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

Dodge Charger owners have reported 96 problems related to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category).

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 1
Failure Date: 09/18/2014

While I was driving to work my radio went out and abs lights and what not started flashing. My car died and I pulled to the side of the road. I could smell something burning that smelled electrical. I popped open the hood and seen the alternator smoking. I just took my car in for an oil change the day prior. I'm sure if there was something wrong they could of told me. Dodge doesn't support their equipment. I'm sure I am not the first person this has happen to. They need to be investigated for their alternators.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 2
Failure Date: 09/16/2014

The battery saver light came on while driving. The engine light also came on and the abs light only while turning the wheel. Stopped and shut off the car. It smelled like a electrical burning coming threw the vents went out to opened the hood and saw alot of smoke coming from the alternator. Looks like it was on fire!! got back into the car and had not power to anything. Battery was dead. Could not get into the truck to check and disconnect the battery. Had to jump the battery to open the truck to disconnect the battery. Got a alternator from the dealer, the only place I could get it, the auto parts stores do not stock them. I guess its too expensive!!! it cost me 570. 00 for the alternator and I put it on my self. Charged the battery and started the car all good, no problems. . I was lucky the the car did not burn up. . .

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 3
Failure Date: 09/15/2014

At 10 p. M. 9/15. I was driving to the store. Information message popped up on display. Battery saver mode. The radio shut off and the car began to shake. There was also a whining noise heard from the engine compartment. The abs brake light and electronic skid control lights were also on. I was already near the store. I pulled into the parking lot and parked the car. I opened the hood and could see smoke and smell smoke coming from the alternator. I tried to restart the car to get my windows up but it was dead. I couldn't start it even with jumper cables to get it back home. I had to call for a tow. I finally made it home a 1:00 am after waiting for tow. I couldn't imagine the lack of control had this happened on the freeway or during rush hour traffic. I need to purchase an alternator and battery today. Not looking forward to the bill. Sounds like bad designed parts. Hopefully something becomes of the investigation.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 4
Failure Date: 09/14/2014

Was driving car when radio shut off, abs brake warning came on and car lost steering and brake power. Got car home and it stopped running. Tried to jump and drive to dealer but could not keep engine running, power worked off and on. Too dangerous to drive on highway with possible loss of control. $800 to replace alternator.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 5
Failure Date: 09/13/2014

Complaint concerning: NHTSA preliminary evaluation #pe14022 on Saturday 9/13/14 I was driving home from the store on a residential road going 35 miles per hour and my vehicle began to flash the abs light. Then the emergency brake light began to flash, the touch screen went blank. My radio and a/c shut off, the windows would not roll down. The mileage meter read 0, than started to read miles up to 80 miles per hour. I lost power steering, and the power brakes!! my car was 100% inoperable!!! I tried to coast to the side of the road, almost hitting several motorist and pedestrians as I had not control over the breaks!!! my daughter and I were almost killed b/c I was unable to stop or steer and almost had a head on collision!! I coasted to the side of the road, when my car completely died!! would not recognize the key, could not open the trunk, etc. I had my car towed to my Dodge dealer, they notified me that the alternator went out, drain the battery completely! the alternator on this car is too weak for the size of the vehicle! repairs cost me $1,500 total, not covered under powertrain warranty! this car is only 2 yrs. Old! this should not happen with a new car! I contacted Chrysler corp. Office and they did not offer me any assistance! some one will die due to this type of vechicle flaw! there needs to be a recall on this issue!!!!!!!!!!!.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 6
Failure Date: 09/12/2014

My 2011 Dodge Charger battery saving mode light is blinking on and off as well as my abs/skid control then all of the sudden my vehicle starts slowing down on the highway while going the speed of 60 mph causing the car to lock up. My wife is 8 months pregnant and I feel like that not only put her in danger but my unborn child as well. This situation I feel needs to be recalled and fix ASAP before someone looses a loved one over a malfunction with these vehicles. I had to get my vehicle towed to the Dodge dealer who told me that my alternator went out and completely drained my battery in my car causing me to have to come out of pocket for both. I really don't drive my vehicle a lot for all these things to be happening I hope that the 2015 Dodge Charger is better. . .

