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Transfer Case options for Dakota

Discussion in 'Dakota, 1998-2013 Durango and Aspen' started by fredF, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. fredF

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    I have a 2000 Dakota 4x4 with a 4/7L automatic.
    The transfer case is binding real bad, runs fine in 2wd.
    The case is a NP 231 D. I went to the junk yard but they only had 3 Dakotas.

    My question is "what other vehicles might have the same transfer case? They have plenty of Durangos, Rams, and Jeeps."

    Or, is there another case that will easily interchange? I don't want to do any modifications if I can avoid that.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Bob Lincoln

    Bob Lincoln "CHECK FAULT CODES"
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    Did you check the fluid level first? Years ago I had a leak at the driveshaft seal to the transfer case.
     
  3. fredF

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    Yes. I replaced the fluid first when I got the truck.
     
  4. Bob Lincoln

    Bob Lincoln "CHECK FAULT CODES"
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    Then if it is not leaking (good idea to check now), there may be internal damage. It is a simple chain drive with a derailleur to engage and disengage, less rugged than one would think.
     
  5. ImperialCrown

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    Any mis-match in front-to-rear tire sizes or amount of treadwear? Does it bind on turns (crabwalk) at low speeds worse than going straight?
     
  6. AC TC

    AC TC Well-Known Member

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    Any 231d from a Durango or ram with the same tranny but look for a 242 instead. ( same models
    easily recognisable since it has a 4*4 fulltime or awd position that the 231 doesent.
    Just slam it into 4'4 full time and forget it.
     

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