Most Common Problems Of Jeep Patriot

Quick Answer: Overheating and Engine Stalling is the most common and irritating of all the problems. Some problem requires emergency consultation with Jeep itself. Some of them require little repairing.

8 Common Problems of Jeep Patriot Explained

Premature CVT failure

Customers reported that the Patriot’s continuously variable transmission was poorly designed and had acceleration issues, overheating warnings, and whining noises.

Water leaking into the cabin

Some Patriot models are known to have leaky cabins. Water is reported to come in through the sunroof or the dome light, which can cause electrical issues and mold growth.

Stalling engine

In several reports, after 30k miles or so, the engine stalled and died while running. The usual fix is to replace the ABS module or crankshaft sensor, which may cost you up to $660.

Rough manual shifting

There were known problems with the manual transmission in the Patriots’ 2007 to 2010 season, but not as bad as with the CVT.

Several owners reported vibrations and grinding noises when shifting into third gear. Some noted the same roughness when shifting to first and second gear. The purported fix is to replace the transmission’s synchronizer rings.

Jeep Patriot Transmission Problems

When the air conditioner is running, the 2008 Jeep Patriot tends to stall. Some drivers have complained that the steering wheel does not respond properly.

Other drivers have reported problems with the engine cutting out while driving at low speeds or idling while enjoying the 2008 Jeep Patriot.


Overheating has been reported to be a problem with the 2009 Jeep Patriot, as well as power steering problems.

Some people have reported transmission problems in their 2009 Jeep Patriot. Their car’s check engine light always seems to be on, even when nothing has been done to it.

Grinding Sounds

Grinding noise happens when accelerating, braking and idling.

Many drivers believe the grinding sounds are related to struts, if not the cylinders seizing up when leaning into a turn.

They compare it to a rocks-in-blender sound in cold weather. Those who have heard it describe it as a creaking sound that rotates rhythmically – like an ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) noise.

Transmission Noises

Among all Jeep Patriot vehicles, noise is the second most reported issue. As of now, Jeep has received a total of 29 complaints affecting 2008 to 2017 production models, which are quite troublesome and difficult to nail down on your own.

Transmission noises can be caused by a variety of things, but there are several things one can check to pinpoint the culprit. Transmission noise when in reverse usually indicates a clogged transmission fluid line, which may worsen if left unattended.


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