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Defect Alert – Death Wobble in Jeep Wranglers

December 01, 2011 By: LemonLaw Category: death wobble, jeep wrangler

While we have repeatedly discussed the water leak problem that is occurring in thousands of Jeep Wrangler vehicles, we have also seen several Wrangler cases with a less-discussed problem, something called a “death wobble.”  We have succeeded in cases regarding this issue and we thought it was important to bring the matter to Wrangler drivers’ attention.

The “death wobble” occurs when the axle begins oscillating at a very fast pace, causing the car to shake in an uncontrollable manner.  It feels as if the driver has little to no control over the vehicle when this is happening.

While the problem is easy to diagnose, there is no simple way to fix it.  Service managers may investigate your alignment, steering components, ball joints and tires, but they still may not be able to find a fix.

If you experience this problem, it is important that you bring your Wrangler to an authorized Jeep dealership as soon as possible.  Offer to take the adviser on a test drive so they can duplicate the situation. Remember under State Lemon Laws, you could be entitled to remedy if the vehicle is in the shop an extended period of time to address the “death wobble.”  In certain states, such as New Jersey and Ohio, the Lemon Law only allows the manufacturer one attempt to fix the problem, so if you have to return the Wrangler a second time, make sure that you contact us or another Lemon Law Firm to find our your rights and what you are entitled to.

This is not an issue which should be taken lightly.  If you have experienced this issue, please share your story with us. We will be glad to help in any way possible.


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127 Responses to “Defect Alert – Death Wobble in Jeep Wranglers”


  1. #1 Kasundra Smith says:

    I purchased this 2007 jeep wrangler on Nov. 28 this year and I didn’t even make it home and it did this *death wobble*. I took it back to the dealer and they said they would fix it. They kept it 2 days and said it was fixed. I drove it to work 2 days later and it did the same thing. I took it back again and they kept it 3 days and then the sales manager called me and said that he was not going to fix it nor was he going to spend any more money on it and for me to come and get it that he wanted it off his lot. He used more colorful language but I will leave that out. Now this jeep has been just sitting in my drive because I can’t drive it like that. I don’t know what to do. I am making payments on this vehicle and I can’t even drive it. Can someone please help me?

  2. #2 LemonLaw says:

    I want you to please contact a lawyer in your state ASAP: Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html for a link.

  3. #3 Pamela Flanagan says:

    I have a 2007 Sahara Unlimited 4×4 Jeep Wrangler. When my Jeep shook the 1st time I had no idea what was wrong. The entire thing started shaking & I pulled over on the side of the road & it stopped. It’s done it about 10 times, since I’ve purchased the Jeep. We are taking it to the dealership tomorrow.

  4. #4 Marjorie says:

    I have had a 2009 Jeep Wrangler since March 2010. It did the “Death Wobble” for the first time last week. I was on the highway and I was lucky to keep it in my own lane, needless to say I was terrified when it happened. Since the Jeep is not under warranty, I have not taken it to a Jeep dealer, but had my local mechanic check it out. He had done some research and checked the Jeep out, and tightened some screws that apparently are not the right size for the vehicle. And it didn’t help. I e-mailed Jeep about it, and of course they just said to bring it into a dealership. That will be my next step. I am scared to drive it on bumpy roads or over 50 mph. Jeep seriously needs to do something about this!

  5. #5 Jim Farese says:

    I bought a new 2008 Jeep Wrangler X (2door) and have loved it. Last month I started experiencing the “death wobble” while driving to work. Now I am afraid to drive it anywhere. I live in the NYC area so bumps are more than common, making every road a very dangerous trip for my jeep. I am looking for a dealer who has had experience solving this problem since there are many websites about it and dealers in other parts of the country that claim to be very experienced with solving this issue; and there are even more websites with drivers saying the dealers charged $500 and still didn’t fix the problem. The northeast seems to be void of any experienced dealers.

  6. #6 Dagny says:

    Hi:
    I have had my car for 7 years and now is the third time I’ve had to take the car in for the death wobble in the past two years. Chrysler says I have to pay to have a diagnosis done and the dealership wants me to pay to have them take apart the axle. I can’t afford that. Warranty department says they won’t cover it. I would love some advice.

    Also anyone know why there hasn’t been a class action lawsuit filed against Chrysler for the death wobble? Everyone I have spoken to from customer care to warranty to service departments are well aware of it. If you’re interested in organizing or getting a class action lawsuit going, email me at UndiscoveredEarth@gmail.com

  7. #7 Matthew Schering says:

    I have a 2007 Jeep Wrangler. It’s got the “Death Wobble”. Been to the shop twice now.

    I want to be included in any action taken Jeep.

    Please contact me.

  8. #8 LemonLaw says:

    Once you are in a third time, call us at 1 800 LEMON LAW.

  9. #9 Arin Cunningham says:

    Ive own my 09 jeep wrangler jk (2 door) for three years. I just recently developed this death wobble. Being a college student I cannot afford dealer prices. From the research I’ve done, this does seem more as a malfunction in the jeep then simply miss use. I’d love to take part in any further steps in getting this problem fixed. Ps… I read a news report saying this problem has been sent to congress and is currently being addressed with the national agency of highway safety. There is said to be a responce no later then April 2. If you would like me to post more on this situation as it progresses let me know. Email me at acham2006@hotmail.com

  10. #10 Denise Manzolillo says:

    Have a 2006 wrangler. Had death wobble last April 2011 took it to the dealership. They diagnosed a steering damper leak and replaced it. Then we had a cracked motor mount replaced. Was fine until a month ago and death wobble is back. Can not drive out of the wobble, have to stop completely which is extremely dangerous!! Bringing it back to dealership tomorrow. Scary stuff!!

  11. #11 Melissa says:

    Have a 2008 Wrangler 4 dr and it started doing the “death wobble” randomly about 6 months ago. I had it looked at and made sure everything was tight and there wasn’t any slack anywhere. Had the tires rotated thinking that it may have been an unbalanced tire. It still continued to randomly do it between 60-65. Once I had the tires rotated it only did it when you pressed the brakes, then it went back to doing it while driving. A friend recommended starting with the steering stabilizer and that has worked for about a month. It started again this morning on a smooth road. Not real sure where to go from here now.

  12. #12 Vang says:

    In 2007, I have purchased a new O7 Wrangler and in 08 I was on the highway and my wrangler started to shake agressivley and had to slow down in order for it to stop. I took my wrangler into the shop and they said it was the steering stabilzer. I got that replaced and 4 years later the DW is back. I went ahead and ordered a aftermarket steering stabilzer known as the Old Man Emu Steering Stabilzer. I got it installed and the DW went away. Just as I thought it was fixed, the DW came back yesterday (07/10/12). I will be contacting the dealership tomorrow. If this is such a big “PROBLEM” , why is JEEP not looking to fix this?

  13. #13 Sarah says:

    I have a 2008 4-dr wrangler unlimited X. It has the “death wobble” every so often and when I’ve taken it in, they say there is nothing wrong. It also burns up oil. I took it to a dealership in Kenosha, WI that doesn’t have the best reputation. I figured that because the car was under warranty, it would be ok. They made me pay for several oil changes and basically ran the warranty out. I couldn’t afford to keep bringing it in after that. There’s been nothing but recalls and problems with it the whole time. I wish I new of the lemon laws a few years ago. Maybe then I wouldn’t be stuck paying for a bunch of stuff out of pocket…

  14. #14 David says:

    I have a 2010 Je Wrangler Sahara and I continue to have this problem on bumpy roads over 45. I just had the 30,000 mile service and with less than 33K miles it still continues to happen. This past weekend alone on a road trip, it happened 3 times. The dealer tells me nothing’s wrong. Thoughts? I bought mine brand new in PA.

  15. #15 LemonLaw says:

    David: Please call us at 1800 LEMON LAW or visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html.

