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Old 12-09-2007, 07:02 PM
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Hi folks --

I just found this forum when trying to figure out what might be wrong with my '02 Dakota.

Forum search turned up a recall on the control module -- was wondering if it's a prolem with this, or something else. I have to admit I'm not up on the 4wd system on this truck, although it looks like i'm gonna have to learn pretty quickly.

Here is what happened:

1) Wife complained she could not get the truck to go forward or backward, and then after a couple of tries it was ok (her words)

2) I get in to check it out. Before I started it up, the switch was in 4wd Hi. I started it up, and put it into reverse. Immediately there was a loud squeal from underneath -- sounded just like a slipping belt. I put it into neutral and the squeal stopped just about at the same time (don't know if it stopped because I put it in neutral or just stopped on its own).

3) I was still parked in the driveway, in neutral. I then noticed it was in4-Hi, and switched to 2-hi. The light blinked yellow, and it failed to go green on 2hi. The light stayed on 4-hi, even though the switch was on 2-hi. From that point on, no matter what I did with the switch, it still indicated it wasin 4-hi. Could not go to 2-hi or 4-lo.

I've seen several posts about a recall on the transfer case module -- does it sound like an issue with this?

What's best case / worst case?

Thanks in advance for your replies.
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Old 12-09-2007, 08:22 PM
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Probably just your wiring somewhere. A fuse?
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worst case... you blew up the transfer case
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Old 12-10-2007, 01:57 PM
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Are you sure it's physically in 4wd and not just leaving the indicator light on.
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Old 12-10-2007, 04:09 PM
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Just got stuck out on the road doing a little more testing.

Yes, it's definitely in 4wd, and won't go into 2wd.

I had the same behavior as my wife: wouldn't engage in drive or reverse -- thought I was gonna have to winch the thing back up into my garage, but after fiddling with it for a few minutes I got reverse and drive again, long enough to pull back up into my driveway.

I'm done testing - don't wanna risk further damage.

It's on its way to the shop.
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Old 12-10-2007, 05:03 PM
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yup sounds like something broke inside the tcase. It's floating in neutral between hi and lo and when it does grab, it's going to 4wd.
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