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Auto Locking Hubs explanation

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Ok Ive gone through a lot of threads here and cannot find an answer to my question.

I have a 2001 F250 7.3 Diesel. I just replaced both auto locking hubs and wheel bearings. All tested fine and according to my mechanic, all is working normally. I want to know if 4WD low engagement is the same as getting out of your truck and locking the hubs manually. If I have my hubs in the "auto" position, why do I still have to get out and rotate the hubs into manual. Some people are telling me that because of limited slip differential that I dont have full 4WD until I get out and change the hubs to manual. So my question is why have auto locking hubs if I still have to manually change the hubs.

It seems like I have half 4WD until I lock the hubs myself. Then its great. I've gotten stuck in snow many times thinking I have engaged 4WD when I haven't.
Its frustrating when everyone with 4WD is just plowing past you.

Thx anyone

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Ok here's my understanding, as for 4WH or 4WL has nothing to do with the hubs that is just a gear change in the transfer case. As for the auto hubs if you are going in reverse it is possible to un-engage a wheel depending which wheel has the most traction and for driving forward is I believe the opposite. Manually locking of the hubs locks them to the axel but then unless you have a limited slip or a locking diff you are still spinning the tire that has the least traction. Like I said, this is my understanding, I could be wrong.
Nope all internal.
Good info. Thanks.
Having been stuck and still in 2WD many times if you play around with brakes and the gas you can get them to engage. Takes a bit of practice but it works every time.
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