really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,922 miles

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2006 Jeep Wrangler brakes problems

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2006 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 042012

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 42,467 miles


While driving the Jeep Wrangler on a smooth pavement @ 55mph the steering wheel began shaking violently and the entire vehicle was shaking. It seemed as if both front wheels were loose. I immediately braked, pulled off the highway to a complete stop. Upon finding nothing loose I proceeded down the highway, upon reaching 55mph the vehicle repeated the shaking. I have replaced the track bar, steering dampener, front brake rotors, brake pads, new tires, wheels checked with calipers, and 2 alignments. I still cannot exceed 55mph without the violent shaking.

- Raceland, KY, USA

problem #13

May 212009

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 10,985 miles
The car experienced violent front end wobble when going over uneven pavement, more severe when brakes were applied. The dealer said that the brake rotors were warped and replaced them (there was only approx. 11,000 miles on the car at that time, which I had bought new). The problem recurred off and on, but to a lesser degree. The problem recurred in the summer of 2009, with less than 20,000 miles driven. I had the front stabilizer bar replaced on 9-3-11. The problem continues to occur sometimes to a lesser degree and sometimes to a greater degree depending on vehicle speed. When the wobble is severe, control of the Jeep is difficult, with one instance of going off of the road until I slowed down to approximately 30 mph and regained control.

- Somerset, PA, USA

problem #12

Oct 142009


  • 24,000 miles
Would go from 30 mph and up apply the brakes and get a violent shaking. Took it to Goodyear (had only 24000 btw) when we got new tires put on it and the guy said the rotors were 3/16 past turning. They wanted to charge us $875 for Napa rotors. Went to the dealership they said it wasn't their problem and nothing had been reported. So seeing we were defeated we asked for prices on rotors (since we were there) $310 for driver side and $325 for passenger. I was like uhm ok....went to four wheel parts got a drilled set made in usa with pads for $275 out the door.I mean I figured why pay over 600 and have them only last another 24000 miles? got 54000 on it now with the us brakes and haven't had a problem. Btw it stops alot better than the stock ones did. Oh an I said 1 injury because I did injure my wrist trying to hold it on the road everytime I drove it.

- Temple City, CA, USA

problem #11

Aug 312010


  • 25,000 miles


I bought a used 2006 Jeep Wrangler unlimited. I have taken this car to the dealership for service four times for excessive shaking when driving at speeds around 50 mph. The entire vehicle shakes until I either speed up or slow down. There is no way to control the Jeep while it is shaking! I have had all the "possible causes" checked, replaced or balanced including: Tires, front end alignment, shocks, stabilizer, brakes, rotors (twice). The shaking may go away for a short time but then returns. (this Wrangler was not included in the brake recall earlier this year.)

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #10

Jan 302010


  • 25,000 miles
2006 Jeep Wrangler sport brake rotors: Warped at 6K miles, turned by dealer, 8K miles, rotors replaced, 15K rotors turned by independent shop, 20K rotors replaced - and diagnostics shop found that the proportional valve was not set properly, leaving front brakes to do 75 percent of stopping, causing excessive heat/warp. This problem caused violent shaking of Jeep during slow down - I nearly lost control on many occasions - very very dangerous. Now I'm having trouble with the death wobble - steering is dangerous at 52 mph loss of control. This vehicle has 25,700 miles on it. Don't buy Jeep, don't buy dangerous.

- Columbus, IN, USA

problem #9

Jun 082010


  • 55,700 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Wrangler. On June 8, 2010 while driving 50 mph, the vehicle started shaking violently and the brakes began to malfunction causing the contact to crash into a ditch. He managed to drive the vehicle out of the ditch since the vehicle was equipped with four wheel drive. The contact stated that he was familiar with the 2006 Chrysler brake recall. The vehicle was driven to the dealer and an appointment was scheduled on the day that the complaint was filed. The dealer told him that they would inspect the brakes, rotors, calipers, and replace any parts and if there was an existing recall that Chrysler would reimburse him for the parts; however, they have not been notified of a brake recall. The Chrysler manufacturer had not been notified. The VIN was rejected from the system. The failure and current mileages were 55,700.

- Prudenville, MI, USA

problem #8

Apr 012010


  • 24,000 miles


Have a 2006 Jeep Wrangler with 24,000 miles which is experiencing front wheel shaking at about 40-45 mph and when braking. Alignment, tires, etc. Are good with no aftermarket modifications done to suspension. This appears to be a very common problem with Wrangler and is even called and known as a "death wobble." No crashes, but dealer will charge to investigate and fix. As mentioned, this appears to be a very common problem with Wrangler, therefore, isn't it a manufacturing flaw that Jeep needs to take responsibility for?

