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Old 08-20-2019, 03:50 PM
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V41 Recall 2018-2019 JL STEERING DAMPER

Got the notice from fca today.. I thought it was only a tsb but it's a full blown recall. Good for fca.

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A new damper usually fixes most suspension problems.
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^^^Steering Dampener for DW = Band Aid..just unbelievable..IMO..
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^Agree.

I've updated the title of this thread to include the recall #.
Lets sticky it for a while as well.

Good luck JL owners!

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Got my letter too.......

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Ahhhh....stabilizer sounds like I need one of those
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Wonder if they'll reimburse me since i replaced mine with a Fox ATS.
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OK.... So, in the interest of being serious (boring) and for the benefit of those maybe new to Jeeps and this issue.
A SS or "dampener" is Not going to cure or otherwise Fix DW. It may very well stave off the "D" in DW by controlling the effect If it happens but the cause or reason Why it happened - No, not gonna do that.
Don't need a degree to say that just need to own 11 Jeeps that have been wrenched on by the owner to know that.
Keeping everything in good order (checking wear, torque, etc) will keep DW from happening.
Eleven (11) Jeeps and never once have I ever had DW. I've had every other PIA malady known to this vehicle addiction but DW? No.

First time I ever experienced a "reaction" to DW was quite unplanned and frankly, could have done without.

Older couple. I had stopped to get gas and couldn't help notice a Man trying to calm down his hysterical (turned out to be justified) Wife.

Best I could tell, they had recently (retired) decided to buy the vehicle of their dreams and travel the country (ours) visiting Kids, Grand Kids and State Parks) - Yes it was a Jeep Wrangler
After lots of begging He finally let Her drive when "It" happened. Tractor Trailers on rt 80.... hit a bridge expansion joint while changing lanes when in Her words the "Jeep just went out of control" scared the living crap out of oth of them.
The lady was not very big, had a lot of heart and was far from frail but just never expected what happened.
My 2 minute stop turned into an hour. They had called Roadside assistance but I had my bag with me and I offered. They were out of state by several and roadside towing the Jeep was going to accomplish nothing but a huge waste of time and money.
I briefly explained what I thought had happened based on the story and her state of mind. I proposed a solution but said maybe He should drive and get the Jeep checked out.
I crawled under and grunt/farted every fastener I knew to go after. The front track bar - I got a good half-turn on.

I never heard from them again but I was pissed at what happened - that Lady could have (probably was) somebody's Mom, She was a Wife.
I don't take that kind of stuff lightly. I have a Wife, a Sister, a Daughter.... not cool to be/get scared for no reason. Life is FULL of outside B.S. - No need for extra drama from inside the wire.

Just sayin' this crap ain't funny despite anybody's (even me) attempt to infuse some levity. For me, that's how I deal with life but I didn't build their Jeep I just tried to fix it for them.

Anywho.... that's that.
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OK.... So, in the interest of being serious (boring) and for the benefit of those maybe new to Jeeps and this issue.
A SS or "dampener" is Not going to cure or otherwise Fix DW. It may very well stave off the "D" in DW by controlling the effect If it happens but the cause or reason Why it happened - No, not gonna do that.

Sorry - I am one of those new to Jeeps and this issue - What does "DW" stand for?


I just got the recall and hope this fixes my "loose" steering on the highway.
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Sorry - I am one of those new to Jeeps and this issue - What does "DW" stand for?


I just got the recall and hope this fixes my "loose" steering on the highway.
Loose steering is fixed by a track bar upgrade and if need be - more caster angle.
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I have NOT experienced death wobble but did have a lot of play in the steering wheel....got this replacement yesterday and now Jeep drives with one finger. Guess I had a different problem, but dealer said mine was on the replacement list. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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...I briefly explained what I thought had happened... I proposed a solution... I crawled under.. I got a good half-turn... I never heard from them again...

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Just go try letter today. I find it humorous that when I go into mopar.com and click on the link for V41 under the recall details on my rig it takes me to a page not found. impressive considering the recall date is June 6...
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I am going to the dealer today to get the steering dampener replaced. Hope it goes well.
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I got the V-41 recall done, my steering was good before and still good after the steering stabilizer was reinstalled correctly.


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This is how the steering stabilizer was initially installed. The bottom of the photo is the front of my Jeep, the label on the stabilizer should be on the bottom and the arrow on the label should point to the front, but it was upside down/backwarrds.


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If you get the V-41 recall done, BEFORE you leave the service department make sure the intake bulge is like this. Mine was on the top.
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My appt is next week (Monday) we shall see. I have High expectations!

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I ordered my Jeep end of June and got it in August. The steering is sloppier than my '16JKUR. Is this something that is still happening? How do you know if you have a Jeep with this problem? It's not bad, but I have to steer this one, and it's not like the JK where you didn't have to think about it at all.
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I ordered my Jeep end of June and got it in August. The steering is sloppier than my '16JKUR. Is this something that is still happening? How do you know if you have a Jeep with this problem? It's not bad, but I have to steer this one, and it's not like the JK where you didn't have to think about it at all.
I think as long as they keep the steering system as is - not much is going to change.
My Lift w/35's - Geo brackets and torquing literally everything helped. I will be getting the new SS Monday and new Track bars shortly after.
It is better than it was and IMO will be better after I'm at it for the final mods. I say "final" meaning for this round of mods.
It is also about getting used to it.
I noticed that on our most recent 15 hour trip to Ft. Benning Ga.
I let my Wife take the wheel for a little while (very little) I wanted to shut my eyes .... well that was a waste of time.
God love her, she was all over the road.

The JL really benefits from as little input as possible, it's just Tooo sensitive.
I felt sorry for her, she looked stressed trying to keep the Jeep centered in our lane.
I just went ahead and drove both ways 30 hours in 3 days.
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I came from driving Minis and the wandering all over the road of a new 2014 JKU stopped me from buying one for the missus. She got a Mini that year. A couple years later I got my first JKU. Then test drove the JLU and the wandering increased dramatically from the JKU to the JLU. So I don't have a JLU.
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The damper recall didnt change anything with my crappy steering/wander in my 2019. The trackbar replacement is scheduled 2 weeks from now.
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Is this another upside down and backwards install?
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Mine goes in tomorrow and a few days later - I will install my @Rancho adjustable Track Bars. That will be nice to have the installs close but separate.
I'll post my impressions regarding effect.

I have already said and will repeat... My Rancho Lift installed by Moi under the Jeep, loosening and torquing to spec literally - everything made a Huge difference (improvement) I expect the much heavier duty Track Bars will help and bring it across the finish line to the degree that it can.

Nothing is going to negate completely the "New and Improved" steering system but we can do what we can do.

Update: The new SS is in and pointed in the right direction. First impressions leaving the dealership is/was - the steering felt heavier which I like. Drive back to my office, Jeep drove great. I don't know if (I think there is) a placebo effect whenever "something" anything gets done and you know it got done.
Would I have noticed the heavier steering IF I had gone in for an oil change and they swapped the SS w/o telling me? I dunno.
Anywho, it is done and was loving driving topless this morning - great late summer day.

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