Is it Ok to leave the hubs engaged? - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource
Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiast!

Go Back   Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource Arrow Ranger-Forums Technical Forum Arrow Drivetrain Tech

Drivetrain Tech General discussion of drivetrain for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 01-16-2009
crappie depot's Avatar
Thread Starter

Member
 
I am: crappie depot
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Oak Park,Mi
Vehicle: 1994 FORD RANGER STX
Posts: 9
Total Props: 0
Is it Ok to leave the hubs engaged?

With the manual hubs, is it ok to leave the hub engaged and just turn the on the fly 4x4 off? What are the repercusions besides more drag?
Reply With Quote
+ 0 -
  #2  
Old 01-16-2009
leadfoot's Avatar
Member
 
I am: Dan The Man
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: MA
Vehicle: 1998 ford Ranger 4x4 4.0
Posts: 894
Total Props: 3
It puts more wear on the front end but I leave mine locked all the way through winter.
Reply With Quote
+ 0 -
  #3  
Old 01-16-2009
Melt's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
I am: Melt V
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Denver, CO
Vehicle: 1999 mazda b2500 se xcab
Posts: 3,392
Total Props: 0
poor gas mileage .... some jackass turned em on my dads bronco one time when i was in high school and it dipped from the usual 11 mpg to 8!
Reply With Quote
+ 0 -
  #4  
Old 01-16-2009
FireRanger's Avatar  
I am: Matt L
Join Date: May 2004
Location: CT
Vehicle: 2003 Ford Ranger Edge
Posts: 0
Total Props: 0
The driveline is all turning so its wear and tear. When I had a truck with manual hubs, i would leave them locked in the winter. Spring/summer/fall I only locked them when needed.
Reply With Quote
+ 0 -
  #5  
Old 01-16-2009
Jimmeh's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
I am: James Paul
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Columbia Falls, MT
Vehicle: 1992 XLT 4X4 4.0 A4LD
Posts: 3,224
Total Props: 1
As long as they are both locked in, yes.

One of mine was locked, and one was not. Ended up rebuilding a hub. Thanks to plumbers playing a prank.
Reply With Quote
+ 0 -
  #6  
Old 01-16-2009
Ranger_Boi's Avatar
Member
 
I am: Thom (Twinkie)
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Yakima Wa
Vehicle: 1994 Ford Ranger
Posts: 548
Total Props: 0
i do the same like leadfoot only through winter but as long as your not a crazy driver ull be fine
Reply With Quote
+ 0 -
  #7  
Old 01-16-2009
Member
 
I am: *** ***
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: ***
Vehicle: *** *** ***
Drive Type: ***
Engine: ***
Posts: 2,099
Total Props: 0
I only lock em when I need em, but it won't hurt anything to leave them locked. But as mentioned, it will cause premature wear on the front end
Reply With Quote
+ 0 -
  #8  
Old 01-16-2009
281Thunder's Avatar
Member
 
I am: Travis G
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Vehicle: 1993 Ford Ranger
Posts: 150
Total Props: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lone Ranger 93 View Post
I only lock em when I need em, but it won't hurt anything to leave them locked. But as mentioned, it will cause premature wear on the front end
Premature wear as in what/where? I still have the auto hubs but i have the manuals on-order.
Reply With Quote
+ 0 -
  #9  
Old 01-16-2009
Member
 
I am: *** ***
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: ***
Vehicle: *** *** ***
Drive Type: ***
Engine: ***
Posts: 2,099
Total Props: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by slammed93 View Post
Premature wear as in what/where? I still have the auto hubs but i have the manuals on-order.
U-joints first, among other things, and definately swap to manuals. I had autos on my truck when I bought em, and they suck!
Reply With Quote
+ 0 -
  #10  
Old 01-16-2009
Downey's Avatar
RF Veteran
iTrader: (1)
 
I am: Cameron Downey
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Muncy, PA
Vehicle: 1994 Ford Ranger
Posts: 8,470
Total Props: 0
i only lock mine in when i need them they kill my gas mileage really bad when i have them in
Reply With Quote
+ 0 -
  #11  
Old 01-17-2009
07rangersport's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
I am: Tim Buckton
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Maple Ridge CANADA
Vehicle: 2006 Ford F-150
Posts: 800
Total Props: -1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jimmeh View Post
As long as they are both locked in, yes.

One of mine was locked, and one was not. Ended up rebuilding a hub. Thanks to plumbers playing a prank.
Thats not a prank. I would have kicked some a$$ if it were me.
Reply With Quote
+ 0 -
  #12  
Old 01-17-2009
Jimmeh's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
I am: James Paul
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Columbia Falls, MT
Vehicle: 1992 XLT 4X4 4.0 A4LD
Posts: 3,224
Total Props: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by 07rangersport View Post
Thats not a prank. I would have kicked some a$$ if it were me.
It's a fairly common prank here in Montana. People don't realize the damage, though.

I was never repayed for the damage, and I didn't have a strong enough case to try to take it to court. Never even got an apology. In fact, I was just messed with more.

However, we do not use that plumbing contractor anymore for the pranks, AND they charge too much.
Reply With Quote
+ 0 -
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
4x4 engaged thump noise? pogi69x Drivetrain Tech 2 03-28-2011 12:45 PM
A/C clutch not staying engaged when heater is on, battery fluctuates karlribbon SOHC - 2.3L & 2.5L Lima Engines 21 12-07-2010 10:13 AM
E-Brake stuck engaged. Replacing spring in the drum, help! Savage Drivetrain Tech 3 10-27-2009 05:13 PM
hubs dubsy a hubs a dubs, oh yea HUBS! blackbetty Drivetrain Tech 30 01-08-2007 08:30 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On





All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:12 AM.