2001 Ram 1500 ,, takes long to go into 4wd

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Asked by Oct 12, 2015 at 11:42 AM about the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 sport ,, & sometimes it takes long for the 4wd to kick in ..

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do you put it in neutral to switch to 4WD

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It's a manual trans ,, & sometimes I shift it into 4wd on the fly,, not a good habit ?

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nope, do you have the clutch in or are you in nutral when you change

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I always push in the clutch when engaging ,, it eventually goes into 4wd (can take a mile) ,, sometimes stays in ,, sometimes slips in & out

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try stopping all the way cause tha wheels are still turning when your moving and the gear knobs need to fit to gether or slow to about 3MPH

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I'll certainly give it a try ,,, I read elsewhere on here about the possibility of a vacum leak ,, & one time I heard the heater control flip to defrost (without rotating the control) ,, so maybe I better crawl under & check all the hoses... Any diagrams available for possible leaks?

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there should be on in the engine compartment on the upper radiator support or the bottom of the hood

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No ,, I have a shift lever next to the gear shift,, but thanks anyway..

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thanks ,, I'll look into that..

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Do you have a switch that looks like this? If so never never ever turn this knob 'on the fly' -http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/owners/manuals/ - Stop the truck THEN switch. This is a unique vehicle that has both 4X4 and AWD automatic AWD that will put power or brake to any wheel when slippage is detected by the wheel speed sensors, sent to ECU, and no driver input is needed. OR can be locked in to 4X4... but never on the fly. Read your owners manual .--- and is not vacuum operated, so a vacuum leak is not good of course but not the issue here

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somehow my replies got mixed up ,,, but thanks guys..

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these diagrams wii all go full screen

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awesome... thanks

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If you are going into 4x4 on the fly.(you should not own a truck)

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Thanks for the advise "nicecars12" ,,, (jackass)

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