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Old 01-23-2007, 10:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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97 F250 HD 4x4 not engaging...Automatic Locking Hubs bad???

I have a 1997 F250 Powerstroke with automatic locking hubs. I recently found out that the front hubs are not locking(Got Stuck). The front drive shaft is turning so I know the transfer case is working. I pulled the auto hubs and inspected them. They look OK. Cleaned them and put it all back together and still no 4WD! I have the Dana 50 front end. No vaccum or electronics just mechanical auto locks. Any Suggestions?? Thanks!
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Re: 97 F250 HD 4x4 not engaging...Automatic Locking Hubs bad???

Go buy some manual hubs and install them. I have Warn's, but others say Mile Marker and Superwinch are ok too.

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Re: 97 F250 HD 4x4 not engaging...Automatic Locking Hubs bad???

Do yourself a huge favor and go buy some WARN hubs, you should never have problems again. Also if the front driveshaft and your axles are spinning then yes it is the hubs.
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Re: 97 F250 HD 4x4 not engaging...Automatic Locking Hubs bad???

Forgot to add that when I have it shifted into 4WD and in gear I can turn the front axles by hand. They turn oppisite directions.
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Re: 97 F250 HD 4x4 not engaging...Automatic Locking Hubs bad???

thats fine, but teh hubs are screwed, manuals are far better, teh suto is supposed to engage at 3/4 of a forward turn of teh driveshaft, then to release disengage 4wd and reverse for 10 feet. mostly if autos are left on they burn up teh grease adn the brass locckign ring wears down to the point that it will not engage, then you get stuck.
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Neighbor of Mine many years ago (1985?) spent $350 fixing ONE automatic hub on His little K1500 Chevy when He could have bought the replacement kit to replace BOTH hubs for $99. Nice looking truck but I NEVER understood the Owner! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]
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Re: 97 F250 HD 4x4 not engaging...Automatic Locking Hubs bad??? Solution

Guys,

Thanks for the help!!! I took the advice and installed Warn manual locking hubs(#11690) and spindle conversion kit(#32721). The only special tool required was the spanner socket which I got at Orielly's($16.00) This is an easy task!!! 30 minutes total!! Warn has great instructions and drawings. If you ever need help call Warn or look on their web page.

Total price for hubs and conversion kit was $300. I also replaced brake pads and wheel bearings and races! $160...Not bad considering 107k miles!!!!!!!!!!1

Thanks again!!!
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engages in reverse

Hello-
reviving an old thread here, but I am having an issue and haven't seen it on here yet.

My 4 wheel has been working well all winter, and then suddenly I noticed it not engaging. However, if I put my truck in reverse and just back up a little bit, it engages and then all is good. Any thoughts?

I have a 97 f350 on 35's with autohubs.
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