Mid-life crisis new Hellcat owner

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  1. Court D

    Court D Rookie Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member

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    Hey everyone. My name is Court Durkalski and I live on the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. I just purchased a new lime green Challenger Hellcat. I spent 7 years running alcohol funny car in the NHRA back in the mid 80's and this car just brings back great memories! I do have a question for everyone/anyone. Every few shifts (I haven't noticed a specific pattern yet) as I shift from 1st to 2nd, the shifter seems to want to shift to 4th, feeling like 2nd is locked out. I have to move the shifter back and forth in neutral and then to 2nd. Anyone else have this issue?
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    Snappycat SRT Hellcat Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome Court. Congrats on the HC. I am sure you will get plenty of responses regarding your shifting issue soon. Lots of knowledgeable folks here. Glad you're with us. Enjoy your HC.
     
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    Paladin06 Have Guns Will Travel Staff Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member

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    Congrats and welcome to the family. You got the best color. Now go get some.
     
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    TURNERZ Rocket Science for the Road

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    Welcome, nice crisis management.

    Enjoy your ride!

    Turnerz
     
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    Fast cat BANNED Hellcat Car Club

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    There is some help
     
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    cruizinrc HCC New Jersey State President Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member

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    This is my 50th birthday and mid life crisis car to myself and yes I know I'll be 49 in August I'm a little early

    Enjoy your car and nice color
    Ron
     
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    april77 Naughty SheDevil Mod Staff Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC Charter Member

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    Hello Court, and welcome! Grtz on the new HellCat! My Cat, Dante, is an A8, but what you are describing sounds like it might be the skip shift ... there have been a lot of complaints about it here on the forum. I must admit, it sounds like a total P.I.T.A. feature!!

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    4510 SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    Court,
    Welcome.. the car has a skip shift function. It is covered in the owners manual.

    There are times when you must shift the transmission
    directly from first gear to fourth gear instead of from first
    gear to second gear. This is to help you get the best
    possible fuel economy from your vehicle. This occurs
    when the engine coolant (antifreeze) is higher than 106°F
    (41°C), vehicle speed is greater than 19 mph (30 km/h)
    but less than 21 mph (34 km/h), and the transmission is
    in first gear, and the accelerator is at ¼ throttle or less.
    After you shift the transmission to fourth gear, you can
    press the clutch in and shift to another forward gear.

    This is common across the big three... and is used to support fuel mileage/CAFE requirements. As mentioned above there is an item called a Skip Shift Eliminator. It is a wire pigtail device that is plugged to the solenoid on the transmission and the OEM harness is then plugged into it. With a lift it is less than a two minute install. The Pigtail is sold by multiple vendors @ around $19. Once installed, no more skip shift.

    I had this on my 2010 R/T and it drove me crazy because its activation was always associated with me making a left turn across multiple lanes of traffic. I've since used the eliminators in the R/T, Camaro SS and the Hellcat.
     
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    Congrats on the new cat. Where in Ohio are you exactly. Sounds like the Toledo area.
     
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    Congrats on the new mid life crisis remedy. To get the best results apply right foot liberally to the tall skinny pedal. Press and hold firmly until life little stressors disappear
     
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    LMFAO on color
     
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    Welcome Court
     
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    70Cuda Yep, its got a HEMI

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    Welcome and now you have your solution to your crisis
     
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    Good answer especially coming from a Tored PCP guy I'm impressed:D
     
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