really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,032 miles

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2018 Jeep Wrangler steering problems

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2018 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments (Page 1 of 51)

problem #1011

Jan 162023


  • miles


excessive play/slop in steering and death wobble at highway speeds

- South Abington Township, PA, USA

problem #1010

May 022023


  • miles
Electrical going haywire. While in drive it just wouldn-??t do anything the gear shift -??D-?? was blinking so I rolled to a safe place (thank god I was not on the freeway) turned it off then back on again apparently this is now a known problem not only for 2018 some were 2019 & 2020-??-?? please investigate

- South Weber, UT, USA

problem #1009

May 012022


  • miles
For the last year on several occasions the power steering locks up and I am unable to control the vehicle. The lights on my dash start flickering and the vehicle starts stuttering like it is out of gas. It seems like an electrical issue where the vehicle is getting mixed signals so the power steering locks up. On 2 occasions while in motion I tried to turn off the road causing the vehicle to stall into oncoming traffic. My jeep has been at the dealership at least 4 times for the same issue and I have had 3 active cases through Chrysler. This happened again a few days ago and the Jeep is currently at the dealership. This is a real concern, and I-??m scared for my safety while driving. This is an issue that happens at random times and then the vehicle returns to normal function.

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #1008

Apr 042022


  • miles


When the vehicle hits a bump at highway speeds, the steering begins to shake violently until the vehicle speed is lowered to below 50 mph +/- 5 mph. I have hear this being referred to as the Jeep death wobble. It will cost a small fortune to have the tie-rods and bushings replaced by the dealer and I've heard that may not fix the problem. This is very scary when driving at 70 mph on the highway and causes safety issues when you have to quickly reduce speed to get the issue to stop. Please get Jeep to fix this very common problem with their vehicles.

- Stilwell, KS, USA

problem #1007

Aug 152022


  • miles
I'll be driving the jeep it's a 2018 rubicon jl and all of a sudden all the dash lights come on and if I stop the vehicle the D on the shifter will keep flashing and the jeep.wont move have taken into same dealership 7 times and it's continues to do the same thing they've changed abs module cleaned off grounds checked all plugs and connections and they keep saying it's fine. It's currently at the dealership for the same issue. It's been over a year of going to the dealership. Also one time.they told me it's ready came to pick it.up and it wouldn't go into drive.

- Delta, WA, USA

problem #1006

Apr 102023


  • miles
2018 Jeep Wrangler (JL) Sahara Safety features all disable with this issue: Power steering (this could happen on the highway) Stability (STC), Antilock Braking, Blind spot, etc. While driving their appears to be an electrical short. The steering wheel locks up and all lights on dashboard come on. Several error messages "Auto Park Disabled", "Speed Control Messaging Unavailable", "Service Antilock Brake System", "Service Transmission Continue in DRIVE. Do Not Shift or Turn Off Engine" - to name a few. Dealers turn me way with simple computer reboot solutions only for issue to reoccur. Issue presents itself intermittently. Dealer has regularly turned me away for being unable to replicate in non driving conditions.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #1005

Apr 022023


  • miles


Car started shaking uncontrollable after driving 45 mph over a small pothole. Carmax (ca care) replaced steering damper but steering wheel stills vibrates when driving over 45 mph.

- Asheville , NC, USA

problem #1004

Apr 072023


  • miles
My husband was driving down the road and the trac bar bracket arm separated from the weld causing the steering wheel to move freely and made him feel like the jeep was.falling apart.

- Westminster, SC, USA

problem #1003

Mar 292023


  • miles
At 60 miles an hour if you hit a bump jeeps starts the death wobble til you slow to 45 miles an hour. Jeep has claimed recall was completed 1/14/20 at 4840 miles, we purchased used and has 22041 miles now and same issue. Their alleged fix is not fixed. I spoke with Chrysler about this and they stated I must pay for diagnostic and then they would maybe do something.

- Stillwater , NY, USA

problem #1002

Mar 242023


  • miles
Service start stop warning light comes on then service traction control then all dash warning lights come on then you lose power steering This all happens in seconds

- Slinger, WI, USA

problem #1001

Mar 222022


  • miles


The contact owns a 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated that while driving at an undisclosed speed over a pothole, the steering wheel shuddered and vibrated violently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the failure was related to NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V343000 (Steering). The dealer and the manufacturer were not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1000

Oct 012022


  • miles
Displays, "Service Shifter". Often followed by many, mostly random warnings, gauges fluctuate wildly, and disabled stop/start, traction and stability control; and sometimes loses power steering, and stalls and won't restart. The stereo volume, wipers, and cabin fan speed also can fluctuate wildly; worst case. This issue first appeared after going through a puddle, and seems to be exacerbated by high EMF areas; this is only corollary. This vehicle has never been used roughly or off road. The obvious dangers are, spontaneous maniacal warnings are a significant distraction to driving; if stop/start is not disabled vehicle will not start after stop at intersection, causing disruption to traffic; if power steering randomly stops working, which occurs while stopped or driving, the vehicle is nearly impossible to drive, and can only practically be driven by a strongman athlete. The coup de grâce where everything goes berserk, is usually when parked and attempting to reset the condition. The problem has not been reproduced by a dealer or service center; I have spent days inspecting grounds, harnesses, and inspecting, cleaning and replacing connectors. There's also a long list of mostly random codes for nearly everything, including the persistent lost communication with TCM. Up to October 2022 and 66,000 miles the only warnings or codes were for, wheel sensor (rep under warrantee), and "Small Leak In Vapor Recovery System" (leaky gas cap). A month+ after the warrantee expired, at about 66,000 mi, the vehicle began to generate random warnings and codes, and became unbearable (and dangerous) to drive. My observations and inspections and limited testing (haven't probed system circuits directly) lead to an assertion that the problem is system wide; many wildly various, mostly non repeatable, codes are recorded, systems that shut down are wildly various and not always repeatable; like there's nothing specifically or consistently wrong-but everything is failing. 5V reg in TCM?

