Why is it so tough to shift into 4WD (4H, 4L) in my truck
I just bought a 2004 dodge ram, never checked out the 4WD feature like an
idiot. While sitting in my driveway I tried shifting into 4H, 4L and 2H. It would
shift at times but with a lot of force and with a sort of grinding sound at times.
Am i shifting wrong or is there something wrong with the truck? Very nervous
about this. I would appreciate any information.
I don't know if you have electric shift or manual shift but it can take a lot of force to manually shift in and out of 4WD. If you move the truck a little backwards or forwards it can become easier and all it takes is a little practice. Shifting into 4L usually means putting the trans in neutral and shifting while fully stopped. Your owners manual will explain all the specifics for your truck.
Thank you for the response! It is a manual shift, so its normal for it to be tough?? It didnt come with owners manual but I can buy one online and look through it. Even if just 4L worked I would be happy, not too many times where I would need 4H. Ill play around with it and try the things you mentioned. Thanks Full of Regrets.
Shifting a manual transfer case can be a pain in the donkey and can require some muscle which is probably why most are now electric shift. With practice you can usually find a sweet spot where it is easier by slipping the clutch and moving the truck a little. I personally use 4 high the most if I am out on the road and the snow is less than a foot deep. I use low range for off road and plowing snow.
If your truck has shift on the fly you can shift into 4 high up to about 50mph if the hubs are locked in. My Toyota would shift really easy when driving. This might help - http://justgivemethedamnmanual.com/dodge/dodge-ram-owners- manuals
Manual here too - http://www.ramtrucks.com/en/owners/manuals/
Thank you so much for all your help. I really do appreciate it. I will check out the manual throughly tomorrow and test everything you have told me. You the man full of regrets!
Best wishes to you!
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