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Old 07-17-2008, 01:10 PM
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broken hubs?

how do i tell if my factory auto hubs are broken?
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:25 PM
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how do i tell if my factory auto hubs are broken?
Only way you can really tell is by taking them apart. The auto hubs in those years weren't a very good design. Those hubs engage with centrifugal force. When the front axle spins, the hubs lock. If you are already stuck with the rear wheel spinning, even if you wait until they quit spinning and engage the 4x4, once the front axle spins and locks the hubs it can and will break the internals of the hubs. I have seen this 1st hand when I worked at the dealership.
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what will it look like if its broken i pulled the whole assy out and it looks fine but idk for sure
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what will it look like if its broken i pulled the whole assy out and it looks fine but idk for sure

Look at the splines see if they are chewed up. Look at the axle shaft splines see if they are chewed up and damaged. That is a very good sign that the hubs are not working. Being that the hubs are softer metal then the axle shafts usually what happens is, the hub splines strip out. Which allows the axle shaft to spin but not putting any power to the wheels.

My suggestion is just convert to the warn premium manual hubs. If you are worried your auto hubs are not working properly. That is a sure fix.
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:11 PM
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it all looks fine but i know they werent working last time i put it in 4wd and they were popping hopefully its not something else up there the warn hubs jsut slide right in or do i have to use one of those stupid conversion kits like on the 80's gm trucks?
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it all looks fine but i know they werent working last time i put it in 4wd and they were popping hopefully its not something else up there the warn hubs jsut slide right in or do i have to use one of those stupid conversion kits like on the 80's gm trucks?
You have to replace the nut kit to install the Warn Hubs. Every one that I have seen is shattered inside and you could definetely tell when you took it apart. I would replace them with the manuals anyway. Way better and way stronger. If you replace them this is the nut kit you would need. Click this link and it will show you what the nut kit looks like. eBay Motors: New Warn 32721 Manual Hub Spindle Nut Conversion Kit! (item 370068576524 end time Jul-19-08 18:05:25 PDT)
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:59 PM
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ok thanks man thats what i needed to know but now i kinda think something else is wrong because i put it in 4wd earlier and on some dirt ( i know im not realy supposed to do this ) the front end was poppin everytime i hit it and i was going straight any ideas?
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:17 PM
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Everytime I got the warn premium manual hubs they came with everything for the install.
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Old 07-17-2008, 09:39 PM
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ok thanks guys but what else do you think it could be since the hubs look fine? gears? axles? im lost
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ok thanks guys but what else do you think it could be since the hubs look fine? gears? axles? im lost
If your hubs were popping the last time you used 4wd. Then your hubs are bad. Now if you do not have the money for replacement hubs. I maybe able to help you out. If someone can tell us if the hubs from a 95 F-150 will work on your truck. I have a set of factory auto hubs at my dads. They are still good. All the parts are there. If you want them I can go get them this weekend. You pay shipping I will send them to you. But I suggest you find out if they will work first.
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