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #999

Mar 252021


  • miles
Steering wheel shakes horribly. I feel every bump in the streets. Sometimes it feels as if I am about to lose control of my truck due to the lack of control. I have replaced the suspension, I have replaced the lower control arm, the ball joints twice and the same thing keeps happening.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #998

Nov 012022


  • miles
About a year ago, my vehicle began experiencing the know defect of death wobble - at highway speeds the car begins to shake uncontrollably and feels like it may flip. About a year ago, Lafontaine Jeep in Lansing MI replaced the steering stabilizer as part of the recall. The problem is occurring again. I have had the vehicle back to Lafontaine Jeep in Lansing MI which they said the replacement of the steering stabilizer would be covered under the 2 year part warranty however Lafontaine can't get the part in and has no estimate when the part will be available. I spoke with Myah at FCA Customer Car and she said there are no parts available as well, no eta for when the parts will be available, and that there is no help available. I'm confident that new Jeeps are being manufactured with this part while my family is driving in a car with the death wobble.

- Okemos, MI, USA

problem #997

Feb 252023


  • miles
This is the 4th time I am experiencing the death wobble on this vehicle. I purchased this vehicle used in 2020. Its a Jeep Wrangler jk 2018. I never new there were the possibility that this vehicle will start going out of control at any moment. 1. I experienced it on the 10 frwy West at 65mph. Then 6 months later, coming down on icy road on hwy 2 at night at 35mph in Dec 2022. Then again in santa barbara in Jan 2023 on the main frwy at 60 mph. Then again today in Feb 2023 on Lincoln blvd on the way to lax at 3omph.

- Venice, CA, USA

problem #996

Feb 202023


  • miles
Driving on highway at 75MPH, chime followed by all warning lights. Speedometer falls to zero and a series of system failures scrolls through on message board. While taking the exit ramp, power steering fails halfway through the loop. Speedometer returns to normal momentarily, then jumps back and forth until destination. Power steering does not return.

- Derby, KS, USA

problem #995

Aug 012018


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated while turning out of a driveway, the steering wheel became stiff. There was no warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but no cause for the failure was found. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted, and a case was filed. The failure mileage was 200.

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #994

Oct 272022


  • miles
On August 3,2022. I was driving on the city street crossing the railroad track on 40 speed zone. As soon as it passed, the jeep starts shaking for a minute or so then it stopped. So I thought it was weird but I though it might have been just the railroad on October 22, My sis and are on the freeway, about to merge to the left lane to a different freeway, I felt the jeep was hitting a pump. Then immediately the jeep starts wobbling and shaking that I wasn't able to hold on the steering wheel. I was soo scare that I'm going to hit the other cars and cause accidents. I took the foot off the gas paddle, just let it be while I'm still holding the wheel. Trying to move to the right lane, it was just impossible. The jeep was like jumping around. The wheel was so stiff just cannot move. Finally after awhile the wobbling stopped. I slowly move the jeep to the right lane and drive to the nearest exit. Then I called the dealership right away and told them what happened. Will get back to you soon, that was the answer I got each time I called that day. Which I had called at least 4 times. Next day my friend told me to take this dependable car dealer shop, it has lots of good review and highly recommended. Left the jeep there for couple of days> It was tested with high speed with high bumps. No problem was found. Since then I tried to avoid the freeway, I got nervous driving on the freeway with these bad experience Nov13,22 meeting a friend because of the distance I have to get on the freeway. I was more conscious, I'm holding steering wheels with both hands. after 7 to 8 miles, sure enough the wobbling starts but since i have both hands holding it, I was as frightened as the precious time. After the wobbling stopped, I drove slowly to the destination. With all these scarcely experience. Every time I drive, I'm really nervous. Finally i took it to the dealership. It was diagnosis the steering damper. Unfortunately, it was back order till march or April this year. So,

- Tempe, AZ, USA

problem #993

Nov 182022


  • 51,409 miles
The contact owns a 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 MPH, the steering wheel started shaking and vibrating violently. The contact stated that the entire vehicle had begun to shake violently. The contact stated no warning light was illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed and determined that the vehicle needed the steering dampers to be replaced. The mechanic stated that the failure was related to Manufacturer Service Campaign: V41. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer had not been informed of the failure. The failure mileage was 51,409.

- Norwell, MA, USA

problem #992

Sep 012022


  • 17,000 miles
The contact leased a 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The contact stated while driving approximately 60-70 MPH, the vehicle experienced death wobble. While riding over a bump in the roadway, the vehicle vibrated and shook abnormally. The contact was able to pull over. There was no warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the mechanic was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and referred the contact to another dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 17,000.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

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