really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,322 miles

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2005 Jeep Liberty suspension problems

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2005 Jeep Liberty Owner Comments (Page 1 of 8)

problem #142

Oct 252022


  • miles


Lower ball joints gave out on driver-€™s side while turning, snapping the wheel/tire from the car and dropping vehicle down abruptly. Dealership who fixed the lower control arm and hitch recalls, did not fix and said there was no Lower Ball Joint recall- which was a confirmed recall and lead to vehicle damage and safety hazard

- Clinton, IN, USA

problem #141

Feb 282022


  • 157,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated while driving approximately 10 MPH, the suspension suddenly failed, causing the front end of the vehicle to drop down and the vehicle became undrivable. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the front driver's side lower ball joint had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The local dealer was notified of the failure but did not offer any assistance. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 157,000.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #140

Jan 132022


  • miles
I was traveling on the highway at about 60 mph, hit a small bump in the highway and nearly lost total control. Pulled over and came to a complete stop. Re-entered the highway and nearly lost control even at a slower speed, 55mph.

- Ashland, MO, USA

problem #139

Dec 132021


  • miles


Slowly crossed railroad tracks ball joint came disconnected forcing disconnection of the front drive shaft

- Senatobia, MS, USA

problem #138

Nov 082021

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated while driving approximately 10 MPH, the front driver-€™s side wheel detached from the vehicle. Upon investigation, the contact associated the failure with NHTSA Campaign Number: 06V288000 (Suspension). The vehicle was repaired but continued to experience the same symptoms. The vehicle was towed to a local dealer. The manufacturer was informed of the failure but was unable to assist. The failure mileage was approximately 75,000.

- Slidell, LA, USA

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problem #137

Nov 112021

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2005 Jeep Liberty Sport. I was backing out of my driveway when I heard a crunching sound. I got out of the car and saw that the passenger side of my car was much lower than the driver's side. I noticed that their was windshield wiper fluid pouring out of the front end. Upon inspection, I noticed that the ball joint had snapped and the control arm was almost on the ground. Had I been able to get to the freeway as planned, I could have been seriously injured. I called to verify recall information and was informed that the ball joint recall issue had been resolved. However, with further investigation, it seems that this issue is happening after the repairs as well. I have attached pictures. [XXX] INFORMATION Redacted PURSUANT TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #136

Jan 052018


  • 9,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated the recall repair of NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V278000 (Suspension) was completed. The contact stated while driving 35 MPH, she heard abnormal sounds coming from the rear-end of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rear upper and lower ball joints needed to be replaced. The dealer was not notified of the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure but did not provide any assistance. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 9,000.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #135

Sep 192021


  • miles
In the past 15 months (recently as last week) I've had to replace the ball joints in the front end. We are the original owner and have the same address when purchased. I see there was a recall notice but i was never informed. NHTSA Recall #06V288000. The repair on 9/210/21 repair was a total of $516. The repair in 6/2020 was $516 as well. Lower ball joint - $136 Upper control arm - $130 Labor - $250

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #134

Sep 142021


  • miles
Reversing out of a driveway went to turn wheel heard loud pop snap front passenger side went to ground fender popped lose discovered by tow that the lower ball joint had snapped and possible lower control arm

- Newport, TN, USA

problem #133

Aug 202021


  • miles
Right upper ball joint control arm collapsed while in the drive-through at McDonald's could not move the car turn it or do anything it completely collapsed on the front right side due to corrosion of the lower ball joint and then I know this has been recalled however my car is not under the recall and I don't understand why because it was the same exact issue it's a Jeep Liberty

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #132

Aug 142021

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 193,000 miles


Drivers side lower ball joint catastrophic failure with no warning signs evident except split boot(s). Separation/break from upper control arm, tie rod and steering assembly at low speed reverse. NHTSA Recall ID: 06V288000 (Daimler-Chrysler Notification Code: F23) of lower ball joints performed by Chrysler authorized dealer/repair station 2007. Dealer contacted two (2) weeks prior to incident to coordinate possible re-repair and/or consideration of faulty OEM parts used in original recall. Consumer stated gas smell around his car and inside.

- Rocky Hill, CT, USA

problem #131

Jun 012021


  • 98,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Jeep Liberty. The contact stated while driving 35 mph, the steering wheel would shake with the vehicle wobbling. The contact stated that the vehicle was out of alignment. The contact informed the original owner of the failure, who then took the vehicle to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the ball joint was faulty, but only performed an alignment. The failure recurred. The dealer was made aware of the failure but did not diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and referred the contact to file a complaint with the NHTSA. The failure mileage was 98,500.

