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

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

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What Transmission Do I Have?

Dodge Charger Transmission Models

Dodge Charger: 42RLE Transmission
Dodge Charger: W5A580 (NAG1) Transmission
Dodge Charger: 8HP70 Transmission

Dodge Charger 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 Charger Transmission Prices:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto PartsDealer Retail
W5A580 / NAG1248745103098n/a

What are the DTC codes related to Dodge Charger 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 Charger Transmission Recalls

Recall 05V460000 / E14 – Transmission may not hold in the park position
2005 – 2006 Chrysler 300 – 2005 – 2006 Dodge Charger – 2006 Dodge Dakota – 2005 Dodge Durango – 2005 – 2006 Dodge Magnum – 2005 – 2006 Jeep Liberty – 2005 – 2006 Jeep Wrangler
Summary – In November 2005, Chrysler recalled 256,409 vehicles equipped with the 42RLE transmission, because the cup plug that holds the park prawl anchor shaft may not have been properly installed. If the shaft moves out of position, the vehicle may not be able to achieve the Park position.
Consequence – If this occurs and the parking brake is not applied, the vehicle could unexpectedly roll away, causing serious injury and damage.
Remedy – Dealers were instructed to install a bracket to ensure that the 42RLE parking prawl anchor shaft will stay in the proper position. Concerned owners may call Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

Recall H37 – Gearshift Cable – W5A580 / NAG1 transmission
2006 – 2009 Dodge Charger Police Package AHB
2006 – 2009 Dodge Magnum Police Package AHB
Summary – 20,100 of the above vehicles may have their gearshift cable become disengaged from the column shifter.
Consequence – If this happens, the transmission gear shift position display could read a different gear then the transmission is actually in. This could cause the vehicle to inadvertently move and cause a crash or serious injury.
Remedy – Chrysler recommended securing the gear shift cable to the steering column mounting bracket with a plastic tie strap. Many of the vehicles covered in this recall were repaired by the factory/dealers, and it’s likely that the different police agencies may have performed their own repairs to correct this issue. Concerned owners can contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. You can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236

Dodge Charger Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

TSB 21-003-06 – Transmission shudder or buzzing noise due to water contamination
2005 – 2006 Chrysler 300
2005 – 2006 Dodge Magnum
2005 – 2006 Dodge Charger

-Note: This W5A580 transmission TSB is intended to supersede TSB 21-011-05 which included the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Problem – Owners may experience a shudder vibration and/or a high-frequency buzzing sound. This W5A580/NAG1 transmission problem may be most noticeable during light acceleration where partial application of the torque converter clutch happens in 3rd, 4th, or 5th gears. The reason this happens is because water has gotten past the transmission oil fill tube/dipstick seal. Contaminated transmission fluid can cause the TCC to stick and/or slip.

Solution – If the contaminated transmission fluid has not caused a lot of damage, the transmission and torque converter may be able to be flushed to cure the problem. However, if the contamination is severe, the torque converter will need to be replaced, and the transmission inspected for signs of other damage. The transmission fill tube seal will also need to be upgraded

Common Dodge Charger 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 Charger 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 Charger transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Dodge Charger 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 Charger 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 Charger transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Dodge Charger 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 Charger transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Dodge Charger 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 Charger 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 Charger transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Dodge Charger Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Dodge Charger 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 Charger 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 Charger 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 Charger 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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Kenny Moore
3 months ago


Jacob Dupuis
4 months ago

Nag1 2006 dodge charger 161,000km
About 30% of the time when I start it up it will run the rpm about 1000 higher than normal, have a delay in shifting up, shift down hard when slowing down. It normally goes away if I turn the car off and then on.

Clyde Whitaker
5 months ago

My 2012 Dodge Charger RT won’t stay in gear I have to use emergency brakes to make it stay in park. It also makes a loud grinding noise when I put it in park

Clyde Whitaker
5 months ago

When I put it in park it makes a loud grinding noise. And it won’t stay in gear so I have to put the emergency brakes on

Dustin terry
6 months ago

Car does not want to go past 3000 rpm unless I’m in second or third gear I cannot rev my engine while driving have to use slapstick to get the car to shift properly codes coming back are for (02 sensor) bank 2 sensor 2 circuit high and (map sensor) replaced map sensor code still comes back last code is (fuel pump level circuit high)after replacing my fuel pump please help !

Derrick Jackson
7 months ago

Clyucking noise and wont go forwad or reverse no leaks

Cary Hagadorn
8 months ago

2010 charger Srt 8 when under WOT transmission shifts and car falls on its face for a Second and then tq reapplies.
Only happens under WOT light acceleration everything shifts smoothly

8 months ago

2011 Charger SXT. Wide open throttle downshift from 45mph or so slow; Gas pedal to floor, a 2 seconds delay and RPM’s rise. Doesn’t feel like a WOT downshift, sluggish

Daniel Miller
8 months ago

Tranismission locked up in 4th gear. Had to restart car to resolve.

9 months ago

Not shifting limp home mode

Frederick A Martin
10 months ago

so I’m trying to find out way I’m not pick up speed after 2500 RPM I was told it’s not shifting into 3rd, how do I solve this without buying a new transmission.

10 months ago


shawn cordray
10 months ago

Park surges forward when starting
reverse does nothing
Neutral moves forward
Auto stick says 4th gear

1 year ago

carpet burned back seat above drive shaft

Jon Gotti
1 year ago

My 2013 Dodge Charger won’t drive or reverse when I shift gears from drive to park it make a squealing sound

Denise Riccatelli
1 year ago

2012 engine revs 90,000. Couple of times it fell out of gear

1 year ago

i have a 2010 charger sxt that slips in and out of gear while driving. also it will not reach 3rd and 4th gear. i drop the trans pan and changed the filter and its still the same.

1 year ago

Hi so I got 07 charger rt awd 5.7 hemi n rebuilt top end of motor cuz it was fried melted from someone poorly not caring for it ( running n sounding pretty good ), but a few test drives in n the trans won’t shift past 2nd n sometimes won’t shift down from 🤦‍♀️ Read n watched soo many things last few days that I haven’t a clue n barely a $1) just did trans filter kit swap out n damn same thing!! I would feel eliminate pressure solenoid issue bcuz it isn’t skipping sluggish it’s just not shifting gears I’m truly going batty listening to my man say it’s a pos. Oh hell no way she’s a beauty n soo anxious to drive her a year now ‘ ugghhh. Help?

1 year ago

I just sold our 2012 Dodge Charger SE with 125,000 with pretty much no problems. The new owner just called and said he had to have the car towed. It will go into reverse but won’t move when put in drive. It was working fine on a previous test drive and a test drive with this buyer.
Is this a common issue with these transmissions? What could cause this? Low fluid or something worse?

orlando menegatti
1 year ago

i have the 0935 code and my car run but the transmition no change the gears i disconnect the battery and work perfect but the code is back and failed again

1 year ago

Me too 2012 8 speed

1 year ago

2014 Dodge Charger SE. when I try to go from park to drive,neutral,reverse etc , it goes back to park gear. While driving the car make noise so I stopped and put it in park. There was no noise while engine was running. After letting the car sit for awhile, I tried to put it in drive position, but it went back to the park position. I tried reverse and neutral but it kept going back to the park position. Any advice on what is wrong

1 year ago
Reply to  Bobby

I have a 2006 Dodge Charger srt8 and it does the same thing after a couple blocks and everything warms up.

7 months ago
Reply to  Dillion

I’m having same problem did u get fix an what was the problem

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