Challenger SRT Hellcat
My friend had the same problem on his 2019 scat and it was fuel pumps failure.Well, my fears came true! Would love to hear your thoughts on what might be the issue, but first, here is what happened.
About 8 months ago, I traded in my 2016 Hellcat for a brand new, right off the trailer 2019 WB RE. I got about 400 miles on it before the winter and storing it in a heated garage, enclosed in a Car Capsule with a battery tender attached and sitting on flat stoppers. I took it out of storage about 2 months ago and finished its 500 mile break-in period just as the manual said I should and now have just shy of 1,400 miles on it. I just got an oil change at a Dodge dealership and always used 93 octane. No engine modifications and there have been zero issues and no sign of issues until yesterday!!!
I decided to go for a short spin since it was so nice out....about 75 degrees and not very humid. I drove about 15 miles when I was slowing down as I approached a red light. Suddenly I felt the car feel like it was stalling and when I looked at the gauges, the check engine light and Electronic Throttle Control (ETC), and potentially others were lit up and then I stalled. I was able to restart the car and get it into a parking lot but the check engine light was still on (solid, not flashing) and it had a real rough idle and seemed like it had reduced power. Once I parked, I shut the car off and read the manual which basically said that in regards to the check engine light, if it was solid and not flashing, the car should be driveable but needs attention. In regards to the ETC, it said that by recycling the start, the ETC should reset and disappear, allowing for the car to be driveable but indicated that if the light ETC light remained on while driving, immediate attention would be needed and the car may experience rough idling, potentially stall, and reduced power.
As such, I started the car and only the check engine light appeared so I started gingerly driving home since all dealerships were closed at this time. After about 2 miles, I approached another red light and just as I started slowing down, the car felt like it was going to stall and then shortly after stopping, the ETC light came on again. I was able to pull off and I sat for about 10 minutes to let the car cool and see what it would do upon restart. When I restarted, only the check engine light was on and within two miles, the same thing happened again; the ETC light came on and it felt like I was going to stall and I had substantially less power so I pulled off and decided it needed to be towed.
Do to me lowering the car, the tow guy was having trouble getting underneath the car to winch it so we decided we would try and drive it onto the flatbed. The first time I started it, the idle was terrible and as soon as I put it in drive, it stalled. I restarted it a few minutes later and it did not stall when putting it in drive so I was able to get onto the flatbed but as soon as I did, despite the engine running, when I touched the gas, the car would go nowhere and the tachometer wouldn't even move so I shut it down and we pushed it the rest of the way on the flatbed. Once we got to my house, the car restarted and I was able to put the car in reverse to get off the flatbed but it sounded terrible, the check engine light was on, along with the ETC light, and once I got into the garage, when I put it in drive to straighten out, it immediately stalled. It has been in the garage like that since.
After I got this car, I started seeing a lot of posts by people who owned HCs having major issues with check engine lights and things of that sort and it always left a pit in my stomach wondering if the car I just spent nearly $100k on would have the same issues and be a POS.
So, what are your thoughts on what the problem is? Any suggestions? I am clueless when it comes to things like this and learning as I go. Any insightful information would be greatly appreciated!