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#1 of 108 4x4 Issues...
Feb 27, 2006 (7:32 pm)
I reecently installed some additional driving lights on my 2002 V8 dodge dakota and had to remove my console front trim in order to mount a switch to control the lights. i have removed this front panel numerous times working with my radio, so i am familiar with how i need to disconnect all the electrical wires from the AC unit, the airbag switch, the headlight switch ect. after i mounted my switch i contiued to re-connect all the connectors listed above, including the four wheel drive switch. after re-connecting everything i turned the ignition on and started it up and the "Service 4X4" light came on.
Now i am not able to change from 2wd to 4wd or anything. the LED that usually indicates weither it is in 4wd or 2wd is not on in either position. but with the driving lights on the backlight on the switch itself is ilumnated, but it will not change to 4wd...
Anyone have any ideas???
#3 of 108 Similar to my problem
Apr 03, 2006 (8:53 am)
I have a 1987 Dakota 4x4, auto, v-6, carb. and cannot get
it out of 4-wheel drive without stopping, killing the
engine and waiting several seconds. Some one said it might
be the vacuum actuator on the front differential. Another
guy said it was the vacuum switch on the front differential. I'm still trying to find out if I can fix it
#4 of 108 Re: 4x4 Issues... [woodsen]
Sep 21, 2006 (9:56 am)
i have the same problem,i got in a wreck and it fried the ecu for the 4x4 thats mounted to the steering colum. its a 552.38 dollar fix for that. it took 3 transmission ppl to figure it out. but it acted the same way. all backlights work but the transfer case or even the lights on the switch dont.
#5 of 108 2WD/4WD switch
Oct 31, 2006 (7:21 am)
I have a 2001 Quad Cab 4x4. The truck will not go into 4-high or 4-low, and the LED is not lit in either position including 2WD.
#6 of 108 Re: 2WD/4WD switch [rich28]
Oct 31, 2006 (9:17 am)
i would first check the switch for power out of it and if so then its the ecu thats mounted to the steering wheel. mine was about 525 dollars for just the part plus 100 labor. i had mine diagnosed for 150 to make sure it was that part. there are alot of dakotas around here and they said that mine was the first they have seen do that. it mihgt be a problem with the part itself. how many miles are on your truck?
#7 of 108 Re: 2WD/4WD switch [nmacha1]
Nov 01, 2006 (5:30 pm)
Approx. 81,000 miles. So the ecu is mounted to the steering wheel...where exactly is it? And that controls my 2WD/4WD switch that's on the face of my dash? I'm not being smart, I just don't know much about auto-mechanics, that's why I came here.
Thanks for your help!
#8 of 108 Re: 2WD/4WD switch [rich28]
Nov 01, 2006 (5:41 pm)
dont worry about it i am the same way. io can work on old cars but not these new ones. all the mechanic told me was it was mounted to the colum. the power goes to the switch then to the ecu and then the ecu tells the switch what light to put on. mine i got a new switch first and that didnt fix it and we had power leaving the switch and going into the ecu but lot leaving it. id shop around for the new part. labor should not take more then 30min to change out.
#9 of 108 Re: 2WD/4WD switch [nmacha1]
Nov 01, 2006 (6:00 pm)
Thanks! This will help me point the mechanic in the right direction. So far, this board hasn't let me down as I have had many problems with my truck. I love the truck, but not sure how many more problems I can endure. But then again, I might have them all fixed by now!
I'll post the resolution. Thanks again!
#10 of 108 2002 dakota drive train warranty
Dec 19, 2006 (2:08 pm)
I asked the dealer to give my drive train a maintenance procedure prior to the expiration of the 100,000 mile warranty expiration.
They found that the front wheel bearing was on the verge of failing. They told me that it was not considered part of the drive train. In reviewing the warranty, the following is stated:
Front wheel drive specifically states, “front wheel bearings”.
Rear wheel drive states, “drive shaft assemblies”.
Four wheel drive states, “drive shaft assemblies (front and rear)”.
Is not an “assembly”, a complete shaft, along with bearings?
Having both front and rear drive when in a 4x4 mode and a front wheel drive specifically states wheel bearings, then why are the bearings not covered under the warranty?
The dealer stated that the wheel bearing was not covered. I contacted Daimler Chrysler Customer Service and was told that the interpretation of the warranty is up to the dealer. This is like the fox watching the chicken coop.
Has any one had similar experiences? and, is there any way of contacting any one technical within Daimler Chrysler's higher eschelon that has access to the group that wrote the warranty?
Your comments would be appreciated/