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



Dodge Charger owners have reported 262 problems related to alternator/generator/regulator (under the electrical system category).

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2013 Dodge Charger 1
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.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 2
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.

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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 4
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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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 5
Failure Date: 04/09/2016

My vehicle at 61k miles experienced this nearly causing a massive accident. I was driving at 55mph when the car began to loss power, the car down shifted from od to first cause me to slide. I recovered fortunately. To then loss all power and steering. This all occurred with in 30-35 secs 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. Recall 14v634000 this is VIN specific to 2011-2014 my vehicle is not in that group but has the same alternator.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 6
Failure Date: 03/19/2016

While stationary abs and traction control sensor came on accompanied by sound in engine compartment and plastic melt smell. Restarted car, battery light came on, sound and smell persisted. Dealership diagnosed alternator melted. Part on back order, possibly 10 days to repair. Car repair not covered, nor rental.


car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 7
Failure Date: 03/14/2016

My 2011 Dodge Charger has been back to the dealer several times for various recalls. The first recall was for a defective wiring harness that caused fused to trip. The repair corrected the problem for a short time but the fuses continue to trip. The latest recall is for an alternator problem. The vehicle was operating properly until the alternator light came on. The vehicle lost steering and then all power after the alternator light came on. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. Who is replacing the alternator. They claim the battery is "shorted" and must be replaced. They claim that battery is not included in the recall.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 8
Failure Date: 03/14/2016

While driving my 2011 rt awd Dodge Charger on the freeway, at approximately 65 mph, all of the lights (including, the dash lights, the radio, the headlights, I am unsure if the rear running lights were involved) shut off momentarily (3-5 seconds). During that time I noticed a change in the steering, the wheel became stiff like the power steering was off. I let my foot off of the gas pedal but did not brake so I'm not sure if the power brakes were affected, but assume they were. It sounds a lot like the alternator failure recall involving the 6 cylinder models with the 160 amp alternator. (I believe this is the same alternator that was used in the r/t 5. 7l hemi model) the power came back on and I drove the last 4-5 miles home without further incident. I am apprehensive about driving on the freeway now. Loosing the ability to steer and brake at freeway speed could end in an accident. As an added note, when I arrived home I checked to see if there was any smell (electrical) near the engine, there was not.

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Failure Date: 02/29/2016

Takata recall on Saturday February 27 my car radio began to turn off and on the display screen it said battery saver mode. I assumed my battery needed to charge but later that night it started and within minutes it did it again but the auto shops were closed. I was unable to take it the next day and today Monday February 29 as I drove to work my radio turned off again. After work I decided to drive to the auto zone to get the battery checked. As I drove my screen began turning off and on, my a/c kept turning up and down but blowing hot air, as if the heater was on, and the display screen where it shows speed turned white and started blinking on and off, all the indexes on the dash went crazy and maybe two minutes later my car shut off while driving and I struggled to turn as the steering locked. I was lucky to be near the auto zone already and away from traffic. My son was with me it was a horrible experience. They were able to check it and it was the alternator. My headlight on the passenger side is out as well. I have heard of recalls with all these parts but apparently mine is not on the list. Same problems. This really needs to be addressed.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2013 Dodge Charger 10
Failure Date: 02/29/2016

My 2013 Dodge Charger rt (5. 7l v8) starting making a whining noise coming from the engine while running. When accelerating the noise became louder. A burnt smell inside the cabin of the vehicle was noticed. The next day attempting the drive the car, the noise continued and several lights on the dashboard came one including brake, front crash system, etc. After car was turned off vehicle's battery died. After charging the battery, car started but smoke and a strong burnt smell started coming into car. After opening hood smoke and a small flame was visible spewing out of the alternator. After turning the vehicle off the alternator continued smoking and making crackling and popping noises for 15 minutes after the engine was turned off. Battery died again and no longer powered the vehicle requiring the car to be towed into the dealership. Waiting for Chrysler's investigators report to determine of Dodge will cover the repair of the parts.


