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Transfer Case Problems of Dodge Durango - part 1



Dodge Durango owners have reported 58 problems related to transfer case (under the power train category).

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 1
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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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 2
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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 5
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 7
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 8
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 10
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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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 11
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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 13
Failure Date: 08/04/2014

My 2004 Dodge Durango limited 4x4 5. 7 hemi has experienced the same transfer case issues that many other owners have experienced. The vehicle will randomly try to shift itself into 4 wheel drive low without the driver changing the switch from the awd to the 4lo position. Fortunately we were moving slowly when it occurred but this could be very dangerous at higher speeds as all four wheels lock up and the vehicle cannot be turned. After reading all of the complaints about this issue I decided not to attempt to have it repaired as many owners have stated that dealers have replaced very expensive parts such as the transfer case, transfer case shift motor, and transmission control computer without the problem being resolved. I elected to disconnect the transfer case wiring harness as I was 1000 miles away from home on vacation with my family at the time and needed to drive home safely. It has been disconnected ever since then and I am afraid to reconnect it as I am afraid that I will lose control of the vehicle if it occurs at a higher rate of speed. If I could be sure that the dealer could definitely correct the problem I would consider paying to have it fixed, but it is evident that Dodge/Chrysler is really not sure what the cause of the problem really is and is just guessing at the proper repairs. I believe that this should be considered for recall as it poses a serious safety concern. I am not sure if any serious accidents or deaths have resulted from this issue but it should be addressed before a fatality or serious injury occurs.

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Failure Date: 06/25/2014

Vehicle suddenly shifts electronically into four wheel drive mode. This causes loss of driveability at slow speeds and the ability to easily turn corners on dry pavement. If this electronic shift control were to shift the transfer case to nuetral, the vehicle would lose all power to the wheels and if it were parked could roll away. The transfer case shift knob includes the following user selectable modes: awd, fwd high, fwd low, nuetral.

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Failure Date: 06/06/2014

The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving and making a right turn, the four wheel drive engaged without warning. The contact mentioned that the rear tires would lock intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the transfer case motor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 97,000.

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Failure Date: 05/14/2014

My Durango is one of hundreds possibly thousands of vehicles that has the transfer case mysteriously shifting on its own. It can be triggered by the unlock button, even the dome light. The transfer case is now shifting all the time in and out of position both when the vehicle is under operation and parked. The is dangerous and Dodge claims to know nothing. I spent 10 minutes and found hundreds of Chrysler vehicles with the same symptoms and no definitive answers. (google Dodge Durango svc 4wd light) please help.

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Failure Date: 05/05/2014

Was driving along and the "4lo" light had been flashing on and off intermittently for about 3 weeks. Occasionally the "svc awd" light would flash afterwards. When the latter happened, the car would lock into 4 wheel drive from awd. But when the crash happened, the transfer case actually shifted into 4lo and the rear wheels locked up and the car spun sideways and stopped quick enough to avoid any damage or injury. No one at Dodge can explain this, or fix it.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 18
Failure Date: 04/03/2014

I was driving my 2005 Dodge Durango home on the freeway going 55 mph getting off on the off ramp the transfer case shifted into 4 low which in turn locked my wheels up (top speed in 4 low is about 30 mph), this nearly caused me to roll the vehicle. When I got off the off ramp the service 4x4 light was on then went off, went 2 more blocks came back on and shifted into 4 hi. The transfer case does shift on its own even while I am not in the vehicle with my key in my hand. I have read more complaints about this transfer case issue than I can count, it is not only the 2005 models doing this it has been happening well into the first generation Durango. Something has to be done about this before some one is seriously injured or killed. I was lucky this time I am afraid to take my wife and kids with me any where in it due to this problem. Please do something about this before some one is injured or killed.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 19
Failure Date: 12/20/2013

Driving down the highway and the 4x4 engages without warning. The vehicle begins to jump every 1/4 mile or so, slowed speeds to 25, continued to jump until I pulled to a complete stop and parked. Problem continued to occur every time I drove even if I never went any faster than 25mph. I took the vehicle to where I had a warranty and after them keeping my Durango for over a month and a half they said there were metal shavings in compartment for the transfer case and the transfer case was replaced under the warranty, however there is a transfer case shift motor that is not covered because they say it is outside of the transfer case. They said even if I pay the hundreds of dollars to replace this part, the problem will continue to happen. I want the problem fixed and I would like to be reimbursed because I've seen thousands of people complaining of this problem all over the internet. I refuse to pay for something Dodge should be responsible for because it is a defect of their vehicle.

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Failure Date: 11/01/2013

Transmission shifts by itself into 4wd. This happens while driving, and when the car is sitting unattended, with the ignition off. The transfer case makes an audible noise, then the wheels become very hard to turn while driving. This could easily result in a loss of control of the vehicle.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 21
Failure Date: 11/01/2013

Transfer case shifted into four wheel drive lock without input of the driver. The vehicle was on straight level hard surface road. Transfer case will not shift out of four wheel drive lock.

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Failure Date: 10/01/2013

The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle independently shifted into four wheel drive without any warning, preventing the vehicle from driving normally. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the transfer case was defective. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was unknown.

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Failure Date: 09/23/2013

Was driving down the road and the 4x4 engaged without the switch being touched. It has done this numerous times now even when it is parked in the driveway and the vehicle is off. I can here it engaging into 4 wheel drive. Even when you hit the unlock button on the key you can hear the transfer case engage into 4 wheel drive. When this happens as you are driving down the down road it makes it very difficult to turn. I have read many other complaints on here for the same issue. This is going to end up causing an accident as it can shift into 4lo while going down the road.

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Failure Date: 09/04/2013

While operating the vehicle the service 4wd light came on. At some point after that the transfer case shifted into 4hi lock. I scand the obdii and had no codes present. Also scand the 4wd selector switch and it showed the switch was operational, but the transfer case shift motor was not shifting. Dropped the vehicle off at an independent transmission shop one week later and it sat for a few hours and when they went to road test it no warning lights and it was now in awd. Again the repair shop did an obd scan and came up with no codes. If these vehicles were to shift into four wheel drive (low or high range ) at highway speeds of 65 mph I feel major driveline damage and or failure will result,which could lead to serious injury or death.

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Failure Date: 08/01/2013

When vehicle is off, switching noise from the transfer case switching motor on the awd Dodge Durango moving on its own from awd to 4lock to 4lo occurs. Src 4wd light may come on but then clears when engine is turned off. The switching is not controlled by the normal operational control that would be done by drive. I am concerned about shorting wiring in vehicle causing a fire due to shorting. When unlocking the doors with the key flob, the switching action may start which should not be related to the changing of awd, 4lock & 4lo.