Jeep Recalls Almost 63K Wrangler 4xes for Potential Loss of Power

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Last week, we learned that the Jeep Compass and certain Ram trucks were under investigation for loss of power and other issues, which could lead to recalls of those vehicles. At the same time, the automaker issued a formal recall for the Jeep Wrangler 4xe, a recent addition to its lineup. The SUV may experience an engine shutdown caused by the diagnostics system’s “reaction to faults caused by loss of communication.”

The recall involves 62,909 Jeep Wrangler 4xes made between 2021 and 2023. Recall documents describe the issue, stating that the vehicles “may experience an engine shut down condition caused by diagnostic reactions to faults caused by loss of communication.” The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine may shut down without warning, “resulting in an unexpected loss of motive power.”

Stellantis/FCA said it is aware of “112 customer assistance records, 196 warranty claims, and 65 field results” related to the recall. Two accidents and one potential injury have been recorded.

Thankfully, the recall fix focuses mainly on software and should be an easy update. Owners of affected Wrangler 4xe models will receive a recall notification soon. The automaker will fix the vehicle at no charge and will reimburse owners that incurred expenses related to the issue, such as towing or other repairs.

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Dec 12, 2022

    "the recall fix focuses mainly on software" -- "mainly," or exclusively?

    NHTSA Recall No. 22V-865 states that the "Remedy is updated calibration software in the Transmission Control Module, Hybrid Control Processor and Auxiliary Hybrid Control Processor" -- is TTAC doing original reporting here stating that there is more involved? (Sloppy reporting.)

  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Dec 12, 2022

    Subaru is also recalling approximately 272,000 2019-2022 Ascents for a fire risk related to a loose bolt attaching a ground wire behind the driver's side of the instrument panel, associated with the "positive temperature coefficient heater". Owners are advised to park outside, away from structures, until a fix can be applied. There have been two reports of fires.

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    • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Dec 12, 2022

      What a legacy.

      PTCs are often used to protect stalled motors from burning up. Two examples are side window motors and windshield wiper motors which can be locked by snow and ice. The electrical resistance of the PTC increases as current increases, which limits the current. An ungrounded, non-functioning PTC does present a fire risk.