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4WD Problem

Discussion in 'Under the Hood' started by TruBlu, October 7, 2002.

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    1. TruBlu

      TruBlu New Member

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      My left (drivers side) auto locking hub fails. Have replaced it once, with a used one and it did the same thing. When I put into 4WD and put under the least amount of pressure, the left side pops and then makes a ratcheting sound. Where should I start to look? Could something be out of alignment or broken? I've read that the auto locking hubs are problematic and manual hubs will eliminate the problem. Is it that simple or could the problem go beyond the hub?
       
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    3. Blaine122300

      Blaine122300 Elite Non explorer owner

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      All I know is that the auto hubs are made out of a lot of plastic. The manuals are a lot more sturdy and hold up a lot better. If you know the noise is coming from the hub, you may just want to put the manuals on. Manuals are better anyway IMO.

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    4. SWLathrop

      SWLathrop Active Member

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      Is the axle shaft U-Joint OK? If it's bad, I have seen them make the same sound. A bad/floppy U-Joint will also cause an AUTO lock hub to try and lock-up causing them to go bad.
       
    5. punkbek3886

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      ive been there, replaced with manuals, and all seems good.
       

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