Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Grinding noise in park truck wont move

asked by on

Driving down highway heard a clunk truck stopped driving and grinds in park like the park pin is engaging transfer case?

My car has 153999 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: From what is provided it definitely appears...

From what is provided it definitely appears that your Dodge Ram has suffered damage in the transfer case. From my experiences working with transfer cases, most transfer case problems can be resolved with a rebuild. There is a known weakness with the shifter fork found in the transfer case of Dodge Rams and this may be what your truck is experiencing.

I feel the best solution for this situation is to look around for a quality transmission shop to inspect the transfer case as well as the drive train. This is a major repair job that would be difficult to do anywhere else but an automotive shop. A reputable transmission and drive line specialist can give you a quote for the removal of the transfer case, including disassembly and inspection of the components.

Once inside the transfer case the damage can be assessed and repairs can move forward. Providing parts are readily available, this job will take a busy shop three to five days to complete. I find it helpful to find the top three businesses in my area that can help me and start with phone calls before deciding to tow your vehicle to a shop. Sometimes it's even a good idea to drive down there first to discuss your vehicles situation.

However, if you feel like you need a second opinion on this, feel free to contact a certified mechanic who can diagnose the source of the noise firsthand and at your own convenience.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Clutch doesn't come back up, 2001 Toyota Celica

Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 2001 Toyota Celica. There are a few things that may cause this situation. If the transmission starts to slip, there may be a problem in the hydraulic part of the system like...

Q: Water and sound

It is impossible to fully diagnose the issue with the information given. With the water pump being driven by the drive belt, if there was a fault that caused it to leak, the drive belt may make a clicking noise...

Q: Clunking sound while shifting from first to second gear - 1995 Jaguar XJS

Hello. There are several possibilities here. Two common causes could be a worn driveshaft universal joint or a worn or broken transmission or engine mount that is allowing the transmission and engine to move about too much - possibly hitting...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...