The linkage from the 4 wheel drive shifter to the transfer case in my 2000 Dodge Durango has become detached. My understanding is this should just pop back in but I cannot see where from underneath. Right now the shifter just moves freely and it appears to be stuck between 2 and 4 wheel drive as the truck make a grinding sound when I try to move it.
How do I pop it back in and can I do it myself?
I posted on this topic previously and have now narrowed it down to this.
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I re-checked the book and the only thing i see happening is the bolt in the shift rod (Trunnion) loosening up. If the other side of the rod became disconeected it would be hanging and you wouldnt be able to grind the gears, both sides should be secured by retaining washers if im not correct. I know mine does but that might be because of body lift, but check it at the transfercase. You should be able to do it yourself.
I have the same issue. I believe there is a "keeper/gromet" where the shifter linkage attaches to the transfer case that wears out. Mine is completely gone, so my shifter is completely detached. I think I found a Service Bulletin that addresses this, TSB# 212199. I am going to my local dealer at lunch to get the parts I need. I'll post back with more info today or tomorrow.
To the OP: I was in 4wd when my linkage came loose. I just crawled underneath and flipped back in to 2wd at the transfer case. You may be stuck between 2wd and 4wd.
Silver 2000 Durango
4.7l 4x4 SLT+
The grommet did the trick. I removed the shifter lever from the side of the transfer case, installed the the new grommet, popped the linkage back together, & then reinstalled the shifter lever to the side of the transfer case. It was really easy & only took about 20 minutes from start to finish, & I'm on the slow side with a wrench.
Silver 2000 Durango
4.7l 4x4 SLT+
This thread might be old but I am having difficulties with this whole shift linkage deal. I just replaced my transfer case and I'm unsure on how to retune this shifter. I have read lots of different things but right now even in 4L it displays 4w part time and in 4w part time it still displays 4w part time. The manual shifter pops out of 4wd when I try to put in 4wd. I crawled under there to look. It see the Trunnion or whatever its call its got a bolt on it... and I see the shifter on the transfercase that may be my problem that something in this linkage may have worn it. It all rusty but any advice on how to correctly set this because right now the vehicle wont even move.
This is directly out of the 1998 Durango Service manual on your NV231 Transfer Case.
SHIFT LINKAGE ADJUSTMENT
(1) Shift transfer case into 4L position.
(2) Secure shift lever in 4L position. Use wire, or
tape to hold lever in place if necessary.
(3) Raise vehicle.
(4) Loosen lock bolt that secures shift rod in
adjusting swivel (Fig. 83).
(5) Make sure shift rod slides freely in adjusting
swivel. Lube rod and swivel if necessary.
(6) Verify that transfer case range lever is in 4L
(7) Center pin on adjusting swivel in shift arm and
tighten lock bolt to 10 N·m (90 in. lbs.) torque.
(8) Lower vehicle just enough to enter vehicle. Be
sure all wheels are off shop floor. Then start engine,
shift transmission into gear, and shift transfer case
through all ranges to verify correct adjustment.
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Just wanted to drop a note and say thanks. Just had my shift rod fall off the D while I was driving to the lake to pull the boat out of the water to store it for the winter. No grommets to be found anywhere so I'm sure they rotted out and were long gone.
Went to Dodge and picked up the parts (O'Reily doesn't carry the shift rod so I stopped looking elsewhere) and fixed it in about 45 minutes from start to finish - those grommets are a bitch to install!!! I ended up using a flathead screwdriver to push them through a little at a time and that worked very well.
Anyway, thanks for the info! This is at least the second time this site has helped me get the D back in working order without a trip to the shop.