I cant shift into 4wheel drive at all on 96 dodge 1500

Nathan Ellsworth
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Asked by Nathan Feb 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM about the 1996 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 2 Dr ST 4WD Extended Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just bought a 96 dodge ram 1500 with 123,000 miles on it, it wont shift into 4
wheel drive. I put truck in neutral and the floor shifter wont move at all. Is there
anything i can do to lube it or check to see whats wrong without going to a
mechanic??

7 Answers

Nick Bobb
425

it sounds like the linkage for the transfer case is seized. try lubricating it with a penetrating oil like pb blaster, and trying to then move it, if it doesnt free up then youll need a new shift linkage

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canalbreath
405

Do you mean 4 high ,4 low or both. To shift into 4 high your transmission should be in drive (D) under 55 mph. 4 low is when you should be stopped with the transmission in neutral(N).

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canalbreath
405

Sorry forgot to add that Nick answer could be right as well , but whatever it is, you should never have to force it as hard as you can. So don't try that.

Nathan Ellsworth
35

i havent tried it while in drive and where do i lubricate it? I will try moving to 4 high while in drive. thanks

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Nick Bobb
425

get under your truck and coming through the cab floor and attaching to the transfercase will be your shift linkage

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Nathan Ellsworth
35

alright, i tried it in drive and same result, i will check under the truck. thanks fellas

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canalbreath
405

Yeah sorry it wasn't that easy !!! There could be a branch or anything jammed in the linkage keeping it from moving freely and or something hit it and bent it. I've never seen linkage corroded solid but i suppose if it were never used that could very well happen.

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