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Old 02-12-2010, 01:59 PM
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Default Ok new guy here but got quick question first,

Well been trying to research this but with little luck, I have my boss asking about a way to repair or modify his sons 01 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 gas as it takes a long time (delays) the engagement or either the front axle or transfer case.
And as it happens I have chance to pick up a similar truck with similar issue and owner is selling it cheap.
Is this a problem within the axle or the transfer case.
Both state it delays like 15 to 30 seconds but eventually engages.
I know GM used to have the heated gas cylinder that took forever to engage back in 80s with shift on the fly.
I am a technician but have yet to see either vehicle and we just havent busy in shop to see any of this model.
I am not completely ignorant of Dodge as my father had a 98 2500 diesel before he passed away.
BUT it never delayed engaging.
So my question is there something I cant see from the Mitchel /Alldata info (ie I need to see truck or it is normal?
Thanks and may be lurking around also and if anyone needs diag advice give me a email or pm.
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I'd start by checking all the vacuum lines going to the transfer case switch, axles and check the switch itself as it's a fairly common failure.
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As with the tech. of the time, vacuum was used to engage the left and right axles. Lockouts would have been better. Anyway, the transfercase is lever actuated, it the axle not engauging. Check for vac. at the axle motor or accuvator. Low? check for leaks. There are only 3 things really. The switch on T.case, vac. lines, and/or axle Hope this helps. Ramcharger32348
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