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I'm new here and drive a 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 with the 5.9L V8. Yesterday while I was offroading I used 4H without any problems, but when tried to shift it into 4L to get out of a deep ditch it wouldn't go in. So I shifted my truck into neutral and then tried again except now it was making very loud grinding noises. After turning off my truck and trying to shift it into 4L it went right in with no problem.
Now I mainly have just a few questions. What caused the grinding noise? Is it possible that damage may have been caused? and why did I have to shut off my truck to shift it into 4L?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Ok I think I figured out what happened. Ok, while in my driveway I shifted the transmission to neutral and then attempted to shift to 4L but the stick wouldn't move. So I shifted to drive and then back to neutral and that's when it started making the grinding noises when I tried to shift to 4L. The only way I've suceeded so far is to turn off the truck, while in neutral, and then shift into 4L. I just didn't think I should have to turn off my truck to do it......
I'm talking about 2H to 4L, not 4H to 4L. I can't seem to get it to go in unless the engine isn't running. When I shifted from Park to Neutral and then tried to move from 2H to 4L it wouldn't go that high. And it made the grinding noise after I shifted from Neutral to Drive and then back to Neutral and then tried to move it to 4L. It shifts right into 4L if the engine is off so I don't know I'm kinda confused.
Maybe that's your problem. You're not supposed to go from 2HI to 4LO. You're supposed to put it into 4HI FIRST!
Straight from the 1998 Owners Manual (Applies to ALL CAD equipped Rams): Transfer Case Shifting Procedure:
2H to 4H or 4H to 2H
Shifts between 2H and 4H can be made while the vehicle is moving or stopped. If the vehicle is moving, shifts can be made at any speed up to 55 mph. This shift will be easier if you momentarily release the accelerator pedal. Apply a constant force while shifting the transfer case lever. NEVER drive in 4H on dry, paved roads.
NOTE: During cold weather (below 30 F) it may be more difficult to shift the transfer case while the vehicle is moving. If so, stop the vehicle and shift. Move the vehicle slightly forward or backward to complete positive engagement of the gears.
4H to 4L or 4L to 4H
Slow the vehicle to under 3 mph (5 kmh), shift an automatic transmission to N (Neutral) or depress the clutch on a manual transmission. Shift the transfer case lever to the right and pull firmly down into 4L. Do not pause in transfer case N (Neutral).
NOTE: Pausing in transfer case N (neutral) in vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission may require shutting the engine off to avoid gear clash while completing the shift. If difficulty occurs, shift transmission to Neutral (N), hold foot on brake, turn engine off, and THEN make the shift to desired mode.
Do not attempt to shift to or from 4L while transmission is in gear or clutch is engaged.