I’ve had my 2010 Dodge Challenger for about 2 years now and love it more than most things. Unlike a lot of folks out there (folks with more money), I use it as my daily driver. I drive it during the winter, I drive it daily from Metro-Detroit to Ann Arbor, I put my kid in the back and drive his ass around.
Basically I drive the crap out of this car, and unfortunately much of that driving isn’t open road trips. This is mainly city driving and a 30 minute freeway commute every day. Lots of stopping and driving slower than the car was born to drive.
I noticed recently that the shifting (it’s an automatic), was just a hair slower than it used to be. When I hit the gas to pass someone on the freeway the automatic “GRRRRR GO” that I used to have is more of a “ahhhhh ok you want to go fast, I gueeeeessss I’ll go fast lemme think about it for just a second here.”
The guys at the oil change place seemed to think it was time for a transmission filter replace (which it is), but also I’m just at the point where the manual recommends it. I can’t imagine that the correlation would be so strict. I went searching for other answers. I found an answer. The answer is Fuse #2.
The car is equipped with an “Adaptive Transmission” which is basically a trans that “learns” your driving style and attempts to accommodate to that driving style. This is all well and good, and I appreciate the fuel economy, but I also want to go fast when I hit the gas. Why else would I own this car?
You can read a short thing about adaptive transmissions here: http://ask.cars.com/2013/09/what-is-an-adaptive-transmission.html
Turns out, you can reset the adaptives in the car, and it’s REALLY EASY TO DO. All you have to do is pull out fuse #2 with the car OFF (keys in your pocket), stand there and keep that fuse out for 30 seconds, and then put it back in. Then, start the car and you are back in business. Unreal.
"But Zach, I drive a Dodge Challenger and want to know where fuse #2 is located!"
Have no fear. Awesome car people on the internet are here to help us out.
Open the hood, and here’s what you’ll see (at least here’s what you’ll see in the V6 Challenger):
See that black box in the lower left hand corner? Here, I’ll highlight it:
You’re gonna want to open that box and find fuse 2. Here’s how it will look when you open it.
And here’s a closer look of the open box:
Like I said, just pull out that fuse, hold it above your head or twirl around like a ballerina for 30 seconds and pop it back in. I needed a small pair of pliers to get it out. You have a small pair of pliers.
Verdict? Crazy improvement in performance. It’s back to the punchy, responsive car that I bought a few years ago. It seems too good to be true, but it’s not too good to be true. This is real life man.
Now, in my reading, it appears that many many makes of cars have adaptive transmissions, so I urge you to find out if a fuse pulling solution is right for you and your car. If you own a V6 Challenger? Just read this blog post.
Unrelated, but related: I edited an episode of Car Talk down to just laughing and it’s funny. Check it out: