent comfort and safety issue. This defect/issue/design flaw is a known problem with the current Wrangler unlimited as a number of others I know with the same vehicle experience this issue and you can find endless complaints of the issue on line. My dealer also explained they receive frequent complaints for this problem. I brought my Jeep to the dealership. They explained I need the heating core replaced, and due to its location behind the dashboard will cost me $1000+ to repair, primarily due to the labor required to pull off the dashboard and other car parts to reach and replace the heating core. This issue should be a recognized safety recall or service bulletin by Jeep/Chrysler with no out of pocket repair expense for the vehicle owners who expect to receive safe, high quality, well designed products from Jeep/Chrysler.

- Shelton, CT, USA

problem #39

Apr 142015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Windshield wipers came on by themselves, headlights started flashing, the dash lights all came on and the vehicle stalled.

- Yukon, OK, USA

problem #38

Aug 312012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
I have had at least 100 times where my Jeep has stalled and just stopped running. It has happened when I have slowed down, and has stopped in intersections. It has stopped when starting from a stop etc. I have had numerous manual transmission cars and this has never happened. It scares me, and makes me fear for my life. I have changed the way I drive because of it, with the fear of worrying my Jeep will just stop running, when I pull out into traffic. I have had the switches in the car not work, and function erratically. Lights stay on, when turned off, after turning them off numerous times, they finally go out. I have had my breaks respond oddly, and get weak. I have had the heater not come on, then turn switch again and it works. Have had defrost some on when defrost was off. Numerous electrical functions, malfunction. I don't bother with Jeep, as my mileage is over 36,000- no more warranty, but these things began, about a month or two into Jeep ownership. These problems used to be infrequent, but now this power failure happens often. Some days it happens 4-5 times. Please help me with this matter, I do not want to be injured or killed, due to this problem. I also do not want my family or someone else's hurt, because of it either. I started doing research about these issues and find I am not the only one, it is common. I also have a whistle in the brake line, vacuum I think"?" it causes the breaks to not be strong at times. I have had my brakes completely replaced and this condition persists, it also seems many with my model of Jeep experience this as well. All of the hinges on the doors are rusting from the inside out, as well, I see the paint bubbling up.

- Tuckerton, NJ, USA

problem #37

Mar 262015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 42,225 miles

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

While driving, the engine, power steering and power brakes all went out. The first dealership said it was defective battery terminals, the next 2 agreed it was the tipm for the vehicle. When the start/run relay is moved at all, the vehicle shuts down. Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep have reported the part on backorder and have no estimate as to when it will be available.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #36

Oct 072014

Wrangler

  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the left and right turn signal switch and the windshield wipers failed to operate. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure was unable to be determined. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 38,000.

- Martinsville, IN, USA

problem #35

Mar 242015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Jeep. Consumer writes in regards to no repairs performed on vehicle for the heated power side view mirror wire harness recall. However, he was given a document to sign.

- Ladonia, TX, USA

problem #34

Apr 032015

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V631000 (electrical system, visibility); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #33

Mar 032015

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Faulty tipm. Since buying the Jeep brand new it has done weird things (ie: Locks won't work, windows won't work, radio won't work) but if I just turned the Jeep off and back on the problem went away. However, now my locks quit working all together and only solution is replace the tipm but I didn't know that was the problem the whole time until now and now the Jeep is out of it's warranty and cost $1000 to fix.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #32

Sep 052014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
P61-NHTSA 14V-631 I received a recall notice (reference above) and called my dealer to fix same. Was told no parts available to call back in 6 months. Called back and was told they still do not have parts. I believe this is unreasonable. Dealer: Brunswick auto mart, 3031 center road, brunswick, Ohio.

- University Heights, OH, USA

problem #31

Mar 202015

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received a notification for NHTSA campaign number: 14V631000 (electrical system) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to repair the vehicle. The dealer was unable to inform when the part would become available. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Updated 4/21/15 updated 10/9/15

- Aluts , OK, USA

problem #30

Mar 122015

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V631000 (electrical system, visibility); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #29

Jan 062015

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V631000 (electrical system, visibility); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Gatesville, TX, USA

problem #28

Jan 282015

Wrangler

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V631000 (electrical system, visibility) and stated that the parts were not available for several months. The dealer did not give a specific date when the parts would become available. The manufacturer was also contacted and could not provide an estimated date for when the vehicle would receive the recall repairs. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Hermiston, OR, USA

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