  16. #16 Josh says:

    ya, the “death wobble” is 1. not as bad as you think it is, you just panic, 2. 99.9999999999% is from under or over inflated tires. It is pretty common when you are not checking your tires. Go out and use that little thing that has a stick in it that slides in and out, i think its called a air checker tire tool?! No seriously the DW is not as bad as you think it is. It seems like your going to explode but you won’t. There has not been any crazy deaths or anything. Im willing to bet that is always happens at about 50-60 mph. First reaction is to slow down, speed up instead. It will fix it much quicker. Slowing down will take longer and get you run over. Not saying some people may not have other damage that is similar, just the usual DW is not as bad as it seems.

  17. #17 Charlie says:

    Josh, get a clue man that is not what causes it. 1st off I work at a repair facility and check my tires once a week. Not to mention the Jeep has a tire monitoring system that alerts you if a tire is low. I’m glad you don’t work on my cars. This is a very common issue, obviously you can see the above posts and there is no set in stone remedy.

  18. #18 Matt says:

    I have a cherokee and I have the death wobble its really not that bad and I have two mechanics in my family that told me its gonna do that it’s old I out over 2g’s in my 1994 jeep cherokee country to have up to par and to so far as brand new every thing even a EPA from a 96 country still does it just speed up as you drive you will be fine I drive line that all the time and its really not a big deal if there is a issue with this I work at a jeep only body / mechanics shop in new Egypt New Jersey I also have a 06 wrangler as well and have the same issue now if you can’t handle the car don’t drive it and I took my ase cert. in California so it’s not the vehicule it panicking of the driver any real jeep driver will tell you that!!!

  19. #19 Ryan says:

    I have a new stock 2011 wrangler unlimited.

    It has death wobbled 3 times in a week. Tire pressure is fine.

    On my way to the dealer who already is making excuses before seeing it.

    I smell a class action lawsuit. Good thing in a lawyer.

  20. #20 Christine says:

    I have a stock 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, purchased new in ’08 in MO. It now has just over 70K miles and I have just recently started experiencing the “Death Wobble”

    I guess I should consider myself lucky that I only just recently started having the issue, but it is really scary to be driving down the hwy and feel like you can not control your own vehicle.

    I had my dealership take a look at the issue (not knowing that was the actual issue). The Service guy came to tell me that I had the “Death Shake.” They replaced a “shock” in my steering column and told me that it should “fix” the issue.

    I am terrified to drive my own vehicle now. Advise??

  21. #21 mark says:

    I have a 2008 Jeep wrangler unlimited x that suffers from this so called death wobble. I have made multiple attempts to exercise this demon from my suspension. I bought the vehicle used in 2009 with about 10,000 miles on it. within days it was at dealer dealing with this horrible wobble. The dealer changed out steering stabilizer and front end alignment. The problem disappeared. So I thought. About a year later it returned. Another dealer told me my tires we worn that caused this violent wobble. I walked away discouraged. I replaced tires, steering dampener or stabilizer for the third time and jeep is in shop right now having track bar replaced. I have been forced to learn a lot about suspension of this JK in attempt to fix this dangerous and relentless issue. It has been to three different dealers and about seven other independent shops dealing with the wobble among other issues and recalls. This vehicle has been a nightmare that I should have walked away from years ago. Yet, writh every fix and financial investment I keep believing its over. Still waiting, wishing, hoping.. So incredibly frustrated with Chrysler. Wrong bolt sizes, recalls and lame service bulletin and selling out their committed customers.

  22. #22 Sarah says:

    Death wobble has been occuring since I bought my 2007 wrangler new. Steering dampner was replaced 5times once under warranty and the others I had to pay. Now dealership is saying its my ball and joints. I can not afford to keep replacing things on the car for the same problem that should not occur in the first place.
    Chrysler and dealership have had the worst customer service and blow me off. The “Death Wobble” is a very dangerous situation and now have video of how dangerous it is.
    We need a remedy or a new and safer car!!!

  23. #23 Roberto Ramirez says:

    Ive changed front shocks and steering damper and it keeps doing it and it feels like its getting worse. My jeep is a 2010 and it sucks to keep making payments on it when I can’t drive too far because I’m cascaded to get on the highway.

    I love my jeep but it’s really scary to drive anywhere!!!

  24. #24 Susan says:

    My brother in law also had the death wobble. He was told by a friend it was the tires, and bought replacement tires, Goodyear Wrangler LT 235/85 R 16. Replaced all 4 tires.

    They are wider, and has not had that problem since tire replacement. His Jeep is the Wrangler 2008 Unlimited X. Of course Goodyear Tires are not inexpensive, he took a hit on mileage and only gets about 16-17 mpg. Also when is traveling at say 60, the actual speed is 65. What a bummer. The car didn’t have very good mileage to begin with, the rating on the Hwy. was for 19 mpg, which doesn’t happen now since tires were
    replaced. I think Wrangler should fix this problem or pay for replacement tires.

  25. #25 Anja says:

    I took my 2007 Jeep Wrangler to dealership a year ago after violent death wobble experience. Now it is doing it again. I have been back & forth with Chrysler. They are not doing anything. Am frustrated because have car parked in driveway. Definitely a design flaw. I am interested in joining class action lawsuit.

  26. #26 Russell A McDonald says:

    While driving on a 4 lane main road yesterday my wife and her 90 year old mother when her 2007 Jeep Wrangler went into a violant death wobble. It continued until she managed to get off the road.

    Now my wife is afraid to drive the vehicle and taking it to the dealer the very sharp service manager went over it with a fine tooth comb. He suggested replacing stabilizer bar aliniing front end and increasing tire pressure to 35 lbs. then he admitted Chrysler is aware of problem but has no fix. Buyer beware !!!!!

  27. #27 Devin says:

    “Death Wobble” isn’t caused by oversized tires, and certainly not 99.9% of the time. Most death wobble cases are result from loose or worn bolts. If you have the means to find a friend and have the tools to help you work on the jeep to save money I highly suggest watching a few youtube videos on how to fix the problem. I have lost all hope in ANY jeep dealerships being able to fix anything other than an oil change for less than 1,000$$. I was quoted 10,000 extra for a 2″ lift for the new 2013 wrangler, I think they just make numbers up and suggest people actually pay ridiculous prices for something so simple and cheap. Who has 10,000 dollars to drop on a lift? I dont want to know how much leather seats are. Look into the front suspension and bolt components use a wrench to tighten any loose bolts up near your track bar etc (you wont be able to feel loose bolts with your bare hands unless they are about to fall off). Have your tires balanced and if you have an aftermarket lift make sure it was installed correctly and you have the trackbar re-locator installed. If all else fails, find someone who has knowledge in fixing off-road vehicles. I am in the process of fixing death wobble myself. Right now I deal with it, I have no other means to get to work and the closest 4×4 pro-shop is 2 hours away, and it is WAY too cold out to be in the street crawlin under that thing. Good luck.

  28. #28 Marc Sanger says:

    The Death Wobble is driving me insane! I have a 2007 Sahara 4 door and it is getting worse. I’ve called my dealership and they won’t return my phone calls. (I wouldn’t either) I’m going to take it to a different place this week so they can attempt to fix the problem. It is a terrible shame that Jeep isn’t doing something about this problem. Let me know if anyone figures anything out.

  29. #29 dfarr says:

    Ihave own my 2007 Jeep Wrangler from brand new. I have 118,000 miles on it. these past couple of weeks have been some of the scariest times ever. while traveling 40-65 mph I have experienced the death wobble. Thought I was going to crash.

    I took my car to a certified mechanic. He carefully looked it over and proceeded to replace the parts sugested by jeep death wobble warning. I had to bring it back to him already.

    Im a travler in my job and I pull a small Travel trailer with my Jeep. I have to be on the road next week again. Lord help me. I geuss its going to come to a law suit with a
    death before Jeep does anything.

  30. #30 COLEMAN says:

    Took my 07 Wrangler in 3 times recently. It would Wobble at 50mph. Took a few new parts and a new set of tires to make it go away. I will admit you can drove through it..sounds crazy but it did work. Guess we’ll see what happens.

