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post #1 of 6 Old 01-21-2012, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Locking Hubs Question on my F350

Ok so this is the first truck i have owned with locking hubs, ive alway had on the fly 4x4. I turned on the hubs and switched it into 4x4, there was a few inches of snow on the ground and this is the first time that ive got to drive the truck in snow, go out on the freeway and i was getting a real bad side to side sway/ pulling so my questions are this

is it possible to only have one of the wheels locked in?
how do i know which way to rotate the hub to have them locked in? there are no directional marking on the plastic hub to tell me lock or unlock so which way does each wheel hub need to rotate?

Left wheel - Counterclockwise or clockwise? for locking
Right wheel - Counterclockwise or clockwise? for locking

The truck is a 2002 F350 CCLB DRW 4x4
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both hubs are clockwise to lock. there is a small dot on the hub that is auto, turn to left unlock, turn to right locked. The only way to know for sure if there locked is to jackup the front end and turn each wheel and see if each individual axle turns.
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I bet it was just the road conditions and being in 4wd. It's not uncommon for the hubs to not "automatically" lock, but unusual for them to cause a problem like you describe. My old Jeep used to sway like that in 4wd from the tires "fighting" for traction. Was even worse on dry roads. Won't hurt to take a look though.
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Ya im hoping it was just simple as just not locked in right I'm gonna have to find a shop to lift my truck up to test it out.... To make sure everything is ok...
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Don't necessarily have to jack it up to test it out. I always test to see if mine are locked/unlocked by reaching behind the wheel and giving the u-joints a turn.

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You might try guzzles write up on lubricating the factory auto hubs. It solved my locking/unlocking issues besides its good preventive maintenance. Just google guzzle 7.3 and you should find it


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