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Old 02-05-2014, 12:03 PM
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4x4 issue

Hi all, I have a 2005 f350 xl. Manual floor 4x4. Today we got q lot of snow so i thought I would try out 4x4 for the first time. Well I pushed it into 4x4 high and hit the gas on a slippery patch and it felt like the back wheels were slipping and the front wheels were not gaining traction. I got out and locked the hubs and it was like night and day. The front tires began to spin and gain traction and I had minimal slip. My question is why does it feel like I'm in 2wd while in 4x4 without locked hubs? Thanks

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Old 02-05-2014, 02:08 PM
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Maybe a stupid question, but how did you expect the hubs to lock if you didnt get out and do it?
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I didn't think they would lock automatically but I guess what I didn't realize is that they must be locked in order for 4wd to work. What was happening while the transfer case was in 4wd without the hubs locked?

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You transferred power from the transfer case to the front differential..but without the hubs being locked, that power never made it to the wheels. The hubs lock the wheels to the front axle.
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i hate it when that happens but ill be everyone has done it at least once lol
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Been there, and I've half locked em and listened to the click.

Basically when the hubs are unlocked everything is spinning all the way to the hubs.
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Ok thanks for explaining it guys

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