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



Dodge Charger owners have reported 284 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: 07/19/2016

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.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 2
Failure Date: 07/17/2016

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.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2014 Dodge Charger 3
Failure Date: 07/13/2016

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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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2013 Dodge Charger 4
Failure Date: 07/10/2016

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.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 5
Failure Date: 07/07/2016

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.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 6
Failure Date: 07/07/2016

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.


car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2013 Dodge Charger 7
Failure Date: 07/02/2016

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.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 8
Failure Date: 06/30/2016

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.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 9
Failure Date: 06/21/2016

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.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 10
Failure Date: 06/19/2016

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.


 
car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2013 Dodge Charger 11
Failure Date: 06/18/2016

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.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 12
Failure Date: 06/16/2016

Driving home from work 65mph, all lights on dash went out, radio went dark, a/c blew super hot air and blinded me and engine died and wouldn't restart. I had to carefully get off road on the hottest day of the ear to find smoke coming from 5. 7l engine. Small fire from alternator! almost hit 5 cars and almost got hit by 3. This is the same alternator from the previous p60 recall, but isn't covered because recall only affects 3. 6l engines. Why would the recall cover one but not the other?.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2013 Dodge Charger 13
Failure Date: 06/10/2016

Alternator defective.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2013 Dodge Charger 14
Failure Date: 06/10/2016

180 amp alternator is defective. Died out after 2 years. Car died on freeway. Had to replace alternator. Mechanic said it was defective.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 15
Failure Date: 06/09/2016

The 5. 7 hemi Charger has a faulty alternator just as the 3. 6 engines. The evic read battery saver mode, I heard a whining noise coming from the alternator. A few days later the evic turned white and all the dash lights came on. I turned the car off and it wouldn't start again.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 16
Failure Date: 05/31/2016

The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. While the vehicle was stopped at a red light, it stalled and the abs warning light illuminated. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the alternator overcharged and caused the battery to overheat and smoke to emit from under the hood. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000. The VIN was not available.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 17
Failure Date: 05/18/2016

I had he exact same alternator failure as described by the Dodge Charger p60 recall. I was on the highway going about 60mph when my radio and front panel flickered, then cut off for a few seconds before coming back on. My traction control and abs lights stayed on. About a minute later, I lost power and my car completely stalled. I was able to drift to the center lane before coming to a complete stop. This was frightening because it was dark outside, it's a poorly lit road and of course I had no electricity to turn on my hazard lights. With no way to pop the trunk, I had to crawl into it via the back seat to grab flares (luckily I had some-most people don't). I was almost struck by several cars during this time. Alas, the tow truck came and I was taken to a safe location. The average quote from mechanics in the DC area is about $800. The dealership wants $970. The 180amp alternator should be recalled just as the 160amp alternator. Its defective and its a safety risk.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 18
Failure Date: 05/16/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. While driving approximately 40 mph, the contact heard a noise outside the vehicle. The battery, abs, and stability control warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was driven to a safe location. The engine was turned off and the vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the alternator would need to be replaced. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v634000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 49,600.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2013 Dodge Charger 19
Failure Date: 05/15/2016

A recall was sent out for the alternator, I tried several attempts to get the work done and they never had the part. Recently I was out driving the car and it shutoff and all the lights on the inside and outside of the car began to flash on and off constantly. I had to call the tow truck to have it towed to the dealership because it was inoperable. Once the dealership did their diagnosis they notified me and told me it was the alternator and it caused the battery to die. He told me that he was going to take care of the alternator but I had to come out of the pocket for the battery. I explained to him that the battery died due to the bad alternator and he stated that he does not know that still insisting that I pay for the battery. I called for two days straight trying to contact the service manager but no one ever contacted me. Therefore I'm reaching out to your company to find out is it fair that I have to pay for a battery that died due to the alternator going out. The car lights continued to flash and the gauges continued to go in all different directions even when the tow company towed the car. The battery that was in the car was purchased directly from Dodge less than 2 years ago. Can someone please assist me?.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 20
Failure Date: 05/06/2016

Had a strong smell of electrical fire followed by battery light and battery saver mode, then shortly after they whole car shut down all the electrical systems and engine while driving on a 4 lane divided highway with my daughter in the car. Upon checking found the alternator had burnt out and it was not charging the battery. Upon changing the alternator and had no issues. However I do not believe a five-year-old car shouldn't need an alternator! not to mention after I first bought it they changed every computer in the car and every module in the car due to an electrical issue! I'm scared to parkette in my garage because of all the electrical problems!.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 21
Failure Date: 05/02/2016

I have the v8 5. 7l rt Charger that has a 160v alternator. This exact alternator was recalled in the v6 models but not for the v8??? my alternator went out with first showing signs of electrical problems, radio, lights and etc. After doing some research I have learned that this problem is the same with all the 2011-2014 alternators in the Chargers. Some people are having to replace these not just once but twice before the car is even 10 years old. Can someone please look into these alternators?.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2013 Dodge Charger 22
Failure Date: 04/25/2016

The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. While driving 70 mph, the anti-brake system, traction control, and battery warning light illuminated and the vehicle began to jerk. The contact mentioned that the vehicle went into a battery saving mode. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the alternator failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14v634000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 59,076.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 23
Failure Date: 04/25/2016

180 amp alternator had same problem as the recalled 160 amp alternator (p60 recall). Alternator failed, only warning was a message that said "battery saver mode". Drove to a Dodge dealer and service could not explain what the message meant and scheduled an appointment for 4 days later. All power failed the same day I talked to dealer within 10 miles and 15 minutes later. I had just pulled over while on a freeway because the car was emitting a burnet electrical smell and I was turning around to return to the dealer when power failed.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 24
Failure Date: 04/15/2016

I started driving my vehicle and after a few minutes noticed a quiet "whirring" noise from the engine compartment. Shortly after a red battery indicator light turned on, followed by a "battery saver mode" message. I headed for a local auto parts store to get a new battery. While driving electrical systems started turning off; sound system, bluetooth, and possibly others. A few minutes later other indicator lights came on like my abs, traction control, and power steering. I arrived at the store and tried to shift into reverse to back into a parking spot. Transmission went into neutral and refused to engage reverse. More indicator lights came on. Nothing I did could get the car into gear. I attempted to turn the car off and was greeted with a message something like, "car must be in park to turn off". I attempted to put the car into park and failed. I engaged the emergency brake and went inside to explain why my car was stopped in the middle of the parking lot. Once I returned to the car the led screen in the console started flickering white and black and I saw some lights change on the shifter. It claimed it was in park but the car rolled after disengaging the e-brake. I was able to turn the car off but not engage park. Auto part store employee tested battery and suggested that battery and alternator were dead. We tried their jump unit but could not start the car. Employee drove his truck over and managed to jump start the car. After removing jumper cables the engine started sputtering and turned off in less than two minutes. While waiting for the tow truck I did research and found out that my year make and model alternator had been recalled, but not my alternator because it was 180amp (instead of the recalled 160amp). Dealership mechanic confirmed dead alternator which killed battery.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 25
Failure Date: 04/14/2016

My alternator has gone out, and it is barley 5 years old. The recall is for alternators with a 160 amp. The 180 amp is doing the same thing, so when will the recall take place for this alternator. There are hundreds of complaints for this but, still no recall. The same manufacture for the 160 is the same for the 180. People are being stranded both literally and financially. I was driving when smoke started coming from my car stopped at o'reilly's and was told it was my alternator. Battery safe mode was reading on the dash. I was driving on a city st heading to work.

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