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 7
Failure Date: 09/10/2014

I was driving my vehicle when all of a sudden my radio turns off, then my abs and tread light come on along with a light that says "brake now. " I come to a stop and then everything shuts off. I can not push the brake to start the car back up and a burning electrical smell is coming from the hood. I have to manually lock my doors as the alarm does not work, then my windshield wipers start going off. Based off of research a lot of people are having these issues and saying it is the alternator. That is unacceptable for a 2011.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 8
Failure Date: 09/10/2014

Driving to get on highway and got a message on my car dashboard saying im in battery save mode. So got my speed up to about 70 and my car light and power steering and windshield wiper came on. My power steering locked up on the highway think god I was on the highway simi by myself. But I just brought tje car and the Dodge company is charge everyone who has this problem with this particular car 800 dollars to fix even through these are horrible alternators and they know it. Reading online where cars are burning up because of this problem and the Dodge company tells you everything is fine and its not but this car really need to be investigated about their horrible alternators and the consequences when this problem occurs. For some is it not pretty and its unsafe when you see battery save mode because you dont know hole long before your car burn up and not trying to get to that point. This is really make me regret a Dodge product after thisthanks.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 9
Failure Date: 09/08/2014

I was driving towards work in the morning, when all of a sudden, the battery light goes on. A few minutes later, the abs light goes on and then the traction light goes on. Then, there was the smell of burnt wire and a whining type of sound, so I parked the car and smoke came out from under the hood. Later in the afternoon, I had my husband take a look under the hood and he stated that there seemed to be sparks coming out from the alternator, so we attempted to drive it to the dealership. After 3 miles of driving in traffic on a 40 mph road, the radio shuts off, the lights go off, the air conditioning turns off, the dashboard screen/navigation system turned off, the windshield wipers went out, and the engine stops running. Nothing in the vehicle worked or was running, even the windows didn't work. A burnt electrical wire smell came through the vents. I couldn't even turn on the hazard lights or unlock the trunk. So my husband pushed the car over to a parking lot while I struggled to maneuver the vehicle because the power steering and the power brakes also went out. We tried to jump start the car; however, we stopped because there was more smoke coming from the engine, so we called for a tow truck driver. The next day, we went back to the service department at the Dodge dealership and they told us that it was the alternator; however, we probably need a battery as well. We also will have to pay for towing. This vehicle is only 3 years old and shouldn't be having these types of engine problems. It's a safety hazard when your car totally shuts down in the middle of traffic, leaving you without a way to turn on the hazard lights or provide you with a safe way to steer and brake.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 10
Failure Date: 09/08/2014

Battery saver mode appeared on my dash. Wasn't sure what it meant so I told my husband to take the car to get a diagnostic test done. He went to auto zone to get it check and upon getting this done he stated "the car is going crazy" every light imaginable was appearing. The windows wouldn't go down, the radio stop playing, the steering wheel wouldn't move. In so many words the car just died. . . . I had to get my car towed to a service center once there I had to purchase a battery because they said the battery was dead. Once the battery was installed the car started again, but they couldn't test my car because there system wasn't up to date. So I was able to drive my car home. While driving home the battery saver mode light appeared again then the battery light appeared. I called the Dodge dealership near me and spoke to someone in the service department who told me that light indicates a bad alternator and that I will need to replace mine and being that my warranty has expired I will have to pay out of pocket and of course it is pricey.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 11
Failure Date: 09/05/2014

My son was driving his 2011 Dodge Charger back to campus when the battery saver mode came on and there was an electrical fire smell. He parked it and the next morning when the tow truck came to tow it, he had to manually unlock the doors as the whole system shut down, the dealership confirmed it was an alternator problem and it would be $800. 00 to replace it.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 12
Failure Date: 09/05/2014

The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. While driving 15 mph, the vehicle stalled and the anti-lock and skid warning indicators illuminated. The contact noticed smoke underneath the hood of the vehicle. An independent mechanic stated that the alternator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 13
Failure Date: 09/04/2014

