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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-20-2000, 09:32 AM
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No 4WD (and noise !)

96 big 8 and auto hubs. Bronco owner since '80

Over the last couple of days I've noticed some banging in the front end when in 4WD. When I take the truck out of 4WD there is a ratcheting sound coming from the front end. The ratcheting goes away if I back up. This morning while driving to work in the snow I was fishtailing as it seems my 4WD doesn't work.

What's up ? bad hub ? Should I replace them with manuals or what ? I'm not too bad with a wrench but it's been awhile since I crawled around under a car.

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I have a similar prob, but mine is a broken u-joint. Hope for you that it is a hub!

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One or both of your auto hubs has gone bad. They are not the best design. I just swapped out the autos on my '96 with Warn premium hubs. I ordered mine from 4wheel Parts:
http://www.4wheelparts.com/

WAR20990 for $79.95 (hubs)
WAR32720 for $39.95 (conversion kit)

The conversion kit swaps out the spindle nut with one designed to lock without the slip pin that the auto hub system uses. I checked the dealer and the cost for one auto hub body is $150. I would recommend going with manuals. They are reliable and you know for sure if they are locked or unlocked. You need a 2 1/2" spindle nut socket to get the old nut off. I got one at NAPA for $40 <yikes!> and you need the standard 4 prong spindle nut socket. I got one at Autozone for about $15. If you need any help email me. The Warn instructions are a little confusing. There is also an easy trick to get the first locking ring out to remove the auto hub. Good luck!


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Re: No 4WD (and noise !)

Here, here. Bad auto hubs. I got a pair of chrome MileMarkers with black plastic knobs from HiLo/O'Reilly Auto Parts for $60 and they seem to work great. I wasn't aware that a conversion kit was necessary to go from auto to manual (mine was always manual).

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Manual hubs are the way to go. The auto design is not very good. The swap is fairly simple. Although Thump got his hubs from 4 wheel parts and may not have had a problem, I would advise against going there. I have had tremendous trouble with these people and would recommend going elsewhere. In a nutshell I ordered 1300 dollars worth of stuff from them in one order. It took them 2 months to ship it to me, I never got my complete order and what I did get was defective. They then told me to talk to the manufacturer. Any good auto parts store should be able to hunt them down for you. Goodluck

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I've heard bad things about 4 wheel parts, but I thought I'd give them a try anyway. I didn't have any trouble with my order.

What other stores would you recommend?

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I just replaced my outo hubs with warn premium got them from summit racing for 83.99 and conversion kit for 32.99 free shipping and handling. Had a bit of a problem as most people had with the f**Cking snap rings. but no more clicking noise an I know when I'm in 4wd.

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I have had some good luck with places like summit or jegs. As far as driveline parts go there is a really good local place for 4X4's where i live so I go to them. Jeff's bronco graveyard, James Duff, Performax, Randy's ring and pinion, and evan JC Whitney are better than 4 wheel parts. I don't like to be negative but those people really screwed me and didn't care. So I promised I would spread the word. I don't want anyone else getting dicked either. I've posted this before and it seems to be agreed upon. Oh well its water under the bridge, so I'll shut up now!

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