Ram ignores 4WD

Owners of 2011-2012 Ram vehicles (including 1500, 3500, 3500 Cab Chassis, 2500 and 4500/5500 Cab Chassis) may display a “Service 4WD” light in the cabin compartment node (CCN). Upon further investigation the technician may find that DTC C2201 – FDCM/DTCM internal diagnostic trouble code is set in the DTCM. When the system detects this, it shuts down the 4WD capability for the remainder of the drive cycle.

This condition is not monitored when operating in 2WD mode. Updating the DTCM software will correct the condition.

The technician must use wiTECH software level 12.02 or higher to perform the procedure.

Using a scan tool (wiTECH) with the appropriate diagnostic procedures available in TechCONNECT, verify that no DTCs are set. If DTCs are present other than the one listed here, record them on the repair order and repair as needed before proceeding.

  1. Connect wiTECH to the vehicle.
  2. Place the ignition in the RUN position.
  3. Select DTCM.
  4. Select Data tab.
  5. Scroll down to “DTCM Internal DTC Reason.”
  6. Does “DTCM Internal Reason read “Task failure”?

If yes, proceed to Step 7. If not, refer to the appropriate diagnostic procedure available in Dealer/CONNECT/TechCONNECT group 28 – DTC-Based Diagnostics/MODULE, Drivetrain Control (DTCM)/Diagnosis and Testing – C2201 – FDCM/DTCM Internal.

NOTE: Install a battery charger to ensure that battery voltage does not drop below 13.2 volts. Do not allow charging voltage to climb above 13.5 volts during the flash process.

  1. Reprogram the DTCM with the latest software. Help using the wiTECH diagnostic application for flashing an ECU is available by selecting “help” then “help contents” at the top of the wiTECH diagnostic application window.
  2. After DTCM reprogramming, clear any DTCs that may have been set in other modules due to reprogramming.
  3. Type the necessary information on the Authorized Modification Label and attach it near the VECI label.
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