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Old 04-21-2010, 06:14 AM
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is my 4x4 working correctly?

guys, my truck goes horribly in the mud. I'm not talking anything deep as this is on flat ground with tires 4-6 inches in mud. I can get stuck flat ground then stop and can't get going again. What gives? I've always had suvs and 1/2 ton trucks so this is my first 3/4ton. One thing i notice that is different than anything else i've owned is that i can put my truck in 4x4 and try to turn to full lock on payment and there is no feed back from the steering or chirping of the tires to indicate 4x4 is working. Is this normal on the 3/4ton trucks? It seems to me if the center diff is locked then since tires are rotating at different speeds because of turning then you should feel some resistance somewhere. What do you think?
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:16 AM
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Manually lock the hubs and see how it behaves on the pavement?
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:24 AM
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i cant even turn my wheel more then halfway without noticing the 4wd.. with your locker you should def feel somthing.. id say somethign wrong.. try locking hubs like above said
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:37 AM
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mine makes a noise and can hear the tires grip the road.

do the 2008s still run on vac to lock the auto hubs?
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:46 AM
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just what i thought. Guess i'll be taking it in for a check up. First i'll lock the hubs to see if it helps though. Thanks,
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:48 AM
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by the way, how do these trucks compare in the mud to suv's and half tonners? Is it a little worse, alot worse, same or a little better. Just curious as to what i should expect. I really thought that with the front locker it would be almost unstoppable as long as the frame stayed off the ground.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:51 AM
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in my case, its too heavy with out tires and proper equipment to help reduce getting stuck and breaking stuff.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:59 AM
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yeah i just need something to get me through the shallow mud holes so i can deer hunt etc. I take it easy and all my other vehicles are no problem but with this truck we end up not taking it or parking way short cause where scared to get stuck. Its really kind of embarrassing. I feel like a 2x4 SUV would out perform my F250. Just doesnt seem right to me.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:59 AM
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just remember how heavy this truck is an its not built to play in the mud
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just spoke to my service provider a and he s going to check it out tomorrow. I hope its something small that easily corrected. I told him i had a truetrac and front locker and he said it should go like a tank. This is a diesel truck shop that specializes in 3/4 ton trucks and up so i'm hoping he knows what he's talking about. They've done great work for me in the past so well see.
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