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Old 07-02-2014, 03:28 PM
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I recently got a 2003 6.0 and noticed it doesn't have a front drive shaft so the 4x4 essentially doesn't work.
I was wondering is there anyway to test if the transfer case is working and is there anyway to tell if the front differential is working before I order a new drive shaft.

also what year drive shafts fit this truck as I found a couple junkyard shafts off a 04 and 05.


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Old 07-02-2014, 08:24 PM
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Jack the truck up and spin the pinion to test the diff. For the transfer case, put it in 4x4 and try to move the front flange while in park. If it won't move then it means it is engaging. Then try driving around with it in 4x4 high and low. Listen for any weird noises. With low range you will be limited in speed.

An 03 is leaf sprung and uses a Dana 60 so a 03-04 with the same transmission should work. I am not sure if the 05+ coil sprung trucks would use the same shaft.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:14 PM
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You could pull the diff cover and inspect the gears.
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:29 AM
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Alright I'll keep looking for a 03-04 shaft. The junk yard seem to list them as all being the same from like 03-05 but there wrong more then there right
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:04 AM
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http://m.ebay.com/itm?itemId=141272018053
It says on eBay it's the same from 99-04. Lots of people around my parts pull the driveshaft when they blow the gears up in the axle. So a quick check shouldn't take very long and gear lube is cheap and most likely needs changed anyway
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:59 AM
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alright quick question that goes along with it. I'm googled and can't find anything anywhere but i just was outside and decided to try and spin the pinion thats coming right out of the front differential and with the truck sitting on the ground i can spin it freely.
for some reason that doesn't seem like that would be normal but i honestly don't know.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:06 AM
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Make sure your hubs are locked in first. Them try it. If it still spins with the hubs locked in then you have a problem. Broken axle or diff.
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:08 AM
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You can spin the pinion and watch your u joints threw the knuckles and see if they spin.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:39 AM
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So just put it into 4x4 high and that would lock it in correct? I watched a vid on how they vacuum lock it looks. If I put it in 4x4 and turn the truck off will stay locked.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:54 AM
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I would manually lock your hubs in. There should be two positions on the hubs. Locked and auto. I wouldn't trust the vacuum lines just yet. front drive shaft-imageuploadedbyag-free1404402883.499794.jpg
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