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Dodge Quad 2004 4x4 1500 question

12-27-2010, 10:48 PM
I have a Dodge 2004 Quad 4x4. 1500.
I was out plowing the big storm and noticed that my 4x4 works but no light on the dash to let me know I'm in 4X4. Am I wrong or right there is an idiot light on the dash that is suppose to light to let you know you are in 4 wheel drive?

Chris Stewart
12-28-2010, 10:02 AM
Mine has a light that comes on.
I believe the switch is on the axle engagement piece, on the passenger side front axle tube. You might check to see if it's come unplugged.

12-28-2010, 10:15 AM

I went out this morning with the truck. I started it up and the 4x4 lite is on and now is working when I go from 2 wheel to 4 wheel. I will have to check as you stated on the switch on the axle when the warm weather comes too cold to look now. As long as the 4 wheel is working I'm fine.

the 2004 do not have a straight axle independent would it be in the same side as you mentioned

thanks for the info

Chris Stewart
12-28-2010, 10:46 AM
I just looked at an '05 manual and it shows your independent front suspension but the info is cryptic as is normal these days.
It looks like the position sensor on the transfer case turns the light off and on.

12-28-2010, 11:06 AM
I also have the manuals from 2001 -2007 all on pdf. I was able to locate my transfer case but they do not show anything about a switch on the case for the 4x4 light. Like I said mine is working now and makes me think it is maybe a lose connector or maybe corroded and needs to be cleaned. I will check when the spring comes or if the ground in my driveway clears up. Just got hit with 19 inches of snow from Sunday -Monday here in Boston

Chris Stewart
12-28-2010, 11:24 AM
Check out page 2145 & 2146 of your '04 service manual.

01-05-2011, 11:19 AM

Thursday got in the truck and no 4x4 light. I did the Press and hold odometer/trip reset button, while still holding turn key to run position. This will enter test mode. All dash lights will illuminate and gauges will do a self check. and no 4x4 light is lit. Has anyone ever changed one of these lights on the dash. And if so where can the bulb/light be bought?

I was just under the truck about 1/2 hour ago and all the wiring looked good plugs looked good. I moved the plugs on the transfer case and shot some oil on them to see if there is any corrosion. I guess its a minor thing since the 4x4 works. Looks like a spring time job to remove the cluster and see if it can be replaced.

01-05-2011, 12:49 PM
I was just watching a video on You tube.

I did see the person do the test of the gauges and did not see his 4x4 light light up. If someone has a 2004-2005 1500 4x4 can you please do the check gauges for me an see if the 4x4 light is suppose to light up. Just hold in the odometer button and turn the key on. Your gauges will do a check and all light will light up. Under the tach will be the 4x4 light you can see the lettering even if not lit up.
Can you please see if this lights up in your truck.
This will let me know if it suppose to light up in the check test mode and eliminate me taking the dash apart.
I then can focus on the switch on the transfer case.

thanks for any help

01-06-2011, 07:16 AM
My 03 1500 manual says if you put a snow plow on it it could set off the air bag. Did that change after 03 or are you just calling their bluff?

01-06-2011, 07:24 AM

why are you hijacking this thread we are not talking about airbags? We are talking about the 4x4 switch on the transfer case.
Please post your question in the airbag section

01-06-2011, 10:36 AM
No hijack intended. My question was not about airbags. It was about by adding a plow to your truck and setting off the airbags. My question remains if any one knows. Does the 04 1500 owners manual say not to install a snow plow or did they take that statement out of the manual in 04? Inquiring minds want to know.

01-10-2011, 10:11 AM
HMMMMMMM..... I guess I am the only one who reads his owner's manual.

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