Steering Damper replacement recall - successful?

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I got the alert mentioning I have a recall regarding fixing the Steering Damper.

I have a 2019 Moab. Yes, I used to experience a very unsteady & shaky drive when my tires PSI were high after I bought the car from the lot. Ever since bringing the PSI down, the steering has significantly improved. At high speeds 70mph+, it can get unsteady. But, I rarely ever exceed speeds of 70mph.

I’m not sure if I’ve just adapted to the “loose steering” of the JL, or if it just doesn’t even exist.

My question is, to those who got the steering damper recall, did it help?

Feedback on whether I should even bother getting the damper/stabilizer fixed?

Feedback is appreciated!





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I got the alert mentioning I have a recall regarding fixing the Steering Damper.

I have a 2019 Moab. Yes, I used to experience a very unsteady & shaky drive when my tires PSI were high after I bought the car from the lot. Ever since bringing the PSI down, the steering has significantly improved. At high speeds 70mph+, it can get unsteady. But, I rarely ever exceed speeds of 70mph.

I’m not sure if I’ve just adapted to the “loose steering” of the JL, or if it just doesn’t even exist.

My question is, to those who got the steering damper recall, did it help?

Feedback on whether I should even bother getting the damper/stabilizer fixed?

Feedback is appreciated!
The steering damper was replaced on our jeep while it was part of the dealers inventory. When I bought it ,it was brought to my attention that the V41 recall was performed. There has always been some play in the steering, a dead spot if you will, but the damn thing tracks beautifully when you let go of the wheel at speed. We have gotten used to it . Still not sure if this is what Jeep intended. I would get the recall done. Hey, it couldnt hoit !
 

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My damper replacement for V41 recall fixed wobble. Steering feels much tighter and doesn't wobble over the exact same road inputs and bumps that it did prior to replacement. Will it last? Time will tell. I had last damper replaced and it lasted several thousand miles before acting up and receiving the V41 recall in the mail.
 

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Well I got mine just after the recall was done so can’t compare but I feel it isn’t 100% right

Above 60mph it just wanders all the time, not horrendous but keeps you awake! , I came out of a BMW SUV though which was as straight as a dart, you could drive without touching the wheel on a good road

My dealer have escalated the issue for me so I am just waiting now
 

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Well I got mine just after the recall was done so can’t compare but I feel it isn’t 100% right

Above 60mph it just wanders all the time, not horrendous but keeps you awake! , I came out of a BMW SUV though which was as straight as a dart, you could drive without touching the wheel on a good road

My dealer have escalated the issue for me so I am just waiting now
If it doesn’t help, then I would suggest you get a quality equal force steering stabilizer, and upgrade your track bar. The oem track bar is so light weight it really doesn’t work that well. I know what you’re probably saying, it’s brand new they should make it right. Well if you wait for that to happen you’ll never get to enjoy your rig, lol.

I personally took matters into my own hands the day I pulled it in the driveway from the dealership . I wanted this Jeep, this new platform, so I wasn’t going to let something I knew I could fix keep me from having it, even if I had to pay out of pocket.

But that’s just me, I know everyone’s different and look at it differently, and that’s ok, nothing wrong with that at all. Anyway, just my .02........enjoy your new rig.......oh...and don’t call it a car, the elders are listening........:)
 
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I've had mine on for a week and a half and I can say I can really tell a difference. Now, personally, the previous steering play did not bother me. Hell, I even taught my daughter to drive and she used the JL to take her driver's license test (and passed). I've had my Jeep since Christmas, and when I picked it up after the recall I could tell a difference just driving in the parking lot! There's very little play in the steering, where as before I probably had a good 2-3 inches (an inch to inch and a half either side of center).

Am I happy with it? I guess so. I was fine before. Will it last? Meh, I'm not worried about it, honestly. If I don't like how it feels later, I'll just do as @Roky and others have done and go aftermarket. But nothing wrong with taking it to your dealer and see for yourself:like:
 

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All good advice, I just want to make sure I am at least how it was intended from factory, then I can improve if required
 

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I've had mine on for a week and a half and I can say I can really tell a difference. Now, personally, the previous steering play did not bother me. Hell, I even taught my daughter to drive and she used the JL to take her driver's license test (and passed). I've had my Jeep since Christmas, and when I picked it up after the recall I could tell a difference just driving in the parking lot! There's very little play in the steering, where as before I probably had a good 2-3 inches (an inch to inch and a half either side of center).

Am I happy with it? I guess so. I was fine before. Will it last? Meh, I'm not worried about it, honestly. If I don't like how it feels later, I'll just do as @Roky and others have done and go aftermarket. But nothing wrong with taking it to your dealer and see for yourself:like:
Agreed. If it doesn't last this time I am going aftermarket too!
 

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Had mine replaced today by the dealer. The steering is tighter and the wheel moves less over the road. So far, it seems like an improvement.
 

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I got the recall in the mail last week. I haven’t noticed or had problems with steering or wandering since I lowered my tire pressure to 37psi. I’ve had my Jeep for over a year and wondering if I need to have the recall done myself.
 

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Mine is tighter after install, drives better. I wasn't complaining before, it drove like a jeep.
 

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For y’all that had your V41 recall done, (steering damper replaced). Did the dealership also flash your pcm?

I replaced my steering damper way before the recall and my wandering issues and loose steering were unaffected. When I got the recall notice, I brought my 19jl rubicon to dealer and told them about the loose steering. Well, they flashed my pcm and I’ll be damned, my rig tracks straight, no wandering, and tight steering. No shit!
 

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For y’all that had your V41 recall done, (steering damper replaced). Did the dealership also flash your pcm?

I replaced my steering damper way before the recall and my wandering issues and loose steering were unaffected. When I got the recall notice, I brought my 19jl rubicon to dealer and told them about the loose steering. Well, they flashed my pcm and I’ll be damned, my rig tracks straight, no wandering, and tight steering. No shit!
Seriously? , why, electronic steering ? Hope mine is that simple !
 

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I beleive there is TSB on the Track bar and the new Steering stabilizer. THe new track bar has higher durometer bushings.

I ddint have any issues with my sahara (wife drives it), but I opted to install the steer smarts Track bar and the Falcon 2.1 adjustable steering stabilizer. Also did the Northridge Grade 8 shoulder bolts on all the control arms and front and rear track bars.

It made the feel much better and even going over washboard roads improved the steering. My wife even commented that it feels more planted.

I would invest in the SM Track bar and the Falcon and be done with any issues.

I have a rubicon on order and will be doing the same.
 

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