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Old 03-17-2007, 03:12 PM
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Auto hubs..... not unlocking?

I am not sure if my hub/s are unlocking.

I had troubles with my auto hubs (would not lock up)....

now i am not sure but it sounds like one of my hubs is locked and the other is not.

how can i check?


I can turn the front drive shaft by hand...... if that means anything (usually one of the hubs spins freely when doing this)
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Old 03-17-2007, 04:58 PM
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if you can turn the front drive shaft by hand that means you don't have power coming from the the transfercase to the axle . a quick and dirt way to check 4x4 is get into a large parking lot engage 4x4 switch . try and make a tight turn you should feel a kinda of jerky feeling in the steering . if not you need to follow the power as it comes out the driveline start at the case and work your way to the axle. you may have and inop 4x4 motor on the t-case.
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Old 03-17-2007, 05:43 PM
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another way to tell if your hub is not unlocked and reach behind the tire and try and twist the shaft were the ujoint is. if it spins freely its unlocked if it won't twist thens teh hubs is till locked. might be a good time to go buy some warns. very easy to install. mine were like this past winter and if you made a tight turn you could hear a clunk also take the hubs out and drive it. won't hurt anything. thast how i found that one of my hubs were frozen hope this helps. or you could raise one side up and turn teh tire see if the shaft turn with it if it turns then teh hub is locked the tire should spin freely and not the shaft. and then try the other side and check for the same tehis will help to tell you which side is locked or unlocked
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Old 03-17-2007, 05:51 PM
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dito strokermann, the drive shaft to the front axle will still turn if one is locked and the other is free. the diffrential will allow it to do that. go the the U-joint at the knuckle and try to turn it.
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Old 03-17-2007, 06:09 PM
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i am sorry i ment the knuckle. sorry for the confusioni kow the shaft will turn. thats why i said behind teh tire. again sorry.
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