hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,671 miles

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2009 Jeep Wrangler engine problems

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2009 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #12

Jun 282016


  • 118,000 miles


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 #11

Apr 242015


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. Approximately one year ago, while driving approximately 35 mph, smoke appeared everywhere. The contact quickly grabbed her baby and jumped out of the vehicle, which was momentarily engulfed in flames and burned to the ground. There was no warning indicator. The police and fire department were at the scene and the fire department extinguished the fire. Police and fire reports were filed. There were no injuries. The insurance company towed the remnants of the vehicle away. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not provided. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Capemay Court House, NJ, USA

problem #10

Sep 142015


  • 170,000 miles
While working my mail route, only about 20 miles in, my right hand drive Wrangler started to smoke. I assumed because the vehicle never turned off when it began to smoke it was something small causing the issue. I was driving 15 mph when this occurred. I pulled over, shut off my vehicle and opened the hood. There was a fire on the passanger side of my vehicle under and behind my battery, rolling under the vehicle moving very quickly. I immediately closed the hood, got my belonging out of my vehicle and watched as it blew up, and I called 911. My vehicle is totaled. I am now learning that this is becoming a common occurance with Jeep! why are there no public warnings!! where are the recalls!!!!!!!! I and others could have been hurt or killed!!!!

- Cadillac, MI, USA

problem #9

Nov 132013


  • 48,000 miles


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

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #8

Mar 282009


  • 66,054 miles
We where driving down the road and the vehicle came to a sudden stop we smelt the clutch and there was oil on the engine and ground. We saw a connecting rod cap hanging out the side of the block.a mechanic removed the oil pan and found 2 connecting rod bolts broken laying in the oil pan. It was complete engine failure due to the connecting rod bolts. Have gotten complete motor from Jeep remanufacture

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #7

Oct 062014


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the engine stalled as the low oil pressure warning light illuminated. The vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the entire engine, the cam shaft position sensor, the timing cover assembly unit and the oil pressure valve needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #6

Jul 212014


  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The contact mentioned that upon inspection, it was found that the actuator had water inside it and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #5

Apr 092013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
Fuel spurts out of gas tank all over after gas nozzle is removed when getting gas. Vehicle has trouble starting and feels like it is going to stall out at all speeds.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Sep 152012

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated while driving 45 mph, smoke was coming from underneath the hood. The contact pulled the vehicle over and the engine ignited into flames. The vehicle was destroyed. There were no injuries. The fire department distinguished the fire but was unable to determine the cause. There was no police report filed. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 41,000. Updated 12/22/12 the consumer stated the brakes failed as he pulling over to the emergency lane. Updated 10/22/12 updated 12/12/12 updated 12/12/12

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #2

Mar 292009

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
From new this engine burns over 1 quart to 3 quarts of oil per 1000 miles traveled, if you do an oil change at 5000 miles as is recommended there is no oil left in the motor, mopar says this is normal oil consumption.

- Jonestown, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 252010


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. While examining the vehicle the contact noticed that the oil level was low. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the vehicle was performing normally. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 58,000 and the failure mileage was 5,000.

- Red Lion, PA, USA

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