- Learn about common Dodge Charger transmission problems
- Everything you need to know when shopping for a Dodge Charger transmission for sale
- How and when to buy a remanufactured Dodge Charger transmission
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Dodge Charger Transmission Problems & Solutions
Flush with Mercedes R&D cash, the Dodge Brüders were anxious to use their new rear-drive LX-platform. So they dug the legendary Dodge Charger badge out of some closet in the design department, then set about creating a muscular car that was worthy of the name. To wit, the 2006-2010 Dodge Charger got 4 doors, an angry front end, and several equally-angry Hemi engine options. In honor of the Charger’s brightly colored past, numerous loudly-hue’d special editions like the Dodge Charger Daytona R/T and Dodge Charger Super Bee were offered. The 2011-2014 Dodge Charger received a complete redesign, with new interior/exterior styling, and a selection of more powerful engines. Police departments across the country were eagerly replacing their aging Ford Crown Vic fleets with the more powerful LX/LC Dodge Charger Pursuit. And many of the speeders they ran down were driving the immensely powerful Dodge Charger SRT8. But no matter which version or generation you drive, it’s likely to have the W5A580 transmission. This 5-speed automatic was based on the Mercedes 5G-Tronic transmission, and it performed quite well in most situations. However Dodge Charger transmission problems aren’t unheard of, so let’s look at the best ways to solve them.
Common Problems with the 2006-2014 Dodge Charger W5A580 Transmission
Torque Convertor Lockup Clutch
A torque converter lockup clutch is designed to connect the engine directly to the transmission for a 1:1 direct drive. If it fails, then you will experience one of the most common Dodge Charger transmission problems, which includes slipping, shaking, and delayed engagement. To keep this from happening, Street Smart Transmission performs a number of upgrades including:
- Upgraded W5A580 lockup clutch with more durable friction material
- Remanufactured solenoid is fully bench tested prior to installation
- Remanufactured W5A580 torque converter receives a number of internal upgrades that exceed OE specifications & extend service life
- Torque convertor is fully tested to ensure correct balance, concentricity, and fluid pressure capacity
Another common Dodge Charger W5A580 transmission problem has to do with harsh shifting, delayed gear engagement, and slipping between the gears. This can be caused by several issues, including a few OE design flaws that can lead to fluid leaks and contamination. Street Smart Transmission installs all of the factory recommended updates (like the leak resistant dipstick O-ring), and further upgrades are performed to improve durability and shift quality. Some of these improvements include:
- Inspected hard parts like planetary gears and clutch drums
- Remanufactured valve body is tested for heat related cracks and warping, then a heavy duty recalibration kit is installed to improve shift function and durability
- Upgraded valve body accumulators eliminate harsh shifting
- Upgraded servos reduce slipping and wear issues
- Upgraded clutches provide faster engagement and longer service life
- Remanufactured solenoids get bench tested to ensure proper function and calibration
- Upgraded (stronger) bushings reduce wear and provide more precise pressure control
- Remanufactured transmission pump receives custom-spec line bore bushings to improve durability
- Completed completed transmission is then hot and cold dyno tested using a state of the art program called C.A.R.S. (Computer Aided Road Simulation) which mimics actual driving conditions and allows SST technicians to verify the shifting and function of all the components
How To Solve Dodge Charger Transmission Problems
Solution 1: Buy a Used Dodge Charger Transmission
The simplest way to get back on the road would be to have your mechanic pick up a used W5A580 transmission from the local junkyard. However, this affordable solution could actually cost you more money in the long run, because that used Dodge Charger transmission likely has the same OE spec parts that are causing you problems now. Plus, that 30-90 day warranty will only get you a replacement transmission. It doesn’t cover the labor charges to install it.
Solution 2: Buy a Rebuilt Dodge Charger Transmission
The next best solution would be to buy a rebuilt W5A580 transmission. If you go this route, a mechanic will remove your existing Dodge Charger transmission, and rebuild it using an OE master rebuild kit. This kit contains all factory spec parts, which will eventually cause the same problems that you’re experiencing now. In addition, most transmission repair shops don’t have the equipment to detect cracks and other wear related damage to the hard parts (gears, input shafts, clutch drums etc.), which can lead to serious problems in the future. And that rebuilt transmission warranty may only be honored by a small number of shops in a specific region.
Solution 3: Buy a Remanufactured Dodge Charger W5A580 Transmission
While buying a remanufactured W5A580 transmission might not be the cheapest solution, it will give you the most value for your money. Each SST remanufactured Dodge Charger transmission is built in a state of the art factory, where it undergoes stringent quality control testing after each stage of the build. All of the upgrades have been specifically chosen by our R&D department, which has tested multiple OE spec W5A580 transmissions to determine their weak points and the best way to compensate for them.
Because of our extreme attention to detail, customers receive a transmission that is literally better than new. They also get an unprecedented transferable 3-year/Unlimited Mile Nationwide Warranty that provides coverage for parts and labor on repairs that are performed by any licensed repair shop in the United States. If a replacement transmission is needed, it will be shipped out on the same day that the claim is received. Shipping is always free to a business address, and return shipping for the core is also free. So if you want a transmission that can actually stand up to the power of your Dodge Charger, then give us a call at 1-866-812-7560. Or you can click here to check on the price and availability of a remanufactured Dodge Charger transmission.