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Old 12-03-2015, 07:01 PM
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2016 wrangler vibration

Hi guys, I have a 2016 2 dr wrangler sport 6cyl auto with an s package. I have 1800 miles on her with no upgrades yet. The problem I have is when I'm stopped and in drive, like at a stop light, I feel a vibration in the steering wheel. I don't feel any vibration in the steering wheel while driving. Sometimes I can feel a change in the vibration when I put the heater fan on, which I think is the a/c clutch engaging. Then when I'm moving after about 15 to 20 min and I slow down for a car turning, or moving when a light changes, and slowing pick up speed I hear a vibration from the right side sometimes. You can make it come and go sometimes by giving it a little more or less throttle. I took it back to the dealer and the mechanic said its normal. All the ones he has driven have it. He couldn't check noise because of course it didn't do it but it did have the vibration. I cannot see any vibration being normal on a new jeep. Especially idling and in drive. They supposedly checked for anything loose, and found nothing.
I was curious if anyone with a 2016 jeep felt any vibration.

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My 2015 JKU(Bought in September) vibrates. It's normal, get used to it or trade it in for a non-Wrangler. It's a Sport Automatic, it vibrates when I warm it up in the morning, it vibrates sitting at a stoplight in Drive. And when I go down a road bumpy enough the Freedom top vibrates too.
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hi Jeepenwagen, thanks for the reply. I had an 82 cj 7 years ago which I loved so I'm not total new to jeeps. I just wanted to make sure that the dealer was not just saying it was normal to get me out of there. As long as I know it's normal I have no problem with it. I waited almost 20 yrs to get my first new jeep :-), and I'm going to enjoy every minute of it. Thanks again.
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Hi guys, I have a 2016 2 dr wrangler sport 6cyl auto with an s package. I have 1800 miles on her with no upgrades yet. The problem I have is when I'm stopped and in drive, like at a stop light, I feel a vibration in the steering wheel. I don't feel any vibration in the steering wheel while driving. Sometimes I can feel a change in the vibration when I put the heater fan on, which I think is the a/c clutch engaging. Then when I'm moving after about 15 to 20 min and I slow down for a car turning, or moving when a light changes, and slowing pick up speed I hear a vibration from the right side sometimes. You can make it come and go sometimes by giving it a little more or less throttle. I took it back to the dealer and the mechanic said its normal. All the ones he has driven have it. He couldn't check noise because of course it didn't do it but it did have the vibration. I cannot see any vibration being normal on a new jeep. Especially idling and in drive. They supposedly checked for anything loose, and found nothing.
I was curious if anyone with a 2016 jeep felt any vibration.

Thank you in advance.
Is yours an automatic? I have a 2012 and my transmission mount went bad at 36,000 miles. I had a seemingly in explainable vibration that changed with speeds as well. The replacement transmission mount fixed the issue. I'm not saying that this is your issue but it would be worth pointing out and exploring. It's probably not your issue since your Jeep is brand spankin' new. Hope this helps.
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hi Jeepenwagen, thanks for the reply. I had an 82 cj 7 years ago which I loved so I'm not total new to jeeps. I just wanted to make sure that the dealer was not just saying it was normal to get me out of there. As long as I know it's normal I have no problem with it. I waited almost 20 yrs to get my first new jeep :-), and I'm going to enjoy every minute of it. Thanks again.
Surprisingly, my new Wrangler rattles less than my 2013 Subaru did and it's not any louder inside. It rides a lot bumpier but I expected it with the design of the solid axles. Enjoy your Jeep! It's unique in the fact that it's a retro-mobile with modern electronics.
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Hi Myjeepfun, mine is an auto. I don't feel the vibration while driving. I hear something at different speeds. I have a few free oil changes, which I know aren't really free lol, so I'm going to have them take another look for the noise. With 1800 miles it better not be a mount lol. Thank you for the reply. If I find the problem I'll post it so I might help someone.
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Hi Jeepenwagen, I thought the ride would be bumpier because of the 82 CJ7 I had but was very surprised the ride and noise wasn't bad at all. My wifes 03 Liberty is noisier. It's funny because when she first road in my wrangler she gave a pout look and said it's not fair that my jeep is quieter than hers lol. but she feels it is bumpier than the 94 Bronco I had. Thank you I will enjoy it :-). You enjoy yours also.
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I have the exact same 2016 Wrangler sport, with the exact same issue. The vibration actually seems to go away when I turn on the AC or the heat, but with both of them off there is an noticeable increase in vibrating in the steering wheel and the center console while in drive at a red light.

