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Transfer Case Problems of Dodge Durango - part 1



Dodge Durango owners have reported 74 problems related to transfer case (under the power train category).

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 1
Failure Date: 02/16/2016

Vehicle started showing an intermittent "svc 4wd" light and vehicle would shift itself into low 4wd while making low speed turns. Had it checked by dealer, who said codes showed "unequal tire pressure". Tires were within 1 psi of each other. Drove vehicle again, and codes said "unequal tire speed". Dealer advised we replace all four tires, which we did. During our next trip (yesterday), the "svc 4wd" light came on and off several times, then vehicle suddenly lost all forward momentum while driving at highway speeds. Vehicle's transfer case had shifted itself neutral, leaving vehicle stranded in highway with no shoulder. While starting the car to try to troubleshoot the problem, it suddenly and without warning shifted itself into low 4wd and lurched forward. I have researched the issue online in various Dodge forums, and have found dozens of similar cases where there have been vehicles stranded in the highway due to the same problem. Several Dodge dealers evidently have had problems diagnosing the problem, replacing all possible parts only to have the issue recur within days. There are others who say they have filed complaints here and urge us who experience the same problem demand a recall. Please investigate and force Dodge to fix this obvious safety flaw that could easily cause a loss of life accident.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 2
Failure Date: 02/15/2016

The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. While driving various speeds while in two wheel drive, the transmission would suddenly switch to neutral, the vehicle would stop, and the four wheel drive sensor light would illuminate. After shutting off and restarting the vehicle, the transmission would make a grinding noise while in four wheel drive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transfer case shift motor was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 150,000.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 3
Failure Date: 12/18/2015

Transfer case motor engages by itself while driving and while parked. 4-lock light flickers on and off can hear the motor trying to engage. While driving it will engage and lock up the power train. Have to have a person push the neutral reset button while rocking vehicle to free. Have had vehicle stop in middle of intersection on a city street in front of on-coming traffic. Motor has tried to engage while driving at 35 mph. Told by mechanic that the transfer case could explode if the motor tries to engage while vehicle is moving at high speed. First happened approximately four years ago and had to wait over a year for the part. Had to disable 4wd until part arrived. Same thing is happening again.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 4
Failure Date: 11/27/2015

Durango decides to go into 4 wh drive at random without input from the driver to do so. Steering becomes heavy . . . Often this occurs when the driver is making a turn at slow speeds. Depending of the strength of the driver this can easily cause a crash. The motor rpms are pulled down as the driver makes the turn and can cause the car to stall. . . Making the steering very heavy. This is a known problem with the Durango. . . Faulty transfer case motor. This should be replaced by Chrysler.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 5
Failure Date: 10/30/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the transfer case shifter would shift automatically without warning . The four wheel drive warning light illuminated whenever the transfer case shifter would shift independently. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic, who attempted several repairs. However, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 153,661.

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Failure Date: 10/26/2015

My 2004 Dodge Durango 5. 7l awd is engaging in four wheel drive at high speeds on its own on the interstate. It made a very loud grinding and clunking noise, the service 4wd light will come on and then turn off and then the 4wd lo light will come on and turn off. I was forced to pull off the road and it felt like the car was stuck in four wheel drive and will not come out. I tried to put it in gear while just sitting still and it just makes that grinding noise. I had to have the car towed as I am afraid that driving it would cause myself or others physical harm. Please consider looking into this matter because as I am reading on several Dodge forums this is a common problem and can be very serious to drivers and others. I have read that there are several problems with the transfer case in 2004 and 2005 Dodge Durango. A big company such as Dodge should investigate the need for a possible recall since these problems are being addressed on Dodge forums. As far as getting it fixed or trying to figure out how to get it fixed is the next problem.


car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2007 Dodge Durango 7
Failure Date: 09/17/2015

The service 4wd light has been coming on and going back off. It is an awd model Durango. I've read forums and a lot of people are having this problem. The transfer case will sometimes shift into full time 4wd on its own, you can here the transfer case shifting with the vehicle off, when you activate the power locks. But last night on the freeway at 70 mph it decided to shift into 4wd low on its own, my engine went up to 6000 rpm on the tach and I lost speed, almost lost control of the vehicle. I thought the drive train was going to blow up. I think there should at least be a recall on this problem, due to safety.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2007 Dodge Durango 8
Failure Date: 09/15/2015

Vehicle shifted into 4wd and then to neutral and would not shift back. Had to pull to side of road to avoid a collision. The problem here is actually the transfer case motor. On the awd model it is a 2 speed motor on 2wd it is a one speed motor. This is important because you need to know which you have if you are looking to replace it.