 
car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 11
Failure Date: 02/21/2016

Takara recall I was coming home from work and my car shut the radio off and slowly started shutting off other accessories to the car. I work 30 miles from my house. When I got home, the car would not shut off, would not go into park. And everything was going hay wire. I had to put the parking break on so I would move, because I couldn't get it to go into park. Thank goodness my window was down because I couldn't unlock the car. I had to crawl through the the back seat to pull the emergancy lever to open the trunk. After that I disconnected the battery. I soon found out the battery died and the alternator burnt up. I have replace the battery and the alternator and started the car. It runs but all the electronics are still inoperable.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 12
Failure Date: 02/21/2016

The contact owns a 2011 Dodge Charger. While driving 30 mph, the headlamps and all the warning lights on the instrument cluster illuminated. In addition, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the vehicle jerked. I had to apply force to the steering wheel. Car was taken to Dodge dealer ship I received a call and stated that the alternator and battery needed to be replaced. I replace both things and car still having same isue.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 13
Failure Date: 02/20/2016

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. Had to replace alternator and battery. Out of pocket cost $1100. Have not received my p60 recall notice as of yet. Identical problems listed as a part of recall p60.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 14
Failure Date: 02/14/2016

Alternator began running hot and started burning through the casing. Car smelled like burnt plastic. Also, the heat slightly melted the nearby radiator, which caused a leak and it needing to be replaced as well. This sounds exactly the same as the alternator recall on other Dodge Charger models in the 2012 year. . . But mine is the v8 engine and I was told the recall did not apply.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2011 Dodge Charger 15
Failure Date: 02/01/2016

My alternator went out around 45k miles in 2013/2014. I had it replaced; it has since been recalled, but Dodge refused to acknowledge the issue when it was brought in even though there was a strong smell of something electrical burning along with a loss in electrical power. In 2016, at around 75k miles, fuel started leaking from just in front of the rear passenger-side tire. The gasket between the tank and pump was replaced. After the next fill up, the leak became worse. I had the car towed to another shop. When the tow truck driver was driving it onto the truck, gas was spraying downward with a good amount of pressure. The second shop also suspected the gasket due to the design of the fuel system. They also replaced it, but the leak persisted. After further investigation, the fuel pump assembly had developed a crack. I don't appreciate the thought of driving something that could catch on fire or worse. Apparently, the fuel system was "redesigned" post 2011 models. Dodge refuses to acknowledge that a fuel system issue can result in a major hazard. An oil change shop even commented on the strong gas smell and warned of the danger.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 16
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.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 17
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 18
Failure Date: 01/13/2016

While driving on the highway my vehicle completely shut off. Alternator was determined to be dead and needed to be replaced. This is the exact problem that the Dodge Charger recall p60 covered but this recall did not include the larger engines???? makes no sense!!!! it was unsafe for those drivers and I should not be treated any different. I had to get off the highway without power by coasting into the middle turning lane since the car is completely electric and I had no power while cars were driving around me at 60 mph. It cost me over 600 to have a new alternator installed.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 19
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 2011 Dodge Charger 20
Failure Date: 12/25/2015

In October if 2014, the battery completely failed suddenly without warning, I had to replace it with a new one with more cranking amps! since that time the car has been hesitantly starting at times and would seem to lose power! the abs light came on and the cruise control stopped working. Then on December 25,2015 the car began to lose power, the battery saver mode came on and the car completely stalled while driving on the highway at a speed of 45 mph! the alternator which is a 160amp and same model as those in the recall for the 3. 6l engine failed completely! my car is a 5. 7 l hemi!.

car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 21
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 2014 Dodge Charger 22
Failure Date: 12/16/2015

My Charger was within the year rage of the 160amp alternator recall however my VIN is not included for some reason. I have got "power saving mode" a couple times when just sitting in one spot. I just hope I don't end up the next one losing power on the highway because my VIN is not included for some reason.

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car image   Alternator/generator/regulator problem of the 2012 Dodge Charger 23
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 24
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 25
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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