Dodge Charger owners have reported 300 problems related to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category).
Car died at intersection with almost no warning. Lost all power with in 1 min of stall. Alternator is fried. Came to a stop and within 30 seconds a battery light came on and said "battery saver mode". Bells started to ding and the wipers turned on. Tried to pull over and car stalled in middle of the road. Turned hazards on and 1 minute later there was no power at all. When we tried to jump the car in order to close the windows and sunroof, the connectors started to smoke where the jumpers were connected. For a high performance car there is no alternator warning or gauge to determine if it is starting to fail. That only shows that this is a known problem and they do not want customers to see what is happening. Car was running perfectly fine until that point.
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The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power. The failure occurred without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the failure was due to the alternator. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14v634000 (electrical system); however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000.
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The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the battery warning indicator illuminated. The contact replaced the battery. In addition, while driving the vehicle, an abnormal odor entered the interior. It was determined that the alternator assembly was on fire. The fire extinguished on its own. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic for further inspection and diagnostic testing. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v634000 (electrical system), which addresses the 160 amp. The contact had an 180 amp and experienced the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.
As I was driving I smelled a burning odor and also noticed my vehicle going into a battery protect mode. . . Radio, air conditioner shut off. I immediately pulled off the road and looked under the hood and smoke was coming from the alternator. I entered my vehicle and the vehicle had no power at all to start it to move it or get it out of gear.
When leaving my house one day my radio cut off within 1 minute of the car being started. I pulled over, turned the car off and then turned the car back on and all sound went out again within 1 minute. I rode my whole trip with no sound. Upon arriving to my destination I noticed my car was in battery saver mode (a mode that I have never seen). My battery has been bad before and I never received this message. Within a week my car would not even start and had no electrical power. I attempted to do research on the battery saver mode and found out that this issue with my Charger is actually a common issue and was a recall for the v6 Chargers but not the v8s. The issue is the alternator and I am truly upset that the manufacturer has not created a recall to fix this issue. I have had several Honda's and Toyota's and never had an alternator issue. This is pathetic and goes to show how Dodge/Chrysler values their customers. I can honestly say that this will probably be my last Dodge vehicle if the manufacturer does not solve this issue.
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was diagnosed as needing a new alternator. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 46,841.
I have a 2012 Dodge Charger with 60,000 miles on it yesterday the alternator had a catastrophic failure while my wife was driving the car on a state highway. The vehicle shut down while she was in the roadway but she was able to pull to the roadside because she was on a down hill slope. When we tried to jump start the vehicle it started smoking the jumper cables. Our car has the 180 amp alternator I see where there is a already a recall on the 160 amp alternators for this vehicle I think there may be a problem with the 180 amp alternators too because the problem sounds the same.
Alternator died out of no where at 56k miles and they don't want to take responsibility. I was driving on a busy street and all the lights went off and power steering went out , then power and rolled into a parking lot. Almost got killed driving and car went crazy with all lights and now is dead.
As I pulled out of the parking lot of my job, I got a message on my dashboard saying "battery saver mode" and the symbols of abs and the electrical stability control icons lit up. I then heard a strange noise as if the car was in the wrong gear. I tried to make a call with my bluetooth hands free and then it stopped working. After driving a mile, I pulled over to a gas station and called the dealership service dept. I explained the symbols that were on and the noises. I was assured the warnings lights were just a caution and I wouldn't have to worry about my car breaking down if I wanted to bring my car to the service dept. After ending my call, my ac went out and then my car shut off. I had no power and had to call a towing company to haul my car to the dealer. I was only able to drop it off as they were closing for the day but I noticed there was a recall describing the same thing that just happened to me. After researching recalls for my vehicle, I noticed the same problem as the recalled 160 amp alternator (p60 recall). This issue is still occurring with more than just what Chrysler is reporting. My vehicle is an 180 amp alternator and meets the same risks listed for a recall.
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I have a 2011 Dodge Charger rt. The alternator failed without warning as I was driving. I lost control of the car because the power steering was gone. There was no power in the car. There was a small electrical fire under the hood. All of these things are covered under recall p60/NHTSA 14v-634 for 2011 through 2014 model year Dodge durango, Chrysler 300, Dodge challenger, Dodge Charger and 2012 through 2014 model year Jeep®grand cherokee vehicles equipped with a 3. 6l engine and a 160 amp alternator. The same behavior exists in my vehicle, which has a 5. 7-liter engine. I believe this is an oversight by the manufacturer. If you perform a google search you will find that many people with the ¿hemi¿ model Charger for that year range have the same problem. I could have been killed if I was driving on the freeway. Please look into this.
