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sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician
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Can't get it to switch out of 4x4 back to Awd, 2000 Dakota,

Customer Question

Can't get it to switch out of 4x4 back to Awd
JA: What is the model/year of your Dodge?
Customer: 2000 Dakota, 5.9 with the 45rfe transmission
JA: When was your transmission fluid last checked?
Customer: Last month. I just finished replacing it along with the filters as well today.
JA: Are you fixing your Dakota yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Replaced the fluids, filters and the kickdown solenoid pack
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Transmissions
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Everything started when I lost theTransfer Case Shifter Control Rod. I lost is as I was driving and did not notice until it slipped out of gear.
I was able to manually put it into AWD and drove it about 5 miles before it came out of gear again. Once again I manually put it AWD and drove again about 5 miles and once again it happened.
After the last time it slipped out of gear I put it in 4-hi and now it will not come out of 4wd.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 2 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

If it were in four low then a little bit of a special procedure would be required to shift back out, but if you're in four high then it should shift out with no issues just while moving. Possible causes for it not shifting would be a linkage or shifter issue, or an internal failure in the transfer case. It sounds as if you have an internal issue in the transfer case if it was popping out of gear on it's own without linkage even attached.

What needs to be done is verify there is nothing blocking movement at the shifter and make sure the linkage is adjusted correctly. If ok then the problem is in the transfer case.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thanks for the info. It is stuck in 4low I believe.
It hasn't piped out of gear with the linkage attached.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 2 months ago.

If it's in four low then you'll need to be in an area where you can drive straight. With the truck rolling about 5 MPH and without ever touching the brake, shift the trans into neutral. Then quickly and firmly push the transmission shifter out of four low and into all wheel drive, and put the transmission shifter back into drive.