MOTOR DEAD......

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  1. graycat

    graycat Automobile Aficionado Extraordinaire Staff Member

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    Not to be overly dramatic buy my Challenger Hellcat, which has 3796 miles on it and has been to two different dealers seven (7) times since I bought it new on September 30th of this year just croaked.

    Everything seemed normal as I pulled into my local Lowe's store to pick up a couple of plumbing fittings. When
    I walked out to the car to leave the car started just fine but then as I was making my way through the parking lot
    the steering wheel got super hard to turn and I nearly ran over a curb and hit a parked truck. So after I made my way out of the parking lot I called the dealer (blue tooth) from inside the car on a straight road fighting the
    steering wheel and made an appointment for Monday morning.

    Before the call with the service manager ended I smelled coolant and looked at the gauge (coolant) it was pegged, the battery symbol lit up and then other things lit up and as soon as I could safely get the car out
    of traffic I pulled it over.

    I was pretty confident that either I had broke or threw a belt or that the same crank shaft pulley issue I've read about on this site had just
    happened. So I let the car sit for about ten minutes, with the hood open to cool down. I started the motor, it
    seemed to run normal but no belts were turning so I shut it down.

    Pretty sure this motor is done. After numerous trips to two different dealers for several different problems I
    want nothing else to do with this car. I think it's a lemon.

    Do you guys think that I'm over re-acting?
     
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    hellcat1 Gold Member

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    Sorry for your car breaking down,, I'm sure the dealer will fix it...not sure you will get a buy back if the dealer never found a problem, and didn't keep the car for a long period of time...good luck with the dealer, please keep us updated
     
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    graycat Automobile Aficionado Extraordinaire Staff Member

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    Thank you hellcat1!! This car has been to two dealers for different problems. They have eventually fixed everything until now but it's a little sad to
    have a new car that is at the dealer every week and a half for a new issue.

    I'll keep everyone here in the loop on how it's handled.
     
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    Good luck hellcat buddy...wish you and the car the best,, glad your not hurt..
     
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    I think a new engine is in your Hellcat's future for a crank pulley failure. It's a mass produced car. You bought the first year production as I did. It's a risk you take when you buy the first year. We are the ones working out the bugs. The warranty on the car is pretty robust for a 707hp production car. Get it fixed, drive it and enjoy it!
     
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    Crank pulley fault. New motor. Complete front facia removed. Ask them how much to trade for a 16.
     
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    If it's been to the dealer numerous times for the same issue then it qualifies for lemon if they haven't fixed it. The fact the belts weren't spinning and your dash turned into a christmas tree sounds like the motor is KIA
     
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    graycat Automobile Aficionado Extraordinaire Staff Member

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    You know, I don't disagree with any part of your post Sublimecat. However, I had intended to do some work on this car, the typical "bolt-ons"
    which of course will kill the warranty. If I had changed a pulley, or just had the car tuned last week I'd be screwed now. I know modifying a car
    is a risk but if these cars have significant issues that are common enough to be seen on this site with the number of owners that are here, it
    does not "inspire confidence". I don't know how many of the approx. 7200 challenger Hellcats built have had this problem or how many Challenger
    Hellcat owners are members here but I think that my car is number 5 or 6 on this site. It may be that every motor with this issue has been posted
    here but I doubt it. If so that's almost 1 in a 1000. That's not horrible but I'd think that Dodge is not happy. That must really cut into the bottom line
    for the overall HC project.

    I guess what I'm getting at is this.

    A motor like this, with only slight mods and about a 10 to 15% increase in power and torque is what I'd like to do. I've had so many other problems
    with this car already that I did not feel good about modifying it yet, which was one of the reasons that I got the car, so I could bump up the power
    a little bit. I know of at least one car that dropped a valve and killed the motor, video is on this site. I've also heard of one of our fellow members
    in the UK that has a bad supercharger. I'm not quite sure that Dodge was ready to bring this car to market yet. It may still be a little green. Or like you said, it's a first year run car, bugs are still present.
     
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    Maybe this will call for a recall of pinning the crank...lot lot cheaper then a motor
     
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    Run the car hard once it gets fixed for a few thousand miles and prove to yourself it's reliable. Once your confident start your mods. There are guys on this forum who are beating the hell out of their cars and not having issues. Me personally, my car hasn't been to the dealer since I picked it up. I have 3500 miles on it and have hit the rev limiter a dozen times. I think it's the luck of the drawn some respects. If you get another it may be better and it may be worse. Figure out what makes you happy and go with it.
     
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    Engines are cheaper than pins
     
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    Yeah right.....Lol..I heard a complete engine is 23k
     
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    Sorry brother. Hope it gets sorted out to your satisfaction. Like others have said, some guys beat the snot out of their cars and never see a service bay. Just the luck of the draw with these cars. It could happen to any of us. Good luck and keep us posted
     
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    Thanks usmc341...Will do and thank you Sublimecat. Not bad advice and to be honest, I was driving it but hadn't really ran it hard I've aired it out a
    few times but making a high speed pass is not the same as "dogging it" I was hoping that the gremlins were worked out of it and I would wake up
    someday and have the confidence in it that I need to start working on it.

    I'm expecting Dodge to stick a new motor in it and send me on my way. I'm also sure that they will not do it but I'd like to keep the original motor.
    There's no doubt in my mind that I could fix the crank and machine a new crank pulley (Undersize hole to fit the undersize crank) or maybe even
    a "sleeve" splined and pinned into the pulley and then pinned on the crank. Then I could have the original motor for the car and a spare to stick
    a hot cam in, port the heads and throw some bigger injectors in it and spool up the blower a little faster. In other words, a spare hotrod motor.

    Has anyone reading this dealt with this issue?

    Does anyone know how many members on this site have dealt with this issue?

    Thanks to all of you for your interest and well wishes.
     
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    Greencat,

    Get a hold of NCWildcat, I think he had the same problem. Hope things work out.
     
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