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Jeep Wrangler repairs by problem area

Engine (30%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (15%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (16%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (14%)

Other (5%)

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Jeep Wrangler suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (9%)

$1000 - $2499 (5%)

$500 - $999 (20%)

$100 - $499 (48%)

< $100 (18%)

Chart based on 85 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2014 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

35000 mi Power Steering intermittently cuts out, or becomes hard to use. Able to demonstrate at higher RPM, but was told this is "Normal" by dealership. Vehicle did not do this before, will make them replace when it fails. 

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2013 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

4000 mi Front suspension bump stop came loose. Replaced bump stop mounting bolt 

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2012 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

285-horsepower 3.6L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

4000 mi Alignment was off and could not be fixed with simple alignment. There were 2 bolts that were hitting something so bolts had to be replaced with something smaller. 

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2012 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

285-horsepower 3.6L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

33000 mi

US $700
Rear passenger side wheel bearing also failed and replaced. 

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2010 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

67000 mi

US $311
Intermediate steering shaft failed. Replaced intermediate steering shaft. 
51920 mi

C $140
steering damper bracket was shot so dealer replaced it. 
33480 mi

$300
Rear wheels wobbling intermittently. Jeep was extra bouncy. Installed 2.5 inch lift kit and repaired front axle. The symptoms seemed to improve for about a week, but the car is just as bouncy and swayey as before. Not much improvement. 

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2009 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

33578 mi When pulling into a parking place I heard a loud pop and discovered that my steering stabilizer arm had popped out, tearing the joint apart. Dodge replaced all parts under warranty. Good as new 
55000 mi

US $579
Ball joints were completely shot at 50,000 miles. 
29940 mi

C $58
car wobbled, steering arm and stabilizer replaced 
32860 mi

C $237
tie rods and rear shocks, paid for tie rods, free alignment, free rear shocks because 2nd time brought for problem. 

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2009 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

74000 mi

US $250
Replaced tie rods and steering stabilizer. 

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2008 Jeep Wrangler

Engine not specified

13200 mi

C $80
Creaking and snapping sounds from the front wheels when turning in either direction. Bilateral front ball joint failure requiring replacement. Although under warranty charged $80 for balancing. 

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2008 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

71000 mi

US $150
All stock shocks front and back worn out had to replace... 
7000 mi

US $80
Rear axle squeak identified as bent rear axle. Drivers rear axle was replaced. 
31000 mi Moderately severe steering wheel wobble between 55-60mph. Dealer replaced steering damper. Problem appeared resolved but returned within a week.  
31700 mi The dealer replaced the ball joints, but that did not completely eliminate the steering wobble to their satisfaction. They then replaced the stock steering stabilizer with a bigger aftermarket unit (Bilstein). This solved the problem. 
15300 mi

US $800
Power steering pump failed 
38000 mi

US $800
Replaced worn OEM ball joints, drag link, and track bar 
51000 mi

US $250
Replaced OEM trackbar due to excess play in bushings 
62000 mi

US $6000
Replaced leaking steering box Replaced drag link Replaced driver and passenger upper/lower ball joints 
74000 mi

US $475
Replaced tie rod end 

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2008 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

47000 mi

US $200
Tie rod end replaced too much play failed inspection. 
49700 mi

US $75
Upper control arm bushings were worn out resulting in a sever wobble in the front end (AKA "death wobble") at speeds above 45 MPH or on rough roads. Worn bushings were replaced and the problem was fixed. 
168000 mi

US $105
Replaced front sway bar 
37820 mi Front steering U-joints needed to be replaced. 
56000 mi

US $474
Steering wheel started to shake and could feel it in the body. Replaced four Ball Joints that were worn and caused out of spec camber. 
58000 mi

US $690
Ball joints had become so loose that it affected the steering. Wheels began wobbling. 
75300 mi

US $250
the jeep had developed a severe shimmy. All 4 tie rod ends were found to be bad. 
41000 mi

US $114
Steering wheel has bad bushing 
28000 mi

US $50
Front driver side Ball joint worn out and replaced 
66000 mi

US $700
Alignment issue causing irregular tire wear. Adjustable ball joints added to both sides on front. 
13000 mi Noticed a harsh noise from the passenger side when steering was used and the noise got worse. 

