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Old 01-20-2008, 11:55 AM
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Auto-lock hubs (Long)

I followed Guzzle's write up last night and disassembled my auto hubs and cleaned and lubed them. I did this because the other day when I needed them to lock they wouldn't. I couldn't turn them by hand so I resorted to a pair of pliers to get them to turn. After I got out of the ditch I tried to use the pliers to unlock them and that is when both sides jammed up and wouldn't move.

After they were disassembled I tried to move the selector knob and it was still jammed. So at this point I figured that they were junk so I began to investigate with them a bit. I was able to remove the selector knob without breaking them to much (both side already had a hole in each knob) and to my suprise they were filled with rust. So I cleaned them all up and reassembled them and to my suprise one still worked and the other one was broken (selector knob) when I was using my hand to install it back in the truck. So now I'm without 4X4 and one hub is not installed so I would like to get some form of a replacement here as quickly as possible. I know the Warn units are highly recommended, but the only downside is the auto lock will no longer work. Now I know it sounds lazy but I really would like to retain that feature if I could. I don't do any off roading or rock crawling etc....

So does anyone have a set of auto locks for sale or know of a pair out there?

Secondly my truck is an early 99 so is my auto lock hub different than the later trucks?

Now if I did go with the Warn units will they bolt right up to my early 99 or is there a conversion kit or something? I saw on Raul's site that the Warn hubs he sells are for 99.5 and up.

Now for what it is worth I took my hubs off the truck from start to finish using the methods described by guzzle's write up. I only say this because I have heard that the later trucks use a three bolt mounting system to secure the hub whereas my truck used a retaining clip almost like a c-clip. This is the exact same set up that I saw was on guzzle's truck so I'm not sure if my truck was converted to the later style or not (his truck is a 2002 FYI.)

Sorry for being so long winded and thanks for any help.

Mike
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:23 PM
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I have a pair off a 2001 f350 that I just replaced I thought they were bad but it ended up being my wheel bearing. They seam to be in good condition.
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:41 PM
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hmmmm, did you decide on how much you wanted for them??? i cant find a used price so what seems fair to you?
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I'm thinking somewhere around $150. Unless anyone want to traded a wheel bearing assembly for it. Slightly used of course.
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:49 PM
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ok, give me a day or so. i want to see what i can find price wise here. is that ok with you???
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:54 PM
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I'll check as well. I'll give you a day. But after that I'm going to have to get rid of it can't have my baby sitting any longer then she has.
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$150 for the set is a pretty good price. I've seen most of the used ones on the bay go anywhere from 80 to 120$ for one used one,and yes I did say for only one,pairs usually go for 200$ or more. This is from only what I have seen at the time I was looking for one.
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jnhuber,

What kind of shape are the hubs in. Are the selector knobs in good shape (no holes or chips that would allow water past them)? Do they turn freely? I have cash in hand now and would pay you the $150 you want immediately. I would be willing to negotiate a different price if you find that the hubs are worth more than that.

That is of course if they will fit my early 99 truck.

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Mike

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Old 01-20-2008, 04:35 PM
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Matredgt,

There are no holes or chips in it it looks pretty clean. The one I took of the driver side is hard to turn but I have been told buy one a tech that it just needs to be cleaned and lubed. I don't know if it will fit your truck but it came off a 2001 f350. I have not cleaned it because I don't have the time, I'm kinda worried about breaking it taking it apart or not being able to get it back together. I'm really needing to get a new wheel bearing seeing as how my truck is broke and now my wifes van is broke. I could use more than $150 but I don't know whats fair. let me know what you can do and we will make a deal.
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jnhuber,

Sounds good let me find out for sure if they will fit or not. If I don't get a reply on here tonight I will try and make it to the dealership and see if they will tell me.

So does anyone have any ideas on my other questions?

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Mike
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