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Alternator/generator/regulator Problems of Dodge Charger - part 1



Dodge Charger owners have reported 241 problems related to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category).

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 1
Failure Date: 01/22/2016

While driving, the vehicle started making a whining noise. Soon after, we smelled an odor of burning rubber. Within 10 minutes, a vehicle warning light appeared indicating the charging system was malfunctioning. About 5 minutes later, the battery save mode light came on, we lost abs and esc, and the car seemed to have lost power. We were close to a Dodge dealer so we had the car looked at. Dealer had to replace the alternator. I asked about a recall or service bulletin and the service agent said there wasn't anything on the car. This car was in otherwise perfect condition, all services performed on time, with under 61000 miles.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 2
Failure Date: 01/14/2016

My 2012 Dodge Charger sxt has approximately 81,000 miles. I have never had any problems with it, maintenance have always been done on time. I was pulling into a parking lot when I started hearing a noise from the hood. I turned off the car and restarted it, the noise was still there and became louder. Then smoke started coming out of the hood. I turned off the car and waited for the smoke to subside, which was about 40 minutes. Then I opened the hood and and the smell of burnt was very strong. The car would not start after that. We had it towed to our mechanic and he confirmed the alternator had caught fire. He could not fix anything because the electrical components in the car where acting up and he does not know the system. He advised us about the alternator recall p60 and so I called Chrysler and they were adamant that my car does not have any recalls for the alternator. However all symptoms of this recall p60 were present in my car. We took it to firestone and they referred us to the dealer because they confirmed the computer was also damaged and they said that only the dealer could help with that. I called the dealer as well and they said, there is no warranty on the alternator, computer or any of the components the other mechanics have confirmed failed in the car. Chrysler will not acknowledge that the vehicle has the same alternator issue under recall p60 and now we are left with an extremely expensive repair, car rental. I would appreciate any assistance in getting Chrysler to take responsibility for selling a car with a defective alternator. My vehicle is relatively new and I was not counting on having to pay for such a hefty repair to a new car.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 3
Failure Date: 01/12/2016

Tl-the contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the engine stalled with warning. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to an independent mechanic, who informed that small sparks of flames ignited from the alternator. The mechanic extinguished the flames. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v634000 (electrical system). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 57,197. Js.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 4
Failure Date: 12/23/2015

I was driving down the highway when the ¿battery saver mode¿ indicator came on and I pressed the ok button on my steering wheel. I drove home and parked the car. The next day upon starting my car the indicator did not appear when starting the auto. As I left my house driving in neighborhood I noticed my cars touchscreen wasn't working, then I heard a whining sound so I began to slow my car down. The service transmission light appeared on my dash and within seconds the car stalled without the ability to steer or brake, the car came to rest in the middle of the street dead. The entire electrical system was not present. I called a tow truck and had my car towed to tomball Dodge. Upon inspection by tomball Dodge serviceman the diagnosis was alternator shorted thus putting the car in the a stalled state. I inquired with the serviceman about a recall notice he indicated there was none for my car however upon doing some research I found recall p60 p60 states: Chrysler group llc (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, challenger, and durango; and 2012-2014 Jeep grand cherokee vehicles manufactured April 22, 2010, to January 2, 2014, and equipped with a 3. 6l engine and a 160 amp alternator. In the affected vehicles, the alternator may suddenly fail. If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. When I contacted Chrysler they stated that my car was not under that recall because I had a different order number then what was listed on the recall. However, I was having almost identical problems as what was described in the recall notice.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 5
Failure Date: 12/11/2015

Radio stopped working, all lights on dash went on, battery safety mode symbol lit up, the next thing that happened was car went completely dead. Could not get car out of park had to be towed. Vehicle was stationary at time of failure. Battery was charged car started but only ran till battery died, no charging by alternator. Same issues for many other 2012 Dodge Chargers.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 6
Failure Date: 12/09/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. The contact stated while driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and the battery was drained completely the alternator failed. The contact stated they were experience the same failures explained in NHTSA campaign number:14v634000 (electrical system) but the VIN was not included into the recall. The vehicle was towed to the dealership where it was diagnosed that the alternator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,000. The VIN was not available. Ng.


car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 7
Failure Date: 12/07/2015

As I turned off a main street towards a residential area, I got a low battery indicator on my dash and all of a sudden my radio turned off by itself and my car began to make a winding type noise and then my traction indicator and other indicators lit up on my dashboard. The car stalled and began to smoke under the hood. I could not turn the car on, close the windows or open the truck or even get it in a gear that I could push the car, it was completely locked up and posed a real danger especially if I had been on the freeway! I had the car towed and was advised the alternator needed replacement. I noticed other complaints with almost identical issues as what I experienced with my car. I don't understand why my vehicle is not on the recall list but it needs to be. My car barely has 50,000 miles and is only 4 years old.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 8
Failure Date: 11/30/2015

