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Question On Manual Hubs

timgalo

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I just acquired a 97 Ford Ranger extended cab xlt 4wd and I have a question? It has the electronic 4wd switch inside with manual hubs. Since I have not had a ford with Manual hubs before is it best to keep the hubs in locked or Free when the 4wd is not needed? Is there any benifits one way or the other? Thank you
 




gmanpaint

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Best to keep them unlocked for normal daily driving. If your heading out for the day, and know for certain your going to be needing 4wd, then lock them before you leave.

Your front dif is an open carrier (stock) and the drag is minimal with them locked, but it will eat up MPG's with them locked. It also will generate more heat on all the parts, wearing them down faster. Since you just got it, you do not know what condition the bearings, or the viscosity of your fluids are inside.
 




timgalo

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Ok thank you will keep them in Free then. Thanks
 




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