About Dodge Challenger
Dodge Challenger is a vehicle manufactured by FCA US LLC since 1958. At first, a Dodge Silver Challenger was produced from 1958 to 1959. Then the first Dodge Challenger was introduced in 1969 as a pony car. In fact, it has been through three generations and now it is in its third generation. It still is one of the most lucrative models of FCA US LLC.
The second generation Challenger (1978-1983) was a redesigned version of the early Mitsubishi Galant Lambda coupe. It actually was a 2-door hardtop. There were several trim levels available carrying from previous generation. For example, base model, Challenger SE, Challenger Coupe, Challenger Rallye, Challenger T/A. Second generation Dodge Challenger had two engine options and two transmission options: 1.6 L 4G32 inline 4-cyinder engine and 2.6 L 4G54 inline 4-cylinder engine; 5-speed manual transmission and 3-speed automatic transmission. A Dodge Challenger Concept was introduced at the 2006 Detroit Motor Show. And it entered production in 2007, which means the beginning of third generation (2008-present). It now is available in SRT8, SE (rename as SXT IN 2012), Ralley and R/T trim levels. Engine options become more various ranging from 3.5 L SOHC V6 to 6.4 L HEMI OHV V8. So does transmission. Transmissions are ranging from 4-speed automatic 42RLE to 6-speed manual Tremec TR6060.
Dodge Challenger Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
In order to drive the Dodge Challenger for a longer time, some Dodge Challenger vehicle owners provided some common problems they have met while driving to help you diagnose your problems:
First, cooling system failure. After Dodge Challenger reached a certain mileage, its cooling system starts to fail. Drivers complained that they had to spend a lot on refilling new coolant as coolant kept leaking at the front-center of the Challenger. In this case, engine always overheated and steam came from the radiator. Engine overheating will accelerate the wearing process of Dodge Challenger, so if you meet the same problem, you can check your water pump to see if water pump pulley becomes loose or if the water pump gasket is worn out.
Second, electrical issues. Most equipment in modern Dodge Challenger is powered by electricity. If your Challenger cannot start or starts but quickly dies, or has electrical components that stopped working; what's more, your key is stuck in the ignition or won't go in. You are supposed to check your ignition lock assembly or ignition switch. Other electrical components like door lock actuator or headlight switch will also wear out easily if used too much.
Some drivers enjoy maintain their beloved Challenger by themselves. However, when they open the hood, the hood either closes slowly or suddenly on its own or does not stay up at all. In fact, these are signs indicating they should check the hood latch.
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