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I notice the driver side locking hub is stuck in the locking position, need to replace it ,the dealer wants 200 bucks each one, the other side is still good. Should I replace with stock or up grade both sides if so what is recommend to replace with after market hubs for a 2008 f350 6.4 thanks
 

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I would take it apart and give it a good cleaning before I replaced it. I haven't done it on these type trucks, just older F150's and it really isnt that hard. It may not be possible, but I would try to clean it up and lube it first.
 

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I have more words in my head than I should be saying for these things, hate them with my life right now!

Passenger side replaced under warranty, now the driver side is acting up out of warranty. I pulled them both off to re-grease the crap out of them and do a quick inspection. My driver side hub had the back C-clip pop out of it, causing my front end to lock up while driving down the road feeling like I am in 4Hi. Fixed the c-clip, re-greased, MUCH better down the road now but still get the odd lock up while driving down the road, mainly after a right hand turn but not always (5 rights leaving my block, no issue, one right turn on the straight to work and it locks, POS). Now focusing on other front end components tonight, rotating tires tonight due to the wear from the hubs locking, hopefully I can find something else wrong but if it all checks out then I do a have a plan...

Buy a new set of hubs, put them in the toolbox in the truck. Take the old hubs out, smash all the locking hub crap out of it and install back on to keep dust/dirt out of the hub. When I need 4wheel I will have to allow myself 10-15 minutes of cold removal and install the new hubs sitting in the tool box. Once I am done I will take them out so I don't deal with the same crap in 2 years.

Spoke with Warn, no hubs available, no plans for R&D.

Not looking to do a $2000 hub conversion, can't think of any other hub companies that make them for the 6.4 but if you know of one please let me know! I'll gladly be the test bunny :)
 

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I been talking to a guy who is looking in to it for me for some after market hubs most likely going with Manual locking hubs just some thing that doesn't get stuck from Turing it to lock or auto, the snow and salt make turning those stupid things impossible after a few years.
 

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You can remove and lube up pretty easy. Some seem to recommend WD40 for the turn knob on the outside, I used Neo-watercraft grease inside but mine were smooth and no signs of turning issues.
 

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How do you pull them off and grease them?
 

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Just replaced my auto/locking hubs on my 6.4, super easy. Three bolts on the outside to remove and the thing pops right out. Oem already has a grease installed on the hubs sealed in a bag and wasn't recommended to add more. 5 min job for both sides
 

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Just replaced my auto/locking hubs on my 6.4, super easy. Three bolts on the outside to remove and the thing pops right out. Oem already has a grease installed on the hubs sealed in a bag and wasn't recommended to add more. 5 min job for both sides
What was your reason for replacement?
 

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Bought it used from some old people that spent winters in Florida. Don't honk they ever locked them and I had to use pliers to turn the hubs. Ended cracking the knobs and his was after trying to lube them. While replacing them the one that was almost too stiff to turn with the pliers had numerous broken little pieces of the hub inside. Figuring that had a lot to do with it. Now works butter smooth, and piece of mind was worth it alone but also works like it should.
 

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Plus I bought them from Dylan at autofair here on the forums for way cheaper than the local dealership. Oem replacements.
 

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Nice thanks for the tip :)
 

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wont wd-40 dissolve the grease on the inside? i have trouble turning the hubs too or should i pull them off and pack grease in there or will that not help the turning of the selector?
 

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re-greasing will definitely help, take the 3 bolts out and look at how everything moves inside, once you grease it, it will get better if it isn't broken.
 

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so you dont have to pull it out of to do it? just take off the hub cap and then the 3 bolts and pack some grease in there?
 

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so you dont have to pull it out of to do it? just take off the hub cap and then the 3 bolts and pack some grease in there?
Yes, just pull out the three bolts And the hub slides right out. I didn't even take my wheels off my truck to do it. Ford recommended that I didn't pack any more greese in there, and it comes with some on there already.
 

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so you dont have to pull it out of to do it? just take off the hub cap and then the 3 bolts and pack some grease in there?
You do pull it out but don't have to take off the wheel, just the 3 bolts, light tap with a flat head to help separate from the hub if they have been on there for a while, re-grease and re-install. Once you do it once you will do it every 6 months it is so easy :)
 

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Im in the same situation, still can't believe no one is making an aftermarket hub for these trucks!!!! I understand why Warn won't, they provide and make money on the stock hub. Seems like an open market that no one is getting into.
 

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Rem I agree and Warn probably has a no compete for a certain duration after production ceases with Ford since they are the OEM

for those using the ESOF and want the vacuum signal to reach the hub mind your grease

and yes the WD 40 will dissolve the existing grease but if your hub is sticking anyway your better off with that method IMHO

anyone who wants to clean up the hub exterior do not paint inside the ford letters thats the foam for the venting process
 

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If someone needs a hub let me know. I bought a hub brand new from ford thinking it was my problem but turns out i was wrong. Pm me. I installed the hub and tested it. Hardly has any miles on it and I'd be willing to make someone a deal.
 

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I give up- just ordered a new auto locking hub of eBay for $139. Guess I'll wait 10 years to get some great looking warn premium hub locks. Was giving up on the vacuum lock system, but I'll make that stuff work since Im stuck with the hubs.

Still amazes me that this is not covered by mile makers etc etc etc. must be a legal paten or something holding them back.
 
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