really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,630 miles

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2018 Jeep Wrangler steering problems

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 46)

problem #901

May 292021


  • 14,000 miles


The contact owns a 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated while driving at various speeds, the steering wheel vibrated abnormally, requiring added effort to keep the vehicle driving in a straight line. There was no warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the front track bar bracket needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not yet repaired. The manufacturer was informed of the failure and referred the contact back to the dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 14,000.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #900

May 192021


  • miles
My Jeeps steering wheel locked up while driving. It felt like the power steering lost all power. Also, multiple warning lights started to display and the speedometer stopped working.

- Bristow , VA, USA

problem #899

May 132021


  • miles
Driving on the highway at 65 mph, getting of the highway onto an exit at @35 mph steering wheel completely lock and ABS ligh ame on. Was able to pull to the side cool car then drive. Two weeks prior the whole console stacwas replace because of the same problem.

- Dedham, MA, USA

problem #898

Apr 252021


  • 71,000 miles


I purchased the Jeep Wrangler as the first owner in 2018. I immediately felt inconsistencies with the steering. The steering felt loose. At the time I expressed my concern to the dealership that I purchased the Jeep from, I was told that there was a recall on my Jeep for the 'death wobble' and that it was likely the result of that. The recall work was completed within the first 12 months of purchase. The recall repair did not resolve the issue. The steering continued to feel loose and as time went on became more evident. When driving on the expressway onto an exit at 40-50mph I followed the slight curve and the steering felt unstable and wandered. The best way to describe what occurred would be that it felt like the frame was falling off the wheels. This continued more frequently and last week became unmanageable. While driving 70mph down the expressway, I was unable to maintain control of the vehicle. It felt like I was driving a boat on water. I felt confident that the frame of the Jeep was leaving the wheels. At this time I noticed that the gears were slipping as well. I made an appointment to have my transmission examined. The earliest available appointment is 6 days out, so I decided to sneak under the Jeep to see if there was a transmission leak. What I observed was shocking to find on a 2018 vehicle and considerably overwhelming. My degree is criminal science, so far from having any automative/engineering experience and knowledge, but contextual clues are evidentiary clear to me. The feeling of the frame being displaced from the body of the vehicle is a probable result. I have a deep concern with the current condition of the welding of the frame and the condition of the underbody.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #897

Apr 232021


  • 23,000 miles
When traveling at 70mph+, certain bumps will cause the steering wheel to shake violently. The wheel is impossible to hold on to. You have to show down to around 50mph to get the shake to go away. It was taken to the dealer and although I explained it has happened multiple times, they said they were unable to replicate it and therefore unable to make any repairs

- Washington, PA, USA

problem #896

Feb 262021


  • 39,000 miles
Jeep developed a very severe wobble at highway speeds after hitting a small bump front tires wobbling badly vehicle only has 39.000 miles on it. Slow down and wobble disappears very dangerous and scary I believe they call it the (death wobble)

- Huron, OH, USA

problem #895

Nov 062020


  • 1 miles


A few months after purchasing my certified pre-owned 2018 Jeep Wrangler unlimited sahara, I began experiencing regular shaking episodes while driving on the freeway. The shaking starts after driving over a small bump in the road. At first I could get the shaking to stop by slowing the vehicle down some, but the problem quickly progressed to where the vehicle had to be slowed down to a complete stop to end the shaking. This is extremely unsafe to have happen on the freeway, and is especially terrifying to try and maintain control of the vehicle when there is heavier traffic on the road. My Jeep had fewer than 18,000 miles and was in service less than 2 years prior to being brought into the dealership repair shop. I have sent the vehicle manufacturer a lemon law complaint letter via certified mail and filed a complaint with Maryland's consumer protection division (attached). My Jeep has been at the repair shop for 3 months already, and I was recently notified that the necessary repair part is not expected to be available for almost 3 more months.

- Parkton, MD, USA

problem #894

Mar 292021


  • 26,000 miles
When starting the vehicle for the first time in the morning when the temp is at or below freezing for about the first 10-15 minutes of driving the vehicle will not want to turn left. It feels like it is binding up and you have to force the steering wheel to the left but then it will let loose and send you to the left with force. This has caused me to almost wreck several times. Thankfully I have been able to avoid the oncoming traffic but worry one time I will not. I worry for any passengers that might be in my vehicle and for myself. I have taken it into the dealership several times but by the time I get it there it is either to warm out or not doing the problem because I have driven it to them. I also contacted the Jeep cares line and all they would tell me is take it to the dealership. So no help there. I have read numerous posts online of other Wrangler owners having this same issue and dealers have replaced components and fixed those issues. But I can not seem to get any help when I take mine in. This is very frustrating that Jeep knows about this problem as there is a tsb out for it but they will not fix anything on mine because they say they cannot duplicate the problem.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #893

