Transfer Case Problems of Dodge Durango
Dodge Durango owners have reported 30 problems related to transfer case (under the power train category).
#1 - Transfer Case problem of the 2007 Dodge Durango
The vehicle was a 2007 Dodge Durango 4x4. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph and attempting a turn, the transmission failed to respond. The fwd indicator began to illuminate intermittently. The gear lever was shifted into neutral and then drive in order to maneuver the vehicle to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the transfer case motor was replaced. The failure recurred seven months after the repair was performed. The dealer informed the contact that the failure was contributed to a faulty transfer case actuator however, the vehicle could not be repaired because the part needed to complete the repair was on backorder. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 74,900. The failure date was 11/14/2012.
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#2 - Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango
The vehicle was a 2005 Dodge Durango. 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. This problem occurred on Monday, September 23, 2013.
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#3 - Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango
The vehicle involved was a 2005 Dodge Durango. The VIN of the problem Durango is 1D4HB48D55_. 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. It was Sep. 4, 2013 when this transfer case issue occurred.
#4 - Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Dodge Durango. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1D8HB58D95_. I have a transmission problem that can't be defined or pin-pointed. It has occurred over the last year numerous times. No one can seem to fix. The transmission drops out into neutral at high speeds or drops into 4wd low at moderate speeds, lately the transfer case will make noise when I unlock the truck and when I go to start it the transmission grinds and drops into 4wd low!!! if it wasn't for my awareness of the sounds of the truck and ready to make a safe maneuver, there could have been a serious crash. This is a common problem with these trucks! look on the internet. It happens randomly and without warning. No mechanic can fix it yet! they say change the transfer case out $2000, but it doesn't always fix it. . . This is a severe hazard and I will not let anyone drive my truck but me. . I found if you shut down the car and put it in neutral and push the towing neutral button it sometimes kicks it back in to the right setting. You will see it scroll through 4wd low . . 4wd high and service 4wd on the dash. Then go to normal. . This is a very serious defect!!! the feds need to go after Dodge to find the issue and issue a recall!!!! I will sue Dodge for everything if any accident occurs from this. I should sue them now just for my expense, loss of work time and anxiety!!!! they need to take responsibility for this and stop "looking the other way"! please someone at the federal level needs to take the lead and force Dodge to do whats right!. It was Monday, April 1, 2013 when this transfer case issue occurred.
#5 - Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango
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. This transfer case issue occurred Aug. 1, 2013.
#6 - Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Dodge Durango. The first time it happened, the transfer case went into neutral, on it's own, while driving on a devided hiway, with no shoulder. It kind of created a traffic jam. Long story short. A friend towed me home. I reset the transfer case per the instruction manual, and it went back into gear. Still do not know why it went into neutral in the first place. Now, when you open the doors, the transfer case motor operates like crazy, for up to 30 seconds, and some times longer. I got on line and have found out that is a problem experienced by many Durango awd owners. I bought it used and the previous owners claimed that it never did it before. Also, when filling the tank up, the filler neck will "purge" fuel out onto the ground and your feet. This is listed as a dealer recall, and mine was looks to have been done, but the problem is still there. It was Tuesday, Jul. 2, 2013 when this transfer case issue happened.
#7 - Transfer Case problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango
My well-maintained 2004 Dodge Durango slt began doing something bizarre a few months ago at about 120,000 miles. This has 4. 7l v8 and the awd-4hi-4lo 2-speed transfer case. The "service 4wd" and the traction control light began flashing, and it felt like the transfer case was stuck in 4hi with the tires grabbing on a turn. The selector knob on the dash would not function. I brought the truck to my mechanic who checked the function of the transfer case motor, inspected the motor and wiring, and changed the transfer case fluid again. I called my local Chrysler dealer and they advised that they would need to change the transfer case motor. The motor costs $1190 plus two hours labor and two quarts of atf+4 fluid. I brought the truck back to my mechanic and he said there is nothing wrong with the motor or the transfer case or the dash selector knob. He said he believes this is a control module or programming issue. I got a third opinion at my local lee myles. They concurred that there is nothing wrong with the transfer case motor and there must be some issue with the computer, programming, or one or more of the control modules. The truck continues to do the same thing. The malfunction condition exists approximately 65% of the time. I can't afford to bring to the dealer now and spend over $1300 for a repair that I do not think will correct the problem. I have read on many message boards that this seems to be a very common issue with 2004-2006 Durangos and changing the motor, or the switch does not help the situation. I also notice that at times when I open the doors or unlock the doors with the key fob, I can hear the transfer case motor cycling. This seems to be an electrical or programming issue. It is very difficult to turn the wheels at low speeds when the malfunction condition exists and I fear this is straining the transmission. This transfer case issue occurred Mon., Feb. 18, 2013.
