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?
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: Hood won't open in 2005 Ford Taurus

More than likely, the hood release cable is stretched. When this happens, there isn't enough tension on the cable to pull the hood hatch when the release lever is pulled. The hood latch can usually be accessed from below the...

Q: Check engine light code P1445

Hi Kirby. The P1445 OBD-II trouble code typically indicates an issue with the secondary air injection system; which is an emission system that pumps fresh air into the exhaust system. The pump and air intake for the system is located...

Q: Speedometer stuck at 120 mph and 4WD not functioning

Hey there. It may help to find the fuse for the instrument cluster, remove it for 10 minutes or so, then re-insert the fuse. Chevrolet appears to have had a "customer goodwill" repair available for this if your vehicle had...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.