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sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician
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Dakota 2005 4.7L, shifts into 4WD on its own...a lot of

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Dakota 2005 4.7L, shifts into 4WD on its own...a lot of people seem to be having this problem, with more questions than solutions. Any suggestions? I have removed a fuse which stopped it from shifting although the error light comes on frequently. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 2 years ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

There re a handful of things that can cause the transfer case to shift on it's own. Electrical testing at the time the problem is happening would really need to be done to know exactly what is going on.

The reason it shifts on it's own is because the front control module sees an incorrect transfer case position. This causes it to think the transfer case is in a mode that it really isn't so it attempts a shift.

The problem may be a handful of things including the front control module, integrated power module, wiring, or the transfer case motor itself. The most common cause of this is a failed position sensor inside the transfer case motor.