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!
Mine was replaced previously after death wobbling, then now replaced again with the newest fix . Time will tell, but I don't have the wobble feeling like I did before .
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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When I was reminded about the recall, mine was already in the shop getting rcv's put in. I forgot about it, but already have a fox 2.0 stabilizer and relocation kit coming in. I didn't really have an issue with the steering to begin with and with this in the mail (stuck at customs)... I'm probably ignoring it.
Plus I'm kind of avoiding the dealership if I can. Wasn't going to do much upgrading until my warranty was up, but after an uphill battle and almost a month without a car that resulted in nothing when trying to get something fixed under warranty... what can I say, it's open season on mods in my eyes.
 

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Mine is at the Dealer right now. I had the Damper replaced in February due to the death wobble, before the recall. It seemed to fix the issues but I rarely go 70+ mph. Ignored the recall at first, then I started to notice if I was going over 50mph and hit a bump a certain way I would get a slight DW. Then last weekend I had it on the highway and was going 75 and got MAJOR DW. Never effects the handling and I never felt unsafe and as if I couldn't control the vehicle. So I was die for an LOF anyway so let it go in for the recall. Went to pick it up last night and the service advisor took it for a road test and said it's still got the wobble big time. So they kept it and I'm waiting to hear. If the recalled part doesn't fix it I don't even know where to go from there :(
 

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Then last weekend I had it on the highway and was going 75 and got MAJOR DW. Went to pick it up last night and the service advisor took it for a road test and said it's still got the wobble big time. So they kept it and I'm waiting to hear. If the recalled part doesn't fix it I don't even know where to go from there :(
Where you should "go from there" is to your nearest lawyer! Did the dealer provide a loaner car or are you paying for a vehicle you can't use while they tinker with it?

How many wrecks and/or deaths have to occur before FCA is forced to fix this problem - and why is the NHTSA still allowing these vehicles to be sold? It is a KNOWN problem. The fact that not everyone has this issue indicates a serious "hit and miss" quality issue somewhere. These vehicles are sold to EVERYONE not just rough and tough off-roaders who can handle it. What if "mom or sis" drives it, gets death wobble, panics and crashes?

NHTSA needs to do their job and force FCA to fix this. "We tried" isn't the right answer.
 

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Where you should "go from there" is to your nearest lawyer! Did the dealer provide a loaner car or are you paying for a vehicle you can't use while they tinker with it?

How many wrecks and/or deaths have to occur before FCA is forced to fix this problem - and why is the NHTSA still allowing these vehicles to be sold? It is a KNOWN problem. The fact that not everyone has this issue indicates a serious "hit and miss" quality issue somewhere. These vehicles are sold to EVERYONE not just rough and tough off-roaders who can handle it. What if "mom or sis" drives it, gets death wobble, panics and crashes?

NHTSA needs to do their job and force FCA to fix this. "We tried" isn't the right answer.
Yes I have a loaner.
 

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Mine was fine before and finer afterward.
 

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Where you should "go from there" is to your nearest lawyer! Did the dealer provide a loaner car or are you paying for a vehicle you can't use while they tinker with it?

How many wrecks and/or deaths have to occur before FCA is forced to fix this problem - and why is the NHTSA still allowing these vehicles to be sold? It is a KNOWN problem. The fact that not everyone has this issue indicates a serious "hit and miss" quality issue somewhere. These vehicles are sold to EVERYONE not just rough and tough off-roaders who can handle it. What if "mom or sis" drives it, gets death wobble, panics and crashes?

NHTSA needs to do their job and force FCA to fix this. "We tried" isn't the right answer.
How many ‘wrecks/and or deaths’ have been recorded?
 

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How many ‘wrecks/and or deaths’ have been recorded?
I was wondering the same thing. Because at no time during any of the "episodes" have I had a hard time controlling the vehicle. I'm not saying they shouldn't fix it, but it's not like I'm flying off the side of the road.
 
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Where you should "go from there" is to your nearest lawyer! Did the dealer provide a loaner car or are you paying for a vehicle you can't use while they tinker with it?

How many wrecks and/or deaths have to occur before FCA is forced to fix this problem - and why is the NHTSA still allowing these vehicles to be sold? It is a KNOWN problem. The fact that not everyone has this issue indicates a serious "hit and miss" quality issue somewhere. These vehicles are sold to EVERYONE not just rough and tough off-roaders who can handle it. What if "mom or sis" drives it, gets death wobble, panics and crashes?

NHTSA needs to do their job and force FCA to fix this. "We tried" isn't the right answer.
Death Wobble has been around in Jeeps for a very long time. This is not a JL-specific issue. You are aware of that, right?
 

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Death Wobble has been around in Jeeps for a very long time. This is not a JL-specific issue. You are aware of that, right?
It’s not even Jeep specific, Land Rover series 1, 2 and 3 and all Defender models suffer from DW.
 

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It’s not even Jeep specific, Land Rover series 1, 2 and 3 and all Defender models suffer from DW.
Hell, even I suffer from Death Wobble at times!
 

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Death Wobble has been around in Jeeps for a very long time. This is not a JL-specific issue. You are aware of that, right?
Yes, I am aware of that - but how many people who buy these vehicles are? Unsuspecting Sally gets one for her birthday, experiences death wobble on the freeway, panics and crashes. THAT is the issue. Maybe YOU can handle it but not everyone else can.

If the problem has been around a "very long time" maybe these vehicles should not be legal for sale to the general public for use on public streets. Google "Jeep Death Wobble" and 775,000 results come up. That's a big problem.
 
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I was wondering the same thing. Because at no time during any of the "episodes" have I had a hard time controlling the vehicle. I'm not saying they shouldn't fix it, but it's not like I'm flying off the side of the road.
Then how did it get labeled "death wobble"? Why don't they just call it "wheel shimmy"? Because there's a BIG difference between the two! "Death wobble" is caused by an unstable system.
 

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Then how did it get labeled "death wobble"? Why don't they just call it "wheel shimmy"? Because there's a BIG difference between the two! "Death wobble" is caused by an unstable system.
OK then, how many deaths?
 

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