I got the "battery saver mode" warning on my car. I looked it up on the internet and a lot of people were complaining about Dodge Chargers and there alternators. The next morning I called the dealer ship to see what they think it is and if I can get in so they can look at the car, they also said it could be the alternator but could not get me in until the next morning but said it should be safe to drive. They look up my warranty and it was out of warranty for the alternator. . . I only have 38,600 miles on my car!! I should not be dealing with thing like this on a 3 year old car! luckily I bought a portfolio warranty that covers it but with $100 deductible but the catch is I have to go to the dealer where I bought it from! when there is a dealer 2 miles from where I am and the one I bought it from is about 25 minutes away. So I make the appointment and go to work, by the time I get to work my radio stopped working and abs light turned on. I parked and smoke was coming from the alternator! I called the dealer back and told them what happen, they said I can bring it in now and leave it there and they will look at it the next day. So I have to leave work to take the car there and the car completely dies on the way there! I had to call a tow truck and get it towed all the way to the dealer. They were able to replace the alternator by the middle of the next day. But I have now had the car for 2 whole days and the battery saver mode just turned on again!!!!! so now in the morning I'm going to have to call the dealer again and see what to do now! replace another alternator!?!?!?!? this has to be a recall!! there should not be any of these problems on a car that is 3 years old and has less then 40,000 miles!!! this is ridiculous and I'm seriously looking at other cars to trade in for now! I am never buying Dodge again!! OH and the dealer wouldn't give me a loaner car for free!.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 14
Failure Date: 09/04/2014

The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, there was a burning smell coming from the front of the vehicle. In addition, the vehicle abs warning light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle failed to restart. The vehicle was towed to the dealer 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 45,000.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 15
Failure Date: 09/03/2014

The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that all the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact mentioned that the steering wheel then became difficult to turn and the brakes could not be applied. The contact also stated that the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the alternator failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 16
Failure Date: 09/02/2014

Battery saver mode code message came on. Radio shut off. Abs light flashed. Steering became rigid. Took to shop, alternator and battery needed replaced.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 17
Failure Date: 08/30/2014

On 8/30/2014 the 2011 Dodge Charger was traveling at approximately 65-75 mph when the cars radio turned itself off, shortly after the radio turned off the abs, tcs and brake lights illuminated on the dash. Once these lights came on I 2011 Dodge Charger the vehicle and started to pull off to the side of the road, it was an uphill section and the engine has a loss of power. I put the 2011 Dodge Charger in park and turned the 2011 Dodge Charger turned itself off at which point no electronics not even the hazards would work. This was on the freeway that the vehicle died in the early morning. I opened the hood to check all the fuses and the compartment had a burnt electrical smell to it. All the fuses on the 2011 Dodge Charger were in working order so there was no way to diagnose the issue without the proper tools. The dealership confirmed that the alternator had shorted out and may have caused more damage than is know at this time. They are still currently working on the car. The battery is expected to be damaged also at this time.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 18
Failure Date: 08/28/2014

I was driving from my home to work at approximately 40 miles per hour and my car completely shut down. I lost power steering, power brakes, and the engine died. I took the car to the local Dodge dealer and they said that the alternator had gone bad and had also caused the battery to fail. I googled the issue and found hundreds of complaints concerning alternators failing while driving Dodge Chargers.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 19
Failure Date: 08/28/2014

Driving on a turnpike with the cruise set at 75mph and the "battery safe mode" indicator came on. From then in a matter of seconds my radio first shut off, then my forward collision sensor, then my blind spot sensor. Then in the next following minute or so, every electronic device shut off and my car went into "limp mode". It was raining and my windshield wipers stopped working and I had to get to the side of the turnpike fast. With rush hour traffic all around me and me having to find my way through the traffic to the shoulder safely with no blinkers, power steering, windshield wipers, and my car would not run over 1200 or so rpm's. My car was slowing fast. By the time I got to the shoulder my car had died. I had it towed to my house. Tried to jump it with no success. I took the battery to get it checked not thinking about how I would get back into the trunk. I had to crawl through the back seat access to the trunk and pull the emergency trunk cable. Battery was fine after all, and turns out it was the alternator, which I figured from the start, I was just covering my bases. Next looking for a new alternator or to get it repaired, I could not do either. All places, pep boys, o'reily's, auto zone, and napa did not have this alternator available. I went to get it repaired and they said the part I needed was on national backorder. My only way was to go to a dealership to buy a new one. Luckily no accident happened on the turnpike, but it was a dangerous situation and could have turned out very bad for me and my 2 year old son in the backseat. This is a problem Dodge needs to recall or cover the cost for it before someone is killed. The major safety concern is how the car deals with this failure and makes it completely unsafe to drive within a matter of minutes from the first indication of a problem.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 20
Failure Date: 08/27/2014

