Jeep Wrangler Steering Problems

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints concerning the steering in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler. Vehicle owners are reporting to the NHTSA that the steering in the Jeep Wrangler is “loose” or pull in one direction. This can result in the vehicle drifting and wandering making it difficult to keep straight.

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Does the 2021 Jeep Wrangler have steering problems?

Yes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has logged over twenty consumer complaints from vehicle owners regarding steering problems in the 2021 Wrangler. More specifically, at higher speeds, it is difficult to keep the Wrangler straight. The driver must keep correcting the steering to keep the vehicle from wandering or drifting. As of January 2022, Jeep has not issued a technical service bulletin or recall for this issue.

What Problems are 2021 Wrangler Owners Experiencing?

Many complaints state that the steering in the Wrangler is very loose. At higher speeds, vehicle owners must constantly turn the steering wheel back and forth to keep the vehicle going straight. This could be a potential safety hazard for the driver and others on the road.

An owner from Florida states:

“My 2021 Wrangler steering wheel is loose feeling. When sitting still the wheel has a couple inches of play in it. When driving you are constantly having to turn the steering wheel back and forth to keep the car going straight. [When you are] turning back and forth it is easy to over compensate and you can go out of your lane. Very annoying. Dealer inspected steering (all tight), alignment (set to end of spec) and said had the newest steering gear. Finally, the dealer says they are all like that. I bought my granddaughter a 2019 and it was horrible. Jeep had a fix with the new cast steering gear and that fixed her 2019. I drove it last night and the steering is much tighter than my 2021.”

An owner from Utah filed a complaint on the NHTSA website stating:

“Jeep Wrangler steering issues! Vehicle wanders right and left does not track straight, the faster you go the worse it gets. There is a constant correction to the steering! Very unsafe at freeway speeds! Dealer says this is normal for a Jeep!”

Other complaints:

“Since new, (leased about a month ago), the steering on this 2021 Jeep Wrangler JL-2door has been extremely loose. The vehicle wanders as you drive it, there is a play in the steering wheel and front axle, making it extremely difficult to keep straight on the road. I have to constantly fight the wander with both hands tightly on the steering wheel to keep it from moving into other lanes. Took to the dealer and they said it’s all normal and “all Jeep’s drive that way”. Well, not really. My 2014 Jeep Wrangler JK-2 door handled perfectly on the road. I feel very unsafe driving this vehicle at all times. I’m not the only one complaining about this…”

“Steering wonders at 55mph or higher. You have to continually correct to keep straight on Highway. I have reported it to Jeep the manufacturer and had it to the dealership and they did not find anything wrong and said that’s the way they drive. I have had three jeeps before this one and by far it’s the worst”

What should you do if your Jeep Wrangler is experiencing this steering issue?

It is possible that your Jeep Wrangler is a lemon. Allow our experts to work on your lemon case at no cost to you. The law requires Jeep to pay the legal fees for your claim.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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3 COMMENTS
  • SuperNana

    I recently, July 10th, 2023, purchased a Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited. During the test drive, I did notice the steering seemed loose. But, I attributed it to my going from a Cadi SUV XT4 to a Jeep.
    Well, let me tell you, since buying it and driving more, the more evident it has become that something is definitely wrong with the steering! It’s too loose with too much give. I have to constantly hold the steering wheel tightly with both hands to maintain the lane I’m in and to keep from going into the other lane, or on to the shoulder or grass or curb. It’s very nerve wrecking and tiresome and I’ve become very anxious since driving this vehicle for fear that I will crash into someone or something.
    It certainly has the look and features I wanted. But, not at the expense of the safety for me, my passengers and others on the road.
    I haven’t mentioned it to the dealership yet, but plan to on Friday, July 16th when I take it in for a service appointment.
    I’ve read several reviews that say the dealership either says that’s just the way Jeeps steer, or that they don’t find any issues.
    I say their full of it! There are way too many incidents for there not to be a problem.
    Come on Jeep! At least do a recall!

  • ST

    I was sold a Jeep Wrangler 2023 in Oklahoma with bad damper, I experienced the death wobble in two days, on the freeway, it still has alignment issues and now I have PTSD from the constant problems with steering and being on the freeway.

    Dealerships are saying the car does shift to the right but there is nothing they can do. The manufacturer reached out but has not followed up. I have been treated horribly by Jeep Cares. I drove from Houston and have registered it yet.

    What are my rights, what do I do?

  • Denise S

    I own a 2021 jeep and the steering is wobbles. I drive from Miami to Cape Coral and had almost driven off of alligator alley.
    My steering wheel wobbles and shakes to the point I can’t keep the jeep on the road.
    I can not drive over 40 miles and hour and I don’t feel safe.

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