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4 wheel drive engages itself after rain or snow

This issue has been serviced by dodge 5 times now. no more warranty. everything works great then after or during rain/snow the car either wont change from 4hi to 2 or it engages 4hi from 2 while driving. i don't notice till i turn the wheels. now it's not even registering any drive. the neutral light is flashing and it's stuck in 4hi. i've tried rocking it in drive, by hand, starting it in neutral. i can hear it trying to engage but it won't. (04 quad with hemi)

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  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    button on dash is in 4 hi and wont change to 2 wheel drive but its driving in 2 wheel mode
    when button is changed it makes a niose like a chain not engaging

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I had that problem last year. Dodge fixed it for $500.00 it was the "Transfer Case Motor". Rock Auto Online http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframecatalog.php has them for $140.00. 3 bolts, two plugs, 15mins. and your done. Wish I had known it would have saved me $360.00.

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