I started my vehicle and pulled out of my garage as I do each morning. As I went down the driveway at almost idle speed, I could feel a strong resistance (as if the emergency brake was on) and the power steering tightened up. Suddenly a strong burning smell filled the car, all of the lights on the dash came on and the ac fan blew on high speed. I immediately reversed back to the garage (100 feet or less) and was barely able to park. There was obviously something burning under the hood as the smell filled the garage. I turned off the car. When aaa arrived to tow it, the car was completely dead. The driver chose not to jump it for fear of doing more damage. My local trusted mechanic advised me that there was a recall on 2012 Dodge Charger alternators and he believed that it was my alternator that had failed. I had the car towed to arrigo sawgrass Dodge where they confirmed that the alternator had in fact failed and was burning. He said the recall did not include my VIN and that Chrysler would not cover my expenses. My 16 year old son and I were lucky we were in the driveway, lucky the fire didn't ignite while we were sleeping and lucky my son (a new driver) was not faced with a totally disabled vehicle on the road. According to the recall, this failure created a high risk of crash. Had we been on any road instead of my driveway, we could have been killed.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 9
Failure Date: 11/29/2015

While driving on city street car just stopped. B4 car stopped wipers came on,radio shut off,all kinds of lights lite up on dashboard. Car stopped in middle of road causing a very dangerous situation. Had car towed to dealership where they informed me alternator was out and paid $950 for new alternator. I researched and found recall on alternator for 160 amp alternator,my car has 180 amp alternator and not covered by recall but everything I read indicates the same dangerous problem as the 160 amp alternator. This is a very serious flaw in this alternator and could easily cause deadly accidents.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2013 Dodge Charger 10
Failure Date: 11/10/2015

Alternator failed / turned off 4 lane hwy (55 speed limit) on to (35) side street then on to (25) to home . Car failed turning into driveway.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 11
Failure Date: 11/07/2015

As I turned to pull in my driveway, all at once the abs light and stability control light illuminated on my dash, the powersteering quit working, all at the same time the vehicle had begun making a loud high pitched humming noise with smoke coming from under the hood that had a very intense burning, electrical type smell. Then the dash flashed that the car was in battery saver mode, subsequently dying altogether. Upon having towed the car to a Dodge dealership, the service department informed me that I needed to a) replace the alternator b) replace the belt and c) replace the battery because the alternator caused it to go bad. The total for all repairs will be $1224. I still don't have the vehicle back, but I've done extensive research online and learned that there is a recall (recall number p60) involving some 2011-2014 model year Dodge Chargers and their alternators. Seeing as my vehicle is a 2011, and I am having this exact issue, I need to know why my vehicle was not included in the original recall. Having alternator failure when my vehicle is only 4 years old is unacceptable, not to mention, it is incredibly unsafe to lose powersteering, abs and esc as the vehicle smolders for hours even after completely dying.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2013 Dodge Charger 12
Failure Date: 11/05/2015

2013 Dodge Charger 50000 miles just driving down the road and I start hearing a whining sound I never heard before then 10 minutes later a message pops up and says my car is in battery saver mode. Alternator went out suddenly with no warning the same that happens with the v6 models but crysler only recalled v6 models not v8. Thankfully my dad who had the exact same problem with his 2013 v8 crysler 300 warned me to park before I damaged my battery or my car stall on the side of the road like his did 4 months ago. It is irresponsible for crysler to only do a recall that covers half the cars that is affected with these bad alternators.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 13
Failure Date: 11/01/2015

I have a 2011 Dodge Charger, and I'm having problems with the trunk it just opens for no reason. Also the alternator went out, and they claim my car is not on the recall list but it has the exact alternator as the ones on the recall list. This is ridiculous.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 14
Failure Date: 10/16/2015

With out any warning while driving my vehicle on a city street my entire electrical system shut done very rapidly. Beginning with the radio shutting it self off, the vehicle then displayed indicator lights saying that my abs system was bad followed by a check engine light indicator. Shortly after the check engine light indicator came on a service transmission indicator light displayed followed by all electrical systems shutting down completely. Once I was able to pull over the car would not shift into park. I then tried shutting the car off and the car would not turn off. The windshield wipers and other car accessories began to turn on and off on their own. At that time a strong plastic burning smell began followed by smoke from the engine compartment. In order to shut down the vehicle I had to disconnect the battery. The next morning I reconnected the battery to see if the problem had fixed itself. At that point the vehicle started, but still had the same electrical issues from the night before. The only difference was this time the vehicle shut itself off and will no longer start. Upon having the vehicle problem diagnosed it appears that the alternator failed without any prior warning causing a complete electrical shutdown of the vehicle. Upon further research, there has been a recall for the 2012 Dodge Charger vehicles concerning faulty alternators in vehicles that are equipped with 160 amp alternators. Mine has a 180 amp alternator, but still experienced a short in the alternator as described by recall p60 issued in 2014. Upon calling our local Dodge dealership we were told that our vehicle was under recall. After towing the vehicle to the Dodge dealership we were told that the car was not under the recall list and we would be responsible for paying the towing fees a long with repair fees for the replacement of the alternator.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 15
Failure Date: 10/08/2015