Shifting it into neutral and back into drive stops it temporarily until the next light. I plan on mentioning the problem to the dealer when I bring it in for an oil change in a few weeks, but I get this feeling they're going to tell me its normal. I guess I'm not the only one experiencing this, but I wonder if every JK does it?
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Hi Roestrohdamus, Did you have any luck at the dealer? I took one of the dealers mechanic out twice. The first time mine didn't make any noise. The vibration was there but not to bad when I put the ac on but they seemed to blow it off. The second time I went with a mechanic he heard the rattle when I took off from a stop. They had it for almost a week and could find a thing. I have to make an appointment for a free oil change I got when I bought it, and I'm going to have them check it again while its there. there are a couple of jeep dealers by me so I might see if one of them can check it out. I should take another one for a test drive either there or another dealer to see if there is a difference. Let me know how you make out with it.
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If the vibration is changing or disappearing with slight RPM changes (like turning the AC on, which will drop RPM 100-200) I would suspect you have some kind of harmonic vibration happening. It would just be bad luck that at the exact idle speed of your Wrangler that it resonates and amplifies the vibration. I can't think of anything else that would cause it to be felt only when siting at idle. V6's don't exactly spin in balance to begin with...
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My 2016 JKU rubicon doesn't have any kind of rattle or vibration like you're describing. !5,000 miles on it so far.

In my experience "it's normal" is code for "I don't want to spend hours trying to diagnose it."
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No vibrations from my 2016 either. Try a different dealership if you're not getting satisfaction from yours. What you're describing doesn't sound normal to me. I think AZrat nailed it, your dealer doesn't want to be bothered making a diagnosis.
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Just over 2000 miles on my 2016 MT Rubicon, and I've noticed an increase in vibration at idle ("rougher" idle), and in certain gears / at certain speeds.
As you mentioned, it can sometimes be manipulated slightly by turning on the fan/AC, but I don't think it's directly related to HVAC, and it's something that was not present during the first 2000 miles - most people could hardly tell the Jeep was running at idle; now it's obvious in terms of vibration and sound.
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I just opened up a thread with almost the same thing yesterday :

(https://www.wranglerforum.com/f202/ex...e-1858785.html

Similar problem...hum/vibe while stationary in drive, goes away when you start moving and or shift it into neutral. It didn't initially have this problem, so it makes me think its an adjustment of something that needs...re-adjusting.
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AZrat and demarcating, I agree, they just want to get me out the door as quick as they can. I have a few services I don't have to pay for coming up, I'm going to bring the problems up to them again. After that I have another dealer close by I'm going to bring it to.
Koch, yeah something changed after that first, 1800 miles for me. Maybe something loosened up. The worst part is that it doesn't make the noise of something vibrating all the time. But the feel is there all the time. There was one time the vibration was enough to make something up front rattle.

I did notice today as I slowly accelerated from 40. It almost felt and sounded like I was driving a mt and was In to high a gear. Like the sound and feel of starting off in 2nd or 3rd. Makes me wonder if it's a drivetrain problem.
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I wonder if you have a bad motor or transmission mount? Did you try power braking it and letting your foot off the gas fast while someone watched the engine for movement? Or listened for a clung while doing it? I'm not sure what kind of motor mounts Jeep is using in these things but some of these newer design motor mounts suck!!!!!!!!!!!

Better yet, did they actually check the engine and transmission mounts? You might want to suggest they do so.
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Just a small update. I'm noticing now that since the temperature is generally around or below 50 degrees in the morning, the vibrating is at its most noticeable at that time.
Later in the day when the temperature is close to 70, it seems to lessen. I wonder if I should expect this to increase as it get closer to winter and the temperature continues to drop.
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Just a small update. I'm noticing now that since the temperature is generally around or below 50 degrees in the morning, the vibrating is at its most noticeable at that time.
Later in the day when the temperature is close to 70, it seems to lessen. I wonder if I should expect this to increase as it get closer to winter and the temperature continues to drop.
Wow, I wonder if it has to do with a sensor causing the engine to run differently based on temperature, and it's not tripping the CEL.
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Well. It does sound like this is pretty normal for 16's & 17's. My 16' with 8000 miles actually distorts the mirror images sometime at stop lights, etc.
I also started a thread about "engine or trans vibration". The little blue Sport 2-door we had was a 2015 and it was smooth.
Oh, well. I think it has a 5 year, 60,000 mile power train warranty from the factory and I have additional warranty up to 100,000 miles.
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Guys I had this vibration on my 15 JKU it just started one day and it was always a vibration when the engine was loaded, by loaded i mean turning on the AC or putting it in gear. After crawling under it several times i found a bare spot on the transmission mount. The motor/Trans would move slightly under load and it would cause the mount to touch metal to metal in a spot. To fix it all that was needed was to loosen the lower mounting bolts and use a small pry bar to recenter the lower part of the mount, i have not had the vibration since. It took me a total of 10 minutes to fix the issue. I strongly suggest you crawl under and check out the trans mount.

