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How to tell if a hub is locked?
I am pretty new to 4x4's and an extreme novice when it comes to drive line/suspension issues. Please excuse me if I use any wrong terminology.
I have been reading a lot about the horrors of ESOF 4 wheel drive keeping the hubs locked so I wanted to investigate.
If I crawl under my truck and spin the front drive shaft, the U joint (I believe its called) will spin on one wheel, but not the other. This is with the hubs turned to auto. If I manually lock one hub and repeat the process I can get the U joint to turn on the opposite wheel. If I manually lock both hubs they both seem to sop rotating.
I guess I am asking if there is a way for a novice to tell if one or both of my hubs are locked when they shouldn't be. For instance, if I manually turn my front drive shaft, can I look for movement somewhere to tell me I'm not locked. A friend said "you can just tell"...However, I still cant tell.
Sorry for the long post, thanks for any help. Ive been reading online about it but it can get confusing.
2002 F250 4x4. Extended cab, Auto, 7.3 diesel.