Transfer Case Problems of Dodge Durango - part 1

Dodge Durango owners have reported 98 problems related to transfer case (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Dodge Durango based on all problems reported for the Durango.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2012 Dodge Durango 1
Failure Date: 10/14/2018

Takara recall - loud clicking sounds from underneath the vehicle. Took it local transmission mechanic and was told it was the transfer case motor. Did not get a safety warning light. After checking internet notice that I was the first with this problem. Seems Dodge has a history concerning transfer case motor. The clicking sounds happened even after turn vehicle off and when starting or shifting from p to d,r or n.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2013 Dodge Durango 2
Failure Date: 05/25/2018

In the awd version of the Durango the SUV will shift into awd low while the car is in motion without the control knob being turned. The car will flash the low light and then shift into awd low. The car will not come out of awd low at all. This issue randomly occurs. We have taken the car to the dealership three times to have them look at this issue. They have replaced the transfer case and the sensor and the issue still is occurring with the car. The issue will occur with the car in motion or in park and is at random times. The car will not come out of awd low when following the manufacture directions, it will come out of low at random times or not at all.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 3
Failure Date: 05/17/2018

The vehicle began making a clicking sound after turning the key off and removing the key. It sounded like it was trying to lock into 4-wheel drive mode. I stuck my key back in and turned it to just before starting engine to see if any dash lights come in and the svc light flashed once. When I've turned the ignition on but let it in park I hear the same clicking sound. I've turned the knob that changes mode from 4lo, 4x4, and awd but this changed nothing. I was told the sound comes from the transfer case motor but none of the local dealerships can find anything wrong. Please investigate several of the on-line forums are full of these same type of issues with the same make, model, and year as mine; and even with the same dealership act of ignorance issues I experienced.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 4
Failure Date: 03/21/2018

The transfer case will make noise when unlocking the doors, it will also engage and change the awd by itself to 4lock when driving on the road. It can cause seriouse hard or accident. The airbags on both driver and passenger side light will engage and can cause seriouse harm. The fuel pump seems like it has an air bubble inside and shoots out gasoline and also can cause seriouse harm. All of these problems occurs when the vehicle is in motion and stationary. Please fix!!! recall!!! you have to hear the noise and drive when it happens.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 5
Failure Date: 03/05/2018

The transfer case make clicking counts when driving and while car is idle. It also makes these clicking noises while the car is off putting the car into 4 lo on its own. The car will sometimes shut off while driving low speeds and attempting to make a turn. The battery dies frequently after a week of not is use.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2011 Dodge Durango 6
Failure Date: 01/06/2018

The neutral button has became stuck which sends a message on the dash to shift in neutral for tow mode or to drive 3-5mph to put in low awd so I did according to owners manual and now the transfer case is stuck in neutral for towing behind RV neutral button is stuck so now it is unavailable to drive, which leads me to believe a faulty neutral switch if you read Dodge forums others have had same issues.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango 7
Failure Date: 09/22/2017

Transfer case can be heard engaging even when vehicle is locked and unoccupied. Engaging is sometimes triggered by the remote when locking/unlocking doors. 4 lo light started to flash then my back wheels locked up when I was driving 70 mph on the bypass with children in the truck. It is a miracle we didn't roll over, but another truck was forced off of the road while I used two lanes to try to control the Durango. I took the truck to the dealer and no one could find anything wrong with it (no active code). . . It drove fine for a few days then the srvc 4x4 light came on and the truck switched into neutral while trying to cross a street. . . I couldn't move in the middle of a busy intersection. Towed the truck to the shop. Shop stated they didn't know what to fix. Still no active code, truck seems fine. I drove it a few more days and now it has slipped into a lower gear. Cannot travel over 35 mph. . Parking, reverse and tight turns are very difficult. My take off speed is nearly nonexistent. Truck shifted back into neutral on its own as I was making a right hand turn. I shut off and restarted the truck three times. All three times it sounded like a stun gun sparking behind my dash and it lit up with a white light from inside. The instrument panel cluster has failed. Recall g07: instrument panel cluster: known to overheat and catch fire. The recall was performed on my truck in 2007, there was no warranty on the replacement part. Dealership will not help. I am so sorry I bought this truck. Please. . . Why is Chrysler only responsible for fixing a recall one time/vehicle? they know it will fail again. It did, has and will continue to fail. Numerous owners have the same problem. . . Replacing transfer cases, cpu modules and their problems do not go away because their problem is a difficult to diagnose recalled instrument panel cluster that will never code and tell on itself.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2011 Dodge Durango 8
Failure Date: 08/17/2017

The transfer case in my vehicle recently had an issue. The internal chain would slip on acceleration and the rate of acceleration would be limited by this event. It would occur on mild to hard acceleration but slow acceleration it was not noticed or did not occur. My theory is on mild to hard acceleration more power is transferred to the front wheels thus putting more energy into the failing chain causing the slip. You could hear and feel the deep thud/clicking noise as this happened. Because it limited acceleration this is potentially hazardous when crossing freeways with cars going 50-70 mph and you need to make a crossover. My family does this daily. The repair was delayed because the mechanic could not obtain the parts. The part was not available from the mopar dealership network anywhere. The mechanic eventually had to locate a used part, arrange delivery, and rebuild a functioning transfer case from my old one and the salvaged part. The mechanic told me that the transfer case has a high failure rate and that is why the part was difficult to obtain, the cost was considerably more, and the repair ran several extra days. His initial estimate for the repair was $1600. The final bill was $2500. The vehicle was delivered on the Thursday morning 8/17/17 with an expected diagnosis by the end of the next day. On 8/18/17 the employees told me about the issue with the part. The vehicle was returned on 8/14/17 approximately 2 days longer than expected because of the part availability.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 9
Failure Date: 07/13/2017

