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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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.