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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,235 miles

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2006 Dodge Charger steering problems

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2006 Dodge Charger Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 142011


  • 63,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the front end of the vehicle shook and the steering shaft was loose. The dealer stated that the tie rod ends were worn and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Mount Vernon, IN, USA

problem #7

Jul 242012

Charger 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,033 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the front end of the vehicle would rattle when driving over any type of road bump. The contact also stated that the steering wheel would become very stiff when the failure occurred. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the tension struts, lower ball joints and tie rods would need replacing. The contact stated that the tie rods had also been replaced on August 4, 2010. The failure and the current mileages were 99,033. Updated 9/10/12 updated 09/17/2012

- Saint Johns, MI, USA

problem #6

Aug 042010

Charger 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,785 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The contact stated that the steering wheel began to vibrate while driving approximately 65 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they stated that the drivers side outer tie rod end needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 61,785...updated 09/21/11 updated 12/13/11

- St Johns, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 122010


  • 36,850 miles


Have to replace both lower tie-rods on my 2006 has only 37,500 miles.

- Roundlake Beach, IL, USA

problem #4

Feb 222008


  • 25,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. While coming to a stop, the steering wheel vibrated. The contact examined the vehicle and noticed that pieces of the front tires were shearing off. The contact took the vehicle to a tire dealer and was informed that the vehicle could not be aligned. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer and the tie rod ends were replaced. The current mileage was 27,200 and failure mileage was 25,500.

- Big Spring, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 242008


  • miles
I have a 2006 Dodge Charger with 47,000 miles on it. When I went to my mechanic to have the tires rotated (Goodyear), they advised me that the steering tie rod (rt side) was so badly worn they did not even want me to drive it home ( I have saved the part). It is a sealed unit and should not need any lubrication other than what was initially designed into the part. Obviously if one loses steering ability at speed the consequences could be significant. Interestingly, the mechanic told me that I got the last one available in the milwaukee area. It makes me wonder if all the others were used for a similar replacement defect and/or it is being redesigned.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #2

Jan 152008

Charger 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Charger. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for regular maintenance. The contact had the mechanic check the tie rod ends because they failed and needed to be replaced on three previous occasions. The diagnosis was that the tie rod ends needed to be replaced. There are no warning indicators prior to the failures. The current mileage was 42,900 and failure mileage was 18,000.

- Indianappolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Nov 272007

Charger 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,710 miles
In the last 2 months my son had mentioned to me that he thought my Charger might be having a transmission problem. I had also noticed and mentioned it to the service department when I had my oil changed and tires rotated. They checked the fluids, etc, but found nothing of concern. On Tuesday, Nov 27, 2007 I drove about 60 miles to cincinnati for a doctor's appointment and to take an elderly friend to lunch. After I arrived with in the 275 by-pass loop I traveled mostly on local roads at speeds of 30-45 pmh. When returning my friend to her apartment for some reason I did not hop in the freeway, which I usually do. I took a cross cut road that I had not taken for over a year. As I pulled into the apartment parking space the car seemed to be straining as if the brake were on. When I backed up to leave, the car barely moved. I got out and walked around the car but saw nothing unusual. I again tried to back out with the same difficulty. I then decided I would drive the car around the parking lot before I attempted to drive on the highway. When I again backed up there was a clang. This time when I walked around the car the right front tire was at a sharp angle but the other three tires were not. I looked under the car behind this wheel and saw the problem. The tie rod was hanging down on the asphalt. I did not move the car again and immediately called for a tow truck from my home town. When checked, it was determined that the connector for the tie rod (to the wheel) had worn down. The other front wheel was checked and the same wear was found. I had both replaced and have the two damaged tie rods. Needless to say, I was very relieved that I was not driving at a high speed. Because my car is a 2006, this seems to be an unusual situation. It could explain why I had to replace all 4 tires at around 34,000 miles. Hopefully this was just a fluke, but I felt it was important to report in case this is a product defect.

- West Union, OH, USA

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