Dodge Charger owners have reported 321 problems related to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category).
I was driving normally on side street at 35 - 40 mph. I approached and was entering an interstate on-ramp and as I started to accelerate the radio and ac turned off, abs light and anti-skid icon appeared on dash, exterior lights acted erratically dimming and then coming back on, message envelope appeared, bells were ringing, car lost substantial power on ramp as I was trying to accelerate onto interstate and then "battery saver mode" message appeared. I could hear a high pitched whining noise that started out of nowhere but seemed to subside after a few minutes but the car seemed to shake or shudder some but not horribly. Almost like a rough idle but as I was driving. I was able to drive appx 5 miles to get off the interstate and park. Once I stopped and turned off the car, I did restart it to see what would happen and it started normally but after about 2 minutes, "power saver mode" came back on so I took car to dealership the next day and they said it was a faulty alternator. Alternator is model 4801778-ai, 180 amp model. Similar symptoms to recall p60 on 160 amp alternator. Having this happen while I was trying to accelerate onto the interstate almost caused me to get rear-ended!.
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(2011 Dodge Charger, 3. 6l. Engine, 180amp alternator. ) Dodge had a recall on the 3. 6 l, 160 amp. Alternator. My car had the every same problem (11/20/2016) was towed to the dealership, called Dodge and was told our car was not in the recall but if they recalled later they would reimburse. We believe the 180 amp alternator should also be recalled, the car shuts down completely and we were very lucky it happened at a low speed, could have been a serious accident if going high speed because there is no warning , and steering, brakes, everything is gone. The tow driver had to remove the console to get it in n to move. The bill for the repair is over a $1000. 00, Dodge should pay all or at least some of these bills for t heir customers.
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The vehicle has been having a pop up message which was stated battery save mode. I then replaced the battery for the key thinking it would help. I then started the vehicle battery and was no problems . Today when I stared my car a white screen popped up where I see the messages in the dash board of speedometer. There after when I started my car it sound like was having a hard time turning. Later that day while driving 25 mph my cst dcteem completely shut off. I tried jumping it, testing battery and it sounds as if alternator has went out. This is very unfortunate when this is a newer car and warranty just expired. I was driving.
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We started to smell a when we pulled over the car stoped running would not start and the alternator was smoking. We were on the highway and pulled over on a parking lot.
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Alternator failed while driving vehicle with a child as passenger, approximately 4 minutes and 1 mile from home, resulting in a fire immediately after pulling over. Fire occurred after vehicle stopped. Dodge refusing to acknowledge any issues with alternator despite recall on same equipment for v6 engines.
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. While driving approximately 30 mph, the engine failed without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the alternator failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.
The contact owns a 2014 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was examined by an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the alternator was faulty and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 23,000.
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. While driving 55 mph, the power mode indicator appeared on the instrument panel. The vehicle stalled while in motion and was unable to shift gears. The warning lights illimunated. The vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the alternator was faulty. The manufacturer was notified and did not want to honor the warranty because there were 180 amps on the alternator. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 95,000.
My vehicle started making a whining noise and I started smelling something burning, the battery saver mode came on and the abs and I turned the vehicle off and popped the hood and my alternator is fried less than 60,000 miles on the vehicle and it won't start or I can't jump it. I was sitting in a parking lot and my car is still in that parking lot right now.
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the radio and electrical system failed. In addition, the battery warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the alternator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14v634000(electrical system), but the VIN was not included. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled and lost power without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and the alternator was repaired. The contact stated that the failure was identical to the failure in NHTSA campaign number: 14v634000 (electrical system); however, the VIN was excluded. The failure mileage was 48,000.
The contact owns a 2012 Dodge Charger. Without warning, the contact heard a loud abnormal noise. The instrument panel gauges and warning indicators randomly flickered and the vehicle stalled. The contact noticed excessive smoke emitting from the motor and stated that the alternator assembly prematurely failed. The contact received several recall notices and was to check with the dealer to determine if they could diagnose the failures. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 164,000.
My Dodge Charger last night would not start. I got it jumped and it started, I left the cables hooked up for a while then unhooked them. After unhooking the cables the car still would run but lights started popping up on the dash, I put the car in drive and the wiper blades came on, radio turned off, battery power saver came on and all the abs lights check engine light etc came on and the car just cut off. I did a little research and comes to find out that is the alternator and this is a common issue in the 2011 to 2014 Dodge Chargers.
