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1992 Dakota 231d transfer case only shifts when cold

1992 Dakota Sport xt cab 5.2l 4x4. The 231d transfer case shifts beautifully on a cold start, and when cold (below freezing temp outside)... and then, when the truck warms up, say, after driving for 5-8 minutes it starts to get difficult to shift in any way.... and soon after impossible to shift. The colder the ambient temperature, the longer the tcase takes to warm up, and eventually cause this problem. Whether I start off in 2hi or 2lo it doesn't matter... the results are perfectly consistent every time. I recently acquired the tcase from the wreckers, installed it, drained what looked like dexron III, and installed fresh dexron III. The tcase seems to be in decent shape, quiet, chain not stretched, etc, but the wrecked truck it was pulled from had 300k kilometres on it. Is this a known issue for the 231d? Is there an atf additive or different fluid altogether that might remedy this problem? I'm suspecting that maybe it just needs heavier viscosity juice to shift well in it's old age for some reason? Any experienced advice is much appreciated. Thanks.

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  • bluelawn Jan 13, 2009

    Hmmm... expanding and jamming... ummm.... I'm thinking the breather vent in the top of the case should allow for the heating up and cooling cycles of the T-case innards. And the oil level is correct.... so running it lower than that doesn't really sound like a stellar notion to me...

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Remove some of the oil. sound like once the oil is warmed up it's expanding and jamming everything up.

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