1997 Ford F350 4x4 Question

Asked by Mar 31, 2017 at 04:31 PM about the 1997 Ford F-350 2 Dr XLT 4WD Standard Cab LB

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Hey guys, I have a 97 f350 7.5L. I am considering switching my automatic locking hubs to manual. The question is: if I switch to manual locking hubs and have them in the free position and put my truck in 4x4 will I still have 4x4 or do I HAVE to lock the hubs for the front wheels to turn? I understand what the hubs do when locked. I'm wondering what happens when in 4x4 with hubs unlocked.

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If the hubs are unlocked the axles will turn but the wheels will not have any power to them,

Thank you. That's what I figured. I hear manual hubs are just a better product to have, if you don't mind hoping out your truck to lock them. Is this true. Better, more reliable and more functionavle than automatic locking?

I just don't trust automatic locking hubs to do the job and actually lock when I need my tires to turn

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You can also run the truck with the hubs locked but in 2 wheel drive. I would not do it all the time as you will cause a lot of wear in the front axle but when you are trail running but don't want to have it in 4 WD or get out to lock the hubs in this works just fine.

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My 2002 F150 automatic locking has been 100% reliable. I think the Super Duty locking system is slightly different than the half ton trucks.

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