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2008 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

53000 mi

US $400
Front steering stabilizer is damaged. Replaced front steering stabilizer with new design. 
68000 mi Front sway bar would not connect. Dealer suggested replacement of Electronic front stabilizer bar for about $ 1500. I repaired the system myself. It was corroded and had water inside, greased and re-assembled. Working again. 
72000 mi

US $20
Front sway bar would not connect. Dealer suggested replacement of Electronic front stabilizer bar for about $ 1500. I repaired the system myself. It was corroded and had water inside, greased and re-assembled. Working again. 
9300 mi Power steering pump developed an oil leak. 
19000 mi

US $200
Steering stabilizer was leaking and replaced under warranty. 
51000 mi

US $100
ball joints,  
75300 mi

US $100
Loose steering corrected and vehicle aligned 
64300 mi

US $850
Front inner axle seal leaked again, replaced front left and right ball joints as stated by mechanic to be the cause of leak. 
64700 mi Shop keep vehicle for 25 days to verify leak of front axle, they stated no new leak visible, may be residual leak in axle. January 21, 2013 noticed some drips will investigate if leak or residual in a few weeks. 

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2008 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

5502 mi Steering Clunking. Replaced steering dampener. 
11400 mi Steering clunking. Replaced lower and upper steering shafts. 
12000 mi Steering was loose and clunking could be felt. Steering box replaced. 
14000 mi Tie rod ends both had play. Tie rod replaced. 
17000 mi

US $160
Tie rod and drag link replaced. Steering shaft loose and clunking again. Dealer replaced shaft. 
21000 mi

US $70
Front and rear track bushings worn again. Replaced front and rear track bar. 
25000 mi

US $350
Was getting sloppy steering, all four ball joints had play. Dealer told me this is normal and that they would not cover anyway due to mods. Ball joints bad and out of spec again. Vehicle had a shimmy. Dealer would not warranty saying this was normal. Had to pay for repair myself. 
26000 mi Wobble and shaking over bumps is back. Can not figure out what is wrong this time. 
28000 mi

US $350
Ball Joints had slop in them again. This time replaced with aftermarket ball joints. 
29000 mi

US $600
Steering box replaced due to play in the sector shaft.  
31000 mi

US $400
Tie rod and drag link ends bad again. All four replaced.  
33000 mi

US $200
Vehicle shaking badly at speed again. Trackbar replaced due to worn bushings. Jeep needs to redesign the front end on these things!!! 
37000 mi

US $250
Steering gear sloppy again. Jeep wobbles, steering gear replaced. 
39000 mi Popping and banging noise now coming from the suspension when starting on the gas or turning. No fix found. Bushings in control arms bad and squeaking. Bushings ordered. 

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2007 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

79000 mi

US $750
Wheel hub had rusted and was loose 
15635 mi Power Steering Pump replacement repair was covered under warranty 
61380 mi

C $1400
steering stabilizer, 
50000 mi

US $187
In an attempt to mitigate "death wobble", dealer did a major rebuild of all steering components between the shocks: drag links, control arms, u-joints, CV joints, stabilizer strut. $2,400 worth of work, paid $100 deductible. Did not solve problem. 
37820 mi

A $8000
Replaced Front Ball Joint. 
60000 mi

US $520
Replaced ball joints 

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2007 Jeep Wrangler 4dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

62580 mi

C $500
There is an issue in this model with the 'steering damper' and it can only be fixed by putting a larger after market part in 
89080 mi

C $700
Severe wobble in right front wheel. Differentials worn, but wheel out of balance by 6oz. Rebalanced. Continues. Not yet resolved. Every time a wheel needs to be removed on this vehicle the studs and/or wheel nuts also have to be replaced. 
42000 mi

US $500
Front Ball joints replaced after a shimmy was detected at highway speeds 
58300 mi

US $800
all knew ball joints. Third time in 60K miles. 
16000 mi Defective steering angle sensor. Dealer was unreliable at ordering part so it was not replaced for almost 10 months. 
52000 mi

US $70
Loose Trackbar bolts resulted in Death Wobble and premature wear beyond tolerance of draglink. 

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2007 Jeep Wrangler 4-door

6-cylinder manual 4WD

The front steering damping was leaking oil and had to be replaced. 