  31. #31 stephen says:

    I have a 2007 wrangler x 4dr and had the death wobble last month. Took it to the shop and replaced the stabilizer and alignment. Just happened again twice this week when driving 50-60mph. I have to stop the car right away which is really dangerous.

  32. #32 Dawn says:

    I purchased my used 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited on February 13 , 2013. I just experienced the “death wobble” on the way to work today. Very scary. I couldn’t recover from the wobble and had to pull over and stop the vehicle. I am SO disappointed. Did not know that this problem existed or I wouldn’t have purchased the vehicle. I was just at the dealership where I purchased it yesterday to find out it needed a new water pump and thermostat. I am afraid to drive it home from work tonight!!

  33. #33 Edward says:

    I have 2008 jeep wrangler . Mine stated the dealth walbble about 2 months after I bought my jeep. Took it to the dealership to have it looked at and they are charging me about $1100.00. I called them and said I’m not paying that but he said the front end is not covered under my warranty . He dropped the price $225.00 for me. I told him to go ahead and fix it. We shall see how it is.

  34. #34 Debbie Hubbard says:

    I have 2010 jeep wrangler. Been in shop 4 times. It has done this with service manager. I am now waiting on their service rep. I only have 24m miles and never driven off road

  35. #35 LemonLaw says:

    @Debbie: Time to look into your lemon law rights.

  36. #36 JudyB says:

    Have a 2003 Wrangler and LOVE it. Just started doing this last week. Brought it to a dealer I’ve never been to before. They had it 3 days. Charged me $1800 and, on my way home, it did it again. It’s back in there now. I brought them info from the internet on this “death wobble” but they don’t seem to care and are completely clueless. The service manager is going to drive it home tonight to see if he can duplicate the situation. I hope he doesn’t kill himself. I told him to stay in the slow lane and be prepared to pull off the road when it happens.

  37. #37 Patrice says:

    SAME PROBLEM. IT’S GOOD TO SEE THAT ALOT OF PEOPLE ARE HAVING THIS SAME PROBLEM BECAUSE I WAS BEGINNING TO THINK IT WAS SOMETHING I DID. MY “DEATH WOBBLE” HAS GOTTEN SO BAD, I CAN NO LONGER DRIVE IN THE FREEWAYS. JUST RIDING ON FEEDERS AND TRYING TO STAY AWAY FROM BUMPS AND CURVES….ANYTHING THAT WILL ACTIVATE THE “WOBBLE”

  38. #38 Rebecca says:

    I have had numerous issues with my 2007 Wrangler Unlimited. First they installed my clutch incorrectly and it popped out within the first week. Then the doors leaked every time it rained and I had to get that fixed! I’ve had many other things “go” on my Jeep but the Death Wobble has been the worst! I had it “serviced” 5x for the death wobble – took them a year to figure it out! Now I only have 72,000 miles on it and they said I have really bad knocking and need to replace the engine that will cost me $4800!!!!!!

  39. #39 Leo says:

    I just turned my 2007 Jeep into the dealer – had DW at 65MPH.. no control of the vehicle, violent shaking – there appear to be a series of issues associated with this engineering, from the ball joints, to the bushings, to the stabilizer shocks to the steering damper – my first visit will be $1,000 in repairs – with a good chance of having to go back. It’s not safe to drive, and contrary to a prior comment about the tires – this is not a tire issue – it’s clearly pervasive and clearly an engineering problem.

  40. #40 Chris says:

    I’m not sure about the older model jeeps but the newer model ones have the wrong size bolts for the control arms and the track bars. There is a rather long thread on many forum about the potential need to swap out the factory bolts on our suspension system regardless if you are stock or modified. From what I read, it seems Chrysler used a 14mm bolt for a 9/16 hole on the track bars and control arms. There are a lot of people swapping out their bolts to the 9/16 size and are claiming that it has tightened everything up and removed any play in the track bars (which is the major cause of death wobble). If you don’t replace the bolts the rubber bushing will eventually waller out if the bolts become loose allowing movement on the suspension part. A new steering stabilizer only mask the problem for a short time. The people at Chrysler know this they just put their heads in the sand. Chrysler service department is a joke.. Keeping vehicles for several days for a known issue and not fixing it only to have a pissed of customer bring it back. They must hire burger flippers for mechanics.

  41. #41 Robert M says:

    My 06 Wrangler recently started the Death Wobble on the LA freeways at around 55-60mph. I replaced the shocks, the rear track bar, the front track bar, and have had the wheels aligned and balanced a few times. I am still experiencing the wobble, though not as frequently. Any ideas? And please count me in for a lawsuit should one arise. Robert411@me.com

  42. #42 Gil R. says:

    My 05 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited started the (Death Wobble) less than a month after I bought it new @ Ontario Jeep in southern California and got nothing but the runaround from the dealership, I am ready for a Class Action Lawsuit, I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER JEEP.

  43. #43 jimmy says:

    I have a2006 wrangler x , with 58000 miles now. Have had this death wobble prob. . Got damper and track bar replaced helped little while but it’s back after few months how about this class action or lemon law

  44. #44 Ross Campbell says:

    Good afternoon, I have a 2006 Jeep Wrangler that gets the death wobble at highway speeds after hitting a bump. I bought the vehicle in California in 2010. I have brought this vehicle in already and they replayed my stablizer alignment bar. The problem has recently popped back up after nearly one year. Please help.

  45. #45 steve hesketh says:

    I have a 2004 wrangler unlimited . has 70,000 miles and now I has this death wobble . My Jeep is no longer safe to drive.
    is this problem a recall or we on our own

  46. #46 Michael Woods says:

    I bought a new 2007 wrangler x and at 30,000 had it first wobble. The dealership replaced the steering stabilizer and not when when it happened again. I’m on my 4th one an the dealership & jeep day ” poor owner maintenance. I’m not at 110,000 miles and done with the bs from them and the jeep. Gonna look into a new vehicle that’s not jeep, Chrysler or dodge. Been to the dealership & 2 other mechanics, I’m done !!!

  47. #47 Amelia says:

    I’ve had my Jeep 4×4 Wrangler since 2008 and last week I was coming back from holidays with my family and barely made it home. The car did 4 death wobbles in only 80 miles, driving below 50 mph. Now i don’t know what to do, im taking it to the dealer but I don’t think i’d get any answer.

  48. #48 Michael Woods says:

    I’ve done my homework and talking with mechanics and the dealership. I think I’ve got mine fixed, I’ve been driving for 2 weeks and no problems. My issue was the rims, that part of what caused it as well as the stewing stablizer was out. If you. Have a Big O tire place, go to them, they took care of my jeep. There are a lot of details as well. Not sure how to get anyone the info that needs it. Maybe me email won’t get wiped out. Skellington67 at iCloud dot com. I may be able to help that’s that are frustrated like I was.

  49. #49 Magda Muka says:

    I finally mentioned this issue about my 2008 Jeep Wrangler to my personal mechanic. He told me it was the death wobble that is inherent in all Jeep Wranglers. When I go over a bump on the way to work over 60 mph, I will have this extremely scary wobbling occur. I can go over the bump going 50-55 and no wobble will occur. What should I do? My mechanic is not a Jeep mechanic. I guess my recourse is to take it to the Jeep dealer which means I will be out of a working car for who knows how long. That is a problem as I work fulltime. That’s the main reason I have not gotten this issue looked at. A little scary that there is a name to it…

  50. #50 Chad Ragan says:

    I have been battling this problem for years now. Track bar bushings, u joints, steering stabilizer, shocks, upper and lower control arms. Not sure what to replace next but it is getting very expensive. Maybe the tie rod ends and ball joints.

  51. #51 Elizabeth V says:

    I took my car in 2 years a go to have the “death wobble” checked out. The jeep dealership said they checked everything out and everything was fine. In the past couple of years it’s gotten violently worse and been happening a lot more. It is so scary especially with a 2 year old in the car. This week I lost control of the car due to the violent shaking. I’ll be bringing in the car tomorrow and we’ll not back down on this issue. I’m not going to wait until someone gets hurt. This is absolutely ridiculous that Jeep is not owning up and taking responsibility.

