Notes: Poor side crash test ratings from the IIHS are really no surprise.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,844 miles

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2012 Jeep Wrangler electrical problems

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2012 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #87

Oct 262016


  • 35,000 miles


The vehicle power abruptly drops while driving losing anywhere from 100 to 500 rpms. If the vehicle is stopped at a signal or traveling at lower speeds the power drop will shut down the vehicle. The problem is random and very unsafe

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #86

Oct 112016


  • 10,000 miles
The manufacturer of my vehicle, fca has issued a number of recalls eg S33 covering jeepwranglers built 2007-2010 and recently S40 covering only right hand drive Jeep built 2022-2016. These recalls are for clock spring failures resulting in compromised airbag circuits which will not deploy. The clock spring fails because dust gets in it. My Jeep is a 2012 Wrangler with about 10,000 miles on it has had this failure. It has been driven extensively without windows in the desert. I have discussed this problem with fca without success. What is my recourse"?"

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #85

Nov 222016


  • 45,000 miles
My vehicle clock spring has gone out. My vehicle has 45000 miles and is a model year 2012. Other years, specifically 2008-2011 have been recalled for the very same thing. Also 2012 RHD models have been recalled for the very thing. My airbag light chimes and is illuminated when driving the vehicle, whenever I turn left, right or stop or accelerate.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #84

Oct 202016


  • 41,000 miles


While being towed by our rv on a city street, a fire started under the hood of the Jeep. The transfer case was in neutral. The manual transmission was in neutral. The ignition switch was turned 1 notch to accessory to unlock the steering. The fire was extinguished by the fire department. No police report was filed because the fire was not caused by an accident. Because of the severity of the fire damage, no cause of the fire was determined.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #83

Sep 232016


  • 75,000 miles
Tipm went out lost all control of the vehicle while traveling 55 mph! could have be a deadly situation! Jeep needs to have a recall asap....

- Kingston, TN, USA

problem #82

Sep 182016


  • 51,100 miles
July 26, 2016, we took our 2012 Jeep Wrangler to the dealership after the ABS and trac lights came on. The dealership showed a C102A code and a U140B code. They replaced and programmed the left rear wheel speed sensor, feeling that would solve our problem. On August 18, 2016, in stopped traffic, on a major state highway, the car lost power. We were able to restart the vehicle, but by the time we got it to the dealership, no codes were evident. On September 18, 2016. Driving 60 mph, on another state highway, the vehicle lost power. Fortunately it was a Sunday afternoon and traffic was light. We were able to coast to a side road and after about 4 attempts were able to get the vehicle restarted and drove about 2 blocks to a safe place. We had to contact a tow truck to carry the vehicle 10 miles to the dealership. The service technician was unable to get the vehicle to recreate the code, so he took it home for about 3 days, finally having the vehicle lose power and was able to get it coded. The diagnosis was a tipm shorting out. There was also a damaged clockspring. Both parts were replaced. Total of both invoices = $1,752.25.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #81

Sep 192016


  • 69,000 miles


Windshield wipers stopped working on the highway in the middle of a thunderstorm, creating a hazardous situation. Took the vehicle into the shop, had the fuses checked, wiper motor replaced, windshield wiper switch tested, and nothing fixed the issue. The issue turns out to be a faulty tipm (totally integrated power module), and will cost over 1200 dollars to replace. This appears to be a widespread issue with Chrysler vehicles.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #80

Sep 172016


  • 66,000 miles
Just noticed while driving, all of the controls on the left side of the steering wheel are inoperable. These include the radio, bluetooth phone, information menu, reset, etc: Upon further examination I also noticed the horn no longer works. Unsafe and will not pass state inspection. Inquiry by internet search indicate possible clockspring defect, but that is inconclusive so far.

- Joplin, MO, USA

problem #79

Sep 102016


  • 52,225 miles
Wipers turns on automatically when in the off position, same with ac, stereo resets by it self. This happens no matter what the shift position is. No matter if the car is running or in parking mode.

- Selinsgrove, PA, USA

problem #78

Aug 312014


  • miles
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 13V234000 (power train, steering), 14V631000 (electrical system, visibility), and 16V352000 (air bags) however, the parts to do the repairs were unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #77

Jun 302016


  • 63,000 miles


The fuel pump relay on the tipm module failed (total integrated power module). This for the 2012 Jeep Wrangler unlimited isn't part of a recall and it isn't something covered under the power train warranty. The Jeep started turning off at low idle. This happened for backing out of a parking spot or at a stop light. It now happens when going down the road where the vehicle turns off at random. It isn't safe to drive until it is repaired. I am working on the repair now.

