Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Four-wheel-drive won't go into gear

asked by on

Four-wheel-drive won't go into gear.

Hello, there seems to be two common reasons behind why your Dodge Dakota will not engage its’ four wheel drive. The first reason is due to the wiring harness for the four wheel drive selector switch. Over time rubbing on the drive shaft causes it to break its’ connection, and prevents you from shifting your Dakota into four wheel drive. The harness will need to be replaced and rerouted safely by a certified mechanic to stop this problem from happening again in the future.

Another common reason I see four wheel drives not engaging is due to a failed four wheel drive selector switch. This switch is located on the transfer case, where it transfers power to the front wheels, allowing for the four wheel drive. Other, less common problems, could be behind why the four drive is not working on your Dodge Dakota so it is important to enlist the assistance of a certified mechanic for proper diagnosis of your gear-shifting issue.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Four-wheel-drive won't go into gear

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Hemi top end started making 5loud noise.

Hello. To answer you first question, yes, defective lifters can cause loud knocking noises to come from the cylinder heads. If any of the lifters get stuck or lack lubrication it may cause them to make a noise. The noise...

Q: Does not move forward or backward and I can hear a rattling sound. What is the problem?

If you had the driveshaft out to replace the U-joints, my question would be was there a problem present before you removed the driveshaft? If the problem did not happen until you removed the driveshaft, then you either have a...

Q: Four wheel drive light indicator came on, vehicle won't start now.

Hi there. Check the fuse box and see if any fuses blown out when replacing the low beam indicator. If all of the fuses are in good shape and work, then check the wires on the switch and see if...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...