The vibration even though it was not a major vibration was really annoying to me.
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The two pieces of metal in the red circle were touching under load.
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I have this vibration as well, just started at 3,000 miles def gonna try what ^ he said, thanks for the post hopefully this works for others as well.
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Ir sounds like you have two seperate issues. The vibration while sitting in drive is a rough idle and is common on JKs. My 2016 and 2017 both have it. My 2015 didn't. It's hit or miss, some have it, some don't. It's nothing to worry about just a bit annoying.

The rattle on acceleration/certain speeds is most likely a heat shield vibration/touching something. It is usually metal on metal. However, last time I had that issue it turned out a pebble was on the one by my muffler. Knocked the pebble out and no more noise.
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Ir sounds like you have two seperate issues. The vibration while sitting in drive is a rough idle and is common on JKs. My 2016 and 2017 both have it. My 2015 didn't. It's hit or miss, some have it, some don't. It's nothing to worry about just a bit annoying.

The rattle on acceleration/certain speeds is most likely a heat shield vibration/touching something. It is usually metal on metal. However, last time I had that issue it turned out a pebble was on the one by my muffler. Knocked the pebble out and no more noise.
I strongly suggest you check your trans mount or any other spots there may be metal to metal touching and transferring engine vibrations. There should be no rough idle the pentastar is a very quiet smooth running engine IMO. When mine started the vibration was very sporadic but eventually did it constantly while in gear.
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I was told it was a bent axel - and it would cost about 5K to fix. It's quite annoying and kind of dangerous if I just ignore. It's vibrating a lot to include the steering wheel.
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I was told it was a bent axel - and it would cost about 5K to fix. It's quite annoying and kind of dangerous if I just ignore. It's vibrating a lot to include the steering wheel.
A bent axle will obviously cause all sorts of shaking when you're rolling, but it won't cause a vibration when you're sitting still.
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The vibration, shaking, wobbly seems to happen below 40 mph and once I increase the speed, it tends to away. Torn between getting rid of this jeep...
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Interesting responses. I have a stock 2016 with 7K on it, automatic Sport and the vibration at idle in gear (800 RPM) causes the seats to vibrate, drives my ears crazy. Put it in neutral and it goes away. It's perfect going down the road. It's been going on for a month or so and I have an appointment shortly. I'm curious. Transmission mount, harmonic balancer,,any guess is a good one. The mechanic at the Jeep dealer today asked if the subwoofer was on? It wasn't but it does sound like a fog horn from a distance. What was the fix?
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Interesting responses. I have a stock 2016 with 7K on it, automatic Sport and the vibration at idle in gear (800 RPM) causes the seats to vibrate, drives my ears crazy. Put it in neutral and it goes away. It's perfect going down the road. It's been going on for a month or so and I have an appointment shortly. I'm curious. Transmission mount, harmonic balancer,,any guess is a good one. The mechanic at the Jeep dealer today asked if the subwoofer was on? It wasn't but it does sound like a fog horn from a distance. What was the fix?
See my post above you are describing the same vibration I was having. If you have tools it takes less time to adjust the mount than it takes to drive to the dealer.
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The two pieces of metal in the red circle were touching under load.

Just registered to say this was my problem! Awesome. Bugged me for 2 days. The lower part slid forward so I had to hammer it backwards with a nice hammering pry bar after loosening the lower nuts accessible through the crossmember. 16mm deep socket if anyone in the future needs the info.

To elaborate on my symptoms, my vibration was anytime the engine was running under power including stopped, accelerating, neutral (both transmission and transfer case). If I was at speed and let off gas (to coast, which shuts off fuel injection), the vibration would stop. That led me to think bad gas so I threw in a fuel additive but problem didn't go away.

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