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Old 12-30-2009, 12:54 AM
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Default Hello everyone, new here and got a transfer case question

So I bought my first ram (97 4x4 ext cab short bed 5.2 AT 1500) and did the normal 4x4 engage hi / lo turn wheels and get the bucking to show its all working... etc, I romped on it in a straight line and didn't notice anything when I bought it...

now its the first snow and I went out to play and in 4hi I got a big clank on hard accel.

I have sense did some testing and it only seems to happen in 4hi when the pedal is on the floor from takeoff around a corner, and in 4lo when I am in it at lease half throttle or better and it did make multiple clanks in this situation... so I started to check drive line stuff etc. It doesn't do it at all in 2wd. The truck is on 33 12.50 R15 procomp x terrain mt's and has a 3 in BODY lift, nothing really affecting the suspension that I can tell.

I had a friend who builds transmissions give it a listen and he said it sounds like the t case also. we think possibly the chain.

My question to you all experienced dodge folks is, do you think that the chain could be jumping? I have yet to lift it up and check the rear axle vs the front for chain slack, but anyone else have anything similar? I know the 4x4 is engaging as this last now the truck would sit n spin in 2wd...

I know its hard to explain sounds over the forum, but I am a pretty experienced DIY mechanic and it does not sound like a clunk from the u joints or diff /axles. I am pretty certain it is in the transfer case, but up to any suggestions you all could provide for diagnosing without a tear-down...

thanks for looking.
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I'd check the U joints at both ends of the front driveshaft.
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Glad you joined us and welcome to the Z for Rams from Baltimore . Check the u-joints first (f&r) . Check the fluid in the transfer case . Should be trans fluid . Only holds about 1 1/2 quarts . Might not be a bad idea to pull the drain plug and see how it looks . Have someone stand outside the vehicle and view the front driveshaft , see if it's turning when in 4x4 . Theres a couple of checks for ya . Let us know what you come up with . Any pictures of your truck ? Any mods done or plans for future mods ? Any of your friends have Rams ? Tell them about us . We would love to have them . You will find this site is full of a lot of talented people . So if theres any question that you need answered , just shoot away . Talk to ya soon . Tom
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