Software Update and Axle Disconnect Actuator Replacement to Correct 4WD Issues on Dodge Ram 1500

Problem Description and Possible Solution

If the vehicle will not shift into, or out of four wheel drive, and the "Serv 4WD" warning light is illuminated, the front axle disconnect actuator may need replacement and a power module (TIPM) may need a software update.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 99,098 (47,956–243,000)
Drive Train affected: 4WD
7 model years affected: 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, more2008, 2009, 2010
50 people reported this problem
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My truck isnt engaging 4x4 my light just flashes i can here it tring to.took it to firestone and the actuator is what they came up with
wont go to into 4 wheel drive high or low with electronic transfer case. lights just blink.
Truck is stuck in 4 wheel auto will not go into 2x4
Front 4X4 drive axle intermittrnly engages when the switch is placed in either of the 3 4x4 mopdes. The 4WD Serv. light comes on shortly after, and after turning the ignition to off, it resets itself and cancels the 4wd serv light. This in an intermitten problem but makes for a very unreliable 4x4.
Service 4 WD light is on. Won't shift out of 4 WD
9 times out of 10 truck will not switch into 4wd, if it does it then does not want to shift back into 2wd easily. Friend who owns a shop has concluded that the TPIM is bad. I have one on order.
Won't go into 4 wheel drive.
Front disconnect actuator does not disengage smoothly.
Same issue, repair every year
Four wheel drive light flashing but transfer case is working the front end won't pull
My 06 1500 Hemi Quad Sport with Auto 4X4 had the front axle disconnect motor replaced when the vehicle was stuck in 4X4 with the check 4X4 light on and would not go out electronically with the dash select switch. I purchased the vehicle used with 98,000 miles 2 years ago from a used car lot. Brough it to a Dodge dealership and they installed a new motor and re-flashed the computer. However, after the repair the 4X4 light came on and stayed on when the system was engaged in Auto 4X4, but the fix did disengage when selected back to 2X4 but the dealership told me it could get stuck again and that the 4X4 drive computer had a short or a problem and needed to be replaced. The cost of the repair would be $775.00. I asked if we could find one use, and if I could install it myself and they told me it would have to be the exact model, year and options to match. And who knows if the used one was faulty as well....And would need the dealership to flash it after installation. Convinced, I had them install a new drive computer. The unit is actually part and intergrated with the main curcuit box located under the hood. They installed and flash it, took all day and could not get the new one to program. They ordered another one and this time it worked! My 4X4 now goes in and out as it was designed. I spoke to the previous owner and he had the same problem and the Dealership said they were working on a fix at that time, his delealership eventually went under during the Auto crises so he lost hope and decided to trade it in for a Chevy. My guess is that the used car dealership I purchased the Ram from changed originally the actuator and hoped for the best. Dodge told me the only other reason why the 4X4 would not engage or disingage is a faulty drive computer which shorted out the actuator. Hope this helps those who experienced the same problem as I could not locate any posts on the drive computer during the time of the problem.
Stuck in 4x4 will not disengage back to 2wd.
4 wheel drive high and low will not engage and the light on the knob just flashes
failure of tipum and integrated power module
Won't go into or out of 4WD, Serv 4WD light is on
first the transfer case motor..... now this ...come on man!!!!!
After turning the dial to 4WD, the light would blink several times, stop, and then blink several more times before staying off. My mechanic changed one of the 4WD motors, but that did not fix the problem. After discussing it with someone from Chrysler, it was determined that it was a faulty actuator. The part was changed and the 4WD started working (I think...because a week later the engine ceased before I got to drive it and check it out.)
Light comes on flashes, stops flashing comes back on. May not come on for days then it happens again.
serv 4wd light came on this morning when I started my truck it was not on when I shut it off.
4lo indicator started blinking at a stop light. Then went off. Over the next 1000 miles the 4lo and 4 hi indicator lights would intermittently blink and go out without even touching the 4wd knob. Then the service 4wd light would ding on and go off and over and over. Then the hubs started engaging and disengaging at random. Sometimes I'd hit the lock or unlock button on my key fob and they would just start clicking while the truck was sitting in the parking lot! With the keys in my pocket! Then it started locking it self into 4lo or hi at its own discression randomly and the knob does nothing to disengage. Now, 24 hrs after replacing my transmission ($4000) my truck is in my driveway stuck in 4wd. Needless to say I'm pissed, my wife will never trust me to pick out a vehicle again, and I still owe over 15k on the loan. Pretty awesome.