Go Back   DodgeForum.com > Dodge Trucks > Dodge Ram > 2nd Gen Ram Tech
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?


2nd Gen Ram Tech 1994-2001 Rams: This section is for TECHNICAL discussions only, that involve the 1994 through 2001 Rams. For any non-tech discussions, please direct your attention to the "General discussion/NON-tech" sub sections.

How to properly engage/disengage 4 wheel drive low range?

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-29-2013, 11:44 PM
mlight76 mlight76 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Vehicle: 1999 Ram 1500 Quad Cab Laramie 4x4
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 6
Default How to properly engage/disengage 4 wheel drive low range?

I used 4 wheel drive low for the first time this week and had trouble getting back to 2wd without a horrible grinding noise. I finally turned off the engine and shifted back to 2wd fine. I've only had my truck a few months and this is my first 4 wheel drive vehicle I don't have an owners manual either. Can anyone tell me the proper way to engage/disengage 4 wheel drive low? 4 high seems to engage/disengage without drama.

Thanks,
This ad is not displayed to registered and logged-in members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Dodge Forums!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-29-2013, 11:53 PM
COL COL is offline
Rookie
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 57
Default

Truck in neutral and one swift fast motion, sometimes I shut mine off too. Dont do it without disengaging the engine from drivetrain. Going into 4hi you can just go to an idle speed or stop and swift pull into 4hi
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-29-2013, 11:53 PM
COL COL is offline
Rookie
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 57
Default

Check fluid levels in the transfer case too
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-29-2013, 11:54 PM
dhvaughan's Avatar
dhvaughan dhvaughan is offline
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Vehicle: 01 1500 4wd
Location: Gainesville, Ga.
Posts: 12,207
Default

you can shift from 2 HI to 4 HI by simply pulling/pushing the lever one notch. its shift on the fly in any gear.

2 HI to 4 LO is a little more complicated. there are no syncronizers, and you must not pause in t-case neutral. so what you do is stop (or rolling at 1-2 mph), shift to transmission-neutral, and then shove the t-case shifter as hard and fast as you can to your gear position and do not pause in t-case neutral.

if you do pause - your stuck. turn ignition off, finish the shift, and restart the truck. no need to sit there and grind gears because its not going to engage.
__________________
01 1500 Reg Cab 4wd 5.2 auto 3.55 285/75/16 steps tow hooks sc3815 180 3923 trans cooler filter posilok powertrax (removed) timbren britebox pioneer head rockford amp speaker cobra cb firestick hughes plenum water pump timing chain oil pump rear main hub bearings brakes shocks cracked dash cad bushings seals ujoints trackbar tcase Robert Griffin Trans
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-29-2013, 11:58 PM
dhvaughan's Avatar
dhvaughan dhvaughan is offline
Hall Of Fame
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Vehicle: 01 1500 4wd
Location: Gainesville, Ga.
Posts: 12,207
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by COL View Post
Check fluid levels in the transfer case too
when you check fluid, be aware that the inside hex key size is 10mm, NOT 3/8 which will strip it out. sometimes its tighter than dick's hatband, so do yourself a couple of favors -

loosen (or strip out) the fill plug first to make sure that SOB is coming out - before you open the drain plug.

when reinstalling plugs, use a little liquid teflon, or rtv, or antiseize to lube the threads, and just barely snug the plugs. don't torque them like they hold the truck together.
__________________
01 1500 Reg Cab 4wd 5.2 auto 3.55 285/75/16 steps tow hooks sc3815 180 3923 trans cooler filter posilok powertrax (removed) timbren britebox pioneer head rockford amp speaker cobra cb firestick hughes plenum water pump timing chain oil pump rear main hub bearings brakes shocks cracked dash cad bushings seals ujoints trackbar tcase Robert Griffin Trans
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-30-2013, 12:19 AM
mlight76 mlight76 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Vehicle: 1999 Ram 1500 Quad Cab Laramie 4x4
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 6
Default

Awesome. I definitely paused in the neutral position - I'll ram it home next time. Thanks everyone.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-30-2013, 01:16 AM
gdstock's Avatar
gdstock gdstock is offline
Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Vehicle: 1999 Ram 1500, 5.2L auto
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 8,257
Default

And you can probably find owners manual pretty cheap on e-bay.
__________________
Ram 1500, 5.2L, 2wd, hardened trans with Derale pan, Hayden trans cooler, kegger mod, SCT tuned. New metallic black paint, TCP e-fans, HS 1.7 Rockers, restored interior.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-30-2013, 01:56 AM
COL COL is offline
Rookie
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 57
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mlight76 View Post
Awesome. I definitely paused in the neutral position - I'll ram it home next time. Thanks everyone.
Haha, he said RAM...lol beings that we all drive/own/owned rams
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-30-2013, 12:33 PM
zman17's Avatar
zman17 zman17 is offline
Section Moderator
Dodge Forum Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2008
Vehicle: 2000 2500HD 4x4 5.9
Location: NH
Posts: 18,729
Default

I might have a 99 owner manual for sale in the classified section.
__________________
2000 2500HD 4X4 5.9 and 4:10's,HF tuned SCT,Red-Head gear box, HS 1.7's,
50mm Fastman TB, Hughes Plate,2" Hell Bent ,Volant CAI
Flowmaster 50 series, Rock Solid Ram Steering fix,B&M trans cooler,fuzzy dice good for 5HP
Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 12:33 PM
 
 
 
Reply




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

Join DodgeForum
Advertising

Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory
Our Sponsors
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:42 AM.

Internet Brands, Inc.


Contact Details & Emails