New Radio Install Increases Hazard, Instability - 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: New Radio Install Increases Hazard, Instability

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 28, 2015

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

We recently had our new aftermarket Pioneer touchscreen head unit installed on our 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8, but it seems that when the shop guys put everything back together they forgot to re-connect the button array at the top of the center stack that activates the hazard lights and traction/stability control.

How do I know this? Well, obviously, any self-respecting Charger SRT8 driver is a frequent user of the hazard lights, right?

I first noticed it as I was driving around doing some errands with my wife.

"Huh, the traction control button isn't working," I said, stabbing it with my finger and not seeing the associated warning light illuminate.

"Why are you pressing it?" she asked.

"Umm, no reason. Just testing," I said.

"Well, do your 'testing' when I'm not in the car with you, OK?"

Sheesh. Girls are just no fun.

When we got home, I fiddled with the new center stack fascia and found it was loose enough to pull back and inspect the area behind the buttons. Sure enough, the wiring harness plug wasn't connected. I was able to sneak my hand back there and push it back in to the button array.

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

Zip boom bonjour, back in business.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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