When power is lost to the steering in the JL it is very different then in prior Jeeps like the Jk or TJ. The JL uses the electrical power to greatly assist the steering and when lost it becomes extremely heavy, far more then vehicles of the past and heavier then other vehicles I have experienced steering loss in. For a person not of my build it would been extremely challenging to turn the wheel. Effectively making the JL largely un-steerable. Couple this with the loss of engine control and brakes all at the same time and one gets quickly overwhelmed with loss of vehicle control.Forgive me if this has already been pointed out (I didn't really want to read 19 pages),but I assume you could steer, just without power steering. And secondly, wouldn't the Emergency or Parking brake still work to stop the vehicle?
Yes the emergency brake still worked and was used once the Jeep was moving slow enough for it to be effective and I had the Jeep out of traffic into the “emergency lane” of the frwy.
These failure happened several times over the course of my year ownership of the Jeep. The issues were never solved and only after a lawyer was involved was the situation resolved.
As I stated elsewhere in this thread the cause was suspected BUT NEVER confirmed as being loose fuses in the main engine fuse box that caused shorts “somewhere” in the bus system. Once the damage was done there was no easy ( aka cost effective ) fix.