Dodge Charger: AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION / Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission

Dodge Charger 2011-2023 Owner's Manual / STARTING AND OPERATING / AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION / Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission

The transmission gear range is displayed both on the gear selector and in the instrument cluster. To select a gear range, push the lock button on the gear selector and move the selector rearward or forward. To shift the transmission out of PARK, the engine must be running and the brake pedal must be pressed. You must also press the brake pedal to shift from NEUTRAL into DRIVE or REVERSE when the vehicle is stopped or moving at low speeds. Select the DRIVE range for normal driving.


  • The transmission electronics are self-cali- brating; therefore, the first few shifts on a new vehicle may be somewhat abrupt. This is a normal condition, and precision shifts will develop within a few hundred miles (kilome- ters).
  • In the event of a mismatch between the gear selector position and the actual transmission gear (for example, driver selects PARK while driving), the position indicator will blink continuously until the selector is returned to the proper position, or the requested shift can be completed.

The electronically-controlled transmission adapts its shift schedule based on driver inputs, along with environmental and road conditions. Only shift from DRIVE to PARK or REVERSE when the accelerator pedal is released and the vehicle is stopped. Be sure to keep your foot on the brake pedal when shifting between these gears.

The transmission gear selector provides PARK, REVERSE, NEUTRAL, DRIVE, and MANUAL (AutoStick) shift positions. Manual shifts can be made using the AutoStick shift control. Toggling the gear selector forward (-) or rearward (+) while in the MANUAL (AutoStick) position (beside the DRIVE position) will manually select the transmission gear, and will display the current gear in the instrument cluster.

Dodge Charger. Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission


If the gear selector cannot be moved to the PARK, REVERSE, or NEUTRAL position (when pushed forward) it is probably in the MANUAL (AutoStick, +/-) position (beside the DRIVE position). In MANUAL (AutoStick) mode, the transmission gear is displayed in the instru- ment cluster (as M1, M2, M3, etc.). Move the gear selector to the right (into the DRIVE [D] position) for access to PARK, REVERSE, and NEUTRAL.

Ignition Park Interlock

This vehicle is equipped with an Ignition Park Interlock which requires the transmission to be in PARK before the ignition can be turned to the OFF mode...

Gear Ranges

Do not press the accelerator pedal when shifting out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N). NOTE: After selecting any gear range, wait a moment to allow the selected gear to engage before accelerating...

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Dodge Charger 2011-2023 Owner's Manual: IF YOUR ENGINE OVERHEATS

If the vehicle is overheating, it will need to be serviced by an authorized dealer. In any of the following situations, you can reduce the potential for overheating by taking the appropriate action. On the highways — slow down. In city traffic — while stopped, place the trans- mission in NEUTRAL, but do not increase the engine idle speed while preventing vehicle motion with the brakes...

Dodge Charger 2011-2023 Owner's Manual: Sealing A Tire With Tire Service Kit

(A) Whenever You Stop To Use Tire Service Kit: Pull over to a safe location and turn on the vehicle’s Hazard Warning flashers. Verify that the valve stem (on the wheel with the deflated tire) is in a position that is near to the ground. This will allow the Tire Service Kit Hoses (4) and (8) to reach the valve stem and keep the Tire Service Kit flat on the ground...


Storage, Glove Compartment

The glove compartment is located on the passenger side of the instrument panel.

Dodge Charger. Storage, Glove Compartment

To open the glove compartment, pull the release handle.


Do not operate this vehicle with a glove compartment in the open position. Driving with the glove compartment open may result in injury in a collision.

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