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Sounds like the rod from the 4WD shifter has come loose form the transfer case or from the shifter lever. Some use a cable. Look under the vehicle. A rod or cable will go from the shifter to the transfer case. If it is a cable and the ends appear attached the cable is broken inside the housing. Reattach ends of rod or replace cable .
Turn the electronic transfer
case from "2WD" to "4WD Lock" to engage the high range 4WD, if the dodge
truck is equipped with an electronic transfer case; otherwise, shift
the transfer case lever from "2H" to "4H." The electronic transfer case
is located on the instrument panel and is marked with "2WD," "4WD Lock"
and 4WD Low." The lever-equipped transfer case is located to the right
of your leg and is marked with "2H," "4H" and "4L."
Shift the transmission into
"Neutral" while the vehicle is either stopped or rolling at 2 to 3 mph
to begin engaging in the low range 4WD. Turn the electronic transfer
case to "4WD Low," if the Dodge truck is equipped with an electronic
transfer case; otherwise, shift the transfer case lever from "2H" or
"4H" to "4L."
Tips & Warnings
Indicator lights will come on and alert you that your vehicle is in either the high or low range of 4WD.
Do not engage in the low range of 4WD drive if the transmission is in gear; you must shift to "Neutral" first.
trucks allow you to shift from 2-wheel drive to the high range of 4WD
at up to 55 mph--consult your truck's manual to ensure that this is
possible. Do not exceed 55 mph while engaged in the high range of 4WD.
Do not exceed 25 mph while engaged in the low range of 4WD.
Do not engage in 4WD unless you are on slipper or rocky roads.
sounds like you have a broken shifter cable.Go under the rig and shift the transmision manually.Put on the parking brake and on the drivers side of the trany should be the lever to move.Look for the broken part while you are there it will also help to locate the shift lever on the trany.
possible range selection detent switch not working causing to get stuck some times in one range only and wont shift to other range 4wd light in dash just keeps flashing for about 10 seconds then goes to previous state this then can jam up 2wd 4wd lever that you then cannot move.
there are 3 switches 2 on trans/transferr case, 1 on front LH diff axle tube actuator (shift on fly). can cause damge to the electric actuator then on transferr case.
suggest you get a dealer to look at or some one that knows this system. is also vaccum operated on front diff shift on fly unit and there were 2 different systems fitted to these vehicles push button 4wd on dash and lever next to gear lever which i take is yours
hey, im a usa sailor and i have also encountered this problem. how i fixed it.....,
you may be missing a little rod that attatches the handle from the cab to the crankcase. if you have that rod then see if the holes in the levers under the truck have little rubber grommets. these are what holds the rods in place.
if missing :
the rod......contact your nearest auto parts store preferably napa or autozone usually runs about thirty bucks at most
the rubber grommets.......usually any hardware store will have these for only four bucks
I had a similar problem, shift handle wouldn't pull back into 4WD. You'll have to get under the car (safely of course) and locate the the transfer case shift lever which will be directly below the shift lever assembly inside the car..You'll see some rods, trunnions and some brackets which probably will be dirty, rusty etc. Clean them up the best you can then douse everything with WD 40. Keep trying to pull the inside shift lever into 4WD untill the WD40 starts working. It may take a while but it'll work.