97 Dodge Ram 1500 pic up

Asked by Mar 21, 2016 at 08:54 PM about the 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 2 Dr LT 4WD Standard Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi , I have a 97 Dodge Ram 1500 pic up , when I
use 4 wheel truck start locking up , and if I am
making a turn it gets worse , I checked all my axle
joints and drive shafts , they all good , so I had my
transfercase rebuilt , it's doing the same thing ,
rebuilder gave me a nother unit , doing the same
thing , any ideas plz , thx

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86,815

Did it just start doing this or has it been steady getting worse. Oversize tires can amplify this feeling especially in turns, make sure all the tires are the same size. Double check the front and rear gear ratios, they should match or the front be 1/10th faster than the rear. Example: rear 4.10 front 4.09

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It just start , this happend in January, after the snow storm we had , until that it was fine

86,815

Ok then I would start by checking the front differentials bearings, both wheel and differentials, something I have only seen once is water got into a differential and started corroding everything inside making it harder and harder to operate smoothly. Is it possible you went through some big water in the past?

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I had check all that also , opend frount and rear differential, frount axles , drive shafts are perfectly fine ,

86,815

Have you physically checked the ratio coming out of the transfer case? They should match exactly turn for turn, I know you stated that it was switched out twice but you never know a rebuilder may not have paid attention when it was put back together. Something has caused the change, axle bearings, brake drag, bent housing tube.

I have checked all the axles and tubes also , they looking good , I am also suspecting the rebuilder screwup , even Thoe he is saying no

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That's what I'm thinking also, that is why I mentioned checking the transfer case ratio front to rear drivelines.

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