Originally Posted by CYates73
well on this truck i guess you could say it is a "hybrid" because you can engage auto or manually... if the lights light up with the auto but dont engage you could have a vac problem and if you engage manually and it locks one side and not the other your free spinning hub may be seized up... you can pull the hub and grease it and reassemble it... but as for the one locking and not being engaged? how do you know? did you lift the front end of the truck and check to see if it won't free spin? if so there is no telling how major the problem could be... personally i would have him get it fixed before i would think about purchasing... hopefully this helps you?
CYates, I like your theory about lifting the truck just to see if that other wheel turns. I admittedly wasn't using the best case scenario as far as testing. I was just in snow (didn't get stuck though). I would have to lift all wheels up to test that theory to completion, but it is a good one to think about.
It all may be a moot point however, because my friend that owns the truck said that she promised a rock solid truck and will send it to her certified Ford mechanic and have both problems resolved to my satisfaction at the quoted price before I buy...and she quoted a good price.
You can't ask anymore than that and I really want this truck. I just like Ford trucks. Escpecially the 7.3
Just so you know, this will be a truck that is going to have to work along side of my current Dodge Ram Cummins 5.9 dually that I love too.
They will both be welcome around here. And thank you all for the responses. It looks like I'm going to be back in the Ford game soon and I will be a good citizen around here... I promise.
Thanks again you guys.