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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-10-2000, 09:47 PM
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96 front end problems

I have a problem with the front end on my 96 bronco, it sounds like it could be the auto hubs, but heres what happens. When i am at stop and i punch the accelerator i hear a creaking or ratchiting sound from the front, also on some occasions my front tire chirped like it got locked up. The other noise is when i have the hubs locked, i hear a ratcheting sound from the right side, I know there is a TSB about this but i wonder if this has anything to do with the noises when i first accelerate.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-10-2000, 10:14 PM
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Re: 96 front end problems

My best advice is to get the kit to change your auto locking hubs with manual ones. My thoughts are WARN Premium. Everyone I know, including myself, uses them and have never had problems.

Here is a link with information with conversion kit listed: http://www.warn.com/Home/Products/Hu...tions/HUBS.htm

Auto-locking hubs are considered weak, and dangerous in my mind. Can't count on them. Whereas manual locking hubs are in your control.

Technoman '91 5.0 SAE Bronco

post #3 of (permalink) Old 05-10-2000, 10:17 PM
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yo, I had bad auto hubs in my 96 at only 34,000 miles...and yes, the WARN are the best...you need a spindle socket (rent it or borrow one)...snap ring pliars, a manual, and the warn conversion kit. Good Luck, Al

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 05-12-2000, 01:43 PM
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Re: 96 front end problems

FYI: I agree that Warn makes good hubs. However, it is interesting to note that Warn is Ford's Hub Supplier. Go with the Premium Manual Warn Hubs and you'll be set.

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 05-12-2000, 02:10 PM
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Re: 96 front end problems

I had the same problems when I first bought my Bronco. I swapped in the warn premium manual hubs, and the problems went away. If you dont mind having to step out and lock the two hubs before you go off roading, I highly suggest swapping warn premiums in. Besides, one OEM ford automatic locking hub costs about twice as much as a pair on warn premiums! Its pretty easy to swap them in yourself, you just need some lock ring pliers and a spindle hub nut socket (15 bucks at your local auto parts store) good luck and if you need any help, thats what this message board is for.


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