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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2004, 01:53 PM
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Steering problem when in 4wd. ???

I recently bought an 89 suburban 2500, and when I put it in 4wd there is a weird pulling/lurching when turning left or right.
I think it may be that oneside's hub hasn't locked. This is automatic hub locking system. If this is the problem, how do I fix it? Should I go to manual hub's? If so which ones?

thanks for any help.

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Re: Steering problem when in 4wd. ???

Sounds like you need new U-Joints in the front axle.
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Re: Steering problem when in 4wd. ???

Are you on dirt or asphalt when doing this? If your on the street the front and rear axles will bind with each other causing the front to feel like it's skipping a little bit as you turn...

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Re: Steering problem when in 4wd. ???

It was on asphalt, I put it into 4wd to lubricate the front end every couple of months if I haven't used it.

It seemed excessive, and the post about the Ujoints could have some merit. I'll check that too. The stearing is tight when in 2wd which made me think that only one side was engaged.

The binding with the rear wheels may be a factor too, I just never had that kind of lurching from my bronco, or jeep when running 4wd on pavement.

If I did go to manual hubs, do you have any suggestions?

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Re: Steering problem when in 4wd. ???

i like the waren premum hubs and ther not all that expenseve, im not shure if thay all have the hub fuses or if you can put them in all of them but its beter than a shaterd auto hub cus it locked or unlocked at the wrong time
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Re: Steering problem when in 4wd. ???

It's normal to do that on pavement. I have two 4x4s, both work perfect and they both do that. Next time you engage 4wd on pavement, take wider turns, or go in a dirt lot or field, less stress on the front.
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Re: Steering problem when in 4wd. ???

I have Warn Premium hubs. I like them a lot, but can't really compare them to any other brand since these are the first ones I've ever had.
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