hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,731 miles

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2008 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #15

Jan 162016


  • 41,892 miles


While driving about 50 mph violent shaking of entire vehicle. This has happened twice. It is brake or stability control related. Have to come to a complete stop and start again for shaking to stop. Also have had to change both front calipers due to overheat damage. The overheat is a result of brakes applied by stability control or traction control when there is no need for either.

- Ludowici, GA, USA

problem #14

Nov 102015


  • 115,000 miles
I have a faulty clockspring. There is a recall associated with this: S33. NHTSA campaign #: 16V290000. The faulty clockspring is effecting the airbags, stability control system and windshield wipers. For some reason my vehicle is not being covered by the recall.

- Markleeville, CA, USA

problem #13

Nov 182015


  • 115,000 miles
Three warning lights are on: Two stability and one airbag. The windshield wipers act strange and won't turn off. The clockspring needs replaced.

- Markleeville, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 112013


  • 39,050 miles


Traveling down road, noticed air bag light staying on, esp wouldn't work, horn inoperative. Called Jeep dealer and they said to come in for diagnosis as the air bag light indicated a fault in air bag system. Took to dealers and they had to replace clock-spring wiring harness to cure problem. Not in warrenty period and when Chrysler was contacted they would not accept cost as it was not under recall. I therefore had to pay for repair. The dealer said to keep invoice as it may later be a safety recall. It should be as I was told the problem could cause the air bag system to malfunction. Being in the Jeep community I know of thousands of Jeep Wrangler having the same problem. Copy of invoice attached.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #11

May 012014


  • 70,000 miles
I first noticed prior to May 2014 that my cruise control had quit working but just figured the control had gone out. Then about May 2014 the airbag, stability control and ABS lights came on while I was driving and have been on since then. The Jeep does still chime notifying me of the issue. After researching the problem I've come to conclusion its the clockspring, which has been recalled/warranty extended on several model year Wrangler. I have a hard time believing understanding why this hasn't been extended to additional model years. Is Jeep waiting on xx number deaths and injuries to occur due to a faulty part related vehicle safety?

- Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #10

Jun 202013

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 68,000 miles
Upon turning on my Jeep the airbag light did not go out after the start-up light check. When restarting the vehicle it went out. While driving it came back on and chimed, it has continued to come on intermittently while driving and while parked. The esp also began intermittently illuminating while driving on a smooth straight highway. This intermittent issue has persisted for over a year. In doing research both issues can potentially be related back to the airbag clockspring. A recall exists for RHD Jeep Wrangler of my same year that use the same part. When contacting a Jeep dealer about this safety issue they said they would not do anything to resolve it unless I paid for all parts and labor. In checking online forums this is apparently not as rare as the initial recall states. There are even online tutorials on how to change it yourself since the manufacturer doesn't recognize this as a problem on lhd Jeep. (www.jk-forum.com/forums/jk-write-ups-39/clockspring-replacement-273201/) while this hasn't caused a safety problem yet, my concern is if I am involved in a collision that I will not have the protection I am supposed to from a faulty manufacturer part.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jun 022014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


The clock spring on these vehicles are notorious for being faulty. Chrysler recalled right hand drive Jeep for this same issue. This disables the horn the cruise control, the airbag, and the electronic stability control. All very important issues in case of an accident.

- Cabot, AR, USA

problem #8

Mar 262014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Airbag light illuminated due to clockspring failure.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #7

Feb 102012


  • 45,000 miles
The esp, bas, ABS, and airbag lights are all on. When you start driving there is a clunking noise and it hesitates to go. Sometimes when you are driving it starts to clunk and it is hard to steer. At times it is like you are dragging the rear end. And at times it even feels like you are dragging the rear end sideways.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 012013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
From one day to another my Jeep turn on the esp bas light also with the esp off light so I thought that I had bad alignment on my tires so then I went to the dealer and he told me that they have to replace the clock spring inside my steering wheel... I was reading that a lot of Jeep jk owners are suffering this also Jeep already made a recall for right hand drivers but left hand drivers are suffering the same.

- San Nicolas, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 092013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 59,230 miles


Horn stuck on until I pull wire off of horn. Air bag light is on esp light is on and traction control light is on. Research on Jeep forums appears to be the clock spring. Many other 2008 models seem to be having the same issue. Please provide some resolution to this issue.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 202011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
Going up to 50 mph, ,,,get severe shaking, ,,not safe at all, ,,I have spent over $1000 on repairs, re alignments, rotations and had the steering damper replaced 2X by Jeep, ,,,still does the wobble, ,,,I am furious about this.this is very dangerous.the Jeep dealership has told me they have done all they can do.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 112013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 13,800 miles
On approximately 01/21/13 at about 8:00am, while traveling on the 405 freeway at about 50mph, my Jeep got the "death wobbles". it was found the entire front housing snapped off. It was fixed and returned to me. On 02/11/13 at about 10:30am, I was merging on to the I-5 N/B from sand canyon in irvine. When I reached 45mph, I got the "death wobbles" again. This time, the dealer said it was because I had cheap tires on the vehicle. I have nitto tires which are about $250 each. I have looked into the death wobbles and it appears Jeep has a real problem. The vehicle shakes so violently you feel like you are losing control. Someone is going to get killed and Jeep knows it. I have had my vehicle in twice now for the same thing. Once more and I am going lemon law. If they give it back and my family is injured as a result of a known flaw. Stand by! this is crap. You cannot knowingly sell a defective vehicle can you? seems like it would be criminal to defraud or fail to disclose this death wobble issue to buyers. I did not know anything about this until it happened to me.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 152011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Air bag light comes on intermittently, esp bas light comes on intermittently. Depends on wheel orientation. I am suspecting clockspring is at fault.

- Fultondale, AL, USA

problem #1

Jan 182011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • miles
My Jeep is experiencing what Jeep owners refer to as the death wobble. Violent, intense shaking of the front end after hitting the smallest of bumps. Must slow down immediately to gain control of vehicle.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

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