- Stevensville, MT, USA

problem #130

Mar 092021


  • 129,000 miles
Front lower ball joint on right side has fell out twice, 8 months apart. Both times the vehicle was in motion, going less the 20 mph. Road conditions were dry, and on on regular paved road. I was driving straight on the road both times. The first time it broke, it cause my wheel to break and flatter my tire, second time it damaged my wheel but didn't not bust through it. Motor mounts have broke 2 times as week 1 week after repaired it broke the 2nd time. Transmission mount has also broke.

- Trion, GA, USA

problem #129

Jan 272021


  • 110,814 miles
The right front wheel/ tire separated from the suspension while driving. I was on the 5th floor of a parking garage. I was told this was directly caused by the lower ball joint failing. This was on a 2005 Jeep Liberty renegade. Recall repairs previously performed on front lower ball joints on 04/09/2007. I no longer own this vehicle.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #128

Jan 142021


  • 130,000 miles
Like everyone else is reporting all of my upper and lower ball joints are bad on my 2005 Liberty. With just over 125K miles I have been told that I have over $3,000 in repairs needed, front upper and lower ball joint, rear ball joints, front hub bearings and both front cv axles. This is the entire front suspension (rear lower ball joints were covered in a recall and were replaced after we had to have it towed in for breakage). This is obvious a problem and Jeep needs to do a recall and reimburse people for their expenses.

- Clifton, OH, USA

problem #127

Feb 172021


  • 240,000 miles
My front ball joint and control arm broke why driving down the road

- Mexico, MO, USA

problem #126

Jan 012021


  • 139,000 miles
After inspection from mechanics I was told my 2005 Jeep Liberty was having the same problems as the other 05 Liberty im reference to the front lower ball joints where the defect is allowing moisture to get in damaging the ball joint and it's cracking and rusted and bad needs to be replaced there is no recall for my VIN when I put my vehicle into gear and start driving forward or reverse I get loud pops and. Cracking noise also anytime I hit a bump and sometimes while driving on highway I was told the rate at which it's deteriorating and how bad it is is excessive and needs for a safety concern

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

problem #125

Nov 252020


  • 170,000 miles
My heated seat was on low and it has been getting extremely hot lately, well today it caught on fire. And about a month ago my ball joints all went out while driving.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #124

Dec 152019

Liberty 6-cyl

  • 98,500 miles
Bushing and body bushing on front of the vehicle, squeak very loudly anytime the vehicle is in motion, or when someone enters or exits the vehicle, the added weight to the vehicle, causes the vehicle to squeak from the front underside of the vehicle, every bump or ruff spot in the road, turning the steering wheel either direction, even the slightest causes very loud squeaking, the squeaking is present with simple rocking of the steering wheel. The steering feels tighter and simple turns require more body muscle use, when the vehicle is both in motion and stationary. The squeaking/rubbing is present, at all times, when even the slightest amount of movement or position changes from driver/passengers inside the vehicle. Feels like the front of the vehicle is about to fall out, or that the friction from the rubbing or pieces in the front/ front suspension, is going to cause something to wear down and break, which could cause control of the vehicle to be lost, and could result in an accident, that could potentially be fatal. When I do a general search for recalls on my particular vehicle make and model, it shows 2 regarding the front suspension, and ball joints, however when I search recalls using my vehicles VIN number, it shows '0 unrepaired recalls' but I have never had any recalls repaired on my vehicle, and the recalls that show active, fit the issues going on with my vehicle, and I'm not sure why my 2005 Jeep Liberty renegade, fits into the vehicles with the recall concerns present and active, but my vehicle doesn't show and one that need to be repaired based on the active recalls.

- Summerville, GA, USA

problem #123

Jun 132020

Liberty 6-cyl

  • miles
Purchased a 2005 Jeep Liberty in the state of Wisconsin, a state that has excessive cold and icy weather, streets are heavily salted. The Jeep I purchased has had several recalls, major was the rear end control arm, which the dealership repaired. 2005 Jeep Liberty also has major electrical problems which causes the engine cooling fan to short out. Having it to be frequently replaced once a year. 2nd major problem is the front right control arm assembly front upper left and right. Along with wheel hub assembly, both corrodes and can cause the steering to brake into, resulting in a lost of steering causing a major accident while driving. These major mechanical problems needs should be recalled, so they can be replaced or repaired. I've taken the Jeep to different repairs shop and was told the Jeep are known for safety issues including electrical and control arm problems and to check for recalls.

- Marietta, GA, USA

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