Our car was running fine until this event. We came out of a store 2 blocks from our home and started the car. It immediately had a new whirring noise and the battery symbol came up on our dash display. We started to drive towards our home, to get our car there and out of the street. The car then displayed "switching to low power mode" on the dash display. Within the first block the the car starting smoking from under the hood. We pulled into our driveway and parked. The car shut itself off and was dead. More smoke continued to come out from under the hood. We opened the hood and visualized the alternator smoking continuously. We did not attempt to do anything else with the car. The next day we had it towed to the "my mechanic" auto repair shop, our usual and trusted repair shop. After inspection of our vehicle, the mechanic told us the alternator had burned out, and in turn, burned out the battery and both had to be replaced. After the repair our Charger runs fine. We have kept our alternator and battery for further inspection.
While I was driving my car towards my house. The battery light went on. On the dashboard I checked and it said "battery safe mode on". As I kept on driving the stereo went out. That's when I stopped and search the problem on the internet. It seem that alot of people had probkems with it and it was the alternator. I was still a long way from home so I kept on driving. But then the car stalled really bad and it would not go any more it was just on. I called the dealer today if the could fix it since it was a recall on the Dodge Charger 2012, but when I did they told me that my car did not have the recall and that I had to pay 700 dollars plus the labor to get it fix. I just want to know why if alot of people are having the same problem why cant they fix mine.
The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. While driving 70 mph, the alternator failed and caused the vehicle to stall without warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 67,000.
My car was running perfectly fine, then out of the blue, I received an error message which read "battery saver mode". There was absolutely nothing wrong with my battery. After maybe two minutes, all the electrical systems in my car started shutting down. Maybe a minute later, my car was completely disabled in the middle of a busy intersection. All power to the vehicle was dead, so I couldn't even turn on the hazard lights to warn other drivers. The cabin began to smell very strongly of an electrical fire. I got out of the vehicle and opened the hood. There wasn't a visible fire, but there was smoke. I had the vehicle towed to the Chrysler dealership, where they informed me my VIN wasn't covered under the p60 recall. I spoke with Chrysler customer assistance, and they informed me that my alternator assembly wasn't deemed as defective. I had the exact same problem of all the vehicles under recall, but apparently not enough of my particular alternator assemblies have been reported defective to warrant a recall for my VIN. I would've been in big trouble if this happened with my children in the car. I had little to no warning off what was going to happen. Chrysler knows this is an issue, but they refuse to acknowledge it to avoid paying for the recalls. I would be extremely grateful to have this problem investigated. Please contact me for any additional information you may need. Thank you.
The contact owns a 2013 Dodge Charger. While attempting to start the vehicle, the battery saver power mode engaged. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the alternator and battery failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was informed of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,515.
The radio turned off, every light on the instrument cluster lit up, wipers turned on automatically, lost both power break and power steering. All this at over 50 mph with our young son in the back seat. . . . Eventually my wife was able to get the vehicle stopped, but even after many attempts was unable to put the car in park. Eventually the car just completely died. She was stuck in the middle of a turning lane and wasn't even able to turn on the emergency flashers. The car ended up being towed to the nearest Chrysler dealership and diagnosed with a faulty alternator to the tune of almost $900. Financial burden aside, this was a very frightening experience for my wife and son, and although the car has been repaired neither my wife nor I feel entirely comfortable driving the car by ourselves much less having our young son in the back seat.
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.
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.
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.
I have been working with fca since 8/31/16, so for 28 days now, that I have been without power steering. I filed my first complaint on, or around 9/12/16. I experienced the exact same symptoms as stated in NHTSA pe14022 while driving down the highway at apporximately 65mph. Every warning light went off flashing, service transmission message, service power steering , and tach, and speedo would drop to zero , and I would lose engine power, and power steering. I captured the incident on video, and provided the video to NHTSA, I will again provide a link for the video here : https://youtu. Be/e96hvqpep10 . In dealing with fca llc, they refuse to replace the electric hydraulic power steering pump that was fried from this incident occuring. Fca is saying that it was the "2 year old mopar battery" that caused the incident, and refuse to replace the ehps pump that worked perfectly fine before this occured. I replaced the alternator per NHTSA recall no. 14v-634 a great deal of time prior to this incident occuring. Fca is trying to circumvent having to replace the pump by changing the origin of the means to the battery, instead of the alternator. I have been extremely frustrated with how fca refuses to acknowledge all of the proof given to them. I am not alone in this, there had been many complaints filed with similar results as mine in dealing with fca. It's time for NHTSA to do something to remedy this issue with fca. Fca offered to replace the $1400 ehps pump if I pay a $500 CO-pay, I refuse to accept this offer based on the principle of the matter. The true origin of all of the issue's I'm currently having, is from the original alternator that was in the car for a year and a half initially, and during that time it was improperly charging the battery that possibly caused the battery to ultimately fail on 8/31/16. Please see attached files. Failure mileage 81332.
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.
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