  52. #52 Lisa says:

    What the hell is happening to my Jeep. I never knew this problem existed! Jeep 2008 4 door. I’m canadian and the Death Wobble happens here. I just bought my used jeep and two weeks later I was driving my son to basketball and all of a sudden this violent shaking started to happen. It was so scary. I am now affaid to drive it. It is unsafe! There needs to be a law put in place. Someone is going to get seriously hurt. I’m sure someone has already. What will it take to fix this problem. How dare Chrysler allow these Jeeps on the road. The public needs to be informed. It’s not right to spend this much money on an unsafe vehicle. I am now stuck with a Jeep I afraid to drive. I am really scared to drive it. Funny how we all have to pay for there mistakes!!!

  53. #53 Christina Lewis says:

    I purchased my jeep in 2010 – I did not experience the “wobble” until October or so of 2012, however, it has become increasingly expensive and everyone keeps pointing the finger at everyone else…..so two sets of very expensive tires, SEVERAL…..SEVERAL…..SEVERAL….alignments, tire balance, service visits all with the same outcome later…..I again am told…this time by Jeeps Service center that it’s my tires…..I can’t win. I love my Wranger, but Jeep should be held liable for fixing instead of us hunting and pecking deeper into our pockets to find the fix. You buy Jeeps to off road, etc., you would think the system would work…….

  54. #54 susan hill says:

    HI, I too own a 2008 Jeep wrangler with death Wobble I am fed up we need to pursue this leaglly!!!! Crsler isinstal;omg defective parts and ruining the Jeep reputation and jeopardizing peoples’ lives!

  55. #55 Dwayne Nawrocki says:

    Bought my Jeep with 18 miles on it. New from a Dealer in Texas. Two years later I move up to Michigan and started the problem with the Death Wobble. I have had it into the same dealership to get it fixed around 5 times. Each time something different and never the part that they had put in or “fixed” it with the last time. Been in contact with Jeep Customer service several times. Each time they have someone new and each time they say they don’t know, but take it in to get a diagnosis. Each time I have to pay. Yep! I think I’m done with JEEP. Happy to join anything legal against them for this problem. Although can you sue for ignorance and incompetence?

  56. #56 Ron Chrisman says:

    2008 Wrangler Unlimited has a death wobble. This is my 3rd jeep with the same problem. If this isn’t a recall, nothing is !!!

  57. #57 amy moore says:

    I have an 08 jeep wrangler 4 door. Bought it brand new, first few years it ran beautiful, around the 4th yr it started to shake when driving at 55 mph not slower than that or faster than 62mph. Took it in, the claimed to fix it. Then a year or so later I found out that shake was nothing compared to the violent shake”death wobble” I experience when driving on the highway and hitting a bump. There is nothing you can do but pull over and come to a complete stop. I’ve take. It back now two times and now need to take it in for another try at fixing it. This time they are putting in a new steering stabilizer. Wish me luck.

  58. #58 Gergo says:

    # 40 Chris is absolutely right..I’ve done a lot of research and reading, this problem is driving not only me but all of us insane.. the main problem is with the bolt sizes like Chris clearly mentioned and the longer we all wait to deal with this issue the more it bores itself out and will only get worse and worse.. I have a 08 4dr jk and everything everyone is saying is exactly how it is…. in combination with all new front end parts and the new bigger size bolts the issue is not only fixed but even better then designed from factory!!!!

  59. #59 Rich says:

    I’ve experienced this with my Jeep and have read enough online. Jeep, this is DISGRACEFUL. I demand a recall. I am a student and give guitar lessons, and have experienced the DW on my way to give lessons and had to cancel. It is UNSAFE.

    Community who has experienced the Wobble, I would like to notified of a class action lawsuit and am prepared to help by speaking of my experience with the dangerous and recognized problem that is the fault of the Jeep brand.

    Rich – wellesleyguitar@aol.com

  60. #60 MICHAEL KRAMER says:

    I have a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. It just started this death wabble. Dealer said it was the damper shock. I changed it, and it still does it. This is very irritating.

  61. #61 Brett Gallagher says:

    We purchased a new 2010 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. The kids drove it back and forth to school, never off road. This past December, one of them described the jeep shaking violently when driving. We had just had the tires rotated and thought maybe one of them wasn’t put back on properly and took it back to the Walmart. The guys checked the tires, but also noted to us that the sway bar was extremely loose and that we should have it looked at. We took it to the dealer, told him about the issue and that we were going to drive the car cross country to leave with our son in California, so please give it the once over. He replaced the steering stabilizer (about $300). A week later we began the drive from FL to CA. We just got into Texas when the car again shook violently on the highway. We found a jeep dealer (who also had two other jeeps in the shop for the same problem) and $1200 later we had new lower and upper ball joints. Driving on the California and going up the 101, same issue. The sway bar is loose again and we have it back at another jeep dealer. They are currently looking at it. I have little confidence in this guess and replace approach. It is killing my wallet. We called jeep customer care and their suggestion was to go back to the shop in Texas.

  62. #62 Magda Muka says:

    By the looks of this website, it looks like there really is no fix and that it is a design flaw. I also have a 2008 Jeep Wrangler and the death wobble happens to me all the time, however I have learned not to go over a bump going more then 55 mph and that minimizes it from happening. My daughter and I share my car and she has learned how to manage it as well. Jeep Wrangler really needs to do the right thing on this and declare these cars lemons. Unfortunately, it is going to take someone dying before they will do anything about it. I am not sure spending money on all different parts is the solution, because ultimately it does not fix the problem.

  63. #63 Jeff S. says:

    I too have been plagued with the DW. It started out about two months ago when the ESP, ABS, and traction control lights came on while my wife was driving our 2009 Wrangler X w/ 50,000 miles. My wife pulled over and I came and met her. I found that by pressing the traction control override button , I was able to drive the vehicle – otherwise the system was disabling power to the front right wheel. After that, as long as the traction control button is pressed immediately after starting the vehicle, everything was fine. Then I rotated the tires and the next day made a 400 mile trip. Three times during that trip the DW occurred. Is it a coincidence that it happened for the first time after I rotated the tires? I have not yet started trying to tighten things down and look for loose bolts, but based on everything I have read, I do not think it is going to make a difference.

  64. #64 Sheila says:

    My 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is in the shop AGAIN for the death wobble. Have had it there three times for the same problem. This time the fix is going to cost me $1000. If there’s going to be a class action law suit, count me in!

  65. #65 Sara says:

    I had a 2009 jeep wrangler and shortly after I got it used it began the death wobble. It freaked me out. I took it to the dealership and they tightened some things and said it was fixed. It helped for a little while and it started doing it again. I took it a second time to the dealership and they said nothing could be found wrong but get new tires. So I did and it fixed the wobble for a few months then it came back again. The 3rd time I took it to the dealership they said it would really cost me because they would have to take apart each thing and try it one thing at a time. Of course the 3rd time I was there my warranty was up and they refused to cover any of it. I got tired of the jeep and it was dangerous so I let it get repossessed. Bye bye lemon

  66. #66 Brian throndson says:

    My 2007 4 door rubicon started the death wobble last year and it only happens once in awhile but it is getting annoying and is dangerous I have looked it up on how to fix it but have no idea where to start. I am noticing a lot of people have this problem and think jeep should recall it to fix it I’m in if there is a lawsuit

  67. #67 Joe says:

    Have a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X with 42,000 miles. Been babied except for one off-road weekend last Fall. The death wobble just started about a few weeks ago when applying brakes over 55 mph. Mostly front-end wobble. Took it to my mechanic last week and he replaced rotors. Just a few days later, the wobble returned, but much worse, and with no braking. Whole car shook. Took it back to mechanic. He installed a new steering damper, a bigger one than the original part. Hopeful problem will be fixed, but will definitely think twice about buying another Jeep.

