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.
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:
|Transmission||Street Smart Transmission||Autozone||Advance Auto Parts||Dealer Retail|
|W5A580 / NAG1||2487||4510||3098||n/a|
Replacement ZF8HP90 Transmission:
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What are the DTC codes related to Dodge Challenger transmission problems?
|P0700||Transmission Control System (MIL Request)|
|P0705||Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)|
|P0706||Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0710||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit|
|P0711||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0712||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input|
|P0713||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input|
|P0714||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715|
|P0717||Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal|
|P0720||Output Speed Sensor Circuit|
|P0729||Gear 6 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0730||Incorrect Gear Ratio|
|P0731||Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0732||Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0733||Gear 3 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0734||Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0735||Gear 5 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0740||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction|
|P0742||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stuck On|
|P0743||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Electrical|
|P0748||Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical|
|P0750||Shift Solenoid 'A'|
|P0751||Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0755||Shift Solenoid 'B'|
|P0760||Shift Solenoid 'C'|
|P0765||Shift Solenoid 'D'|
|P0841||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch A Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0846||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch B Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0871||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch C Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0880||TCM Power Input Signal|
|P0881||TCM Power Input Signal Range/Performance|
|P0882||TCM Power Input Signal Low|
|P0884||TCM Power Input Signal Intermittent|
|P0888||TCM Power Relay Sense Circuit|
|P0891||TCM Power Relay Sense Circuit High|
|P0897||Transmission 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)
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
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
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.
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!