- Granite Falls, NC, USA

problem #76

May 132016


  • 52,000 miles
I just left work and had traveled less than a mile when my engine shut off. I was only traveling 20mph and coasted into the first open driveway I could find. I opened the hood to a lot of smoke and a small fire from my wiring harness. My 2012 Jeep Wrangler sport is completely stock and always maintained through my local Jeep dealership. The official word from Jeep was that my starter shorted out which caused my wiring harness to overheat and catch fire.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #75

May 082016


  • 51,700 miles
The sudden failure of turn signals, windshield wipers, headlights, taillights, brake lights and all controls on the two stalks and the steering wheel. I do not know when it happened and realized it when I noticed the lack of sound and blinking dash light on using the turn signal. No fuses were blown.I do not drive in the dark much.I am having it repaired today. The service writer said it was a computer. How can Jeep tie so many essential controls together? if it had occurred at night in the rain it could have been catastrophic. Perhaps it has already happened to someone.

- Hood River, OR, USA

problem #74

May 012016


  • 57,700 miles
Air bag light came on while driving down a local city street. Took it in to the dealership and it was diagnosed as a faulty clock spring rendering the air bag inoperable. My complaint is that NHTSA already has 2 recalls on this problem but for right hand drive Wrangler only. My Jeep has the same problem, concerning the same parts, for the same reasons the right hand drive air bag failures occurred. Jeep refuses to cover my Jeep under these recalls. NHTSA campaign number: 13V176000 and NHTSA campaign number: 11V528000

- Charlestown, IN, USA

problem #73

Jan 252016


  • 37,000 miles
The tipm unit went out, causing lots of issues. The issues we┐re aware of are: The doors wouldn't lock, shifter was stuck in park, radio/cd/bluetooth wouldn┐T work, and the front headlights wouldn't turn off leading to a complete drain of the battery. Thankfully, the vehicle was parked and this didn't happen while we were driving it (it could have been very dangerous if it did). It cost us $1100 to replace the tipm unit, which was a huge financial burden on us, but even worse was that we had to go without the Jeep (one of our main means of transportation) for almost two months because there's a waiting list for the replacement part. We checked with 3 different repair shops just to be sure, and all said the same thing: 1.) that there's a waiting list at least 40 people long for this tipm unit, and 2.) that they've been seeing Jeep Wrangler left & right for this same exact problem, and there's a waiting list because the part can't even be manufactured quickly enough to keep up with the demand. I know the tipm unit has been recalled for Jeep Cherokee, but why not Jeep Wrangler when this is clearly a major issue for it as well??

- Alamosa, CO, USA

problem #72

Apr 092016


  • 49,000 miles
On 04/09/16, the wipers stop working while driving, and drivers side headlamp stays on continuously, and on high beam. Have to unhook battery terminal in order to get light to go out. Was told the tipm totally integrated power module has failed.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #71

Feb 022016


  • 55,000 miles
There seem to be a number of electrical issue mostly around the door locking failure; the horn and the touch radio

- Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #70

Feb 222016


  • 79,000 miles
I was having electrical issues with my 2012 Jeep Wrangler. Specifically my windshield wipers were not working. It was snowing outside and they just wouldn't work. I had to manually get out of my car several times to clear the snow before I made it home. I got the motor replaced but it they still were not working. I took it to the dealer and they said that my entire tipm (totally integrated power module) "went bad". they told me that the could not order the part because its on back-order. I called Jeep and they said that the part was on back order with no estimated time of delivery. The tipm controls all of the electronic controls on my vehicle and I can not drive without it. It is a 2012 so I am surprised that this part is failing, let alone unavailable from the manufacturer. Furthermore the part alone is $850 and not covered under warranty. I did some research online and it looks like there was a class action lawsuit filed against Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge for this part being defective but it only covered certain makes/ years.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #69

Jan 012016


  • 38,000 miles
Tpim module has failed causing several strange issues with the car. Most notable for safety is the front windshield wiper pump will not work.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #68

Feb 012016


  • 150,000 miles
Airbag clockspring was replaced under recall M031 in early 2012. The part recalled had failed again causing airbag light to be illuminated, loss of speed control, loss of steering wheel audio controls, loss of horn, and loss of "step" and "reset buttons for the information center. This issue started out when turning the steering wheel in the left or right position and within a few weeks has became a constant problem to no avail.

- Eatonton, GA, USA

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