Takata recall. The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that there was a loss of power, the instrument cluster flickered, and the lights shorted out when the vehicle experienced an electrical failure. The failure recurred more than two times. The contact replaced the battery twice, but the failure continued. The contact stated there was a progressing burning odor during the failure. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 14v634000 (electrical system). While pulling out to drive on the road, the vehicle had a sudden loss of power and was pushed to a repair shop. The mechanic diagnosed that the alternator assembly was extremely hot and may need to be replaced. The contact was not notified of NHTSA campaign numbers: 16v043000 (structure) and 16v352000 (air bags). The contact was to check with the manufacturer to determine if they may provide a dealer to diagnose the failure and to schedule the two recall repairs. The failure mileage was not available. Parts distribution disconnect. VIN tool confirms parts not available.
Was driving down the highway and smelled an odor similar to electrical burning. Indicators appeared for low battery/save battery mode in the dash. Took car to advanced auto and while testing battery, white smoke was billowing from near engine. Mechanic repaired bad alternator which was the problem. Called Chrysler dealership after seeing recall on 2013 Dodge Chargers but my specific car was not included on the recall. Car had approximately 60,000 miles at time of incident.
Vehicle will state "battery saver mode" and start a high pitched whirring nose. At this point the alternator will either get stuck or short and will begin to overheat followed by a drained batter and stalling of the car. In my instance I had been driving the car on a city street when the message stating "battery saver mode" turned on then started turning off and on the radio, signaling low battery, abs active with them turning on an off before the high pitched sound began from the engine. I drove 2 blocks to my job parked and smoke billowed from under the hood directly from the alternator. I turned off the car and allowed it the smoking to stop. Once it was off I noticed all power in the car was drained and it would not turn on in any way or even open the trunk. It was towed to a mechanic who confirmed an issue with the alternator and had to replace it with a 180amp alternator to solve the issue.
Tl- the contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while the vehicle was operated the vehicle experienced a complete loss of power. The brake and air bag warning indicator had illuminated. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign 14v634000 (electrical system) however the first dealer contacted stated that the parts to do the repair was unavailable. The vehicle was towed to another delaer where it was diagnoised that the vehicle alternator had shorted out the battery and the alternator also had malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The contact stated the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable period of time for recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000. Part distribution disconnect. Kh.
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle went into battery saver mode without warning. The contact stated that the forward collision warning system, anti-lock braking system, and electronic stability control became disengaged. The contact stated that there was also an abnormal smoke odor coming from the front of the vehicle. The contact stopped the vehicle, opened the hood, and noticed that the alternator was on fire. The contact was able to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.
My 2014 Dodge Charger is brand new off the lot of lhm Dodge in tucson, az. By 13,978 my car smelled like sulfur while in motion. Driving sluggishly, and the "battery saver mode" light on. Brought into larry h miller for repair. Was told the alternator needed replaced after 13,975 miles on the vehicle. At 14,100 miles the vehicle was making the same smell, and the battery safer mode light was on again . Returned it to lhm with complaints. They say "it's normal" manager told me "Dodge just didn't make the alternator big enough for that engine, manufacturer flaw"at 14,432 miles, the vehicle not blowing cold air. Battery saver mode light was still on, smelled like sulfur and car was driving sluggish. I opened case with corporate. They "fixed" it, and sent me on my way. On June 17, 2016, my vehicle was driving sluggishly, the engine light on, called Dodge immediately and was assigned a case manager. I called jim click immediately to get my vehicle in. My vehicle was 23,900 miles. Dodge claimed they could not get me in until July 1st and that its "fine to drive my vehicle as long as the light isn't flashing". Brought in for "repair" on June 1st. I drove a rental car from Friday June 1st-June 8th, the "cluster" in the dash was not reading and needed to be replaced. I was told it was "all fixed". When the vehicle pulled up I got in and began to pull away as my dashboard went black. I turned around. My advisor brought it back and explained that it needed to be "reset" but that he'll order a new cluster. I get into my vehicle there is an "error" sign where the milage is supposed to be. I that I didn't feel comfortable driving this vehicle. I expressed how upset I was about the situation and he said to me "you'll be fine to drive it, it won't shut off". I get home started it, and the entire dash shuts off. My car is now being towed again to jim click Dodge.
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When driving all of a sudden the battery light came on. All the other lights start flashing and loosing power. Was able to park in a parking lot. The car shut down. I was told at the part store the battery was good but low probably because the alternator or left lights on in car. I charge battery and drove home about 3 mins away. Smoke was comming from under the hood. It was comming from my alternater. A day ealier it smell like acid and it was skipping a little bit. I thought it was time for a tune up.
