Technical Service Bulletins according to the NHTSA. Check service book for:
There were many 2011-2022 Dodge Charger recalls. The 2011 Dodge Charger recall list includes two airbag recalls, an alternator recall, loss of low beams, and the loss of ABS/ESC system due to an overheated PDC. The headlight electrical issues were especially dangerous, not just for the driver but for other road users as well. The 2011 alternator recall and RT alternator recalls were limited to the 3.6 V6 and 5.7-liter RT models. After many owners reported alternator problems, Dodge decided to recall more than 400,000 vehicles for an alternator inspection and a possible replacement. 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016 models all received an alternator recall. The airbag recall was also issued for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 models.
The 2013 and 2014 Dodge Charger transmission recall was the most notable one that year, in addition to the continuing problems mentioned above. Owners reported transmission problems, which were traced back to a transmission output shaft that may fracture.
Being the most popular models in the range, the SE and SXT recall was the biggest at the time. All models came with cruise control as standard, and it could not be canceled in some cars. These cars only required a software update. The 2015 and 2016 Dodge Charger driveshaft recall was only relevant to the AWD "Pursuit" V8 police vehicle. The front driveshaft joint could seize, causing the shaft to detach. The 2015 recall list also included front driveshaft bolts, a damaged fuel hose, and radio software security vulnerabilities. The Dodge Charger was recalled because of its lights as well. Owners reported 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Charger headlight problems. Dodge first picked up on the problem in 2014. It only affects models with halogen headlights, which means it's one of the few shared SE and RT problems. Basically, a sub-harness overheats, which causes the dims to go out. If your car isn't covered by the recall, it will cost you around $450 to replace the wiring harness.
An overheated power distribution center (PDC) can cause ABS and other electrical problems. In extreme cases, the car completely loses the ABS and traction control systems, which isn't that great in a high-performance car. A recall was issued and the 120,000 cars affected by this problem were meant to be fixed. In 2018, the police car had a radio recall, or rather a problem with the 8.4-inch infotainment screen and the rearview camera. When stealth mode was engaged, the rearview camera would not show. The final round of serious recalls took place in 2020/2021, at which point Dodge had sorted most of the Charger's problems. This time it was for inadequate windshield bonding, which could result in the windshield detaching from the car in an accident.
Since the Dodge Charger was such a problematic car, you might want to familiarize yourself with the common error codes along with the model years you'll most likely encounter them.
- The 2011 Dodge Charge engine code P0132 indicates a problem with the O2 oxygen sensor. It could be a broken wire, high fuel temperature, or a short in the heater circuit.
- The 2011 Code P0420 concerns the catalytic converter.
- The 2011 Code P0455 means the car has detected a large leak in the EVAP system.
- The 2011 RT P303 code is an indication that one of the cylinders is faulty. In this case, it's cylinder three.
- The 2011 P0128 code indicates a faulty thermostat.
- The 2011 SE code P0456 is for a small leak in the EVAP system.
- The 2012 code P0440 is a complete EVAP system malfunction.
- The 2012 code P0019 is an indication that there's a misalignment between the cam and crank position.
- The P0126 code for the 2012 Charger indicates insufficient coolant temperature.
- The 2013 P0300 code is cause for concern, as it indicates a misfire.
- Code P0520 indicates high oil pressure in the 2013 Dodge Charger.
- The 2014 P0520 code is connected to a sensor that monitors the oil pressure switch.
- The 2014 Dodge Charger P0128 code is related to the coolant thermostat. It indicates that the coolant temperature is below the thermostat regulating temperature.
- The 2014 Dodge Charger SXT code P0520 is also related to oil pressure in the V6 engine.
- The 2015 Dodge Charger P0462 is related to the fuel level sensor.
- Code P0430 on the 2015 Dodge Charger indicates that the catalytic converter is not functioning properly.
- The 2016 Dodge Charger P0219 code means the tachometer or revolutions per minute has gone above the predetermined limit.
- Code P0455 on the 2016 Dodge Charger indicates a large EVAP system leak.
- The 2017 Dodge Charger engine code P0441 is also related to the EVAP system. This time it's for incorrect purge flow.