really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,275 miles

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2010 Jeep Wrangler steering problems

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2010 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #50

Aug 132016


  • 64,758 miles


Wasn't due for an oil change for 3000 miles I use synthetic rod blew while on freeway with my daughter in the car. No brakes no warning no steering we could have died! Chrysler turning their head! mechanic says it's a defect in engine and never seen an engine blow at 64,000 miles and still have all proper levels of fluids! I was going 65 miles an hour on a freeway thank god it was a straight stretch and I was in the right lane, had there been a turn or had we have been on a bridge we would have died or seriously injured someone else!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #49

Jul 192016


  • 78,000 miles
On 7/9/16 and 7/19/16, I was driving on I95 and my car started the "death wobble" - uncontrollable intense shaking that I almost got into an accident. The only thing that stops, I discovered recently, it is to slow down to a stop, which is pretty difficult on a highway without getting rear ended or into an accident. This apparently is common among Jeep, especially Wrangler, but it should be fixed by Chrysler. This is really dangerous!!

- Salisbury, MA, USA

problem #48

Apr 232016


  • 119,000 miles
Yesterday while traveling with my 2 young grandchildren, I experienced something known as "death wobble", a violent vibration in the front end. It happened 3 times yesterday and twice today. All times I was traveling on a freeway at around 55 mph. It began to wobble as I entered a curve in the road. I was lucky enough to be able to slow and pull to the shoulder each time. The only way to make it stop is to stop the vehicle. I'm especially concerned because this also happened to my 2007 Wrangler. Why has Jeep not fixed this problem? it's both terrifying and expensive to fix. I will never purchase another Jeep.

- Chanhassen, MN, USA

problem #47

Feb 182015


  • 45,000 miles


When reaching speeds of 45mph and above the steering wheel starts to shake violently from left to right. When this started, a mechanic saw nothing wrong except for a worn out steering stabilizer, so he replaced it. The problem persists, but now it only happens when I hit a bump in road when traveling above 50mph. I took it to a second mechanic and he installed an aftermarket track bar and balanced the wheels. The problem is still there. A simple internet search shows that this is not an uncommon occurrence with Jeep, yet the manufacturer has done nothing to correct it. My vehicle is completely stock, except for the track bar, and currently has approximately 60,000 miles on it.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #46

Mar 242016


  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the front of the vehicle violently wobbled making it difficult to maneuver the vehicle. The contact mentioned that he was able to avoid a crash due to the failure. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the vehicle needed a steering damper and a track bar. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle also was taken to get a front end alignment and tires rotated. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000. Updated 06/29/16

- Phillipsburg, MT, USA

problem #45

Nov 102015


  • 98,000 miles
Jeep goes into a death wobble at 60/65 mph. Replaced steering stabilizer and still wobbles.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #44

Jul 122015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that the air bag warning light was constantly illuminated. The contact also stated that the horn became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the clock spring failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 13V176000 (air bags). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #43

Oct 172015


  • 77,000 miles
There are recalls already for the issue below for right hand steering vehicles. This recall should be applied to all Jeep Wrangler vehicles 2007-2012. A broken electrical circuit in the airbag clockspring wiring assembly can lead to non-deployment of the driver frontal airbag and will not be able to properly protect the driver in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injuries. Anytime that the steering wheel is moved from neutral/straight position the airbag light will turn on and a chime is heard.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #42

Oct 072015


  • 70,000 miles
I have what is commonly known as the Jeep "death wobble". I cannot believe that a recall has not been issued for this. I almost caused an accident entering a highway with a construction zone as there was no where to pull over. The Jeep was uncontrollable at 55 mph.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #41

Jul 142014


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. While driving approximately 5 mph, the steering ability seized and the traction control warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealer. The mechanic stated that the steering gear was faulty and needed replacement. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Lancaster, SC, USA

problem #40

Apr 012015


  • miles


Air bag light comes on. I have checked all fuses and everything is ok. I have done extensive research and it is my opinion that it is a faulty clockspring.

- Helena, MT, USA

problem #39

Jun 292015


  • 54,500 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. While driving approximately 45 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the steering column fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 54,500. Updated 09/03/15

- Montgomery , TX, USA

problem #38

Mar 162015


  • 64,000 miles
I have a 2010 Jeep Wrangler sahara unlimited with 62K on it. I first noticed a jar and shaking after hitting a bump a few months ago and didn't think anything of this, until tonight!Y Jeep is completely stock. I was coming home from work and hit a bump on the highway and my whole entire front end completely shook where I could barely control the vehicle. I had to slow down but was scared to death because there was a semi behind me, when I slowed down it didn't do it anymore! this is so dangerous I go on multiple trips with my two sons and can't imagine to safety that is at risk with this type of malfunction in a Jeep.

