Dodge Charger: VEHICLE MAINTENANCE / Exhaust System

Dodge Charger 2011-2022 Owner's Manual / SERVICING AND MAINTENANCE / VEHICLE MAINTENANCE / Exhaust System

The best protection against carbon monoxide entry into the vehicle body is a properly maintained engine exhaust system.

If you notice a change in the sound of the exhaust system; or if the exhaust fumes can be detected inside the vehicle; or when the underside or rear of the vehicle is damaged; have an authorized technician inspect the complete exhaust system and adjacent body areas for broken, damaged, deteriorated, or mispositioned parts. Open seams or loose connections could permit exhaust fumes to seep into the passenger compartment.

In addition, have the exhaust system inspected each time the vehicle is raised for lubrication or oil change. Replace as required.

WARNING!

  • Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon monoxide (CO), which is colorless and odorless. Breathing it can make you unconscious and can eventually poison you.
  • A hot exhaust system can start a fire if you park over materials that can burn. Such materials might be grass or leaves coming into contact with your exhaust system. Do not park or operate your vehicle in areas where your exhaust system can contact anything that can burn.

CAUTION!

  • The catalytic converter requires the use of unleaded fuel only. Leaded gasoline will destroy the effectiveness of the catalyst as an emissions control device and may seri- ously reduce engine performance and cause serious damage to the engine.
  • Damage to the catalytic converter can result if your vehicle is not kept in proper operating condition. In the event of engine malfunction, particularly involving engine misfire or other apparent loss of perfor- mance, have your vehicle serviced promptly. Continued operation of your vehicle with a severe malfunction could cause the converter to overheat, resulting in possible damage to the converter and vehicle.

Under normal operating conditions, the catalytic converter will not require maintenance. However, it is important to keep the engine properly tuned to ensure proper catalyst operation and prevent possible catalyst damage.

NOTE:

Intentional tampering with emissions control systems can result in civil penalties being assessed against you.

In unusual situations involving grossly malfunctioning engine operation, a scorching odor may suggest severe and abnormal catalyst overheating. If this occurs, stop the vehicle, turn off the engine and allow it to cool. Service, including a tune-up to manufacturer's specifications, should be obtained immediately.

To minimize the possibility of catalytic converter damage:

  • Do not shut off the engine or interrupt the ignition when the transmission is in gear and the vehicle is in motion.
  • Do not try to start the engine by pushing or towing the vehicle.
  • Do not idle the engine with any spark plug wires disconnected or removed, such as when diagnostic testing, or for prolonged periods during very rough idle or malfunc- tioning operating conditions.

NOTE:

The vehicle exhaust system may be equipped with an Electronic Exhaust Valve (EEV) system, if the exhaust system is replaced with after- market products a Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) will illuminate.

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

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    WARNING!

    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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