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Old 12-18-2010, 04:29 PM
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Default 4X4 not working along with loud clanging noise

Ok so when I got this truck (2000 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 360) the 4X4 didn't work however when you put in 4X4 the front drive shaft locks up like it is engaged, however it will not go to the wheels any ideas?
Clanking noise. I thought it was my universal Joints (U-Joints) however it's coming from the transfer case and I'm not sure how to check the fluid in there or if it's already clanking when I shift from reverse to drive or vise versa if that means it's to late.

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To check the fluid, remove the fill plug and fluid level should be at the bottom of the hole.
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If it is low and I fill it will it stop the noise or does that mean it's to late?
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No not necessarily. But its a start to finding out if it is the cause of the problem.
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Man I have the same issue, gonna check the fluid today, and I will let you know if it help...
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I added fluid to both transfer case and pumpkins and still having the same problems. I am thinking of switching out my eletronic 4 wheel drive to lock in. Does anyone know how much this would cost and if it is a smart move or not?
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The transfer case takes transmission fluid . It only holds a little over one quart . I would still strongly recommend changing out the fluid . Check out the vacuum switch on top of the transfer case and actuator on the front axle . Even though the transfer case may be going into 4x4 the front axle gets it's vacuum signal to the actuator to lock in the front axle from the switch on top of the transfer case . It's all controlled from hard plastic vacuum lines . So check the vacuum lines also . They may be broken .
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I put transmission fluid in the transfer case and gear oil in the pumpkins. There are 2 vacuum lines going from the transfer case to the actuator. A red and black line. The red has vacuum however the black has nothing I'm not sure if that is correct or not. Also how do I test the actuator?
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