While driving vehicle the battery saver mode illuminated on the electronic vehicle information center (or evic) alerting me that the charging system was in battery protection mode. When I arrived home I disconnected the battery to prevent total discharge of battery overnight and not be able to move vehicle from garage. When attempting to reconnect the battery I attempted to restart vehicle which was successful and there was no more indication that vehicle was in battery saver mode and has not re-appeared in the several days since. After personal research I discovered that this is a common failure in modes equipped with 3. 6 l engine equipped models and fca llc has issued recall # p60 but has not issued one for 5. 7 l engine equipped models that are exhibiting the same failure problems at approximately the same rate and age. Vehicle was taken to local Dodge dealership in yuma, az for takata airbag and wheel jack recall on July 12, 2016 and notified service personnel of the battery saver mode condition and requested charging system diagnosis. Currently Chrysler has closed the investigation by issuing a recall on 3. 6 l alternator problems but has not or will not issue a recall for 5. 7 l equipped vehicles even though fca llc knows this is an ongoing problem. All previous recalls have been completed or are in progress.
While driving on interstate doing 65 mph (and once while doing 25 mph) my lights, stereo and speedometer went out and car speed decreased. All lights on the dash light up/flash then after a few seconds everything go back to normal. Have happened several times while driving. And on two occasions the power steering fuses had to be replaced because they keep getting blown out. Have had alternator exchanged at last recall. Fearful that vehicle may stop in the line of traffic on the highway! have video of incident as it was happening. No pictures.
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. While driving 45 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated. The contact stated that the battery saver warning light, tpms warning light, and emergency brake warning light also illuminated. The contact stated that the electrical features in the vehicle started to shut down. The contact was able to get the vehicle off of the roadway. The contact was instructed on the instrument panel to place the vehicle in park and turn off the vehicle; however, the contact was unable to do so. After several minutes, the vehicle lost all power. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the alternator failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v634000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 43,900.
I had a prior issue with my 2013 Dodge Charger when my mother was driving my car and the alternator went on it and it became very difficult for her to turn the car considering she is a tiny woman. I contacted the NHTSA and I want to say something was done about it because a month later my Charger had a recall for the alternator. The problem with this is that it is happening again, the only thing is this time I was driving the car but it was still a little difficult to control a 5000 pound car with no power steering because the alternator is gone on it. I replaced my battery and I know it is not that. The car is basically new and I shouldn't be having these issues and it is also dangerous because you never know when a car is going to just shut off on you in the middle of the hight, or rush hour traffic, anywhere that it can be dangerous to control the vehicle. I sent Dodge and email tonight, hoping to get an answer back within a few days, but for the most part right now I will have to take an uber to work or where ever I need to go. But this is an inconvenience to a lot of owners because I have read a lot of bad reviews on the alternator for this car. If they are replacing the alternators with the same first one they used, it makes no sense because it is just going to have the same problems.
The alternator had a recall and the airbag light on the dashboard keeps flashing when we drive the car. So we took the car to a Dodge Jeep dealership and was told it is a seat deployment electrical wiring issue that needs repairing called left seat wiring harness and harness to thorax air bag. We were told the cost to repair $525 plus additional for labor even though it is a manufacturer defect. The car is 2012 Dodge Charger se with 80,904 miles.
Alternator smoking. Electronic stability control light came on first, then a whining noise during the following week. Then dead battery. When battery replaced, alternator started smoking.
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. While driving 20 mph, "battery mode" illuminated on the instrument cluster and the lights on the panel flickered. In addition, the windows, sun roof, and radio failed to function, the windshield wipers activated independently, and the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle with the use of jumper cables, but the vehicle stalled again. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the alternator needed to be replaced. The vehcile was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 14v634000 (electrical system), but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 65,000.
My Dodge Charger hemi 5. 7 road and track has less than 15,000 miles on it. We took it to dealership to have several recall repairs done. Drove car home, it sat in garage for maybe 3 days, went to start the car, evic was white and car would not start. Tried to start next day and none of the lights would even come on, totally dead. Used jumper cables on it, still will not start. Had to let the good car stay running and revving the engine off and on for almost 20 minutes, while trying to start the Charger several times, the lights and evic came on but would not start. The next day, tried jumping again same as above, let good car run for about another 15-20 minutes, car started, check engine light is on. Drove Charger to autozone and left running, had someone come out and put a meter on the + and - terminals and was told the alternator is bad, not charging the battery. Afraid to drive because I understand that the car could suddenly just die while driving it. That certainly would not be safe. We will be taking the car back to a dealership for the latest recall for the engine timing chain and chain guide issue. This alternator is the 180-amp alternator. With less than 15,000 miles this should not have happened. We will be letting Dodge know how disappointed we are that they have not included this 5. 7l engine and alternator in the recall they have done for the 6-cylinder engine, as I have researched it and have found that there have been many consumers with the same issue on their 5. 7l Chargers.
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