"takata recall" I took the Durango to orange coast Dodge in costa mesa to fix the recall. They inserted a diagnostic device that showed that the air bag system was off line. No warning light was showing on the dash. When starting the vehicle the airbag light and the restraint system indicators on the dash light up for a few seconds then go off. The dealer ran a diagnostics and found that the airbag system was not initialized and that the warning light does not come on because the vehicle computer cannot connect to the system. He said its as if the system is not installed. The service associate said that he's seen this before and doesn't know for sure how it happens - maybe a voltage spike or battery issue. They performed the recall, initialized the system, tested and say everything works. Cost me $155. How will I know for sure that my airbags are online if the indicators don't show me? I had a front end collision in the vehicle in 2015 and the airbags did not deploy - see attached photo. After the collision the transfer case motor was stuck in 4 wheel drive mode even though the switch is in awd position. At no time have I seen any indicator on the dash that shows the air bags or restraint system not working.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 10
Failure Date: 07/03/2017

Started with the ser 4 wheel drive light coming on intermitly . . Then passenger side window intermitly stops working . . Next the transfer case motor switches all by its self into 4 wheel lock and 4 wheel lo with no lights on the dash. . When its in 4 wheel lock its very hard to drive and turning almost imposable this creates a very unsafe condition when your driving when its in lock you can barely get out of a parking spot or get turned around even more scary on the road when it shifts all by its self . . Many times no lights on the dash to tell you it has changed . . . Other time while driving at highway speeds the 4 lock of 4 lo lights come on . . Very dangerous . . . Sometime the key fob also makes the transfer case motor change when the truck is not even running.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 11
Failure Date: 05/01/2017

Vehicle switches into 4x4 with vehicle turned off Chrysler says they don't know what's wrong but if you go to car gurus . Com lots and lots of people have this problem and no one will help us cause is transfer case motor engages on its own causing our car to lock 4x4 and yes vehicle will skid around corners and is dangerus.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 12
Failure Date: 03/25/2017

The transfer case puts itself into 4 wheel drive while driving. It also seems to be affected by the door locking mechanism as you can hear the transfer case moving. When it's in 4 wheel drive it makes turning very difficult and dangerous because it just won't turn. I am grounding this vehicle and will have it towed to Dodge but after reading all the posts about these vehicles it appears Dodge doesn't know how to fix it either.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2008 Dodge Durango 13
Failure Date: 03/09/2017

Gas tank spits fuel back out and over flows no detect automatically when close to full no warnings given , transfer case malfunction dropped out of gear while driving down the road and refused to go back into any gear.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 14
Failure Date: 01/15/2017

The vehicle doesn't want to drive like the brake is on this happens even worse when trying to turn. The service 4 wheel drive light is on. I got on a forum and was blown away by all the people having the same problem. Some say electrical some say transfer case. They was 2005 or all in this area. The vehicle only has 69000 miles on it.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 15
Failure Date: 01/03/2017

Driving the Durango the vehicle will shift into 4 wheel low at any speed,also when I turn the car off and take out the key you can hear the transfer case or transfer case motor engaging,also the service 4wd system light blinks on and off all the time. Dodge dealer have no clue whats wrong.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 16
Failure Date: 12/30/2016

Two days ago I was driving down the highway about 75 mph when my service 4 wheel drive light came on and then it switched itself into 4 wheel drive by itself. And then I herd a load pop and it started smoking. I managed to get pulled over while it was yanking me to the left the hole time. I popped the hood to fined what smelled like burned tranny fluid all over my engine. I managed to move the vehicle to the exit in front of me and had it towed from the gas station back home. I had my mechanic from the car lot I bought it from come and take a look he said the transfer motor was ready a faulty voltage and triggered the 4 wheel drive and going 75 mph when it engaged blew my transfer case and maybe more. He have to get it back to the shop to find out more. I looked on several forums to find that for over the past 5 yrs a lot of Dodge Durango owners have had the same issue and have spent thousands to fix an issue that obviously was a defect from the factory. They replaced front control module, transfer case, transfer case motor and had it rewired. Some did part and later had to do it all just to fix. If I had not had durby driving experience when this happened I could have been killed. I feel this is a major safety issue for the people that don't have knowledge of controlling a vehicle that you have shift on its own and put you all over the road. . Read more...

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 17
Failure Date: 10/03/2016

Several incidents of uncommanded engagement of the four wheel drive from the all wheel drive mode. No indication at the dash or at the switch located on the dash. This has occurred while in motion at highway speeds and while the vehicle is stopped and turned off (the sound of the transfer case servo motor operating is quite obvious). This presents a very dangerous situation since engagement of the 4wd at highway speeds, particularly when the road surface is slippery, could easily results in lose of control.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 18
Failure Date: 09/02/2016

The transfer case will shift into 4 wheel drive on it's on. This happens when the vehicle is off and I unlock or lock the doors with the key fob. It also happens when the vehicle is in motion. It is unpredictable and happens very frequently. This is not very safe and can also cause very expensive damage to the powertrain.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango 19
Failure Date: 05/03/2016

The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Durango. While driving 50 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle jerked, attempted to shift into neutral, and failed to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. An independent mechanic suggested that the failure could be due to a faulty transfer case. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 175,000.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 20
Failure Date: 05/01/2016

While driving, turning, parked, vehicle on or off, the 4wd selector will switch between awd, 4lock and 4lo. The svc4wd light sometimes blinks after start up, sometimes while driving. This happens in park, neutral or drive and the transfer case motor can be heard switching under the vehicle. . Read more...

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 21
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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 22
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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 23
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 24
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 25
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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