- Montgomery, IN, USA

problem #37

Jan 102014


  • 50,000 miles
The problem happened 3 times. Two at very low speeds during the day, and once at night at high speed. The first time it happened, I was driving the Jeep and the engine stalled. It was hard to steer, but I was moving slow. I thought it was a weird fluke. I put the car in park and restarted it with no problem. The second time it my husband was driving, we had just pulled out of our neighborhood and the Jeep stalled. The breaks don't work well, and the steering is difficult. He put the Jeep in neutral and restarted it with no problem. The third time it happened, was on January 10, 2015. I was driving at night with my child on a long trip. I had been driving the Jeep for several hours on the interstate. It happened at around 10:00 pm - it was very dark. I was in the passing lane going about 65 mph when the engine stalled, the headlights went out, all the interior lights went out, dashboard went dark, and I knew from the previous two times, that if I applied the breaks or tried to steer, it would be very difficult. I decided that I didn't want to look down and try to find neutral and accidentally put it in a low gear. So I turned the ignition switch and everything came back on (engine, light inside and out, power steering, and power breaks) while the Jeep was in drive traveling at 65 mph. I took it to the Jeep dealer to have it repaired. They told me that the trans range sensor went bad. My main concern is - why is the engine stalling and Jeep losing all power while moving when the sensor goes bad" there was no warning light to let me know a sensor was bad. Are all Jeep designed with this sensor, and will all Jeep experience the same thing if their trans range sensor goes bad, or was it just something that happened with my specific vehicle"

- Morgantwon, WV, USA

problem #36

Aug 152013

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
While driving at all speeds I would get an airbag warning light and chime associated with steering inputs. Contacted service department. They said no recall exists and im out of warranty and would have to pay to get it fixed. Looked up recalls and failed components common to my complaint. Found the exact problem on my Jeep up to 2009 and another recall for my year Jeep but only right handed steering models. Did more research and the same part number component is used in all of them in this year group but my vehicle isn't covered. This is a gross neglect to address a know safety concern and could result in serious injury or death. The Jeep was bought new, and airbags should be warrantied for longer than 36,000 miles. Especially when they are being recalled for every year and model around mine and I have the same exact problem.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #35

Aug 222014

Wrangler 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,300 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Jeep Wrangler. While driving approximately 65 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated. The failure occurred multiple times. The dealer stated that the clock spring was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,300...updated 09-24-14 updated 02/25/2015

- Wildomar, CA, USA

problem #34

Jul 162014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 64,318 miles
While driving my air bag light came on. When I turn right it goes out. As I straighten out it comes back on. Research says it's a clock spring sensor or module based on how it goes on and off when the wheel is turned. Contacted my local dealership and was told that this is not a warranty issue and that it would cost around $400 for the part and labor. This is a device that has been recalled on many other jk Jeep, yet there is no recall on the 2010. Additionally I have a certified pre-owned warranty and they said it isn't covered under that warranty either. This is crazy.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #33

Dec 232013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 39,000 miles
While driving down the road at approx 45mph, the Jeep began to shake/jump uncontrollably for no apparent reason. We took it into the Jeep dealer from whom we bought the vehicle. He tightened the track bar (??) and replaced the steering stabilizer. We explained to him that we were beginning a cross country trip, so he should check everything. A week or so later, we began the trip from Florida to California. Two days into the trip (East Texas), while traveling at highway speeds, we experienced the shake again. We had to top the vehicle and took it to the nearest Jeep dealership, driving on side streets at minimal speeds. The dealership replaced the upper and lower ball joints. There were already two Jeep in the shop with the same problem and while we were there, another person came in with the same issue. We then continued our trip. Two days later, in California, we again experienced the shake while traveling at highway speeds. Again, we took the car to a Jeep dealer who said we needed to replace the steering stabilizer. We told him it had already been done. He noted that the stabilizer that comes as standard equipment with the Jeep is not robust enough and that most Jeep will experience this problem if not upgraded. We also reported this sequence of events to Jeep. We have since researched this issue on the internet and have found the problem is know as "death wobble" and seems to be quite prevalent.

- Anna Maria, FL, USA

problem #32

Apr 212014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Vehicle was parked in front of a house. I left the vehicle in 1st gear then set the parking brake and turned the wheels into the curb to prevent roll back and I got out of the vehicle. I went inside and the vehicle rolled down a hill and into a house. When the police came they found it still in gear and the emergency brake was still on.

- Boonton, NJ, USA

problem #31

Apr 242014


  • 55,000 miles
Driving on road when Jeep violently shakes. Lose control over steering and entire front end shakes. This is known as the death wobble. Had to immediately pull over and try not to crash. Got control over vehicle, picked up speed again and the violent shake happened again. Driving with children in the car on a busy road this is very frightening!

- Havelock, NC, USA

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