  68. #68 Doug says:

    My totally stock 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has only 23k miles on it but I have already experienced the death wobble 3 times. I am hopeful that Jeep will take responsibility to come up with a suspension fix at their cost (especially for later model stock vehicles). Please keep me posted if you do seek legal recourse on behalf of Wrangler owners.

  69. #69 LemonLaw says:

    @Doug: Have you looked into State and Federal Laws to determine if you are entitled to recourse? For a free case review, visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/rid.html

  70. #70 Joe says:

    Hi all. I have experienced wobble randomly here and there on my 2013 wrangler from day one to now. I now have 10000 miles and experiencing wobble repeatedly. Car is almost non- drivable – any thoughts/help would be greatly appreciated. Thx.

  71. #71 Al says:

    I purchased 2008 wrangler brand new, no problems at all until recently. There are no modifications of any kind, it is not off road driven and I’ve had several wobbles. I have to come to a stop then start going again have had it in to a GM dealership and they were not able to find anything wrong. Chrysler of course denies any problem. Very unsafe to drive, or to sale with this condition…Chrysler needs to man up!

  72. #72 Stephanie says:

    I purchased my 2007 jeep in in 2011 from a dealer. They said it had 28,000 original miles on it. In the fall of 2013 I experienced this wobble for the first time, so I had my tires which were purchased in 2012 balanced. I have had shocks on both sides replaced and the front shock because no one could tell me what it was. When we bought the jeep, we were not told of this issue. Now, I’m told it will cost me about $300 to fix and I’m still making payments……

  73. #73 LemonLaw says:

    @Joe: You need to put your repair invoices together and discuss this matter with a lemon law lawyer. To find one in your state, visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html

  74. #74 Jake says:

    I just purchased a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X and I am experiencing DW as well. I purchased the vehicle from a small family owned car lot, not a Jeep Dealer. Who should I take the Jeep to for repair?

  75. #75 Sheila says:

    I experienced the horrifying death wobble again for the fifth time a few days ago. I’m tired of taking the car in to be “repaired” to no avail. I decided to take this problem and file a complaint to the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). I wrote the following complaint to them:

    “I purchased a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited new. I have not modified my car in any way, nor have ever taken it “four-wheeling.” In June 2011 I experienced my first “death wobble,” an extremely violent, shaking of the front wheels. Since then, it has since happened five times, resulting in repairs (that STILL haven’t solved the problem) totaling $1644.24 (not including tax). I most recently experienced the death wobble about four days ago on the highway (4/9/2014). I had it in to the shop to be “fixed” in early March with “repairs” costing over $950. I’m hesitant to take it in again because no one knows how to fix this problem and I don’t have the money to keep making repairs for an unknown problem. I am not blaming the repair shop that the wobbling hasn’t been fixed; I am blaming Chrysler/Jeep because they don’t seem to recognize this as being a safety hazard. I’ve researched this problem extensively and I am definitely not the only one experiencing this problem. I am not exaggerating when I say that when the “death wobble” happens, I feel like I am going to die. The only time it happens is when I’m going 45 mph or more, so it has happened primarily on the highway. The only way to re-gain control is to slow down quickly and pull over (which could result in a major pile-up on the highway). All I want is to have Chrysler/Jeep recognize that this is a serious safety issue and provide a remedy/recall and monetary compensation for this problem.”

    If you would like to file a complaint to them, the website address is:
    https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/

  76. #76 Aly says:

    I have a 2006 wrangler x. The first time it got the death wobble was just before my warranty ran out. The dealer fixed it and everything was great again…for about a year. Then the dealer closed down. Everything has been fixed or replaced multiple times. We fixed it again in December and it is now shaking worse than ever. I am terrified to drive on the highway and my daughter is on a team that travels for competitions. It’s embarrassing and frustrating. If I could afford a new car I would probably junk this one,which is sad because I love it. Why hasn’t Jeep figured out how to fix it? And if there’s a law suit I would love to know

  77. #77 Alex says:

    I have a 2012 jeep jk 2d sahara wrangler. Stock suspension and wheels. Drove fine for the first year and a half. I’ve experienced the DW 3 times now in the last 6 months. It’s progressively getting worse. Usually hits around 50-65mph. Almost wrecked because of it this morning on the way to work. If there’s any class action taken I’m certainly interested. I’ll be trying to get the issue resolved this week at a mechanic.

  78. #78 David sharpness says:

    I bought my 2005 jeep used with 40,000 miles and now have 80,000. DW has happened all along to some degree all along. When really bad, I have changed tires, gotten alignments, and tomorrow likely a fourth track bar. Clearly vibrations are loosening fittings, lots of them! I was behind police officer DWing badly, and thought myself lucky he didn’t see me desperately pull over to the shoulder on the Hollywood Fwy., but in hindsight maybe a traffic ticket sighting DW and court defense sighting all the reports might get Chslr. to fix things!

  79. #79 Elle says:

    Years ago I bought a beautiful, shiny, new red 1997 Wrangler Sport on a whim; my first Jeep. I paid too much for it and the salesmen were pretty obnoxious about it, but I believe the worst problem I ever experienced with it was a screwy turn signal. As it got older, maintenance got more expensive, as one would expect with any vehicle. It eventually needed a new cat converter, manifold, and at 125K the original clutch literally crumbled from age. I sold it literally hours within hours of placing the ad and didn’t realize how much I’d grown attached to it. I had considered it a really good investment, and of course the minute I was able I purchased a spanking new 2006 Rubicon in 2007. (I didn’t like the new body style.)

    What a piece of junk. I don’t think it quite qualified for lemon laws but came close. The cat converter had to be replaced almost immediately and the dealership said it was poor gasoline; thus, Chrysler blamed me (we each paid half if I remember correctly – what BS); the seat belt and e-brake both broke and Chrysler didn’t want to cover it after the 3 years JUST expired (note I say years, not 36K miles) even though these were *safety* issues; it experienced electrical issues causing multiple battery drainages (it was a mystery for awhile but the stereo amp somehow had something to do with it); you have to do a bit of manipulating if the driver’s seat gets stuck in the far back position; the rear view mirror fell off the windshield into my hand last week; front differential fluid leaked on two separate occasions (the dealership really struck gold with that one!) and $1200 later the A/C is still broken. Late last year, like everyone mentions here, I experienced the lovely “Death Wobble”, which was extremely sudden and frightening (and, no doubt, only temporarily) ‘solved’ with expensive new tires. The odometer just hit only 46K miles. Ridiculous. I cannot wait to get the chance to unload this lousy bucket of bolts. It is all such a shame, as once upon a time we had a lot of fun tricking it out with high-end lights, fenders, bumpers, killer sound system, etc. It lives in the garage and looks immaculate inside and out – a plus as the resale value is surprisingly high. But every time it gets complimented, which is often, I thank them…then I tell them it’s like being in a relationship with a hot boyfriend that treats you like crap. Never again will I purchase a Jeep product, and when anyone expresses an interest in buying one I strongly suggest they avoid doing so at all costs.

  80. #80 Elle says:

    PS I do have a suggestion for those still experiencing this. If new tires don’t remedy the problem for you like it did for me (fingers crossed – I try not to be too much of a pessimist), take it to a reputable off-roading shop. After I had the tires put on, I immediately took it to my local specialists, who gave it a thorough checkup. I am lucky; they said they see many cases in bad shape yet mine appears sturdy and everything remains tight. I continue to go to the specialists for alignments as well. Better safe than sorry.
    (Still, when folks talk about how they are looking into buying a new one and are excited from a recent test drive, I discourage them from buying it. From my experience, they obviously are just not mechanically sound.)

  81. #81 LemonLaw says:

    @Alex: Even if you don’t have a lemon law claim, you may have a warranty claim. Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/state-lemon-laws/ to learn about your rights.

