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transfer case problems

I've got a 2001 dakota quadcab with the 244d awd transfer case and i'm pretty sure its going bad. It started off with a low rumble this morning and within a mile it was making a squealing/howling/gravel in a dryer sound that was worse when you hit the throttle but eventually was all the time. The service 4wd light came and went a few times but when I locked it in 4wd high or low they both worked. I pulled the fill plug but didn't see any metal at all. Any ideas? Also could I swap in a 233(?) t-case so I could get a little better mileage? If so does the wiring or computers need swapped? Also can I pull the front shaft and drive without problems?

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I've got a 2001 dakota quadcab with the 244d awd transfer case and i'm pretty sure its going bad. It started off with a low rumble this morning and within a mile it was making a squealing/howling/gravel in a dryer sound that was worse when you hit the throttle but eventually was all the time. The service 4wd light came and went a few times but when I locked it in 4wd high or low they both worked. I pulled the fill plug but didn't see any metal at all. Any ideas? Also could I swap in a 233(?) t-case so I could get a little better mileage? If so does the wiring or computers need swapped? Also can I pull the front shaft and drive without problems?
Sounds like the front drive shaft CV joint is taking a dump. Pull the front shaft, put it in 4wd so the truck will move and see if the sound is still there.

Switching to a 233 won't gain you much since in 2wd all the parts in the front still turn.

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Sounds like the front drive shaft CV joint is taking a dump. Pull the front shaft, put it in 4wd so the truck will move and see if the sound is still there.

Switching to a 233 won't gain you much since in 2wd all the parts in the front still turn.
I'll do that after work tomorrow. Will it be safe to drive much with it out if no noise? Also the tag says new process 244d not new venture?
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I'll do that after work tomorrow. Will it be safe to drive much with it out if no noise? Also the tag says new process 244d not new venture?
You can drive the truck like that forever, and it won't hurt anything.

New Process and New Venture are the same companies. Just a name change is all.
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Will it be safe to drive much with it out if no noise? Also the tag says new process 244d not new venture?
Not as long as you have it in 4wd so the center diff in the t-case is locked.

New Process/New Venture are the same company.

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Sounds like the front drive shaft CV joint is taking a dump. Pull the front shaft, put it in 4wd so the truck will move and see if the sound is still there.

Switching to a 233 won't gain you much since in 2wd all the parts in the front still turn.
You win a prize!! The cv joint was crunchy! Took the shaft out, boot ripped and no grease. Also the tranny shop that did my rebuild lastyear left the wiring harness lay across the joint and it ate through some wires.
Anyway, does anybody reman these? Advanced or autozone?
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Search here first:

www.car-part.com

Last time I needed CV axles I got them for $33/each from my favorite local wrecker.
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www.car-part.com

Last time I needed CV axles I got them for $33/each from my favorite local wrecker.
I tried car-part.com and the closest to me was 126 miles away and they wanted $200. Advanced sells a reman for $309 so I guess thats what i'll do.
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When I first read your post I thought you were talking about a CV axle, and not the CV joint in the driveshaft. My mistake.
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The shaft from advanced came with a u joint at both ends and a sticker on it saying the problematic cvs are replaced with ujoints and spin balanced to 3500 rpm. Well I read on ebay the same thing from a place selling the shafts but they did not recommend them for awd applications. And it turns out i'm getting a vibration from about 65-70 mph on up, and even a little bit when braking to a stop. So should I have a cv shaft instead? Will this ruin my transfer case front bearing?? I'm worried.
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Any ideas? Anybody got a 2wd t-case they want to get rid of?
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Any ideas? Anybody got a 2wd t-case they want to get rid of?
There aren't any. 2wd's have tail housings on the back of the transmission instead of a transfer case.
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There aren't any. 2wd's have tail housings on the back of the transmission instead of a transfer case.
lol, a t-case thats capable of 2wd rather than awd.
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