Elite In Memoriam
- March 4, 2007
- Reaction score
- City, State
- anaheim hills,california
- Year, Model & Trim Level
- 95 ranger 4x4/ 91 X 4x4
...I have updated the first post with all "Elite" pics...
I installed manual hubs on my 94 Explorer and they worked fine. Better than fine. Suddenly (withing a few weeks of installation) I get a ratcheting noise from the drivers side front wheel when the locks are in FREE. They still work and sound fine in LOCK. Any ideas on what this might be and can I drive it to my shop about 50 miles away from where I am?
I found that those damaged O-Ring replacments are available from MOTION INDUSTRIES (205) 957-5138, for $2.02 for a pack of 4.
Really not painful and gets you back without all the silicon clean up each time they come off. Size is 3-1/2 inch ID by 3-3/4 inch OD, 1/8 inch dia rubber.
Any clicking or ratcheting noise from the front wheels) is a sign the automatic hubs are not locking.. An Easy test is to get under your truck and rotate the front axle shafts (not the drive shaft).. Rotating the axle shafts by hand mimics 4x4 being engaged. After a few revolutions an Autohub should lock in and be impossible to turn.. If you are able to keep turning the axle it indicates the hub is bad/gunked up. For manual hubs the test would be to get under the truck with the HUB unlocked (4x4 off) and verify the axle shaft rotates freely. Next lock the hub, the axle shaft should be impossible to turn. If you are able to turn the axle it indicates the hub is bad/gunked up.
Worn or heavily greased autohubs tend to buzz or chatter when going around corners (the hub mechanism is partially trying to engage). If you lock the hubs and the noise goes away then a good hub cleaning is in order.
Check and clean your auto hubs. I had a previous explorer that did the same thing, one of the hubs was full of grease and worked fine after cleaning, the other was DOA.