  82. #82 Charles says:

    I have the death wobble problem to. But mine is financed. If I’m right the warranty from the original manufacturer won’t work. It was used when I got it and after I bought it it drive fine then I hit a slight bump in the road then it just shook like crazy. But I would have to take it to the dealer that I bought it from. How does that work

  83. #83 Edward says:

    Thank-you Sheila (4/13/14) for the complaint URL https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/. If anything is to be done with getting this engineering defect addressed anyone with it needs to file a complaint first. My “death wobble” experiences just started this year after nearly 5 years of perfect behavior. I have a 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X, 4×4 4 door, 39000 miles. The FAA would ground a plane that showed this kind of vibration during use. The NHTSA should adopt the same vigilence.

  84. #84 Ann says:

    First of all. Anyone who says it is not a big deal must work for Chrysler. I had my car fixed two times already and the death wobble just happened again. I have under 23k miles on my 2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and take exceptional care of my vehicle. The last time this happened I was on a major roadway and was almost killed. I was 50 miles away from home. It happened 3 times on my drive. I slowed down to 40 miles per hour and put my blinkers on. Then it happened for the 4th time leaving my jeep completely uncontrollable and was almost rear ended by a tractor trailer. So a death is not far off. Is that what has to happen before Chrysler deals with this? Do people have to die?

  85. #85 Ed Michalski says:

    I have owned 6 Jeeps through the years. I now have 2 a 2001 Wrangler and a 2007 Compass. The Wrangler started this death wobble several years ago. It would come and go. It starts at just over 50 mph and will stop when speed is reduced to about 40 mph. I have taken it to 2 different dealers, a tire shop and a mechanic. Have replaced the brake rotors, the tires, shocks, and the torsion bar clips. The last dealer said he drove the vehicle and felt it but did not know what the problem was and gave no help other than he said he would give me the name of a frame person. I am running out of options.

  86. #86 Caroline says:

    I bought a used 2007 Jeep Wrangler X Unlimited from a Subaru Dealership in October 2013. The vehicle only had 54,000 miles on it and no listed accidents or damage. The car is stock. I first experienced the death wobble about a month after I bought it. It got worse, and I had the stabilizer bar replaced. The death wobble continued. Took it back to the same mechanic, who balanced and aligned the tires. Problem persisted, and I took it to a different mechanic (front end specialist) who said nothing was wrong with the car. Death wobble continued. Took it to another mechanic who also could find nothing wrong with the car. Had a three month warranty from the dealership; called them to have them look at it, but they were gonna charge me $100 just to look at it, and I didn’t want to have to pay them to tell me there was nothing wrong. Problem has not gone away, and I am making hefty payments on a vehicle that doesn’t work properly, and no one can tell my why nor fix it.

  87. #87 RHONDA says:

    I HAVE A 2008 WRANGLER UNLIMITED SAME THING REPLACED TIRES STABILIZER BAR 3 X I WANT INCLUDED IN ANY RECALL OR LEGAL ACTIONS.

  88. #88 Susan says:

    I have brought my jeep in more than three times for the jeep shaking and they told me it might be the sway bar. Paid for things to be replaced and still have the same issue. It is very dangerous.
    It happens now when I go above 50mph.
    Have a 2007 jeep Sahara.
    Called Chrysler they never heard about the death wobble.
    Not sure what to do as it is too dangerous to drive with a toddler.

  89. #89 Brett Gallagher says:

    Susan, I had to bring my jeep in three times. First the local dealer in Florida tightened the sway bar and replaced the steering stabilizer. A week later a different dealer (in East Texas) replaced upper and lower ball joints. A week after that, a third dealer (in California) replaced the steering stabilizer (again). The 3rd dealer said that the standard equipment stabilizer in the jeep is not robust enough and you need a heavy duty version. It’s now been an additional 6000 miles and things have been fine, so maybe that is the fix. But Chrysler clearly knows about the death wobble as I reported the incidents to them (interestingly 3 jeeps were in the shop in Texas for the same problem when we were there). You, and everyone on this site needs to post their complaints to the National Highway Transportation Safety Admin at:

    https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/index.xhtml

    Otherwise, little can be done. When I posted, there were only about 70 reports relating to the death wobble. Clearly, based on this site alone, there are many, many more. Everyone post, please and maybe we can get something done.

  90. #90 Alex W. says:

    I am glad (I guess) that this problem isn’t unique to me. I have experienced the DW 4 times, with the latest being the most violent.

    I own a Sahara (07) that has about 41k miles. The first instance occurred about 2 months into ownership (about 2 1/2 years ago) at 17k miles. I pulled over, the vibration stopped, and I continued on my way.

    I had a second occurrence about 10k miles later. Same routine.

    A month or two later, I was informed that I had worn ball joints. The dealer wanted a ridiculous amount for installation, so I decided to delay it as long as possible (probably stupid). I spent a year away from my Jeep on a work assignment, moved across the country, and just recently started using the jeep heavily again.

    I have had the DW happen twice in the last 3 months and scheduled an appointment with the dealer. I decided to research first – and found some great information on forums – particularly this one:

    http://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/diagnosing-death-wobble-and-fixing-non-dw-shimmies-and-wobbles-78034.html

    apparently – there was a service bulletin issued by Chrysler that can be read here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/steering-system-maintenance-service-bulletin-19-002-12-steering-shimmy-1402104/

    I am going to take my Jeep to another dealership, and instruct them to reference the service maintenance service bulletin. I will have them replace any worn bolts – and also ask that they consider replacing the trackbar bolt with a 9/16” instead of the stock 14mm bolt which seems to be too loose for the bushing.

    I am going to ask that everything that was damaged be replaced at once.

  91. #91 Karen says:

    I bought my 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited new and have just experienced the “death wobble” July 2014. I hit 65 MPH and the shaking and vibrating was to the point of the vehicle becoming uncontrollable. Have to say it scared the heck out of me.

    So far, I’ve replaced the tie rod ends and that has helped some, but has not fixed it completely.

    Can anyone tell me if a dealership is still obligated to attempt to fix this problem based on the age of my Jeep? I live in PA and the Jeep was purchased in VA. I am the original owner and it’s in excellent condition, other than this “death wobble.”

  92. #92 Daniele says:

    I had the same problem and I noticed that when I come to a stop that I could feel a little pulsation in the brake pedal so I replaced the right rotor and it helped a bit so I decided to replace the steering damper and helped even more so I am going to replace the other rotor because I am still getting a pulse on the left side. has anybody checked or replaced their rotors?

  93. #93 Reid says:

    Death wobble in the new Jk wranglers is from a few issues. The first is a loose trac bar that should be tightened to 120ftlbs. The second is Jeep used the incorrect bolts in the front end and they need to be changed. The bolts installed from the factory are threaded and don’t have shoulders so the threads wear and cause play. Go to Northridge4x4 and get the kit. The third thing it could be is from bad ball joints, so have them checked. The fourth thing it could be is from after market rims that do not have the spacing on the rims for the keepers that are installed buy the factory so you will have to take them off. http://www.wranglerforum.com can assist further.

  94. #94 Roy Fredrick says:

    I just purchased a 2010 wrangler sport with 54000 miles on my way home I got my
    first experience of dw, it frightened me. I took it to a tire shop and had all four wheels balanced. The tech
    drove it with no problem, so being satisfied it was fixed
    drove it home with no problem. Today when leaving
    work it happened again. I guess ill inform the dealershop that I bought it from, and cross my fingers.

  95. #95 Daniel says:

    Upon my last reply I have been doing a little surfing on the subject and I came across a youtube video that said the track bar bushings are gone and so are the balljoints so I check these things and yes they were no good. Chrysler uses a cheap balljoint with plastic inserts so they wear out very fast and the trackbar is so flimsy, well, no need to explain. I have worked for chrysler for thirty one years and I am so disappointed you would not believe. Now it is going to cost me X amount of dollars to change my worn out tires after 65,000 km, yes 65,000 km that’s, what, 40,000 miles? Oh yes and how about the alignment that I have to get done on it also. SHEEEESH!!! And I thought these Jeeps were indestructible, ya right. If I find the youtube webpage I will post it.

