Electrical, steering, and fuel system problems are among the top complaint issues received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners
The 2022 Jeep Wrangler is punted as being “tried, tested, and Trail Rated,” and “a legend that keeps evolving.” But, as an 80-year-old brand that is supposedly the original icon of adventure, it’s been causing owners some unwanted adventure in recent years. Jeep wrangler owners have all kinds of problems, from faulty fuse boxes and false error codes to malfunctioning brakes and defective steering
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Most Common Problems
Some alarming issues affected the previous year’s Jeep Wrangler. A large percentage seems to impact the potential safety of the model, including serious steering defects.
Unfortunately, complaints to the NHTSA indicate that steering is also an issue with the 2022 model.
Although there is no single, identifiable problem, engine problems top the list of NHTSA complaints in terms of numbers. There are also a lot of complaints about the electrical system, most of which are also filed in the category, Engine.
Complaints to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) cover a range of different components. In addition to those already mentioned, complaints are also filed under Fuel/Propulsion System, Power Train, Service Brakes, Structure, Suspension, Vehicle Speed Control, and Wheels.
These include other recurring issues from the 2021 model including error code malfunctions and faulty brakes.
A complaint filed under Electrical System, Service Brakes, and Engine describes a crash.
“The Wrangler accelerated while doing regenerative braking or while my foot was on the brake,” it states. This resulted in the Jeep crashing into a building, and the police were called to the scene of the accident.
“My safety and my child’s safety was put at risk … Those inside the building were also at risk. The problem has not been reproduced yet as the incident just happened.”
The complainant, from Iowa, states that insurance would be inspecting the vehicle. She intended to file a claim with Jeep too.
“I was running it in full electric mode and I don’t remember any issues.” Additionally, the Wrangler had recently been rewired.
2022 Jeep Wrangler Complaint Summary
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|Unknown Or Other|
|Vehicle Speed Control|
Problems with the Engine
Complaints to the NHTSA about engine problems are varied. Here are two examples.
An owner from California was driving at about 25-30 mph when the Wrangler “completely died and the D on the gear shift started blinking.” She said she wasn’t able to get to the side of the road because of traffic.
“My husband and I were at risk of being rear ended as the car died without any warning. There was also a large CLUNK sound when it died.”
An owner from Illinois states that the “check engine” light went on for the first time when there were only about 2,286 miles on the clock.
“The dealer indicated it was a ‘coolant issue’ but did not provide any additional information. I dropped off my vehicle for repair on 4/25/22 at my local dealer. The vehicle was not fixed until 5/4/22.
“The check engine light went on for a second time on 5/29/22. When taking the vehicle to my local auto store the report indicated another ‘coolant’ issue. This should not be happening on a new car with less than 4,000 miles on it and 3 months old.”
Liberty Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram confirmed the diagnosis. But the owner has serious concerns:
- This could be a sign of additional issues, especially with under 5,000 miles on the vehicle.
- Unless Jeep fixes the problem, the vehicle is at risk of serious malfunction while driving. This could put the safety of the driver and passengers at risk of “a serious accident and even the possibility of death.”
- Continuous coolant malfunctions will put the engine block at risk which would be a serious safety and financial issue.
“The more stress on the engine and components the lifespan of the vehicle could be diminished and resale value severely affected. There were no indications of anything wrong with the vehicle prior to the check engine light coming on in both instances.”
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Electrical System Problems
Several owners report faulty codes that seem to be an electrical system problem. Another issue is the fuse box.
Faulty Error Codes
An owner from Tennessee reports multiple faulty messages in a 2022 Wrangler with only 12 miles on the clock. It happened after driving home, parking, and locking the vehicle.
“Later in the evening when I went to get into the vehicle the key fob would not unlock the vehicle. Went to unlock it with the key and anti theft was engaged.”
Then there were multiple messages from Sirius Guardian “stating our vehicle was stolen.” Not only was the Wrangler still at the house, they were “unable to shut the alarm off, unlock or lock the vehicle, or start the vehicle. No warning deployed on UConnect, just through Guardian, but the vehicle is immovable and inoperable.”
A North Carolina owner also reports error messages.
“While coasting or braking, (a) message appears stating performance limited service fuel system. Fuel economy is affected, as well.”
An owner from California had owned a brand new 2022 Wrangler for two days when the error codes started. “I went to start it in my garage and (the) instrument panel lights all started flashing. It was cycling through all of the error codes with emergency lights flashing and would not start.”
It restarted after a couple of hours, but the check engine light stayed on. “I test drove the vehicle around the block and it stopped in traffic.”
The owner had it towed to the dealership and filed the complaint two weeks later. The first diagnosis was a shifter, which they replaced. Then they said “it is the entire wiring harness.”
The dealership staff were unable to reset the error codes and refused to acknowledge that the vehicle was safe to drive.
“I am not comfortable putting my family in this vehicle.”
Fuse Seating Issues
Another owner from California maintains that his 2022 Wrangler has fuse seating issues. His complaint states:
“During routine driving at highway speed, the vehicle’s electronic stability control (ESC) warning light illuminated on the dashboard. Within seconds, the vehicle’s check engine light (CEL) also illuminated. At that point, the vehicle stalled without battery or engine power via any internal combustion or battery power. I was able to safely coast the vehicle to the side of the road narrowly avoiding any accident.
“I shut off the vehicle hoping this was some sort of electronic error since the vehicle only had 800 miles. However, when restarting the vehicle, both warning lights still remained illuminated and would not clear. I was able to successfully have the vehicle taken back to my home while inoperable.”
The owner did some research via relevant forums and discovered that many other Jeep 4XE owners claim their vehicles have fuse seating issues. So, he inspected the fuse box and found “nearly 15 fuses were improperly seated. Once seated by me, I was able to start the vehicle and the ESC and CEL light cleared.”
While the vehicle is operating normally, he says: “My wife and I live in permanent fear that this type of vehicle will stall again and we will be unable to dodge traffic to coast to the shoulder.”
His request is for the NHTSA to inspect the vehicle and its components.
Problems with the Steering
As mentioned above, steering defects were a serious problem with the previous model Jeep Wrangler. You can read more about this issue in another article we published. This refers to what has been dubbed a severe “death wobble.”
A 2022 Wrangler owner has a similar complaint. Test driving the new vehicle on a highway at 70 mph, “the steering wheel acting out and feeling loose. It was a very short drive. The dealership personnel reassured me that everything was fine with the car and I would be safe while driving it.
“I was ready to drive back home to Corpus Christi. Unfortunately, the 140 mile ride turned into a nightmare. After speeding to 60 mph on the highway, the car started acting weird. The wheel felt loose, the steering not under control. The next curve on the road, and I completely lost control over the car; the car just went into the right lane, and I was lucky the truck behind managed to stop. And then it happened again when I was slowing down. I had to stop to calm down. I was shaking and was scared to keep driving home.”
The journey home took more than three hours traveling no faster than 50 mph.
When the dealership checked and test-drove the vehicle, they found “a wobble when hitting a bump.” They changed a part, but “the main problem of the loose steering wheel hasn’t been fixed. At higher speeds the wheel goes left and right, and the car does not follow. I don’t have control of the vehicle and it goes into the right lane on its own. Very unsafe!”
Your Lemon Law Legal Rights
Even though you know in advance what components of the 2022 Jeep Wrangler might be problematic, it’s impossible to identify a lemon on the shop floor.
If you find your new Wrangler is a lemon, Lemberg Law can help you. If it is a lemon, we can negotiate a replacement vehicle, buyback, or refund at no cost to you. The law makes the manufacturer, in this case, Stellantis, pay lemon law legal fees.