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 / NAG1249045103098n/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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I have a 2012 Dodge Charger Rt And when i drive the gears shift weird and on high rpms what could it be ? Drive train?


2014 dodge charger , police car, had more probems with drive train then anything had replace all 4 wheel hubs, the speed sencors, the front dif burn up do to awd module was never updated when reclall was done, to foce car stay in awd and over heated the front dif, found firestone put wrong fluded in the trasfer case what impake this will have is unknow and no way i can prove it, this 2ed time a delear ship damage the car pepboys cut the wireing harness, and there respons was i cant prove nothing, u know i so tired, so so tired, these busness get buy doing this and they right no way prove anytthing, and no one to back u , dodge dealear ship screw me over the service manager lie me, and then he put my car on restireked list wich revoke the warrenty on drive train, he did this pure out spite, and over a error in car fax report, i must ask who is honest out there, and not one u can show me any delear ship is, i got my own scaner that can scan wheel speeds, this very imported to determan if u have a wheel speed screnor going out but most wont unless the hub is going out, so i learn if one gose out replace bouth, dealer ship wanted 380 to repleace a 20,00 sencror as they said they had do there own scan wich was 179,00 rest parts labor tax i got it replace for 50,00, these computers are causeing more probems then they rezove the car made so cheap that most are total, ask how is this possable to total a new car, i say was built that way, and dose not save lives, no proof ever did, but have cost us buillions in over paid car inshurace, when are we going get wise and stop this all , when we going say we wont by another car untill cars are fix,

Denise P

Have a 2006 Dodge Charger when driving down the road you gave it gas and it will not go you put it in neutral and back in drive and it’ll start going again when you get it gas what would be the problem

Courtney T

I’m having the same problem. Only I can’t put it in park and go again. I have to shut it off for a minute and turn it back on then drive a few more blocks. I can’t even make it to the store in town. When I try to accelerate the rpms go up.


Mine is the exact same way have you found out why?

Michelle Dunson

I have an ’06 Charger I just bought-used, obviously. Also, wrecked (front end, apparently, both sides). Drives straight ,sounded good, mechanic friend said it was a good deal. Engine light is on and leaks transmission fluid A LOT. So , I was advised to fill it frequently, but there is no dip stick. I put in 1/2 qt, but mechanic friend said I should add considerably more, and continue to do so if I noticed the leak was approx amount I put into it. Long story short, car worked great. put about 6 qts. of ATF in over last 2 weeks. (I know, bad move). Was pulling dents and straightening front (near where headlight housing is-broken/bent near radiator bracket (Also broken.) Wire harness was in fold of metal. When I un-pinched it ,over half of wiring was severed. I matched colors and soldered then and put shrinktube over every wire “repaired”….The ABS sensor had been open and dragging for the 2 weeks I had driven, as well. So, I replaced that part, the headlights, and wiring mended….Now, engine light still on, leak seems to be now overflowing out of tube/top of motor….and it won’t go faster than 37 mph…rps never get higher than Very near, 3. Like it’s sot a governor, or throttle set ( i assume this is limp mode?) Also, brake light flashes periodically while driving down the road
Might the speed sensor dragging over that time , open wires, have caused this? the over, or under fill? Improper mending of wiring? The only codes I have are from ignition code check…they seem to be catalytic convertor issues, possibly? 0101, 0031, 0037, 0051, 0057 are the codes….any advice (NiCE, advise, or ,at least, not too terribly directed at my lack of brains,here, in description of events….)


My 2011 charger keeps having the transmission go out. 2nd gear keeps going bad. Any ideas?


put a 2014 trasmission in it, will fix your probems

Brad Davis

My 06 Dodge Charger seems to be stuck in limp mode, and when I drive it won’t go over 30-40 mph.
Codes 0101,110a,3401,0118 and 2181 I don’t know if any of these link to the limp mode problem but if so please tell me.

Christopher martin

I have an 07 police package and it is hung up in limp mode how would you determin the the problem ?

Corrin McCard

My 06 dodge charger rt 5.7l hemi will go in hear and drive but within a few minutes it acts like it stuck in neutral but the rpm still rav up but will not pull the car. But it always goes in gear and pulls everytime i start the car. The transmissiom was rebuild about a year ago . need help please

Mike Wilson

Same issue


Did you find out what the problem was now?

A. Bran

’07 CHarger 5.7 Hemi V/8..Heavy “thump” coming out of 1st gear. Thank you for responding.

Tolise J Newman

My does that to any ideas


Have a 2006 Dodge Charger RT 5.7L have codes which are P0700 and U0100. Can you tell me what this could possibly be. Thanks


P0700 is a transmission code most likely a solenoid issue.


I got a 2012 Dodge Avenger I’m losing reverse and from reverse to drive it’s hitting hard sometimes losing drive while driving have to pull over to reset


Loading reverse


2014 Charger RT everything operates as should no dummie lights on dash has park but shifting out of park it has nothing acts as though it is in neutral shifter in cluster shows correct gear as well. The car rolls freely no grinding or clunks and no leaks.


i put it away for the winter (4months), started right up, let it warm up for about 5-10 minutes.
left the driveway, everything seemed alright until about 5 minutes into the ride i was going up a slight incline and lost power to the gas pedal.
Pulled over but after going again, no power from the accelerator.
I did end up using the manual shifter to get the car home.
Whats up?
The car only has 35,000 miles, gets taken off the road up here in the wintery state of Massachusetts every year, well taken care, oil changes and all.
Can anyone point me in the right direction?

guadalupe martinex

2008 charger will not upshift into overdrive and has no trans code

Martin Conley

Wont shift into overdrive/ or after hitting passing gear

Joseph Sierra

I have a 2017 Dodge Charger SXT and recently I’ve noticed when I’m parked at an incline parking red fluid leaks from under my car and now I am starting to notice the engine begins to over heat, what could this be and how can I fix it?


It’s your coolant without coolant your car will over heat the coolant is located on the driver side of the car in ser the hood and it’s a clear container first find the leak and then fill up again

richard king

my 2006 charger 3.5 nag 1 tranny has a code po733 it will drive fine untile the engine light comes on then it will not go in to foward drive or reverse unless i use code reader to turn off engine light

Zebbie jenkins

I have a 2006 rt charger and it not changing out do to a programmer I put on it now it want let me go back to the factory settings what can I do to get it back to the factory settings

Zebbie jenkins

I have a 2006 rt Dodge Charger I put a programmer on it and I took the programmer off but it won’t let me get back to the factory settings so now my car transmission want change out what can I do to get it back changing out properly


Should I have the computer relearned by a tech or am I waisting money


I have a 2008 Dodge charger that has been stuck in limp mode with three used transmission.attempts. At this point since I brought the car I have changed it again what am I missing. The codes that were related to the car was are now gone here is want I have p1004 &p0562 need advice. thanks


Need a little the 06 or 07. Bullet proof. Not fix it again Tony FIAT. But Mercedes