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2/04/2002
17:14:52

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I need some help/advice about an '01 CC SLT, Auto w/PT 4 wheel drive and 9000 easy miles on it.
The Front T-Case has been leaking, had 2 seals replaced and it is at the dealer again today where they discovered seal leakage again and now they want to replace the Yoke as well as the seal. Parts are on order, delivery in 5 days.
I've used 4x4 sparingly, about twice a month since buying the truck last May.
Is replacing the seals like this normal. Is there any chance that also replacing the yoke will fix this problem?
I'm really tempted to have them replace the whole T-Case, under warranty. Every time I take the beast in for warranty work they have had to work on the T-Case.
Also, I live in WA state, any chance this would qualify under the Lemon Law?

Ken Grierson

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2/04/2002
18:10:56

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Ken,
While I don't know about the lemon laws in washington, I can tell you that we have just about identical trucks and I have not had any transfer case leakage. I too have used my 4x4 about twice a month (a little more the past couple of months because of the snow) and haven't had any problems with it. I would say if this latest work doesn't fix the problem, have them replace the whole thing. They ain't cheap to replace once they go off warranty.

Bill
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2/04/2002
21:14:59

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I have noticed some leakage on my trucks transfer case as well. I have the full time transfer case though. I noticed the leak with about 4k miles on it and the dealer said it wasn't a problem. It has 50k miles on it now. I first noticed it because it was on the underbody of the truck right above the U-Joint. The odd thing is that the yoke and rubber seal right before the U-Joint don't appear to be slimy. I wiped off the underbody about a month ago and there is a light layer again. The dealer says that a little seapage is normal so I'm not gonna worry about it. Shifting into 4 wheel drive isn't perfect though. To get into 4 wheel drive I have to shift from Drive to Reverse and back. I thought that perhaps its leaked enough over the years that it needs to be refilled but this problem has been the same since I bought it so I'm not sure that its gonna fix it. I also live WA and I use 4 Wheel drive once a month or so.

So if the leak isn't that bad then perhaps you don't need to worry about it???

Joel



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2/04/2002
22:58:05

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Bill, I've got the full extended warranty so it's not that big a monetary hit if the T-case acts up. I worry about resale value and if there are a bunch of dealer workorders on the T-case I figure I'll lose a couple of grand in resale.
At this point I'm very suspicious but I'm going to go along with replacing the yoke and associated seal and see what happens. I think this dealership is being extra careful. I also believe Dodge has a "hidden repair" flyer out there about T-case problems. If this doesn't fix the problem I will be asking for a new T-case under warranty.
Joel, seepage is normal and it should look like "moisture" on and around the seal. Anything more than that and the seal may be defective.

Ken Grierson

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2/05/2002
03:36:04

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I hope this helps. I have a 00 QC 4X4 3.9 with the part time 4 wheel drive. I had a leak coming from my transfer case and the mechanic at the Dodge dealership pulled me aside and told me the original front drive shaft is a little shorter than it should be causing wear and tear on the seals. So he replaced the front driveshaft and all my leaks have ceased. Just my 2 cents hope this helps.



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2/05/2002
18:30:38

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Webtiger...Are you talking about the inner seal that you can't see or the rubber seal thats visible??? My outer seal is dry...the seapage I see has been flung onto the underbody of the truck and framerails and everything else in that vicinity. I assumed that this was fluid leaking down the output shaft from the T-case and being flung off when it hits the yoke of the U-Joint? Maybe there is a bigger leak than there should be and Dodge just didn't want to fix it?

Joel



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3/13/2002
20:28:22

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I own a 1994 Dodge Dakota 4X4 extended cab with Mag V8. I bought it from the first owner at 99,000 miles and have put almost 41,000 miles on since buying it two years ago. I changed the autotrans fluid at 120,000 and replaced the radiator. At 130,000, I changed the front drive axle oil with the factory recommended gear oils.

For the past two winters, I've used my 4 wheel drive and has always worked flawlessly, however, last weekend, I noticed that now the 4 wheel drive "jumps" in and out of gear. Once, I had to hit the brakes hard on some ice/pavement and noticed that the frontend sounded like it was ratcheting. For fear of destroying internals, I imediately took it out of 4X4.

I thought maybe the new gear oil I put in the front drive axle may be too heavy for the cold weather we've been having (20 degrees F). Or perhaps the yoke that slides the front axles into 4x4 is sticking. But the ratcheting sounds like it's coming from the transfer case.

Has anyone else experienced this problem and know if there is a factory bulletin out on this issue? Help! I can still drive it 4x2, but I miss the 4x4 option when I'm up north in the snow. Thanks in advance for any advice you can send me.

Sincerely,
Eric Pettey



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6/17/2002
16:06:32

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Dodgedogjb: I had the exact same thing happen on my 2000 EC. The whole underbody in that vicinity is covered. I've got about 44k miles on it. The dealer first said the seal was bad. That didn't fix the problem. Now they say the case is cracked and needs to be replaced. So far it's cost me over $700.



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3/10/2004
18:32:03

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I have a 1993 Dodge Dakota Extended Cab with the 5.2L V8...
When I put the truck into 4 wheel drive it makes a strange noise and goes in... if i put the truck in reverse while 4 wheel drive is engaged it clicks and ratchets. it also does the same thing in drive if i go over 25.
Lately when i take a left turn i hear a awful noise similar to something rolling in the bed of a truck, its comming from the T Case i think... Also between 65 and 75 mph the truck vibrates like crazy when 4 wheel drive is NOT engaged...

Please help!!! could it be the U joints or more serious?

Concerned for my baby
Mike



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