Mar 302021


  • 31,900 miles
I own a 2108 Jeep Wrangler jl with 32,100-miles on the odometer. On three separate occasions in the past month, while driving on the highway at 60+ mph, my steering and front suspension has started shaking in a wild, uncontrollable manner, forcing me to nearly bring my vehicle to a stop. The situation seems to be initiated by hitting bumps at highway speed, which triggers a run-away, violent, harmonic shaking (not just vibrations). I had the tires rebalanced and alignment checked, but the same thing happened'this extreme shaking is definitely not a tire issue. I'm not only concerned for my safety; but if this continues, the violent nature of this shaking will most certainly damage other components of the suspension or steering.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #892

Jan 082021


  • 43,000 miles
Jeep went into autonation broadway in littleton Colorado on January 8th 2021. The vehicle has been there unrepaired since due to a recall for a death wobble which caused loss of control of vehicle on highway causing me to almost hit the center jersey barrier.. however, when looking at the VIN on NHTSA recall check it shows the recall has been completed and there are no open recalls. Fca also states that this is not a safety issue but will not say or put in writing that the vehicle is safe to drive.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #891

Jan 082021


  • 43,000 miles


Experianced a death wobble at 50mph on I-25 which caused 100% loss of control of steering almost hitting center barrier. Took to autonation broadway (littleton co), while driving to dealership experienced a deathwobble at 40-45 mph. Dealership has had vehicle for almost 3 months, no loaner or other help has been provided. Warranty has expired since it has been at dealership and I've made 3 payments (will be 4 payments in 2 weeks). Vehicle is not fixed, however on the NHTSA recall check it shows the recall is closed and there are no open recalls.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #890

Aug 012020


  • 43,000 miles
When driving vehicle at 65-70 mph it starts shacking if you hit a pot hole or a crack on the road and it continues to shack for about 5-6 mins.

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #889

Mar 132021


  • 24,000 miles
Steering locked up momentarily at 62 mph during cold weather ( 38 degrees ) driving.

- Box Elder, SD, USA

problem #888

Mar 202021


  • 17,200 miles
Experienced the 'death wobble' on 03/20/2021.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #887

Feb 052019


  • 10,284 miles
Car has been in shop multiple times with multiple parts replacements to correct Jeep death wobble. Steering wheel shakes violently and driver loses control of steering when car hits bumps going over 55 mph. Replacement of steering dampner and track bar have only been temporary fixes and then problem starts all over again. The problem is particularly bad if you his a bump when there is slight curve in the road. All service documentation is uploaded below. Steering dampner and tire rod have been replaced three times since 2019 and it is currently not working again.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #886

Mar 042021


  • 34,000 miles
In colder temps, at highway speeds, steering becomes extremely difficult. Took this to fca dealer and they were 'unable to recreate'... basically didn't find recall, so won't attempt to fix. The power steering goes out unpredictably, then re-engages unpredictably. This is going to lead to someone over-correcting at a high speed.

- Ravenna, OH, USA

problem #885

Mar 102021


  • 12,000 miles
At 11K miles the Jeep began going into a death wobble when driving over something as simple as a hot top patch on the highway at appx 60 - 65mph. Happens on a weekly basis now and can only be stopped by braking significantly.

- Stoneham, MA, USA

problem #884

Mar 092021


  • miles
Steering wheel shakes back and forth at speeds between 35 mph to 80 mph after hitting a rough spot or washboard in the road. At highway speed it happens mostly when hitting bridge expansion joints

- Centennial, CO, USA

problem #883

Mar 072021


  • 30 miles
While driving on the interstate at approximately 71mph, hit a bump vehicle started to violently shake. Slowing down did not fix the issue. I had to pull over and stop. Very scary feeling. Both batteries died out at approximately 39,000, first the main battery, then the auxiliary battery. Noise coming from behind the glove box when the vehicle is powered on or not. Clunking noise when taking off from a stop, or first take off. (dealer stated it was normal (yeah right)) passenger visor broken. Hardtop leaking in center front, causing the rearview mirror to ruin. (has been looked at by the dealership numerous times. Air conditioning when driving a long distance will sometimes blow out hot air on the passenger side. Coolant drained dye put in to detect leaks, no leaks. Still happening floorboards get extremely hot at times it feels like the heater is on.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #882

Nov 032020


  • 11,000 miles
Iif I drive over 55 mph on the highway, my vehicle starts to shake like a death rattle. It becomes hard to control and almost causes an accident

- Leominster, MA, USA

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