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4 wheel drive wont engage

My 4 wheel drive in my Dodge Dakota will not engage. The selector switch lights are not on at all. Does it sound like the selector switch is bad, What can i do to fix this?

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  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2009

    i also have a 2001 dodge dakota that will not engage the four wheel drive. have checked all fuses and relays and replaced switch. still not working. factory says it could be the small electric motor that engages the transfer case

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    selector switch doesn't light up. and four wheel drive won't engage



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It could just be a fuse check to see if all your fuses are good . if not it could be the switch relay that is shot.

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