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Tried to shift into low today and my linkage came off. I got underneath and found where it connects and it's the connection between the last rod and the metal tab that comes off the transfer case itself. I also found a torn up grommet in the skid plate. Is this grommet the only piece I need to fix it? Is it a dealership part only?
 

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This is what I'm talking about. The grommet where the shift rod connects to the range lever. Does anyone know which way to orient the grommet? It appears one end of the grommet is tapered and the other end is flat. From the drawing it looks like the flat side is out.

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This isn't an uncommon failure. There may be posts about it here (search) but I know there are a few on dodgetalk.com
 

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This isn't an uncommon failure. There may be posts about it here (search) but I know there are a few on dodgetalk.com
Thanks. I've searched here and didn't come up with much. I also saw some stuff on Dodgetalk on it but no drawings so it's hard to determine if they're talking about the same thing. I think I'm okay though. I have what I believe to be the correct part on order from the dealership ($15.)
 

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Yeah, I saw some of those. It's strange that everyone keeps saying that they had 2 grommets. I only found one and it looks like only one would fit with the shift rod plugged into it. The space on the range lever is bigger than just one round grommet so I believe the grommet slides.
 

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I just got the new grommet today. Since I haven't been able to find pictures of this grommet anywhere, here are some. It does only go on one way, the hole on one side is larger than the other. The rod that fits into this grommet has a small ball at the end like a trailer hitch and that's what fits through the small hole. I'll be installing this over the weekend.
 

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All fixed.

OK, it's all fixed. Contrary to the links on the other sites you don't need 2 grommets, just one - part number 5017960-AA ($14.50.) You may need a second one (probably different) if something else in the linkage breaks, but only the one is needed to connect the selector lever to the shift rod.

Also, contrary to the info on those sites you don't need to remove the entire shifter assembly nor need worry about the position of the selector lever. The selector lever only goes on one way because it bolts on with a rectangular hole. Even if the shift selector moves during the process it doesn't matter, it only connects one way.

So first I noted how the grommet would fit on, the flat side goes towards the shift rod. The selector lever has some numbers stamped on to one side. That's the side that gets the flat part of the grommet and it faces the outside when installed.

Then I removed the shift lever, it's only held on by a single washer and nut. Once removed, I tried to press the grommet on by hand but it wasn't possible. I ended up having to use a vise and a large socket to get it on. That worked fine and didn't damage it.

Then I pushed the shift rod end into the grommet, it popped on easy with no tools required. The metal end of the rod sticks through the small side of the grommet which locks it in place.

The next step was to put the selector lever back on to the transfer case. It bolts back on with the single washer and nut, just make sure you get it "squared up" on the rectangle before you tighten it. Note, while tightening the selector lever will move (like it's supposed to for 4x4 selections), try to hold it still and continue to tighten back to what it was. It doesn't have to be super tight.

I went into the cab and moved the selector around to the different positions and it worked fine. I took it out for an off road test drive and it worked fine. No issues at all.

I hope this helps the next person who has this problem. I was lucky that mine broke in 2wd mode since I have the part-time 4x4 which locks the wheels.
 

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I have the 99 5.9 D and the linkage from the t case to the shifter underneath broke and fell off somewhere. How can I get the parts I need to get her back up and out of 4wd? The OEM part 52105250 is DC and nowhere online.
 

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Did mine last yr as far as bushings but consider that but was like $15 more on ebay.. i needed to cut my orig for the body lift so i was wanting a extra...thats how i know there out there ..use your yr and transfer case bushings in the search on ebay or a parts yard or Craigslist good luck
 

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Did mine last yr as far as bushings but consider that but was like $15 more on ebay.. i needed to cut my orig for the body lift so i was wanting a extra...thats how i know there out there ..use your yr and transfer case bushings in the search on ebay or a parts yard or Craigslist good luck
I hit the junkyard and found a bunch. I found the part and the bushings were still pretty good on the one I chose.

Now it's installed, the shifter is completely backwards and I still can't get 2Hi.

My top gear all the way forward is supposed to be 2Hi but once the rod is connected that position actually puts the tcase in 4Lo .

Tried putting the shifter in 4Lo and it'll get all the way to 4Hi PT but no 2Hi

What the heck would make it completely backwards like that ?
 

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Sounds like Maybe your transfer case has been changed out to a awd case what are the numbers on case tag?.. and did you try going from 4h to 2h while movin a little?
 

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Sounds like Maybe your transfer case has been changed out to a awd case what are the numbers on case tag?.. and did you try going from 4h to 2h while movin a little?
It's the NP 242d for sure according to the badge on the t case. It shows that being what should've been stock with this truck.

A weird thing I noticed though, most if not all the Durangos at the junkyard had a 4 position 4x4 shifter 2hi 4hi N and 4Lo . Even the one that had the same NP 242 d badge had a different shifter I believe. Also, when researching the NP 242d it shows it should have all 5 positions as my shifter has
 

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Not sure if these pics will help a little more, but I did notice a loose vacuum line that connects to the TCase and ends with a cap thing. Not connected to anything. Is that correct ? Doesn't vacuum need to be applied to help go in and out of 4wd?
 

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