I says that my car is not on recall for the alternator. However, my alternator went out without warning which almost cause me to crash. All my gadgets on my vehicle, such as, the gauges, radio, windshiled wipers, battery light, uneven road lights were going balistic. It was stalling and puttering. I could not brake my brake got hard which would not let me push down . It did not let me stop. I almost hit a car. I only had enough time to veer over. Thank goodness it was not a busy street or highway. It would not let me park my park or anything . I had to push the button to turn off. I was on the highway early that morning with my little girl. It could of happend then . It could have been fatal. Someone needs to check into this. I think my car is one of the recalls. Please help.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 16
Failure Date: 10/05/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving at 65 mph, when the vehicle's instrument panel read 'engine disabling'. The contact stated that the vehicle began to decelerate independently. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the alternator had failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 23,323. Wh.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 17
Failure Date: 10/05/2015

Was driving on the highway aprx. 70 mph, when "battery saver mode" message came on. I disconnected phone Charger, turned off audio, ac, and daylights. Suddenly, the displays and dash needles went up and down (looked like a computer virus). The car stalled in the middle of the highway, and the alternator burned ( smoke coming out of the hood). My car has only 53,000 miles, and never had signs of faulty or near-dead alternator. Well, the new battery $200, new 180 amp alternator was $500, plus labor. Called Chrysler and they say the recall p60 is for 160 amp alternator, but it seems that a lot of people are having the same issue with the 180 amp alternator. So my repairs were out of pocket (which is just money. . . Very needed money), but being almost hit by the coming I-95 traffic and having a car that is about to burn, well that could have ended in a tragedy. Thanks god my insurance roadside assistance came to help. Still intrigued why this 180 amp alternator is not in recall, when its already a fact that this "small defect" could cause a fatal accident . . .

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 18
Failure Date: 09/27/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled as the battery and engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road and failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the alternator and battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v634000 (electrical system). The failure mileage was 43,500. Pm.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 19
Failure Date: 09/25/2015

My 2011 Dodge Charger v8 has less than 27k miles and my alternator went out last week. $619. 99 later, I did research to find out there is a recall but only on the v6 engine, not the v8. I think Dodge needs to include the v8's in this recall as there is no reason my alternator should have gone out this soon!!.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 20
Failure Date: 09/20/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving at 10 mph the electrical system flickered and the vehicle stalled. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the thermostat housing had leaked unto the alternator, which created an electrical shortage. The shortage also caused the battery to fail. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was not available. Ah.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2014 Dodge Charger 21
Failure Date: 09/20/2015

While driving on interstate at full speed a message appeared on vehicle instrument panel: battery saver mode. Was concerned as I did not know what the message meant. Was not mentioned in the owner manual. Looked up message on Dodge Charger forum, realized that my vehicle falls within years for recall, with 160 amp alternator, but my particular VIN number is not included in recall nor have I been contacted. Perhaps it, along with others, should be to warn owners of potential issues. There was nothing in the message to indicate that the vehicle needed to be serviced, although to my understanding it can cause loss of power to the entire system.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 22
Failure Date: 09/14/2015

I was driving approximately 20-25 mph on a residential street and I noticed my car was making a strange noise, the radio shut off then the car shut down completely. I call for roadside assistance and had my car towed to the dealership where I purchased it and after a week they finally diagnosed it being my alternator which had completely drained my battery, so both had to be replaced. My car only had 38000 miles and I was told that I just had went over my warranty mileage and had to pay out of pocket 1168. 00 for alternator and battery. After doing research I found that some 2012 models had recalls for alternators but was told my car was not on the recall list.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2013 Dodge Charger 23
Failure Date: 09/13/2015

Tl- the contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the vehicle staled twice. The contact mentioned that the second time the failure happened, the battery saver warning indicator illuminated, an abnormal noise was heard, the vehicle started smoking and stalled. The contact was able to park the vehicle and also purchased an alternator assembly. The contact replaced the alternator assembly and the vehicle was repaired. The contact was also included in NHTSA campaign number: 15v467000 (air bags) but did not receive notification of the recall as of yet. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure and the contact was to call the dealer and the manufacturer to determine when the recall repair could be performed. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000. Dyd.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2013 Dodge Charger 24
Failure Date: 08/27/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph the vehicle started to hesitate and all the warning indicators illuminated, the air conditioning started to blow hot air. The vehicle started shaking to a complete stop. The vehicle was jump started and driven home. The contact stated that while driving to the independent mechanic the vehicle started to display the same symptoms as before and wold not start at all. The diagnosis was that the alternator was bad and needed replacement. The vehicle is been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000. Bp.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 25
Failure Date: 08/15/2015

Alternator and battery.

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