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#8 - Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango
The car was a 2005 Dodge Durango. The VIN of the problem Durango is 1D8HB58D15_. Transfer case tries to shift into 4lo at random (yellow 4lo light on dash flashes & can feel it trying to switch) & it also tries engaging when the key isn't in the ignition. I've read that if it engages in 4lo at a high speed it could do major damage to the power train & possibly result in an accident. I've searched in google & it appears that there are quite a few people experiencing this problem. I've had the power connector to the "transmission control module" disconnected since September 2012 so I can drive but I'm unable to switch to 4lock or 4lo if needed (svc 4wd light stays on). This problem occurred on 09/01/2012.
#9 - Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango
The vehicle having this issue was a 2005 Dodge Durango. The vehicle will automatically engage itself into 4-wheel drive mode. The incidents usually happen at low speeds. Although, the incident can, has, and will happen at higher speeds. When it occurs at low speeds, the vehicle will accelerate slowly and refuse to turn. When the incident happens at higher speeds, the vehicle will seemingly lock the tires and if not handled correctly the driver can lose complete control of the SUV. This particular defect seems to be a common issue among Dodge Durango 2nd generation owners. Many say the Dodge dealerships are skeptical on what exact repair is necessary to fix the apparent safety issue. Durango owners experiences with technicians show many times they reportedly point the finger at various high dollar repairs. Some have had success with replacing the transfer case motor but some who have pursued this repair have again reported the same issue after the repair was completed. Originally, the safety concern was extremely rare. Recently, the problem has become more consistent. It is a definite safety hazard as it can cause complete loss of control of the large vehicle. It was Tuesday, November 6, 2012 when this transfer case issue occurred.
#10 - Transfer Case problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango
The vehicle was a 2006 Dodge Durango. I first noticed a problem when leaving work by simply unlocking my 06 Durango (all wheel drive/ 4 wheel drive) with the key fob the transfer case control motor starts shifting the truck in and out from awd to 4wd and I haven't even opened the door!! as the weeks pass it does this several more times but what is more unnerving is that as I am driving at hwy speeds, 60 to 70 mph, or any speed really, my "4 wheel low" light on the dash will start to flicker as if it is trying to shift into 4 wheel low un-commanded. After searching several forums I find this to be a common chronic electrical problem with Durangos and a huge safety risk. Please understand that max speed for a 4 wheel drive vehicle that is in 4 wheel low is about 10 to 15 mph, the gear ratio is extremely low and intended for maximum traction when off road. If this vehicle shifts into 4 wheel low at 70 mph all 4 wheels will come to a stop and the driver will most likely loose total control. At that speed this is a dangerous combination. I have read of this happening to Durangos with serious damage and huge expense for the owner. This very scenario happened to a CO-workers wife with his kids in their 06 Durango, luckily she was only traveling at about 30 to 35 mph and no accident occurred. Now my key fob wont even open the door, it acts as if its dead or broken. I have to use the key to unlock the truck manually which sets off the alarm every time I unlock the door. The same electrical problem I started with is tied to the 4 wheel drive electrically, another common chronic problem. My local Dodge dealer deny's having any knowledge of this problem or a fix and from what I have read Dodge deny's it as well. Is it going to take a family's death from one of these vehicles for Dodge to own up to this and recognize they have a very wide spread problem over several years manufacturing!. This transfer case issue occurred Jan. 1, 2012.
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#11 - Transfer Case problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango
The VIN of the problem Durango is 1D4HB48206_. I have a 2006 Dodge Durango which I bought new I took the truck in for a clunking sound from the transmission or rear end at 10,000 miles the dealer said that the sound was normal now at 42,000 miles it is getting louder and more frequent I took it back in and was told it is normal I went on Dodge forums and found several other complaints similar to mine my personal mechanic test drove it and said it was not normal and to take it back to the dealer he thinks it is either the transfer case or transmission. This transfer case problem happened on 06/18/06.
