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11/29/2005
20:31:04

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I did some moderate 4 wheeling over the weekend after a freak and uncommon rtain shower. Tuesday morning it was about 35Degrees and when I started up my truck the "Service 4WD" light came on and all of the lights are illuminated around the switch.

I pulled off the road into some light mud and flipped the switch to see if the 4WD would engage, It didn't. Thank goodness I didn't need it!

'02 Dakota 4.7L QC 4WD. 82k miles, about 5k off-road and 1st major problem soo far.

any suggestions or anybody have this happen before?



DanK
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11/29/2005
21:11:59

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Could be water intrusion in one of the connectors down on the transfer case.




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11/30/2005
23:36:15

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I went to the shop today and pulled off the Skid Plates.

WOW there was a ton of dried mud under there!

I couldn't find anything visibly broken. I checked the fluid, It was funky but still full. it appeared I had a minor leak in the tailshaft mount due to some slight moisture around the area.

When I pulled the top fill plug and stuck my finger in, It was full but there were 2 small metallic chips also. Not sure if they came from the plug seat or if the fluid is suspended a large amount of shavings.

I'll go to the Stealership tomorrow and pay thier ridiculous price of $8.10/Qt for the ATF +4 and drain it and catch the old fluid. If there are a bunch of chips suspended, I only have 8K left on my warranty.



.boB
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12/01/2005
10:18:02

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If it's still under warrenty, let them mess with it.



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12/01/2005
12:19:37

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A few years ago I was doing some light 'wheelin' in my QC and as I crested a hill, I felt the transfer case/undercarriage scrape the ground. No big deal, but then my 'service 4wd' light came on. I couldn't get the truck to go out of 4wd! Whenever I turned the dial to 2wd, the light on the switch would just blink. I didn't know what to do and didn't want to drive all the way back home in 4wd, so I turned off the truck, then restarted it. It went into 2wd after that with no problem.
Anyways, I took the truck to dealership the next day (still under warranty at that time) and they said that some wiring to the transfer case was 'misrouted' from the factory, leaving it exposed and rubbing on the drive line. I had 'pinched' or 'crimped' the wiring as I crested the hill. The dealership replaced damaged wiring, and 'routed' it properly and I haven't had any problems at all since then, Been about three years.
Hope this helps!
Spacinjason
'01 QC Sport 4x4
4.7L, 5 sp., 3.55 LSD
Magnaflow exhaust



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12/01/2005
22:00:18

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All better now!

While at the shop last night I removed the busted up skid plates & stopped off at the carwash and left about 100lbs of mud in the bay. (hint: spray, change bay..spray, change bay, finish, blame it on the last inconsiderate person)

I paid horrid price for 2Qts of +4 & went back to the shop. with most of the mud gone I could see clearly now. Nothing looked broken. I changed the transfer case fluid, only one way to describe it: Yuck. that stuff was plane nasty. I caught it in a 2ltr bottle to take with me. there was a shimmer to the fluid but I could not detect any other metallic pieces, Which is a good thing.

I gotta give it to DC, it takes 1qt 4oz to fill the transfer case. just enough that you hafta buy a 2nd bottle. Price has actually gone down, only $5.90 +tax now.

attached a small piece of heater hose to a tiny funnel and still managed to spill 1/2qt down my arm but got the transfer case full. Let it down off the rack, said a little prayer and hit the key.... "Service 4WD" light still on. beat the steering wheel a few times, turned it off, switched to 4H, started back up... "Service 4WD" light still on. Tried backing, rolling forward, stupid light still on. flipped back to 2H. All lights were on around the switch and the 4WD was not working. Drove 8miles to the $tealership trying to get advice. Service clerk told me that they have had to replace several "Transfer Case gear drive motors" recently and they could replace mine for oh... about $500. Kiss my white hiney! (deductable only $100 but still....)

I drove back to the shop, put it back on the lift. Crawled all over the undercarriage. (Note to self: still a ton of mud under there) couldn't find anything broken, everything still connected, even checked the fuse boxes. As a last resort I disconnected the batt terminal and reset the PCM just for the heck of it. Cleaned up my mess and reconnected.

Viola! no more "Service 4WD" light!! went through 4H & 4L both appeared to be working just fine. Hauled butt to the nearest large mudhole just to make sure. Flipped the switch to 4H, it appeared to work, Hit the hole with some momentum, sprayed mud everywhere. Life is good again.

anybody else that may have this same problem. There is a sensor that tells the computer when the fluid is dirty and no longer effective. Drop Skid Plate, Wash, change transfer case fluid, reset PCM, Back in buisness. Only took me 5 frustrating hours to figure that out!

Hope this can help somebody else down the road...




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2/05/2015
13:59:44

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can ANYbody tell me what this code means on A DODGE DAKOTA 4x4 quad cab 2001 (code19)



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