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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2000, 01:47 PM
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grinding 4WD?

10 inches of snow last weekend meant that it was time to show my wife how to engage 4WD etc so that she can avoid driving her roller-skate ford ranger.

Anyway lock hubs, engage 4WD high and everything was normal for a couple of miles until the vehicle pulled to the right and made a noticeable vibration. This only stopped when I managed to disengage 4WD (but only after a fight on the lever and a clunk).

Can any one give me any answers/ feedback. I have got seals etc to service front hubs would my problem lie there?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2000, 08:18 PM
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Re: grinding 4WD?

Start the elimination process. I might do this by lifting each tire up and locking the hub. The tire should spin freely assuming you don't have a locker. If one of the tires feels stiff, bearings on that axle.

If that doesn't work, unlock the hubs and see if your front driveshaft spins freely. Does it bind? Something most likely messed up with the ring and pinion. If it spins freely, lift the whole front fo the vehicle and see if your tires spin freely with both hubs locked.

This is the kind of procedure you're going to have to go through. It could be alot of things including something as simple as a sticky brake pad...
post #3 of (permalink) Old 01-06-2000, 10:08 PM
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Re: grinding 4WD?

A mechanics stethoscope will help locate bad bearings. Some of the stiffness in the transfer case could be cold gear oil.

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