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Old 04-24-2012
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hi everyone, sorry i havent been on much. anyways ive been having trouble with my 4x4 in my 97.(automatic hubs) i figured id consult ranger forums for advice.. So my when i put it into 4x4 i heard a grinding like noise and some popping coming from driverside front tire also when i put it back into reverse i hear my driverside tire whining or humming? put back in drive 2X4 she drives normal. hubs? transfercase? please tell me what you think.
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Sounds like the auto hubs to me need an upgrade.

Although with the TTB trucks it could be the u joint on the driver side.
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alright thanx for the suggestions. im having a mechanic look at it soon
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If you dont wheel it, I would suggest upgrading to milemarker lockout hubs or something simularly cheap. Dont forget to get the new spindle hardware (inner/outer nut, lockwasher) as well.

The auto hubs are a waste of time IMHO. Really not worth fixing bc they're a constant problem waiting to happen.

As for checking the u-joint, reach in between the knuckle and check for play. Im willing to be the u-joint that would be bad is the inner driverside u-joint by the differential.
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