Grinding Noise When Trying To Shift Into 4L
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!