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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-11-2000, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Warn Hub Problem

After finally putting the CJ-8 together, I ventured up into the high country to see if it works. Well it didn't. I could not get the hubs to lock in. I had previously tested them while still on jack stands, and they worked fine.

So I came back down off the mountain, and put the thing up on jack stands. They would lock up about 80% of the time. I just kept working them in and out and they seemed to improve. I did this until they worked every time.

Is there some sort of break in with these things? I have never had a hub fail to engage before. Now the passenger's side clicks when engaged and moving. Did I get a defective set?

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Re: Warn Hub Problem

hey bob, did you pack them full of grease? they really don't like that. i usually spray some CLP in mine... it's a military acronym for clean,lubricant, protectant..it's a teflon based lube, it sticks in there a long time and repels water well, and makes ll the little parts work perfect! also, check the gear that goes on the outer axle shaft, it can be put in backwards and cause what you are saying

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Re: Warn Hub Problem

You should use just a skim coat of grease, just enough to keep things lubed. I also pour in a little ATF, in fact, I have run the hubs on ATF alone. It sloshes around and keeps everything wet and lubed, even in the coldest conditions. My 1978 (original) hubs still move like new, really ticks my older brother off because all of his stick on a regular basis. I'd pull them off, clean them up, and go from there. There probably isn't anything wrong, just lube them and you're set.

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Re: Warn Hub Problem

They were new and the instructions say not to put anything on them, as they were lubed at the factory.

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I'd pull them out then, there may be something else wrong. Usually there's no break in period, never heard of a set of hubs doing that. It could be that whatever grease they put on them was causing the problem though, at least that's what it sounds like to me. They're working fine now?

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first question i have to ask is which hubs do you have? 5bolt, 6bolt, or the internal conversion. each can have some minor things to look for, but i ned to know which you have to help.

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Re: Warn Hub Problem

They are 6 bolt. They are for a Ford pickup. I am using Ford hubs on my 44 front axle to keep the 5 on 5-1/2.

When you remove the cap, you can push them right in, except if the splines are not lined up. Then usually, when the tire is rotated it will click into place. Sometimes, they stay hung up.

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Re: Warn Hub Problem

Bob, keep us posted if you find anything. I just got mine in the mail today and plan to install them this weekend. I also noticed that the directions clearly say not to grease because they were geased at the factory.

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check and make sure the spring in the cap was not damaged, as well as the dial screw and plate are working (that when you turn the dial the spring moves up and down). if the sliding gear is hanging up, either their is a little too much grease, or maybe a small burr on one of the gears. you should be able to look and see if there is. another problem i have seen is if the stub shaft support bearing in the spindle is worn, the stub shaft will be sloppy causing a light bind in the locking hub (more so with a new hub as it has not worn or loosened up). the only other thing that i know to look for is to check the spring under the sliding gear to make sure it is not damaged or in a bind not allowing the hub to fully engage.

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bob, just wondering how did the hubs turn out?

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