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Old 05-02-2011, 06:31 AM
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I purchased my 2004 250 SD used. During the initial inspection I noticed the drivers side 4x4 engagement lever was broken. I didn't think much of it at the time. I am looking at greasing the front hubs now. Saturday I was playing around and tried to move the 4x4 locking levers on both sides. They seem to be frozen. It immediately hit me that a previous owner must have had the same issue and tried to force the lever, breaking the one on the drivers side. The truck seems to do fine if I use the electrical engagement in the cab but it bothers me I can rotate the wheel levers.
1. Am I doing something wrong?
2. Does anyone know the part number for the wheel locking lever? I assume since it is broken it will allow water, dirt, crap into the internals and should replace it.
3. Anything else I should consider when I lubricate the front wheel housing?

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I purchased my 2004 250 SD used. During the initial inspection I noticed the drivers side 4x4 engagement lever was broken. I didn't think much of it at the time. I am looking at greasing the front hubs now. Saturday I was playing around and tried to move the 4x4 locking levers on both sides. They seem to be frozen. It immediately hit me that a previous owner must have had the same issue and tried to force the lever, breaking the one on the drivers side. The truck seems to do fine if I use the electrical engagement in the cab but it bothers me I can rotate the wheel levers.
1. Am I doing something wrong?
2. Does anyone know the part number for the wheel locking lever? I assume since it is broken it will allow water, dirt, crap into the internals and should replace it.
3. Anything else I should consider when I lubricate the front wheel housing?

Many Thanks
You can't buy the piece that is broken. You'll just have to replace the lockouts. As far as the bearing, it is a unit bearing and can't be greased.
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:42 AM
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You can't buy the piece that is broken. You'll just have to replace the lockouts. As far as the bearing, it is a unit bearing and can't be greased.
Hello Doug,
I did pull the gears and hubs last week. The front drivers side did have a sealed bearing, so I ended up cleaning and lubricating the gears. The passenger side had an open roller bearing. I also cleaned, lubricated this and the gears. Everything seems to work OK. The hubs are still tough to move. I may go with an aftermarket lockout. Thx
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