While driving on highway at approx. 50 mph, the "batter saver" message appeared on the dash display followed by multiple systems shutting down along with multiple fault lights including brakes, abs, bat. The engine stopped running and there was minimal control of the vehicle. Steering & braking were almost non existent. After pulling to the side of the highway, there was a strong electrical smell coming from the engine compartment. Upon further investigation, the smell was coming from the alternator. No electrical power was available to lock/unlock doors, turn on hazard lights, or place the car in neutral in order to pull the vehicle on to a tow truck.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 21
Failure Date: 08/27/2014

While driving my entire instrument panel started shorting out. Before I was able to stop my car it completely died leavin me without steering capability. I couldn't even open the trunk where the actual battery is. The battery was completely dead. The problem turned out to be the alternator. I had to repair the alternator rotor and get a new rectifier and bearings. The manufacturer would not cover this under warranty. I believe this part was faulty and should be recalled. Apparently the premature failure of this part it is commonplace for this vehicle. I wasn't going very fast and was able to begin pulling over and slowing down. As it was I did not have enough inertia and was still partially in the road way. Had I been on the freeway, this could have been deadly. I did not even receive a battery low warning previous to this incident.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 22
Failure Date: 08/24/2014

When I started the car there was a small whining coming from the engine and a slight electrical smell coming from the engine. I started driving it to work and the battery saver mode came on. Slowly the radio shut off, the air conditioning switched to blowing out heat and wouldn't shut off, the abs and brake light came on, the power steering light came on and the power steering went out, and the car stalled. I had it towed to the dealership and they called me this morning and let me know that the alternator would need replaced and that it would cost approximately $855. It will cost more if they determine that the battery needs to be replaced.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 23
Failure Date: 08/23/2014

I was driving home on a Friday night around 10 p. M. On the highway 101 going south. All of a sudden my car ( Dodge Charger) starts making a peculiar noise, shortly my car gave me a message saying " battery save mode" my car was becoming very difficult to drive and very hard to work the steering wheel, luckily I was able to exit on the nearest exit. My I was driving 35mph on the road suddently it went from 30, 20, 10 mph and than stopped, my car completely shut down I was not able to turn it back on. Iwas very scared just thinking what would have happen it my car would of shut down on the freeway. I've been reading allot of complains online and this is not a rare case. A lot of Dodge customers are complaining of bad alternators coming from Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep. I hope this gets investigated and recall this car it is very unsafe!.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 24
Failure Date: 08/20/2014

While driving the battery saver mode came on, after that the abs warning light came on. Then power to the radio was cut out and the ac fan speed started jumping sporadically until shutting down as well. Then the speedometer fell to 0 even though I was travelling at a constant rate. Once stopped in a parking lot the car went completely dead and I was unable to restart the vehicle and had to have it towed. There was a burning smell coming from under the hood and also a whining noise could be heard from inside the cabin prior to the failure. The alternator did have to be replaced.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 25
Failure Date: 08/17/2014

Sunday I was riding home from getting something to eat I was going about 47 mph whenmy battery power saver indicator lit up. So I was a little confused of what was going on. Then all of a sudden my speedometer and everything on my dashboard started going crazy, and then it went out. So I thought it best for me to pull over into a gas station, but when I tried to pull over it was hard for me to turn the steering wheel and when I press the gas the car wasn't moving it was just moving with the speed it was already going. Thankfully I was by heel and I rode down into the gas station. I tried to turn the car off but I couldn't because all the power in the dashboard had going out all the power was gone. So the car literally drained itself of power for the next two minutes and then it drained out completely of power. So I set a few minutes and the battery did recharge enough for me to make it home. The next day I went to advanced auto maybe a quarter-mile from my house and I had them do a battery and alternator check. What came up was the alternator was bad it was not sending enough current to the battery and that the battery was being drained. This is a 2012 car with 61,000 miles on it. I have not done any alterations on this car everything is factory, and I've got it maintenance when it needed maintenance like my oil change and changing the differential fluids nothing major though. I have also taken it back for all the recalls as well. This cars alternator should not go out this early in the cars life use their is something wrong. This is a very big safety issue because a car was coming as I was trying to pull in the gas station and I was hitting the gas pedal and it would not go thankfully the call slowed down enough for me to make it in. Please check I see other people are having problems with this alternator issue early in there cars life this should not be happening.

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