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Hope not, but try someplace like AAMCO for free dig and estimate. Then make the decision.
There should be a connector under the drivers seat, yellow in color, with 2 wires in it. Disconnect the battery and let it sit to discharge the airbag system. Clean that connection and use some dielectric grease then reassemble. Try that, might have to clear the code and see if it goes away.
It needs to have the transfer case scanned to find the fault.
Are you referring to the metal looking nipple the pipe locks in to.
Well to be honest; Those are prone for different issues, and trying to duplicate the cause and it is an intermittent issue, what answer can he honestly give. When it won't start and just sitting there, that would be easier to find. Possibilities could be a crank sensor breaking down, a computer glitch, bad connection in the wiring, and several other things. I know it's worrisome but if it were me, I would probably ask you to leave it and let us drive it until the fault happened to determine what is happening at the time of the failure.
Is the rear window washer working, just asking.
As stated earlier, test the dimmer switch, that's what I would check at this point.
Possible dimmer switch issue.
Yes Mercon five would be great.
Yes, will have to relocate the knock sensor.