  96. #96 Gary Liedorff says:

    Well every one having this problem there is great news!!! What causes this problem is improperly balanced tires. The first time most people experience it is after a tire rotation. I’ve been curing his problem for years for people who have spent $1500.00+ on repairs and still have the problem. What happens is that the Jeeps are very susceptible to wheel balance. If the technician does not properly center the wheel on the balancing machine which will cause an improperly balanced wheel. Go to a tire store and ask if the will remove your tire from the vehicle and check the balance for you. Agree to pay for a wheel balance in advance. If the wheels are found to be out of balance your home free. TJ’s are very prone to this problem. You will need to find someone very good at wheel balancing. Good luck.

  97. #97 AngryRedBird says:

    While on our vacation Aug 23rd and while driving through some of the worst road in North America, We hit a few bad areas in West Virginia and suffered (for the first time) Death Wobble or a extremely bad shimmy on our 08 Jeep Wrangler at 65K miles. Over the course of a few weeks, we’ve again suffered with a couple of shimmies or wobbles. Typically is is associated with lifted & bigger tires Jeeps. But we are an all stock jeep running stock tires.

    We’ve taken the jeep to three different repair & tire shops to have these items inspected:

    Checking the tires for balance
    Checking the alignment
    Checking the Ball Joints, Tie Rod, Track Bar & Drag Link

    First, 3 out of 5 tires were not balanced correctly
    Second, All of the shops said that they could not find anything wrong with our jeep.
    Third, I’ve just recently learned that Jeep made an error by installing 14mm bolts in 9/16th holes.. Due the 14mm bolt size, there is slight play within the control arms and tie rod. Our Bolts will be replaced by a local shop on Thursday Oct 23rd and we will go from there on what else needs to be replaced thereafter. One of our best sources of info comes from “planman” on Youtube..
    Lastly, My wife asks: If we all are having this same issue and complaining about it online.. Why hasn’t Jeep Themselves been notified of these occurrences?. Therefore we are writing a formal letter and this will be sent to jeep soon thereafter. We urge anyone suffering with this issue, To send jeep a letter also voicing your concern.

  98. #98 Karen says:

    2011 4dr Jeep Wrangler with 67,000 miles. Purchased new. Death Wobble at 50mph over bumpy section of road 3 times in last week. It feels like an ABS shake to me, though I didn’t hit the brakes, could the problem be in the ABS computer control? Some history, at 60,000 miles the handling felt sloppy so I took it to dealer who said it needed ball joints, Cv joints, complete front stabilizer bar assemblies and tie rods for $3500. Got another opinion at a 4×4 specialty shop and they said none of those parts needed replacing but agreed the ride was sloppy, put 4 new shocks, 4 new tires and a new steering stabilizer shock in. The ride was much tighter but now at 67,000 miles I’ve got the death wobble. Like I said, it feels like an ABS shake, but at 50 mph and no touching of brakes, triggered by rough patch on road.
    Does anyone think it might be in the computer controlled ABS sensor/system?
    Thanks.

  99. #99 LemonLaw says:

    @RedBird: Sending a letter does not accomplish much. Speak to a lemon law lawyer. Visit http://www.lemonlaw.com/lemon-law-firm.html to find a firm to discuss your rights.

  100. #100 David says:

    My 2010 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited started the DW around 2012. Replaced the tires and shocks. Has gotten progressively worse ever since. Yesterday it happened 4 times driving 60 miles. In the shop again and I do not have confidence that it will be repaired. Very disappointed that this has happened and there is no real fix.

  101. #101 Janet says:

    You know I had a 90 wrangler and 70 CJ-7 never has that problem. I had to put my 90 wrangler in a ditch to keep from rolling it, brakes went out. It seems like from what you are all saying that 06 to 11 jeeps do this. I am going to keep my older Jeeps since this seems to be a major problem with newer ones. Just bought a 94 wrangler. So glad I didn’t buy the 06 I looked at before I bought the 94. You guys need to contact lawyer. Good luck to all of you and stay safe.

  102. #102 Karen says:

    Took 2011 4dr Wrangler w/ 67,000 miles in yesterday for death wobble, it needs 4 ball joints now, and a realignment, also may need the complete tie rod assembly if the current one is not seized, which would leave them unable to align it. They will try to loosen my tie rod, then put some anti-seize on it so it can be realigned in the future. This is a 4×4 specialist, not a Jeep Dealer, who wouldn’t utter the words “Death Wobble”.

  103. #103 AngryRedBird says:

    @# 99 LemonLaw True, But we sent the letter anyway.. I wanted to update my post from October 20th, 2014 at 1:36 pm, We’ve had the 14mm bolts replaced with the 9/16th bolts and had the steering stablizer also replaced. For several weeks we’ve not suffered any shimmy/wobble. Mind you we’ve just replaced the front bolts and not the rear. Not sure this matters.. But our gas/fuel milage has actually gotten better since the bolt replacement.. Was it the fact that the jeep was all over the road which and not maintaining a constant that we are now seeing better fuel savings?.. One may never know. But it was confirmed that both the left and right ball joints are worn out.. But again.. with the new bolts and steering stabilizer.. we can breath a bit easier till we can have the ball joints replaced. Alot has to do with the amount of weight in the rear of the jeep as well.. and on our travels.. the weight displacement was a bit off thus contributing to the shimmy.

  104. #104 Pete says:

    I purchased a 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited new in April of 2009. It is all stock with 60,000 miles. I recently had a shimmy that then turned into an episode of Death Wobble at about 55 mph. I have done a lot of reading on this and have found Planman’s videos on You Tube to be very helpful. I found my drag link to be loose on the passenger’s side and have also found a small amount of play in my steering gear. The ball joints allow at least a small amount of clicking when testing them by applying pressure to the bottom of the wheel in question when the wheel is jacked about 2″ off of the floor. I also found my steering damper to be leaking oil and not functioning. I have no faith in dealerships as they always tend to charge a lot of money and do little to address my concerns to my satisfaction. I may as well fix the ball joints and get the proper bolts for the track bar and control arms while I’m at it. We’ll see if I can make this go away. With all these problems on a relatively new vehicle with low miles, I think this is worthy of a class action suit since everyone here is complaining about the same thing that shouldn’t be happening in the first place. Count me in!

  105. #105 Scott says:

    2007 Jeep wrangler x the DW started about 2 years ago. have installed 3 different steering stabalizers, alligments, new tires. running out of ideas

  106. #106 Laurie says:

    I am also a owner of a 2007 Jeep wrangler. I wanted a jeep for ever. Baught it 2 years ago new. No problems until 5 months ago. Yes Death wobble scary as hell. The other day I almost was killed on the interstate when the DW came on in front of a tractor trailer. Now after reading all these post. I am realy discouraged. First appointment at the garage tommarow. They say $600.00. Not looking forward to dealing with this problem. Exspecialy with a high loan payment already. This is just wrong. A Recall is in order. From a very dissaponted Jeep owner!!

  107. #107 Paula says:

    I own a 2009 Jeep Rubicon and experienced the death wobble last October for the first time. What a freaking scary ride! I purchased my Jeep used in 2012. I am a single female and this is my 3rd Jeep and wanted something heavy duty for the mountain road and inclimate weather. I travel daily and have never experienced anything like this in any vehicle until now. After an oil change and tire rotation this demon revealed itself! After the dealership “checked everything” the steering stabilizer was replaced and “everything tightened” and for a couple of months this seemed to rectify the problem. Same thing again 2 months later! This is my only means of transportation and I don’t have the money to keep replacing things that don’t fix what seems to be a manufacturer issue. Help! I love my jeep and can’t afford to keep “ruling out” what is causing this. I may be eating my words when I said I love my jeep so much I’ll drive it til the wheels fall off. I actually think they may! Help!
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  108. #108 Paula says:

    On additional research I realize another issue I was dealing with this jeep was fuel spit back. Something else Chrysler knows about and doesnt want to accept responsibility for?

