If you experience rough shift and/or shuddering during gear shifting, software updates to the powertrain control and transmission control modules (PCM and TCM) are available which may address these problems. On higher mileage vehicles, a mechanical failure may exhibit similar symptoms. Proper diagnoses should be performed before any repairs or software upgrades are attempted.
Car Problem Reports
Dodge Charger PCM/TCM Software Updates Will Address Shifting Problems
Dodge Charger Problem
Drive Trains Affected: 2WD, AWD, RWD
Average Mileage: 43,226 mi (13,300 mi - 90,000 mi)
Visitor, 2008 Dodge Charger, 2WD, 79,500 mi
Sometimes, not every time my car will shudder when starting out from 1st to 2nd. If I slow down for a stop sign or light and I don't come to a complete stop and then take off it slips or skips then catches and takes off. This is all at very slow speeds by the way, no abuse of components.
I noticed that once in a while the ignition seemed "stuck" but it would happen once every few months. Then a couple of months ago it started shaking when in park or at a red light. Now, its shuddering when im trying to gain speed between 30 to 40 or on the highway. I bought it used with 34000 miles from a reputable dealership in January of 2011, I wonder if they sold me a lemon.
Visitor, 2010 Dodge Charger, 2WD, 13,600 mi
Had the TCM/PCM software update a month ago due to check engine light on and it just happened again 1/10/11. I was accelerating at low speed and it shuddered from 1st to 2nd and I got instant RPM drop/power loss until low RPM, then back to normal acceleration. Car drives ok but I'm taking back to the dealer for service.
shudderring feel when shifting from first to second gear
Visitor, 2007 Dodge Charger, RWD, 13,300 mi
shifts hard going in second gear
Visitor, 2009 Dodge Charger, RWD, 44,000 mi
When trans downshifts to 2nd after making a low speed turn it up shifts hard into 3rd. Happens more often if outside temps are below 30 degrees. Dealer changed the "INPUT SPEED SENSOR" and it seemed to help for a day or so but it still wasn't right so they did a "re-flash" based 0n a TSB (technical service bulletin)that was issued and now its worse and back to slamming into 3rd again - just can't seem to get it right - thanks again CHRYSLER! So at this point there doesn't appear to be a solution to our problem and eventually Chrysler will probably try to blame it on the consumer as they have done in the past.
Visitor, 2009 Dodge Charger, 2WD, 42,000 mi
about one week ago i started to feel a jump in the tranny at slow speeds. now everytime i take off from a stop sign or light i am physically being thrusted forward as the car shifts from 1st to 2nd gear. the car decides what it wants to do on its own, no driver input needed. sometimes it starts accelerating rapidly and other times it acts as if my foot isn't even on the accelerator. i have noticed if i put the accelerator to floor while taking off it helps...sometimes.
Visitor, 2010 Dodge Charger, 2WD, 41,000 mi
Intermittent hard shifting from 1st to 2nd, or exactly at 10 mph, very similar to report #3. Mechanic reset error message in computer but it is happening again.