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Transfer Case Problems of Dodge Durango - part 1

Dodge Durango owners have reported 46 problems related to transfer case (under the power train category).

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 1
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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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 2
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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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango 3
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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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 4
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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 5
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 6
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 7
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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango 8
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 9
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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango 10
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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 11
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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 12
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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 13
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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 14
Failure Date: 07/02/2013

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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2007 Dodge Durango 15
Failure Date: 06/05/2013

The contact owns a 2007 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that the all wheel drive would engage independently without any warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the transfer case and switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,000 and the current mileage was 160,000.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 16
Failure Date: 04/01/2013

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!.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2004 Dodge Durango 17
Failure Date: 02/18/2013

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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 18
Failure Date: 12/17/2012

At various times for no particular reason, the vehicle switches in and out of 4-wheel high and low. The issue began with it off, there was a audible mechanical shifting coming from what appeared to be the transfer case. After that the issue began getting worse and worse, several mechanics have looked at it and were unable to identify what the issue was. Recently, the vehicle has begun shifting into neutral at 45 mph+, at that point a loud metal grinding sound begins and does not stop until the vehicle is slowed to < 25 mph when the vehicle slams into gear, which is usually 4 wheel low. The vehicle will no longer shift into any chosen mode, it chooses its own mode at random. At times if the vehicle is stuck in 4 wheel low putting it into neutral and then into reverse can help to switch the vehicle back into awd or at lease 4 wheel high.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2007 Dodge Durango 19
Failure Date: 11/14/2012

The contact owns 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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 20
Failure Date: 11/06/2012

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.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 21
Failure Date: 09/01/2012

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).

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2011 Dodge Durango 22
Failure Date: 06/21/2012

Power train thump and shudder, constantly complained to dealership, did not take any action until recently (Jan 2014 with approximately 58,000 miles), when the automatic 4 wheel drive would not engage in poor winter driving conditions. No codes related to to the problem, I drove the vehicle and demonstrated the problem. Dealer could not recreate problem when Chrysler technician came to service location. It is likely the system was reset to learn mode, transmission did not display problem during learn mode. Rebuilt the transmission and replaced the transfer case (over 9 weeks in the shop). Problem may have been solved, but have not been able to drive the vehicle due to weather and business travel. The transmission in this year is a mercedes unit, effectively a bastard step child with no ongoing technical support. . The drive train integration with engine controls and diagnostics dangerously ineffective.

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car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango 23
Failure Date: 05/18/2012

At random times, including while sitting in the driveway, the transfer case on my 2006 Dodge Durango awd will engage the 4wd. It can happen while sitting in the driveway when you insert the key and before you start the engine. It also makes the clicking sound as if it is engaging when you unlock the doors (possible electrical problem?) it can also happen when driving while turning a corner, such as the sharp corners in a drive-thru. The effect is such that one wheel locks up as if one front wheel has the emergency brake on. When going straight there is no issue. I have researched on the internet and found forums where others are having the same exact problem. The problem is that it is random and intermittent, and difficult to reproduce at the dealership. Often their response is to simply replace one or more of the three main components without verifying that is the issue. This can be quite expensive for the owner and frustrating after spending large sums of money and the issue remains unsolved. I feel it is a safety issue because an inexperienced driver might have this issue in a drive-thru, and to overcome the lack of movement after pressing the gas pedal, they may rev the engine. This might overcompensate and cause the vehicle to dart forward into another car, or even into the building as the wheels are turned to go around the corner. If the 4wd disengages at the revving of the engine, this could also cause the vehicle to suddenly accelerate into another vehicle, pedestrian, or building.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2005 Dodge Durango 24
Failure Date: 03/15/2012

4x4 locks up when turning end result broke my transfer case.

car image   Transfer Case problem of the 2006 Dodge Durango 25
Failure Date: 01/01/2012

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!.