FCA thinks they may have a fix for Jeep death wobble. This terrible problem shows itself when a violent vibration starts at high speeds. This complaint is heard often from Jeep Wrangler owners. It also has been recorded in several brands of vehicles that have solid front axles, like heavy-duty pickups.
Fix for Jeep Death Wobble
The Jeep Wrangler uses a solid front axle mostly because it gives better articulation when driving off-road. It also provides the proper protection for parts like the drivetrain when you hit rocks or hard items.
The NHTSA has looked into the Jeep’s death wobble. They have said it does not cause a huge safety risk, despite the major lawsuit. There also have been no injuries or accidents related to it. However, people continue filing complaints to the automaker, NHTSA and on social media sites.
Jeep has finally narrowed down the issue to the steering damper. They said that there were design issues that allowed air at colder temps to get into the damper. When this happens, vibration will not be reduced or controlled at specific frequencies.
They also said that if you hit bumps on the road and conditions are just right, the suspension starts a chain of events that turns into the wobble. Complaints seem more prevalent in the fall and winter seasons, which further proves that it begins when it’s cold out.
The manufacturer redesigned the steering damper. Now, owners should get a notification that a fix is available at no cost. Jeep also noted that the problem remains isolated to the JL Wrangler that introduced in 2018.
Having Trouble With the Death Wobble?
Do you think Jeep has fixed this? Have you had your JL Wrangler in the shop for this fix? If so, let us know if your car has stopped experiencing death wobble in the comments below.