#12 - Transfer Case problem of the 2003 Dodge Durango
The car is a 2003 Dodge Durango. The VIN of this Durango is 1D4HS38N73_. My wife had our 2003 Durango in to the local Dodge dealer for service one morning a few weeks ago, since it would not come out of 4 wheel drive and was steering funny and vibrating/clunking. They told her it was still under waranty and a part would have to be ordered (transfer module) for the control of it but it was ok to drive till it came in and could be replaced. None were available and cleveland showeded them on back-order. My wife drove to oil city, PA to pick up parts for me and it caught fire on the way ( she had talked to the dealer a few minutes earlier on her cell phone as the problem was getting worse and they assured her it was ok). She had to pull over and call 911. The fire and police were quick in responding and the fire was put out after a total loss of the vehicle. Now the dealer won't do anything about it. My wife could have easily been killed. It was January 24, 2007 when this transfer case issue occurred.
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#13 - Transfer Case problem of the 2003 Dodge Durango
The car was a 2003 Dodge Durango. 2003 Durango customer states that since the purchase of the car, it shifted into 4 wheel drive low while driving* the consumer states that the vehicle is under warranty and has been taken to the dealer 4 separate times for repair and the last time they were charged a diagnostic fee and the problem is still unresolved. This transfer case problem happened on 05/01/07.
#14 - Transfer Case problem of the 2002 Dodge Durango
The car involved was a 2002 Dodge Durango. VIN of the vehicle was 1B4HS48N22_. Since I purhcased my 2002 Durango slt in March of 2002. We have had nothing but problems. The air conditioning had to be repaired twice along with the lumbar. Our truck breaks down on a holiday weekend. We had to rent a car for two weeks until it was repaired. The transfer case was in shambles. It was covered under warranty, but we had to pay the 853. 80, because daimler Chrysler refuses to pay. The truck is a year 1/2 old that type of problem should not have happened and yet I still have to pay for another 3 and 1/2 years. This is a $30k truck. It's definately not worth it. Will never purchase or recommend for anyone to buy. This issue happened on Aug. 31, 2003.
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#15 - Transfer Case problem of the 2001 Dodge Durango
The car involved is a 2001 Dodge Durango. The VIN of the problem Durango is 1B4HS28N21_. A recall for the upper ball joints was issued, however, dealer stated that the parts were not available this had been going on for two months. Recall campaign; the consumer stated that she has had lifetime brakes installed on her vehicle twice. 4wd shaft was replaced twice. The failure date was Tue., Dec. 14, 2004.
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#16 - Transfer Case problem of the 2001 Dodge Durango
The vehicle is a 2001 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the electric shift transfer case does not fully engage into gear when the transfer case selector switch is moved; therefore, the vehicle ends up in the neutral position. The dealer stated that his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 01v077000 (power train:automatic transmission:lever and linkage:column shift). The contact would be responsible for the repair costs. The vehicle has not been repaired and the manufacturer failed to assist. The failure and current mileages were 93,000. This issue happened on Saturday, June 7, 2008.
#17 - Transfer Case problem of the 2000 Dodge Durango
The vehicle involved is a 2000 Dodge Durango. Transfer case has gone bad. Dodge missed the diagnosis and sent us back driving until I was able to bring it back in a April (over a month later). We have currently about 75,000 miles on our 2000 Durango. The transfer case went bad unexpectedly and untimely. Our wheels could have locked up while we were driving causing serious injury to us and others. It was February 14, 2003 when this transfer case issue happened.
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#18 - Transfer Case problem of the 2000 Dodge Durango
The vehicle having this issue was a 2000 Dodge Durango. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 1B4HS28NXY_. Transfer case failed twice. As a result, vehicle became inoperable. The failure date was Monday, June 7, 2004.
#19 - Transfer Case problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango
The car involved was a 1999 Dodge Durango. Self lubricated cv joints which caused transfer case to malfunction and transmission to fall out of place. Please provide further details. This issue happened on Monday, April 30, 2001.
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#20 - Transfer Case problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango
The car is a 1999 Dodge Durango. Consumer states vehicle is leaking unknown fluid whenever 4-wheel drive is engaged. Vehicle has been checked by dealer 5x who has not been able to determine cause or fluid. On 10/16/02 vehicle caught fire while driving. Ts. This issue happened on 10/16/2002.
#21 - Transfer Case problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango
The vehicle having this issue was a 1999 Dodge Durango. While driving at 90mph, the vehicle started to smoke under the hood. Then the transfer case fell to the ground causing consumer to pull over. Dealer notified. Ph. This transfer case issue occurred Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003.
