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#429 April 06 2:44 PM
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So has Stellantis fixed the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator’s highly variable steering yet?

In theory, a fix was done in 2019, but some are still finding the steering to be wandering, quite aside from the usual issues related to their design qualities.

One owner said he'd owned a string of Wranglers and test drove a dozen JLs before buying, to make sure his steered well. Some wander and some are right. A recall is reportedly under way.

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I think the answer is a solid maybe. I owned a 2018 JLUR that was horrible, very vague, wandered all over the road. After a new steering box, updated track bar, larger steering stabilizer, and an optimized alignment it was much improved but still no fun to drive at highway speeds in traffic. JL was a Feb 18 build so fairly early down the line. I replaced it with a JTLE that was a good improvement right out of the box, still wandered but better. Last fall I had the TSB completed that swapped the aluminum steering box for the 2021 standard steel box and a lot of the slop and wandering disappeared. It's still a little squirrely in traffic (wind off of other vehicles seems to move it around a little, similar to driving on windy days thanks to the flat sides.) I think they are on the right track, my main complaint is that the electric steering feels very overboosted which contributes to the wandering through overcorrection, and that should be tunable to speed and 4x4 mode. I've heard rumors of a recall since the JL days, nothing so far though.

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Wind will blow it around regardless of steering, given that boxy shape; our Neon and 300M had very precise steering but both were pretty subject to crosswinds. I wonder if the electric steering was originally tuned to compensate for the poor mechanicals. Thanks for the detail.

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I do wonder why there seems to be no factory testing.

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This is going to be a deciding factor for me when it comes time to purchase. I’m still thinking of getting a Gladiator because it combines my wants...another Wrangler and a truck...but it’ll depend heavily on the test drive. My commute is long, so I don’t want to be constantly fighting my vehicle. Been there, done that with my old TJ...however I never felt like anything was “wrong” with how the steering felt on the TJ, it was just how a Wrangler was supposed to feel. But reading comments from lots of JL & JT owners, this doesn’t feel right, and it varies from vehicle to vehicle which reinforces that there is actually something wrong. If they all felt that way perhaps you could make the argument that that’s how it’s supposed to feel.


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I work with a guy, he leased a 2020 JT Overland for his wife. He and I talked about the steering issues at length before he took delivery, his wife loved it, no issues drove like a dream. Fast forward a few months, he orders a 2021 JT Sport S for himself, wife drives it one day and decided hers was broken it was significantly tighter driving the 21. The 21 steering is much better, she got the new steering gear in hers and it's perfect again in her eyes.

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Hopefully that's not a one-off - they've finally fixed the issue entirely. There should not be much variation in modern production, and for what they charge for the JL and JT, they can test each one for 1,000 yards..

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Have we heard anything more about the 2021s?

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