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driveline / hub issues
I have searched but haven't found any info that is what I am experiencing. I recently purchased an 02 F350 4x4 diesel auto.
Being in Alaska, I use my 4wd a lot. I have manual hubs. Recently I started hearing a grinding noise come from my driverside front hub. When I switch it out of 4wd, with the hubs still locked, the noise stops.
I jacked up my front end and wiggled the wheels - wheel bearings are good. There is a little play when I spin my tire and when the u-joints move. Not sure how much play is supposed to be in there but it doesn't seem to be the problem.
Last night I unlocked my hubs and switched it into 4wd - I thought I would still be able to break the rearend loose on slick snow but it acted like I was in 4wd - even with my hubs unlocked - good traction and when I turned it felt like I was in 4wd. Could this be a bad hub causing the noise and still keeping my truck in 4wd with the hubs unlocked?
I'm a Toyota guy and new to Fords - Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
1998 4Runner SR5: OME 2" Suspension, ARB Bumper
1989 4Runner SR5: 3.4L, 2" 4Crawler body lift, Rancho Soft Rides, Rockstomper Ubolt Flip, SAW T-bars.