While numerous complaints rolled in about the 2018 model’s steering, some examples of the 2019 Jeep Wrangler have issues as well.
Back in September, a TFLcar reader alerted us about loose steering on his new 2018 Jeep Wrangler. He’s far from alone, as it turned out. In a poll we placed in that article, a whopping 85 percent of you said your Wrangler also had the problem. Explanations for loose steering in the new model range from overinflated tires from the factory to loose bolts in the steering system and even faulty calibrations. The NHTSA currently registers 323 complaints on the 2018 Wrangler, making it by far the most common issue.
When we originally reached out to FCA on the matter, a spokesperson responded with this statement: “We continually monitor the performance of our vehicles in the field, and we invite customers with concerns to contact their dealers.”
“I picked up my 2019 JLUR on Friday, it wandered the entire 55 mile ride home. Keeping it between the lines was exhausting. I’ve had my wife drive it with out warning her and she reported “the steering is funny”.
I called for an appointment on Monday and the first they could get me in was tomorrow. I’ll have about 130 miles on it by the time I get it to the dealer.”
The problem doesn’t seem as widespread as before
On the tire pressure issue, that member reports the pressures at “37 psi cold”. That’s around what it should be. However, there are a few caveats to the 2019 Jeep Wrangler here. That owner did not provide any further updates in that thread on his issue, nor does it seem to be as widespread as on the 2018 models.
Other 2019 owners in that thread reported their steering was “very tight and responsive”. More responses include: “Thus far, the steering has been spot on” and “I have about 300 mles on my JLUR and the steering is tight”. For some, just lowering their tire pressures to the recommended levels helped their Wrangler’s wandering tendencies. Furthermore, there aren’t any complaints on the NHTSA website about the 2019 Jeep Wrangler at this time.
If you have a 2019 Jeep Wrangler, have you had any issues so far? Let us know by voting in the poll above and leaving a comment below.