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post #1 of 8 Old 09-28-2010, 07:44 AM Thread Starter
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Locked in front end

Ok, so I'm new to all this forum stuff but I wanted to get a some thoughts from guys who own these trucks. To make a very long story short, my drivers side hub is locked up because it will not hold suction. I think we figured out why this is happening but I'm on vacation without a lug nut key. I was told to lock in both sides and everything should be fine for me continue my trip. I have about 1200 miles left to drive. Is this going to cause anything to go haywire!? (besides gas mileage)
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Anybody?

Maybe I should put it more plainly...with my front axle locked (via my hub lockers) will that adversely effect any of my front end 4 wheel drive components if I do about 1,000 highway miles this way?
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Do you need 4 wheel drive? If not unlock both hubs and run it in 2wd, you will be fine.
If you need 4x4 intermittently and don't want to have to get out and lock in your hubs, then yes you can leave them locked in. It won't damage anything, just more wear and tear on the drivetrain and it will hurt your mileage.
Only time you could cause issues is if you were driving on dry pavement locked in 4x4 a lot.

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Yea therein lies the problem, the left hub is locked due to malfunction(so I can't unlock it without tearing the hub down) so I was told to lock the other hub in to keep things symmetrical. I'm gona be driving at about 75 mph for 10 hours or more on the highway so I just wanted to make sure I was not gona burn anything up.
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You'll be fine. Just don't put the transfer case in 4x4 while on dry pavement.

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You don't really have a choice lol... you should be fine with them both locked. Only thing that'll feel weird is turning on pavement. Since its like a posi in the front it'll maybe kick your steering wheel a little.but since i would think you're driving sraight those 1000 miles on the highway it'll be fine.
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So did you get to your destination safely with the front end locked in?
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Wait...are you saying that you want to lock both hubs in and drive in 2wd or that you have a locker in the front and want to do the same? With the locker I wouldn't lock the other one in because you won't be able to steer and the locker will keep pretty much everything turning the same speed and all so it should drive fine. If you don't have a locker then you won't have any problems locking in the front hubs. I have drove my for 100's of miles like that when I forget to unlock them after a wheeling trip or whatnot. like someone above said, it will be a bit more wear and tear just from the rotating parts and gas mileage will be worse.
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