I just woke up from hibernation (in Florida for the winter and the Cherokee was at home in the garage unused except for a few weeks at Christmas). So I came out of the cave and saw my shadow. This problem REALLY concerns me. We spent a lot of money trading a 2011 Escape because of serious failure rate of transmission. Ours never failed but we were always on edge as hundreds failed. So, we switched to the Cherokee.
Now, we took delivery in NOVEMBER 2013. You mention below that it was a redesign was in 2014. DOES THAT MEAN THAT ALL OF THE ORIGINAL CHEROKEES WITH THE ORIGINAL STEERING SHOULD NOT HAVE THIS PROBLEM? I hope the answer is positive.
We have towed our Cherokee on three separate occasions and have not experienced the wobble at all (total 1500 miles). In two out of three trips my son was with us towing a trailer behind his Avalanche. We swapped places often and I asked him to keep an eye on how the toad was doing and he reported (FRS radios) that everything looked great and really smooth.
I've been snowed under with home admin issues since we returned (nice to go away but a real PITA when you come back to tons of mail) but on Friday we got a letter from FCA - and it was about the towing. It is headed
CUSTOMER SATISFACTION NOTIFICATION S13
FLAT TOW OWNER ADDENDUM CARD
and here is some of what it states:
"The problem is: The Owner's Manual and User Guid on your vehicle may have incorrect information regarding flat towing vehicles with may result in vehicle shake while flat towing over rough roads.
What you should do: We ask that you insert the enclosed addendum card into the Owner's Manual and User Guide kit which is located in the glove box.
If the enclosed card is lost, visit Jeep SUVs & Crossovers | Official Jeep Site | Jeep to view or download the updated recreational towing instructions from the online 2014-2016 Jeep Cherokee Owner's Manual. You may also contact your local dealer to receive a copy of this addendum. This will be done at no charge to you."
The card that was enclosed states:
*Before towing, see your authorized dealer for the MOPAR flat tow wiring kit.
*It is recommended to charge the battery of the towed vehicle during recreational towing.
*Transmission in PARK
*Power transfer unit in NEUTRAL (N)
*Tow in forward direction
I'm hoping that the early models like mine do not have this problem and we will not be burdened by this "fix."
All input welcome.
Originally Posted by tompow567
You are not alone. There is a growing number of RV owners that are experiencing the "Cherokee Death Wobble" while flat towing. It is not a tow bar problem as it happens with Blue Ox and Roadmaster. It is a Jeep problem caused by the redesign in 2014 of the Cherokee. You can view the problem on YouTube by searching "Jeep Shaking Violently". That Jeep was doing 25-30 mph when it was videoed. It happened to me at 70 mph. The redesign uses a motor connected to the computer to dampen the steering but the motor/computer isn't energized while towing and is only energized when the motor is running. I am in a FMCA forum of 40+ people who are having the problem and we have an email chain going. If you'd like to be added please email me. You can also find people with the same problem on iRV2.com forums as well as jeepcherokeeclub.com forum.