When it comes to Jeep, it's important to keep up with maintenance, as one problem can spiral into several problems much more quickly than you'd normally think. Jeep Wranglers are the king of the off-road, but this doesn't mean that they're maintenance free. If you're looking to buy a Jeep Wrangler near me, or if you already have one, it's best to make sure the vehicle is well-maintained to avoid most of the following problems. No vehicle is without its faults, but given how much stress you're likely to put a Jeep under when you're offroading, it's important to ensure that the vehicle lasts as long as possible. Why buy a Jeep Wrangler? The answer is in the fun of the drive, the ability to drive over just about anything, and the freedom to go off-road whenever you'd like. Jeep Wrangler maintenance is critical, just like it is in any other used vehicle, but this list of common problems should help you diagnose and repair the majority of issues in your Jeep Wrangler.

1. Wobbling/shaking at high speeds.

Due to the naturally higher suspension of Jeeps, making sure the steering system remains in optimal shape is of the utmost important, as the top-heavy nature of SUVs as a whole means they're more likely to roll over at high speed. The problem has gotten much less significant in recent years, as Jeep has prioritized safety and security in recent model years, but owners of older Jeeps are quite likely to know about what's frequently called the "death wobble." Generally, this can be solved with a relatively simple and inexpensive fix: replace the steering stabilizer, and replace the tie rods and ball joints. This should resolve the problem in its entirety, meaning your vehicle will be safe to drive at high speeds once again. If you ever feel that little bit of instability start, it's crucial that you get this repair done as quickly as possible. You never know where your day is going to take you, and if you should need to take the highway while this system is in disrepair, your safety may be on the line. Make sure you get it resolved as quickly as possible.

2. Key fob fails to unlock/start the vehicle.

While keyless entry systems are nice to have, especially if you're the type to always carry your keys, it can create quite the problem should that key fob cease to do its job. That being said, should the key fob not work, it's more likely to be an internal component on the Jeep than the key fob itself. The wireless control module is relatively cheap and easy to replace, however, so you should be back up and on the road in no time at all. Once you source the part itself, we'd recommend following this guide to get the part itself replaced!

3. Vehicle has complete loss of power.

If it seems like your Jeep Wrangler has lost all electrical power, you can imagine how important that repair could be to the functionality of the vehicle overall. Some Jeep owners report experiencing this total power loss, which is almost always resolved the same way. You most likely need to replace your TIPM, or Totally Integrated Power Module. The air conditioning system, radio, lights, and windshield wipers are all controlled by the TIPM, meaning that the TIPM's failure can completely disable the Jeep. On the plus side, this means that you're almost certain of what repair you need to make to fix this electrical problem, and when it comes to vehicle electrical problems, mechanics often spend far more time diagnosing the issue than it takes to actually fix it. This one is a bit more pricy, but once it's taken care of, your Jeep will feel like it's just about brand new again!

4. Bucking/Jerking/Sudden change of speed while driving.

If it seems like your Jeep suddenly changes speeds, or makes a jerking motion while driving, this is most likely due to the Throttle Position Sensor, or TPS for short. This communicates with the Jeep's onboard computer in regards to how "open" the throttle is. In an automatic transmission, this means that shifting will happen at inappropriate times due to the engine misinterpreting this information, since the TPS is sending the engine faulty information. On the plus side, this is generally an inexpensive fix, only costing around $150 total between the part itself and the labor involved in fixing the part. This should significantly improve the quality of your drive as soon as the repair is complete, meaning your engine will be running smooth and clean once again.

With all these tips in mind, you now know the bulk of issues that could happen to your Jeep Wrangler. Make sure you properly handle all Jeep Wrangler maintenance by bringing it to a dealership who knows a lot about Jeep Wranglers, as not all garages specialize in taking care of the needs of these vehicles in particular. If you haven't bought one yet, make sure to give it a test drive before you buy, as most of these problems will be immediately obvious on the test drive if the problem is present. If you want to make sure you get a reliable Jeep Wrangler, take a look at our inventory, we only sell the best!

If you're experiencing any of these problems in your own vehicle, give us a call at 724-657-1551 to schedule your maintenance appointment!