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Failure Date: 09/15/2015

Service 4wd lite came on, truck started jerking and binding on turns. Cycled switch thru awd, 4lock and 4 lo, seemed to be ok for awhile then locked in 4lock and stayed there until driven a mile down a bumpy dirt road. Repair shop serviced transfer case but now its stuck in 4lock, they suspect shift motor but none are available. Internet complaints seem to point to electrical issue, temporary fix is to unplug shift motor if you can get it into awd but Dodge needs to come up with a permanent fix for this.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 10
Failure Date: 08/15/2015

It is switching between awd 4x4 lo and high on its own. Backing up it felt like a spring propelling me forward. Fearing that I could lose control on the highway. Mechanic is looking into lower the transmission for the issue but online I found a forum under topix and the issue was very clearly a $200 part that can be purchased and installed in under an hour of labor. Its the transfer case switch which has all the symptoms my vehicle is experiencing.


 
car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 11
Failure Date: 07/17/2015

I placed the vehicle into reverse and could feel that it had shifted into four wheel drive by itself. The dash warning light did not come on but the vehicle did not operate correctly on the dry pavement. After parking and shutting down the vehicle I could hear the transfer case motor shift the transfer case with no key in the vehicle. Now I hear the transfer case switching modes after the vehicle is shut down, and it has shifted to four wheel drive at least two more times on its own while driving.

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Failure Date: 06/26/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle switched independently to drive and immediately decelerated in the middle of the road. The contact pulled over and restarted the vehicle. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The failure recurred and the vehicle was taken to a local dealer where it was diagnosed that the transfer case motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 155,000. The VIN was not provided.

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Failure Date: 06/06/2015

The vehicle transfer case changes from awd to 4hi and 4lo without the switch being moved. This has most often happened at low speeds such as when pulling into a parking space, but when switching to 4lo causes difficulty steering due to the front wheels being locked together. Twice I have come close to hitting another vehicle while parking due to this issue. I have also heard the transfer case switching between modes with the vehicle turned off. I am very concerned about this happening at higher speeds.

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Failure Date: 02/18/2015

Driving on I-43 to work, the 4 wheel lo light flashed and went out. A few minutes later it flashed again, except this time it locked in 4 wheel lo at 70 mph during morning rush hour traffic. This caused the vehicle to rapidly slow down from 70 mph to 25 mph. I had check the vehicle codes with no errors. On the way home, I had to stop several times to cycle the transfer case, in order to disengage the 4 wheel lo. Reading many blogs on the internet, this seems to be an issue with 2004 through 2007 Dodge 4 wheel drive vehicles. Mechanic states that without a code, they will just start replacing parts until the correct one is found. This could take $2000. 00 to $3000. 00.

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Failure Date: 01/16/2015

My 2005 Dodge Durango will go into 4 wheel low with out warning and will shift into 4 wheel lock with out waring there is something goin on with the 2005 Dodge Durango I have read many forums with 500 people saying the same thing . Please make Dodge recall this as it is going to result in fatalities . A lot of people are changing the transfer case , transfer case motor and electrical and it keeps doing the same thing to make these vehicles unreliable and can cause death to my family and others as well please make Dodge recall the 4 wheel drive . Thank you.

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Failure Date: 12/24/2014

My 2005 Dodge Durango keeps locking up when I'm turning. When the vehicle is on or off it will start flashing 4lo. The vehicle shifts into lock all on it's own, then the svc 4wd light comes on. After a few minutes the light will go off and the transfer case will shift back to awd. Sometimes when the vehicle is turned off you can hear the transfer shift back and forth from awd to 4 lock.

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Failure Date: 12/24/2014

Was driving on the freeway. The service 4wd light started flashing, and the transmission shifted into 4lo by itself. All efforts to shift back out of 4lo failed. Had the vehicle towed. Service shop diagnosed transfer case as the problem, and replaced it. The problem persists. Vehicle continues to shift into 4lo by itself which impacts the ability to turn the vehicle.

