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rpasetto 05-28-2018 03:29 AM

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Originally Posted by FLSteve (Post 4211409)
Has anybody with a new JL Wrangler experienced this wobble yet?

Does the JL Wrangler now have EPS? or it it still equipped with hydraulic PS?

lass 05-28-2018 05:48 AM

rpasetto , there are a few other threads on the subject but the short version is that the JK steering was mechanically driven hydraulic steering whereas the JL is electronically driven hydraulic steering. Neither would be active during towing.

rpasetto 05-28-2018 07:05 AM

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Originally Posted by lass (Post 4211790)
rpasetto , there are a few other threads on the subject but the short version is that the JK steering was mechanically driven hydraulic steering whereas the JL is electronically driven hydraulic steering. Neither would be active during towing.

"Electro-Hydraulic systems" which use an electronic control system and an electrically driven PS pump will (hopefully) be OK as the hydraulics should provide the damping of vibration. Even in a mechanical-hydraulic system, the PS pump is off while it's being towed.

Perhaps FCA will go back to engineering this system for the next GC update. Meanwhile I haven't heard anything about the technical aspects of the FCA project to provide a GC fix. The KL (Cherokee) fix is relatively simplistic. It just activates the the EPS computer which has software that "mitigates" wobble during normal running/driving.

I know lot of GC owners out there who'd like to see the solution soon. Hope for the best for you.

Butte64 06-30-2018 01:02 PM

My 2017 GC Limited has been towed less than 6K miles, no wobble. Many turns at low speed including a very sharp 180 on dirt road. Iím wondering if towbar geometry has an effect. Iím using a drop hitch so BlueOx baseplate and Avail towbar are level. Would be interesting if anyone with same setup had wobble.

lass 06-30-2018 01:27 PM

Butte64. I have a list of over 40 Grand Cherokee owners with their specific towing set up and it doesnít make any difference. In reading some of these threads, owner have towed for 15K miles before the wobble happened. As long as your set up is level to mfg specification, the brand doesnít matter Demco, Blue Ox, Roadmaster have all experienced the problem.

DrDaveMA 07-01-2018 12:52 AM

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Originally Posted by lass (Post 4266629)
Butte64. I have a list of over 40 Grand Cherokee owners with their specific towing set up and it doesnít make any difference. In reading some of these threads, owner have towed for 15K miles before the wobble happened. As long as your set up is level to mfg specification, the brand doesnít matter Demco, Blue Ox, Roadmaster have all experienced the problem.



And at least 1 that has towed over 15k without a problem, but we are NOT telling the coach or GC that, it is our little Secret!

Btw, lass, is there any correlation to having a charge line connected?

lass 07-01-2018 05:51 AM

DrDaveMD. We have not seen any correlation with the charge line. It will maintain the battery but still doesnít tie into the steering.
I had previously posted that I traded the Summit for a new JLU Rubicon and hereís the ironic part. Rumors are the the JL will have a harness in a few week. The GC just waits for one.

DrDaveMA 07-01-2018 07:39 PM

Lass, I feel that at some point we will find a correlation to a little suspected part or connection, we just have to keep digging, thanks for your efforts.

ternzer 07-01-2018 09:42 PM

We recently switched from a 16 Cherokee Trailhawk to a 17 grand Cherokee Trailhawk. I had the flat tow harness installed on the last one. I am disappointed to now see that the JGC suffers fro the same issue. I will stay tuned for a solution...
I just finished the base plate install today. If i get the wobble i will report back on that as well.

rpasetto 07-02-2018 05:31 AM

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Originally Posted by DrDaveMA (Post 4268563)
Lass, I feel that at some point we will find a correlation to a little suspected part or connection, we just have to keep digging, thanks for your efforts.

The one part is the EPS. Many 2014+ Cherokee owners went through the same thing a few years earlier. We went through towbar, baseplate, angle, motorhome, or how tight/lose the towbar was... but the common factor was very simply the lack of hydraulic damping in the Cherokee steering system. Through the research done, one owner discovered that FCA had applied for a patent on the software in their EPS which counters the wobble during normal driving; the famed "tow harness" fix came out later.

On the Grand Cherokee, reports of the wobble tendency began in the year that the GC switched their design to EPS.

Big_Boy 07-02-2018 09:32 AM

OK. I am now a believer. I finally experienced the "wobble" this weekend after over 7,000 trouble-free tow miles.

We exited I-70 westbound in Topeka, KS at "Carnahans Ave." Stopped at the stop sign. Had to turn left. This is a fairly hard left turn after crossing around a small dirt median. The pavement is fairly rough with a few potholes. I might have steered slightly right before turning hard left to make sure back tire of the coach cleared the curb on the median. As soon as I started to straighten out, I got a shaking that reminded me of having a flat tire on an old Volkswagen. Man! I probably pulled the JGC for about 100 yards with this shaking.

However...I did not panic. I just stopped for a few seconds and then pulled straight ahead. No more shaking. The JGC pulled smoothly and had no further problems with the two left hand turns in the next mile going into the RV park.

Even though I always believed this could happen, the long time I have been towing had lulled me into a state of complacency. This event made this problem very real. Nevertheless, I have even more confidence that this will not happen at speed.

The 'wobble' seems to coincide with sharp turns and major bumps in the pavement. My feeling is that the lack of damping in the steering system allows disturbances as you find on bumpy roads to overcome the 'normal' stabilizing inputs.

Carefree 07-02-2018 09:37 AM

There is a "Bush'Fix" for the wobble. Use bungy cords and tie them to the steering wheel and then route them around the back of the driver's seat.We had to do this with our former Cherokee until we got the wire harness installed. It works as a "patch solution"

CWSWine 07-02-2018 09:49 AM

Big Boy
I experienced my first wobble right around 7000 miles and did it twice in the same day. If you complain to Jeep they send a nice letter saying don't tow 4 down but all 4 on a trailer. Nice CYA...

SuperGewl 07-10-2018 01:28 AM

I'm sorry but I think this Death Wobble thing is because those that tow don't have their toad setup properly.
I have towed mine across country and back thru various terrains without issue. But I have mine setup properly; the MH does not lift the front end of the Toad, there is no clunking/sway In the tow bar and my tow bar system (Roadmaster) has the cross brace across the front of the car to complete the triangle and ensure the Toad frame does not flex.

And just to let you know the facts, it's NOT just Jeeps, its any car or truck with an EPS. The main reason why you seem only hear about it with Jeeps is because of their popularity.


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