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2007 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

202-horsepower 3.8L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

36000 mi

US $88
Replaced steering stabilizer 
90000 mi

US $400
I had my front and rear shocks replaced. 
8000 mi Persistent squealing after driving at highway speeds. Diagnosed as bad wheel bearings, both replaced, had to wait most of a week for one of the parts to come in. 

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2006 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV, ext.

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

105700 mi

US $250
Worn tie-rod ends. Replaced tie-rod and ends with ZJ V8 solid tie-rod, sleeve and HD tie-rod end. Drag-Link ends worn, sloppy steering leading to minor "death wobble" episodes. Replaced Drag-Link and Drag-Link end. Track bar end-link old and worn. Replaced track bar. Worn Upper and Lower control arm bushings; risk of allowing "death wobble" episodes. Replaced Upper and Lower control arms. Steering stabilizer shock worn, leaking. Lowers system's resistance to and recovery from "death wobble" episodes (this is not a "fix" for "death wobble"). Replaced steering stabilizer shock after resolving "death wobble 
68000 mi

US $40
Driver's Side Sway bar end link broke. Replaced both Front end-links. 
87000 mi

US $50
Rear sway bar bushing were shot, resulting in noise from the rear. 
116000 mi

US $150
Sway bar end links broken. Front shocks warn out. Replaced 
108300 mi

US $560
Replaced 4 Shocks. Tires not wearing evenly. Also greatly improved the ride. 
129000 mi

US $615
Had developed "Death Wobble". Replaced front shocks w/Monroe. Replaced steering column damper. Replaced worn bushings. Replaced track bar. 
162700 mi

US $151
Replaced steering stabilizer. Tire vibration occurred over about 35mph. Mechanic noted that the existing stabilizer was leaking fluid. Balance and alignment alone had not fixed the vibration. 
169000 mi

US $2000
Addressed death wobble / uneven tire (Goodyear MT/R Kevlar 245/75 R16) wear issue again. Includes install, aftermarket steering stabilizer, HD track bar, bushings, new shocks. 4 new OEM (non-kevlar) tires not included in cost of repair. 

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2006 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV, ext.

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

75000 mi

US $150
Experiencing very bad steering wobble at 45mph. Shop recommends replacing shocks. Shocks were relatively new. Had tires balanced and alignment performed. Problem reduced, but not eliminated. This has been a nagging problem for years. 
85000 mi

US $110
Replaced driver side sway bar end link. Ball and socket joint had separated and was knocking as the suspension moved driving down the road. 

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2006 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

44000 mi

US $300
Replace power steering 
97000 mi

US $200
Steering dampener replaced 

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2005 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV, ext.

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

85000 mi

US $100
sway bar and links 
35000 mi "death wobble"- front end shake at high speeds causing loss of control 
48000 mi "death wobble" again 

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2005 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

81700 mi

US $56
Found sway bar to be completely disconnect while rotating tires. Ordered and installed new sway bar end links 

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2004 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

48000 mi

US $300
sway bar linkage broke off. replaced linkage and bushing, stupid me went to dealership hoping for warranty work, wasn't covered - ended up paying labor, full charge parts, and their BS $70 'diagnostic' fee. This is a repair you should try to DIY 
51000 mi

US $2400
Replaced entire coil and springs due to premature failure from aftermarket winch 

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2003 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

130000 mi

US $85
swaybar endlink 
85000 mi

US $250
replaced springs. all were broken or about to break. 

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2003 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

30000 mi

US $250
Front sway bar end links broken (left side had completely separated) at joint. Had been street driven only -- no off-road use. 

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2002 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

12400 mi Sway bar links needed replacement 
24800 mi Sway bar links needed replacement. I replaced them with aftermarket ones and never had a problem until I sold the Jeep with 112,000km. I've transfered the aftermarket links to my new 2006 wrangler and now have another 30,000km on this one. 
95000 mi

US $180
Sway bar link ball joint failed (detached) from sway bar. Purchased and replaced sway bar links with quick disconnect aftermarket sway bar links. 

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2002 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

190-horsepower 4.0L I6 3-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

72000 mi

US $50
Typical jeep issue, $50 in parts and half hour of my time. Easy repair. 

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2000 Jeep Wrangler 2dr SUV

181-horsepower 4.0L I6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

105000 mi

US $150
Had to replace the steering box. Had bad leaks that couldn't be fixed by new seals. 

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