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Old 01-23-2011, 12:51 PM
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Well - I finally got back here after a few weeks. My problem w/ my PU is with the vacuum pump and lines that operate the 4WD system (obviously on the front axle). 4WD doesn't engage very quickly when shifted at the transfer case - dealer checked it and said vacuum pump needed rebuild plus lines are probably in need of replacement. Throw in a differential and transfer case service and I'm in $1100.

That's too much for my pocket so I'll need to do it myself. Any pointers on the diff/transfer case service? Or the other work for that matter?

Especially interested in diagrams/directions for replacement/rebuilding the pump.

OR - I've seen an aftermarket sit that does away w/ the whole vacuum CAD system (forget the name right now) - it even provides you w/ 2WD low. Anyone have experience/opinions about what route to take? BTW - the aftermarket setup costs about what I'll pay for OEM parts.

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There is a conversion kit to make the front axle mechanically controlled . The transfer case and differential service shouldn't cost a arm and a leg to do . I think the conversion is about $200.00 for the kit . Heres a link to the kit . http://www.4x4posi-lok.com/app_dodge.html . I'm not up on my diesels I'd be careful if they say the vacuum pump needs to be rebuilt . It may supply vacuum to other components also .
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:52 PM
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There is a conversion kit to make the front axle mechanically controlled . The transfer case and differential service shouldn't cost a arm and a leg to do . I think the conversion is about $200.00 for the kit . Heres a link to the kit . http://www.4x4posi-lok.com/app_dodge.html . I'm not up on my diesels I'd be careful if they say the vacuum pump needs to be rebuilt . It may supply vacuum to other components also .

Hey Tom,

Thanks for the response - I think posi-lok was the kit I referred to. Do you know if it is "reputable"? There's plenty of crap out there so I'm just wary.

The dealer feels my vacuum is inadequate hence the pump rebuild ($128 parts & $238 labor) and suggested replacement of the plastic vacuum lines ($70 parts & $159 labor). Throw in $329 labor for Front/Rear differential service and $50 for transfer case and ba boom over $1000 (even $77 tax). I don't see why they'd suggest rebuilding the pump when you can just buy one for almost nothing.

So your concern is over whether the vacuum system that runs the 4WD system may also be hooked to something else that requires vacuum that may be impacted if I go with the posi-lok setup? Don't think so but hadn't really looked into that.
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