2020 Jeep Gladiator Problems ( Updated 2021)

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 02/17/21 •  3 min read

Calling the Jeep Gladiator, a success for Fiat Chrysler would be an understatement. It has made up a significant chunk of the brand’s sales, so any problems are not welcomed. Unfortunately, there have been many problems associated with the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, as the owners report.

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For numerous 2020 Gladiator TSB documents sent to dealers from Jeep describing how to troubleshoot or fix common problems have exposed thousands of common problems in the 2020 Gladiator. These TSBs are required to be published by law, and we’ve looked at some 2020 Jeep Gladiator Problems.

Here Are The Top 6 2020 Jeep Gladiator Problems

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Steering Issues :

The Jeep wanders at speeds above 30mph without turning the steering wheel. You’ll have to constantly make corrections just to stay in your lane and out of other lanes of traffic. It gets worse with higher winds.

Another problem with the steering wheel is the amount of unresponsiveness in some 2020 Gladiator models; At speeds such as 45mph, the response from the steering is negligible to quit an extent, while some owners have even reported this happening above 30mph.

Defective Driveshaft :

About 3733 Jeeps have been recalled to fix a lack of grease in the Monoblock joint on the rear driveshaft. Without the necessary grease for lubrication, the driveshaft could overheat and fracture.

Separation occurs on fracture, which may result in loss of motive power, if the vehicle is in rear-wheel-drive mode, or potential road debris, if the driveshaft completely separates from the vehicle. 

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2020 Jeep Gladiator Engine Troubles :

Some TSBs have reported that hot air comes from the pedal area and also from the floor panel on the passenger side of the cockpit, which heats up the floor panel, after driving for about 60 minutes or more.

The floor panel on the driver’s side heats up so bad that it has reportedly burnt the bottoms of some of the drivers’ feet.

Transmission catches fire :

Some 2020 Gladiators have also been reported to have transmission issues that have led to fluid leakage which in turn, overheats the transmission and part of the truck catches fire.

As a result of the location of the fire under, the resulting flames can be deadlier as they are likely to shoot from underneath the truck and this may fill the cab with smoke.

Electrical/electronic Issues :

The infotainment screen randomly changes brightness in some Gladiator trucks. Some drivers have been unable to manually change the brightness with the scroll.

Also, in some Jeep Gladiators, when you turn the wipers on it will change the screen’s brightness to brightest! The AC comes on by itself when truck is turned on some times.

Some 2020 Gladiators have radios that short out and then go through an automatic factory reset. The clock is said to not keep time for some. There are some who report radio numbers on volume screen being misinformed and distorted. 

Miscellaneous Issues :

Most TSBs are for minor problems like volumes being jammed on high, front axle noise on rougher roads, and oil level light malfunctions.

Clutch pressure plates have overheated for 33,237 trucks and rearview image malfunctions on the display screens, affected more than a hundred thousand 2020 Gladiators. 

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.