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Old 11-28-2011, 07:39 PM
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Help confused with 4x4 PICS

This is my first super duty 4x4 and im confused with the hubs. My 04 has the electronic 4x4 switch so does that mean it has the auto/lock hubs? Does only the floor 4x4 lever have the free/lock hubs? The owners manual doesnt really say and it also shows pictures with words on the hubs and mine does not have any. Also it says the hub should be lined up with the holes. Mine only has 1 hole on each side. The pics are each side with them turned clockwise and I was just out playing in the mud and the 4x4 turns on and off fine. So is this in auto?? I have heard of some people driving all the time with them locked but that does not sound like the best idea to me. Unless the auto doesn't work. BTW when I bought the truck they were counter clockwise.

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passangers side

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lol, if you have the the electric switch you have auto hubs. Otherwise you would have the stick on the floor. the 2 spots on the hub itself are auto and locked. Look at your owners manual to see which position is which. I would not drive, esspesially on the highway, with the hubs locked all the time. You have auto hubs so put them in auto and just make sure you put it in 4X4 every few weeks or so.

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Ok I wasn't sure if the eclectronic switch and the auto hubs always went together. Shouldn't mine say auto and lock though?
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:15 PM
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Mine dont say anything they just have a little nub on one side. They may have had some writing on them at one time. Who knows.

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Old 11-28-2011, 08:25 PM
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Ok in the owners manual it shows the writing, I figured it would be engraved and maybe my hubs are not factory or something, thats why I posted the pics.
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your hubs look factory to me. I dont know that they make after market auto hubs for our trucks. Mine are fatory and look just like yours.
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Those are auto hubs. at one time they said auto and lock it probably wore off. The easy way to tell between auto and manual hubs is by looking at the center where you grab it to turn it. See where yours have the silver line? Those are auto. The manuals are solid black.
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See if the axle shaft turns. If so then they are unlocked. If you want to check that the auto is actually working you can jack up one front wheel at a time and then shift into 4wd. If the auto locks then the wheel will only move a tiny bit. Easy checks to make sure before you try to shift into 4wd auto and realize that you are in 2wd still
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or you an just put it in 4X4 and turn your steering wheel.
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all SDs have auto lock hubs even if you have a floor shifter. It is a load of crap either way.
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