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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-25-2002, 10:48 AM
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I broke my unbreakable truck!

I'm new to this so please bear with me. I have a 95 F-350 4x4 Powerstroke. I think the left front hub has stripped as it makes a popping noise and my front axle quits pulling when going forward under a heavy load. It works fine in reverse. It was below freezing and in mud/slush the first time it did this. My Dealership's Service Manager (who I respect a great deal) suggests going with a set of aftermarket manual locking hubs. He has 2 Broncos (80-96) that he converted to manuals from automatics. Mine is a little different animal, so I'm digging a little deeper. Also, my truck is bone stock (ie. factory auto hubs), has 170,000 Dealer and Meticulous Owner maintained miles, and has never been abused. I am very handy mechanically and own two other 4x4s. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Re: I broke my unbreakable truck!

My suggestion to you is the same as your service managers. Buy yourself a set of aftermarket manual locking hubs. Get rid of the automatic and invest in something that's stronger then factory parts.

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Re: I broke my unbreakable truck!

Autos are fine for the weather rider or for the dirty job site stuff. They are know not to take much pressure. You could replace the autos at a high cost or for less than $100 and 30 min (tops) you can swap them out. I ran my autos until they blew then replaced them with LLT Warn Premiums.
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Re: I broke my unbreakable truck!

the very first thing i did on both my 80 bronco and my 82 f-150 was replace my hubs with manuals (warns) that way i know they are locked
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Re: I broke my unbreakable truck!

While youre in there i would also check your wheel bearings. There not that much more work and imo it is well worth the extra effort. My '90 bronco was doing the same thing (horrid noise in drive and nothing in reverse). My factory manual hub was TOAST! also I dont know if it was a result of the hub going out or not but my wheel bearing was also tweaked. I would have been pissed if i fixed the hub and then later had to open the whole thing again to pull the bearings. [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]

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You got to open the attachment link and get the URL from the address bar. Then put it in the tags like you did.
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Yup, ditch the auto hubs and get some warn hubs, They should cost around 200$ because you have the Dana 60 front
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i tried that and it didn't work. i edited and tryed again but no go.
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Re: I broke my unbreakable truck!

Well, if all those opinions are not enough, here is one more vote for switching to manuals. We could probably come up with another 100 for you.

I too, checked with my dealer about the autos, and received the same verbal remark. However, even though they are verbally admitted to be crap, there is no tech bulletin on them, and to my knowledge no dealer has ever replaced them free as a switchover to manuals due to a known problem. I went through 2 sets. After the 3rd set went while just beginning to enter a bit of snow, I switched to manuals. Have never had a problem since.
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