Dodge Challenger Transmission Problems & Cost | 42RLE | W5A580 / NAG1 | 8HP70

The Dodge Challenger was equipped with the 42RLE or the W5A580 (NAG1) transmission and the ZF 8HP90 in 2015-up models. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Dodge Challenger transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

Dodge Challenger Transmission Models

Dodge Challenger: 42RLE Transmission
Dodge Challenger: W5A580 (NAG1) Transmission
Dodge Challenger: 8HP70 Transmission
Dodge Challenger / Challenger Hellcat / Challenger Demon Transmission: ZF8HP90 (2015+)

Dodge Challenger Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

Replacement Dodge Challenger Transmission Prices:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
W5A580 / NAG1248745103098n/a

Replacement ZF8HP90 Transmission:

What are the DTC codes related to Dodge Challenger transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
P0700Transmission Control System (MIL Request)
P0705Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)
P0706Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0710Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit
P0711Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance
P0712Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0713Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input
P0714Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715
P0717Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0720Output Speed Sensor Circuit
P0729Gear 6 Incorrect Ratio
P0730Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0731Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio
P0732Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio
P0733Gear 3 Incorrect Ratio
P0734Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio
P0735Gear 5 Incorrect Ratio
P0740Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0742Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stuck On
P0743Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Electrical
P0748Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical
P0750Shift Solenoid 'A'
P0751Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0755Shift Solenoid 'B'
P0760Shift Solenoid 'C'
P0765Shift Solenoid 'D'
P07833-4 Shift
P0841Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “A” Circuit Range/Performance
P0846Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “B” Circuit Range/Performance
P0871Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “C” Circuit Range/Performance
P0880TCM Power Input Signal
P0881TCM Power Input Signal Range/Performance
P0882TCM Power Input Signal Low
P0884TCM Power Input Signal Intermittent
P0888TCM Power Relay Sense Circuit
P0891TCM Power Relay Sense Circuit High
P0897Transmission Fluid Deteriorated

Dodge Challenger Transmission Recalls

Recall 08V458000 – Park/neutral start switch
2008 – 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT
2009 Dodge Challenger SE
2009 Dodge Challenger R/T
Summary – Chrysler recalled 6,636 copies of the Dodge Challenger fitted with the W5A580 transmission and the Keyless Go pushbutton ignition option. It seems the stop/start button can be pressed and held, turning off the engine even when the shifter is not in the Park position.
Consequence – If the transmission is not in Park when the engine is turned off, the car could unexpectedly roll away, causing serious injury and property damage.
Remedy – Dodge dealers were instructed to reprogram the wireless ignition node module so that the engine can only be turned off when the transmission and gearshift are in the Park position. This we called was issued in September 2008. Concerned owners can contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Refer to recall H29. You can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236

Dodge Challenger Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

None Found

Common Dodge Challenger Transmission Problems

Shifting problems and solenoid/pressure switch DTCs – 42RLE transmission
Problem – Drivers may experience 42RLE transmission problems that include slipping and harsh shifts. The check engine light may also be illuminated with the following codes stored in the ECU: P0750, P0755, P0760, P0765, P0846, P0871, P0841.
Solution – The problem may be caused by corrosion in the 10 pin solenoid harness connector. This may also be caused by a wiring issue between the TCM/ECU and the transmission harness connector. A new design 42RLE 10-pin connector will need to be installed and/or wiring issues repaired.

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Dodge Challenger can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Dodge Challenger transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Dodge Challenger transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Dodge Challenger transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Dodge Challenger transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Dodge Challenger transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Dodge Challenger transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Dodge Challenger transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed.

Recommendations for Dodge Challenger transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Dodge Challenger transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Dodge Challenger Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Dodge Challenger Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Dodge Challenger Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Dodge Challenger Transmission

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

What Problem Does Your Dodge Challenger Have?

Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!

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Janet Phillips
9 months ago

Not shifting to 2nd gear. Rpms building and engine accelerates but car is moving very slow. I have to shut engine down then crank back up to resolve.

Emilie M Archuleta
1 year ago

I have a 2016 dodge hellcat
Today thr tranny just stopped working my car stArts but I put it in gear and whAt ever gear I put it in it blinks check engine is on but no code registers

Chris D
1 year ago

2019 Dodge Challenger 10500 miles. Bought new less then a year old. Trans began to lunge forward when shifting to 2nd gear on the weekend. The check engine light came on Monday. Car would not down shift when in 5th gear. Now waiting to see if I get a new trans or shity rebuild. I think it should be replaced with new trans. Car was at dealer for several days. When I asked what was taking so long the dealer said they were waiting to hear from Dodge. I call Dodge customer serviced and they say they don’t know anything about it. WTF. So who’s lying!!!

ChrisTransmission in my 2013 Dodge
2 years ago

2013 Dodge Challenger runs fine transmission not working at all indicating your grind when you put it in the park no gears driving just fine and Bella out

Keith O'Donnell
2 years ago

I have a 2012 challenger r/t with 32k miles. Transmission fluid came out of where the dipstick goes. Is that normal?

victor hughes
2 years ago

I have a 2012 dodge challenger with 6900,00 on it transmission is out price 3.600 00 it sucks

3 years ago

2012 with 103k. Ran lights. Went to get back in it and it will go into drive and reverse but hit the gas and go nowhere.

2 years ago
Reply to  Ricky

Got the same issue

James Brown
3 years ago

2014 RT Automatic … Around 35mph seems like it cannot decide what to do ??? Like it downshifts & then upshifts & jerks the car slighty … RPM guage jumps a little … Seems like something is not rite …

Janet Phillips
9 months ago
Reply to  James Brown

Where can i find an answer? The questions are great but we need answers

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