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Old 06-04-2009, 04:06 PM
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Shifts from high to low 4X4 but not back to 2WD, although switch indicator light says 2WD. Haven't used 4X4 in couple years - wife's been driving - complained about brakes/steering - somehow 4x4 got engaged, but switch was back in 2WD when I got to it - tried rocking back/forth drive/reverse, drove in reverse long distance, drove it pretty hard in both 4x4 modes and 2WD position - forward and reverse - still stuck ???
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Old 06-04-2009, 04:52 PM
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I know my '03 won't come out of 4Lo unless you put in neutral first.
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:43 PM
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Shifts from high to low 4X4 but not back to 2WD, although switch indicator light says 2WD. Haven't used 4X4 in couple years - wife's been driving - complained about brakes/steering - somehow 4x4 got engaged, but switch was back in 2WD when I got to it - tried rocking back/forth drive/reverse, drove in reverse long distance, drove it pretty hard in both 4x4 modes and 2WD position - forward and reverse - still stuck ???

I had a similar problem with my 2004 Dakota where it seemed to be "stuck" in 4WD and I had to keep moving the switch from 2WD to 4WD to convince it to switch back , but after two or three tries it switched back just fine. Not really sure why it did it though
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Old 06-05-2009, 02:28 PM
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Thanks - I tried EVERYTHING - Have it narrowed down to probably the transfer case motor, since I can hear the motor rotating into 4Low and back to High, but only clicks once from 4High to 2WD...
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Changed out the transfer case motor - No Help ! Any ideas ??
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:27 AM
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Changed out the transfer case motor - No Help ! Any ideas ??
well i know this sounds kinda stupid , but the switch could be failing , it is electronic , i'll try to look into it for ya and see if i can find anything , what year is yours??
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:43 PM
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2004 - Thanks
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ANSWER: Front brake pad and rotor shot - metal to metal - locked up 4wd on its own and wouldn't disengage - problem fixed
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:21 AM
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ANSWER: Front brake pad and rotor shot - metal to metal - locked up 4wd on its own and wouldn't disengage - problem fixed
yummy , brakes were still working like this???
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:31 AM
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No wonder she was complaining
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