  109. #109 Don says:

    I am and Owner of a 2008 Jeep Wrangler X. My Wife Drives it to work everyday. She has been have this Problem for about a Month now. Doesn’t Happen all the time But about Twice a week now, She just called and it Happen again this morning on her way to work!!! Like always when I drive it, it never Happens!! Yes she said it goes out of control she has to come to a complete stop before it stops SHAKING!!!!

  110. #110 David C says:

    We have a 2011 jeep wrangler. First noticed the DW a year ago but thought that it was just a rough road. This jeep is driven mostly on the pavement only (yes I know that’s not cool) but it’s my wife’s ride. This weekend we took a trip about an hour away and the DW happened once. Luck we were on a road that is not busy. The next day we went about 2 hours away and experienced the DW 4 times at about 60mph. Each time we traveled across a rough spot on the road, not bad just a bump. Had to break and move to the side of the road. I’m afraid that my wife will freak out if it happens while she is driving. Has anyone had any luck with Jeep fixing the issue. I have an extended warranty.

  111. #111 Don says:

    Me Again!!! #109 Well it is now doing it with me !!! I’am Driving the jeep now and it’s gotten Really Bad. Happens about twice a day on My way to work!!! Took it to Shop the other day, and like most everyone else they can not find anything wrong with it !!! This is Really Crazy!!
    Yes something needs to be done with this Problem!!

  112. #112 moni65 says:

    I have a 2008 wrangler. I experienced the death wobble last su.mer. I balanced my
    tires and that helped for a few months but its back. I went to 3 different mechanics today and each one gave a different answer. I’m so confused as what to do.

  113. #113 Enrique says:

    I have a 2006 TJ Wrangler (4-cylinder SE) and have had the DW for 6+ years. I’ve balanced tires, aligned suspensions, changed tires, replaced damper, kept correct tire pressure. I’ve been to dealers and local shops with no real fix yet. As many noted here, it happens between 45-55 mph.
    – I write in hopes someone shares a fix or news if Jeep has service bulletins, etc.

  114. #114 Anthony says:

    I have a 2008 Wrangler X and now this is the second time I’m having to take this in for “Death Wobble” is there any recourse with all this yet?

    Pretty scary to think you pay tens of thousands of dollars and you get the death wobble and can’t have ure wife drive the vehicle !

  115. #115 Anthony says:

    Any recalls for this yet?

    Felt like I was gonna die last night !

  116. #116 RAMONA FLEETWOOD says:

    WELLL I TOO JUST SPENT 2,000. ON REPAIR . STILL DW . ANY ONE IN LOS ANGELES AREA KNOW FIX? 1998 HEMI AND 2006 HEMI LOVE MY PONIES BUT CAN’T DRIVE AND NEED TO GO TO WORK ON 405 FRWY…:(

  117. #117 Rebecca Sooy says:

    I have had them try to fix my death wobble 5x – they don’t know how to fix it and I don’t know what to do anymore. Unfortunately, I’ve had my car for almost 8 years and have just dealt with it.
    BTW – I also had to pay for a brand new engine on my 2007 Jeep Wrangler because the manufacturer installed the pistons upside down in the engine so the oil wasn’t pumping correctly. I think I have a lemon but don’t know my rights on a car that’s 8 years old.
    oh….and I should mention they installed my clutch incorrectly too and they had to fix that 2 days after I got the car.
    Oh….and one more thing….the sealant on the doors wore off within a year so they had to fix that too……

  118. #118 Rebecca Sooy says:

    I have a 2007 4 door jeep wrangler and I’ve brought it in 5x for Death Wobble, 1x for a faulty engine (cost me $3000), 1 time for a clutch that was installed incorrectly (2 days after I got the car), 1 time for the sealant around the door frame fell off or melted so had to have that replaced among other issues. I don’t know my rights since I purchased this car 8 years ago.

    Thank you

  119. #119 LemonLaw says:

    @Rebecca: If your car was purchased eight years ago, it’s highly likely the statute of limitations has expired on filing a lemon law claim.

  120. #120 Bill Gonzalez says:

    Recently purchased a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X on March 14, 2015. On March 16, 2015, I was driving with my son on the freeway. i changed lanes and as soon as my front right tire struck uneven ground the entire vehicle started to shake….scared the crap out of my son and I. I had to pull over to the side of the road cutting people off because it was so violent. I drove the rest of the evening using side streets. Later that night, I decided to be brave, thinking it was a one time incident, and drove again on the freeway. My left front tire struck uneven ground on the freeway causing the vehicle to shake violently again.

    What can I do??????

  121. #121 Robert Cesario says:

    2011 4door Rubicon, Bought new about 20K miles in the back brakes pads wore and needed replacement. The fronts were like brand new?? I paid for new disc and back pads $$$$. The dealer said my front lower ball joints were starting to go thats why my tires had a funny wear to them. I brought it back about 2 months later and they replaced the upper and lower ball joints.They gave me the parts under warranty because I argued about the back brake issue. Since then I’ve put new Mud Terrains $1200 worth and about 20K miles later the funny wear is back and the start of the Wobble. I’m going to take it back to the Dealer and see what they will do for me. I had know Idea that this “Death Wobble”, existed.

  122. #122 jessica says:

    we just traded in our 2008 jeep wrangler sahara becaus it was diagnosed with the death wobble. after all the research online i didnt believe it was a safe vehicle anymore. now im in a 72 month car loan again thanks chrysler not owning up to issue at hand. i would have been fine for many more years in my 2008 jeep wrangler if it wouldnt have posed a threat to me and my family while driving in it.

  123. #123 Robert O says:

    Lucky me, I have owned my 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X new since May, 2009 and just recently experienced my first death wobble. It scared the heck out of my wife, son, and me. 95,000 miles on jeep so consider myself lucky compared to others. Now has occurred three times in about 3 weeks. Took it in and had front brakes pads replaced and rotor turned. Did not work. If I can not fix relatively quick and cheaply, I will trade this baby in for a new Xterra. Previously drove an Xterra 180,000 miles (before got Jeep) with no major problems.

  124. #124 Patrick McGrady says:

    2008 Wrangler Sahara, my girlfriend drives it most of the time, and told me it started shaking violently on her twice now… Hadn’t thought much about it, until I drove it yesterday. On highway doing about 55mph, went over railroad tracks an experienced my first
    Death Wobble, I could barely keep it on the highway, wobbled for a half a mile until I could finally stop the vehicle. I thought a front tire was ready to fall off, got out and looked at tires/lug nuts … They seemed fine. Was afraid to get back on highway so drove bumpy farm roads to my destination (no problems). Drove the highway home with no problems, but now don’t feel safe driving it at all. It’s going to get looked at this week by the dealership I bought it from. Sounds like it will cost me lots of money, and probably won’t fix it.

  125. #125 tab says:

    2008 JK
    Have had the death wobble happen to me about 10-12 times. Several times traveling above 60MPH on the interstate. This is very scary as Interstate I-40 through knoxville is busy and you can easily get run over during one of these death wobble episodes. When it happens all you can do is wait on it to pass. I feel like It is more dangerous to apply gas or apply brake so I just ease my foot off the pedal and try my hardest to keep my hands on the steering wheels.
    This happened to me this Friday and my husband just happens to be behind me on the interstate, my son who was in the vehicle with him asked “Is mommie going to die?”
    My husband said it looked CRAZY! The whole vehicle was shaking.
    I was lucky enough to make it through that episode.
    We have replaced everything as well. This death wobble HAPPENED BEFORE WE LIFTED AND STILL HAPPENED AFTER.
    We have replaced steering stabilizers, shocks, checked tires, I keep them balanced, we’ve teplaced the track bar, etc. I could go on and on…
    My first vehicle was a jeep.
    Never in my life have I been so disappointed, or ever experienced anything like this..

  126. #126 dean says:

    Hello to all you jeep owners. I work for Chrysler, with that being said 9 times out of 10 the steering damping shock is the issue of the wobble. And the other 1% either it is the tie rod ends in the center link steering components and or the steering gear.

  127. #127 joyce lopresto says:

    I have a 2009 jeep Wrangler with same problem, please let me know what happens with congress or class action lawsuit.


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