Noob with auto/manual lock question
I just bought a 2000 f250 with 4x4 and 7.3. The prior owner said the auto locking hubs don't work, so he turned them manually (hubs have a "lock" and "auto" position). The left side works fine, the right side is very hard to turn, and shows signs of using pliers to turn.
Two questions: 1. is there anything bad about using manual locking when i need 4wd.
2. I've read about the different ways to fix the auto lock (tracing vacuum, guzzle's website, etc). I'd like to keep auto lock feature, but it seems there are LOTS of parts that go bad. It seems easier to just replace the hubs with aftermarket manual lockers. I was told Warn manual locking hubs are only about $100 pair. Should I just replace with the Warn units?
Thanks for any info.