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 202008


  • 31,000 miles
Death wobble on a 2006 Jeep. I was going 55 and had it happen took it to a shop they said my tires needed to be balanced. A week later it happened at 58 mph and I lost control of the Jeep going off the rad took it in to the shop they said it was my brakes. After the brakes it still happened at 58 mph I have new brakes, shocks, brake pads, balanced, steering rod total of over $2000 and 5 days of my time.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #6

Mar 142008


  • 2,596 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Jeep Wrangler. While driving approximately 30 mph on normal conditions, the vehicle stalled as it approached a curve. A warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel and remained lit until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing and the brakes were replaced. The failure recurred, which resulted in a crash. There were no injuries; however, three vehicles were damaged. The police was called to the scene and a report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and is currently inoperable. No repairs have been performed. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 2,596 and current mileage was 3,273.

- Dacula , GA, USA

problem #5

Dec 032008


  • 6,000 miles
Bought a 2006 Wrangler w/ 3500 miles. Shortly thereafter, realized that vehicle had a problem - when braking at speeds of 55 to 60 mph (gently, mind you, no hard braking), vehicle and steering wheel would shudder and wobble violently, and this would increase in severity until vehicle slowed to 40 mph, then shuddering/wobbling would stop. Took to purchase dealer first (Ford) to have wheel balanced. This did not fix it, so, took to warranty (Jeep) shop, who first tried to blame dealer (Ford) shop, said lug nuts were screwed on too tight, thus causing rotors to warp. Had Ford dealer turn rotors, but problem returned shortly. Took to warranty (Jeep) shop, insisted they fix. They replaced rotors, but problem returned almost immediately. Returned vehicle to them, they "machined" new rotors. Shortly thereafter, the problem returned. Took to Jeep again, this time, they said it was the ball joints, replaced upper and lower right ball joints. Problem remained, but was sporadic rather than constant.. took it back to Jeep, they said they couldn't find a problem, "come back when problem more pronounced". within a few weeks, problem was constant and very pronounced; scary, even. Took back to Jeep again this week, they say it is the rotors again, and they will replace them one more time under warranty, but never again. Vehicle has been in shop(s) for work on this problem no less than 5 or 6 times. Dealer implies that this is all my fault, even though I drive substantially fewer miles than most people, and my driving habits are quite dull, to say the least: No towing, no driving on the beach, over rocks, etc., no hard braking, no excessive speed, etc., etc. (they tell me that no one else has this problem, even though the internet is full of these kinds of complaints.) in the last 16 years, I have driven 4 Jeep, 3 Ford, 1 Mazda, and 2 VW's, and this 2006 Wrangler is the only one that has ever had a rotor problem of any kind, much less a constantly recurring one.

- Chadbourn, NC, USA

problem #4

Jul 012007


  • 4,000 miles


Brake rotors keep having to be replaced every 3-4 months.

- Bay Minette, AL, USA

problem #3

Mar 142006


  • 19,400 miles
I purchased my Jeep in April of 2006. The vehicle started shaking every time I would put my foot on the brake or travel between 55 & 60 mph. I took it back to the dealer with 19,000 miles on it, 03/14/07, and was told that the rotors were warped - they smoothed them down, charged me $229 and told me that it was the way that I drove. That repair was not covered by the warranty!

- Fallston, MD, USA

problem #2

May 072008


  • 8,758 miles
Front brakes on my 2006 Jeep Wrangler with 8785 miles on it vibrate violently when making a sudden stop at speeds around 50-60 miles. During a sudden stop the steering wheel was almost ripped from my hands. Took the Wrangler to the dealer. Dealer stated that Chrysler does not warrant wear items. Dealer machined front brake rotors. Test drove and brakes worked ok. My concern is for my safety. With machined rotors now the rotors are thinner (weaker) then before.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #1

Jan 312008

Wrangler 4WD

  • miles
2006 Jeep Wrangler replaced brakes. Consumer states that the brake backing plates were replaced due to damage. He states that the vehicle became stuck in a snowdrift and after being shoveled out the brake indicator light started flashing. The dealer stated the master cylinder was blown and the brake pads were ruined due to driving with the brakes being frozen. The consumer was told the damages would not be covered under warranty due to weather conditions.

- Stevensville, MT, USA

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