#22 - Transfer Case problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango
The VIN of this Durango is 1B4HS28Y3X_. 1999 Dodge Durango - regarding suspension and steering. At 42,000 miles had to have left and right lower ball joints replaced, left and right upper control arms replaced. Chrysler would not cover total cost. My out of pocket cost was $728. 45. Also dealer replaced leaking transfer case (a defect) no cost to me. This issue happened on Thursday, October 31, 2002.
#23 - Transfer Case problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango
The vehicle involved is a 1999 Dodge Durango. Consumer states while traveling at 55 mph, consumer suddenly heard a big boom, then smoke started to pour out of the rear of vehicle. Vehicle was towed to dealer, dealer states that transfer case blew up.
#24 - Transfer Case problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango
The vehicle having this issue was a 1999 Dodge Durango. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1B4HS28Z1X_. During a vehicle state inspection mechanic found the upper and lower ball joints were wornout. Also the transfer case was not shifting properly.
#25 - Transfer Case problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango
1999 Dodge Durango transfer case flew apart while driving on turnpike. Vehicle towed to mechanic who replaced the part. This transfer case issue occurred Friday, Feb. 15, 2002.
#26 - Transfer Case problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango
The vehicle was a 1999 Dodge Durango. Transmission slipped into 4 wheel drive by itself. Transmission exploded while driving at 65 mph. Aamco has car no parts available due to high demand Dodge sent product update to address issue, never notified Durango owners. This issue happened on 11/25/04.
#27 - Transfer Case problem of the 1999 Dodge Durango
The reporting person's vehicle is a 1999 Dodge Durango slt. While driving 10-30 mph the vehicle lunged forward and shifted out of second gear. The contact stated that the vehicle shifted from first to third gear and the rpms increased up to 34000. The failure occurred twenty minutes after the vehicle was purchased. The contact stated that the dealer refused to offer him any assistance. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who was replacing the transmission and transfer case. The failure and current mileages were 132,520. Also, the ball joint was broken and needed to be replaced. Updated 10/07/10. It was 01/01/01 when this transfer case issue occurred.
#28 - Transfer Case problem of the 1998 Dodge Durango
The car is a 1998 Dodge Durango. The car had a crash. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Dodge Durango is 1B4HS28Z6W_. Vehicle was in park w/emergency brake on. When putting boat on trailer transfer case popped into neutral causing car to roll into water. Transfer case had popped into n before, but was not repeatable. This problem occurred on Monday, Oct. 16, 2000.
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#29 - Transfer Case problem of the 1998 Dodge Durango
The car was a 1998 Dodge Durango. The VIN of this vehicle was 1B4HS28Y1W_. The consumer stated the seal on the transfer case leaked fluid. In addition the rear end disintegrated. Dealer notified. Consumer stated a trucks rear end shouldn't disintegrate with 81000 miles. This issue happened on Thursday, July 3, 2003.
#30 - Transfer Case problem of the 1998 Dodge Durango
I bought a 1998 Dodge Durango in November of 2002. The vehicle had 59939 miles on it. I have maintained the car as one should. On 9/2/03 I took the auto into aamco transmissions as the car was not shifting down into 1st gear. It cost me $500. 00 to fix this transmission problem. At the same time they told me my transfer case was going out and needs to be rebuilt. The estimate-$1350. In Nov of 2003, I took the car in to get a lube job. The mechanic told me that my lower ball joints were not accepting grease & the upper boots were rotted. That eventually I would need new ball joints but I still had time. In Dec 2003, I started having problems with the electrical system. The front passenger window would not roll down. Then if my steering wheel was turned as I put the car in park, it would not start, or it would die as I was backing out. In January I heard metal in my front tires as I was braking. A new brake job cost me $350. 00. The end of January, while driving this vehicle with 72,000 miles, my front right tire fell off. Reason: upper ball joint broke off. Every mechanic has stated that this is a defect, as they have never seen ball joints do this at this low mileage. I then saw NHTSA interviewed on the news for the very same reason. Dodge Durangos and their ball joints with tires falling off. My car landed in a ditch. I was lucky I was only travelling at 35 mph. It could have been fatal, and who ever manufactures these ball joints better stand up to the plate and take responsibility. This auto has been nothing but a mechanical problem since I bought it. And costly at that!. This transfer case issue occurred Jan. 27, 2004.