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Failure Date: 12/08/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2005 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle's 4 wheel drive light began to illuminate, and a unusual noise was heard coming from within the vehicle. The contact stated that before the issue began the transfer case was replaced. The vehicle was not seen for diagnostic testing. The issue has occurred frequently. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. Mm.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango 19
Failure Date: 11/11/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, the four wheel drive would engage causing the vehicle to lose power steering. The dealer diagnosed that the transfer case selector motor had failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure was 80,000. Ne.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 20
Failure Date: 11/03/2014

My 2005 Dodge Durango switched from awd to 4x4 while I was driving. Which almost made me loose control of the vehicle with family in the car, this was very scary and dangerous, thank god we weren't on the highway. Svc 4wd light is coming on, 4loc and 4lo flash and transfer case motor clicks while driving or just idling, sometimes clicks when I unlock the doors. Researched issue on the net and found several forums and discovered that this is happening to a lot of people, this needs to become a recall fast before someone gets hurt or worse. I currently pulled plug on transfer case motor and have it locked in awd drive, hope this holds, but I paid for 4 wheel drive as did many other people. From what I've read this has been going on for years. Dodge needs to make this right. Thank you.

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Failure Date: 11/01/2014

As I went to work today, I noticed my truck was kicking when accelerating down the street. As I would come up to a complete stop, the truck would still keep on going. I have been hearing clicking when I open up the driver door , and on occasion on my daily commute to work, I was noticing the 4lo light blink. Well, today, I drove to work, and on the interstate, the 4lo light came on without blinking. A solid color. I started to see a lot of white smoke come from under the hood of the car, and from the bottom of the car as well. I pulled over to look at the vehicle and noticed that the truck was leaking all the tranny fluid. I was blocks from work, when I went back into the Durango and noticed that the extreme heat light had turned on in the dashboard. I waited about 30 minutes until I turned my truck back on , and begin to drive to work. It was still kicking and now it felt like the tranny was slipping. I finally made it to work. The truck was engulfed in smoke . Ive noticed that when the 4lo lights start blinking, I have a hard time trying to turn the wheels left or right, and my wheels lock. This should be a transfer case recall. . . Its a real big safety issue.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2007 Dodge Durango 22
Failure Date: 09/02/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Dodge Durango. The contact stated while driving approximately 50 mph, the four wheel drive switch turned on independently. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician replaced the transfer case motor and the switch. The failure recurred but the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000. Pam.

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Failure Date: 09/01/2014

While driving on the freeway, I noticed that my 4 lo warning light was flashing on my instrument panel. Once I came to a safe stop, I could hear what sounded like my 4 wheel drive actively trying to engage itself by making a clanking noise. Several days later, it did the same thing, only this time, it succeeded in shifting itself into 4 wheel drive but only for a brief period. Now it does this on a daily basis and will even do this in my garage with the keys out of the ignition. It will also do this when I use the key fob to unlock my doors. Please look into this as there are several other Durango owners who are experiencing the same issue. My worry is that it will find a way to shift itself into 4 lo while either my wife or myself are driving down the freeway. If that happens, it could be catastrophic. This is something that Dodge needs to recall to prevent any injuries or deaths. People have attempted to replace the transfer case, replace wiring, and several other fix attempts but to no avail. As a 16-year career firefighter, I am pleading with you to look into this.

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Failure Date: 08/29/2014

My 2005 Dodge Durango has an issue with the transfer case. When using the key fob to unlock the doors, the transfer case will switch from awd to 4wd hi on its on. Also while driving the service 4wd light will appear and it will switch to 4wd hi and if going around a turn. My wheels have locked up causing me to slide and almost hitting another vehicles. I believe this is unsafe and have been many complaints. How many more of these have to happen and ends up taking someones life. I would like to see this issue resolved.

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Failure Date: 08/22/2014

2005 Durango awd 5. 7; the transfer case motor is switching on its own regardless of the vehicle being on or off. It occasionally actuates when unlocking the vehicle with the remote. Most of the time it actuates while driving down the road. Sometimes the dash light will blink 4lo other times 4lock. Usually after a bit of blinking the svc 4wd light will come on. Once it is in 4wd, it is hard to steer. A couple of instances, it has shifted out of gear, once I was at an intersection. I had to get help just to get it off the road. I have read countless blogs about this issue online, the majority of them are for the 2004 and 2005 models. If this isn¿t grounds for a recall I don¿t know what is.