Jump to content
Drew Dowdell

Jeep News: Jeep Releases "Death Wobble" Fix

Recommended Posts

Some Jeep Wrangler drivers have been experiencing a frightening phenomenon commonly known as the Jeep "Death Wobble".  While the term is dramatic, FCA says they know of no injuries or deaths caused by this experience. After the vehicle hits a bump at highway speed, the steering wheel can vibrate back and forth by up to five degrees. Drivers claim that the only way to correct the wobble is to speed up or slow down.

FCA says that the cause of this is a resonance in the front axle and dampers containing air bubbles.  Cold weather makes the oil in the dampers less viscous and air bubbles won't dissipate quickly enough. Jeep will remedy the issue by installing a new damper free of charge to any customer who wants one, but it is not recalling the vehicle.  All new Wranglers come with the new damper. 

There is currently a class action lawsuit pending that hopes to force FCA to recall the vehicle and calls the addition of a damper a band-aid. 


View full article

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, not surprised here. For all the hype over the Wrangler over the decades, one thing had never changed. They are notoriously unreliable and now they are overpriced to boot. I understand why some folks defend them (for their off road prowess anyway), but you literally could not even give me one, even if it was brand new. Hopefully this fix helps those who paid way too much for it. 

  • Haha 1
  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My son has a Grand Cherokee and I have to say it is very nice and been very reliable with no issues as he enters his 3rd year of ownership. Hopefully they will double check everything in the product line and not just the wrangler.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, dfelt said:

My son has a Grand Cherokee and I have to say it is very nice and been very reliable with no issues as he enters his 3rd year of ownership. Hopefully they will double check everything in the product line and not just the wrangler.

I don't think this is an issue with the GC. It apparently has something to do with vehicles with a solid front axle... so the GC is safe. 

  • Thanks 1
  • Upvote 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Yeah, the only instances of DW with GCs I've heard of were with the ZJs and WJs which had solid front axles, and was pretty uncommon w/ them...it's a Wrangler thing. 

Edited by Robert Hall
  • Thanks 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, dfelt said:

My son has a Grand Cherokee and I have to say it is very nice and been very reliable with no issues as he enters his 3rd year of ownership. Hopefully they will double check everything in the product line and not just the wrangler.

Not sure which gen GC your son has but the current generation of the GC is leaps and bounds better than the older ones (especially the late 90s/early 00s models). The Wrangler just has never been my thing. I’ve driven three different generations and they all have one thing in common. They are absolute back breakers everywhere short of the smoothest asphalt. 

  • Like 1
  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

Not sure which gen GC your son has but the current generation of the GC is leaps and bounds better than the older ones (especially the late 90s/early 00s models). The Wrangler just has never been my thing. I’ve driven three different generations and they all have one thing in common. They are absolute back breakers everywhere short of the smoothest asphalt. 

His GC is a 2017 model. I had a 1994 Sahar Wrangler, was fun but your right back breaker if you want a smooth ride. I tend to think of the Wranglers as more of a youthful ride even though the prices are crazy now especially for a Rubicon.

Take my Escalade over a Wrangler any day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OK. Why does the Wrangler have a solid front axle again?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, riviera74 said:

OK. Why does the Wrangler have a solid front axle again?

According to the faithful, superior off road capabilities.

AKA Rubicon!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
14 hours ago, surreal1272 said:

Not sure which gen GC your son has but the current generation of the GC is leaps and bounds better than the older ones (especially the late 90s/early 00s models). The Wrangler just has never been my thing. I’ve driven three different generations and they all have one thing in common. They are absolute back breakers everywhere short of the smoothest asphalt. 

Yeah, the older ZJ (93-98) and WJ (99-04) GCs had solid front axles.  They went to IRS with the WK ('05-10).   I've had both a WJ ('00) and now a WK2 ('14) and love them..... Wranglers are fun off road toys, wouldn't mind having one for the weekends, but no bueno as a daily driver, IMO.   Though I have a few friends that daily Wrangler Unlimiteds and love them.   I prefer the GC's refinement and creature comforts. 

  • Thanks 1
  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Social Stream

  • Similar Content

    • By Drew Dowdell
      PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said on the BFM Business radio station none of the brands would be let go after the merger of PSA and FCA is complete.  He said it will be a challenge to manage all of the brands to cover the market, but that he sees "that all these brands, without exception, have one thing in common: they have a fabulous history."
      While acknowledging that the combined companies would have a significant number of brands, it would still be lower than the number Volkswagen manages. 
      The combined companies would field Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Fiat, Opel, Vauxhall, Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Alfa-Romeo, Maserati, and Lancia. 
      Both companies will aim for efficiencies of scale and are are willing to make concessions to the European Union in order to get the okay to merge. 

      View full article
    • By Drew Dowdell
      PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said on the BFM Business radio station none of the brands would be let go after the merger of PSA and FCA is complete.  He said it will be a challenge to manage all of the brands to cover the market, but that he sees "that all these brands, without exception, have one thing in common: they have a fabulous history."
      While acknowledging that the combined companies would have a significant number of brands, it would still be lower than the number Volkswagen manages. 
      The combined companies would field Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Fiat, Opel, Vauxhall, Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Alfa-Romeo, Maserati, and Lancia. 
      Both companies will aim for efficiencies of scale and are are willing to make concessions to the European Union in order to get the okay to merge. 
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group have agreed to the terms of a merger just after it was announced they were talking just yesterday.  PSA's board has already agreed to the deal and is awaiting approval from FCA's board which is meeting later tonight.
      The merger, if approved, would create the 4th largest automotive company in the world with nearly $50 billion in value. 
      FCA Chairman John Elkann would retain his chairmanship of the new company while Peugeot CEO Carlos Tavares would stay on as CEO.  The board would be comprised of six appointees from Peugeot while FCA would get five.
      Both companies would pay dividends to their shareholders, €3 billion from Peugeot and €5 billion from FCA plus an additional €250 million from the sale of its Comau unit.  Peugeot will sell its stake in auto parts make Faurecia.
      Where the new company would be based has not yet been decided.  Both the French and U.S. governments have been briefed on the deal.

      View full article
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group have agreed to the terms of a merger just after it was announced they were talking just yesterday.  PSA's board has already agreed to the deal and is awaiting approval from FCA's board which is meeting later tonight.
      The merger, if approved, would create the 4th largest automotive company in the world with nearly $50 billion in value. 
      FCA Chairman John Elkann would retain his chairmanship of the new company while Peugeot CEO Carlos Tavares would stay on as CEO.  The board would be comprised of six appointees from Peugeot while FCA would get five.
      Both companies would pay dividends to their shareholders, €3 billion from Peugeot and €5 billion from FCA plus an additional €250 million from the sale of its Comau unit.  Peugeot will sell its stake in auto parts make Faurecia.
      Where the new company would be based has not yet been decided.  Both the French and U.S. governments have been briefed on the deal.
    • By Drew Dowdell
      According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA are in merger talks.  This after the failed merger negotiations last spring between FCA and Renault.   The merger is reportedly an all-share merger of equals with PSA CEO Carlos Tavares at the helm as CEO and FCA Chairman John Elkann retaining his position in the new company. 
      The "talks are fluid" and the paper reported that "no guarantee that any final agreement will be reached".
      FCA had previously turned down a merger offer from PSA back in March.  PSA is still digesting their acquisition of Opel from General Motors.

      View full article
  • Recent Status Updates

  • Reader Rides

About us

CheersandGears.com - Founded 2001

We ♥ Cars

Get in touch

Follow us

Recent tweets

facebook

×
×
  • Create New...