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Old 01-28-2009
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Okay, so I took the truck wheeling a few months ago. Turned out to be a lot rougher than anticipated. It was dumb. That's not the pointl

The point is that when I was getting pulled out, I think I grrenaded my stock auto-locking hubs. There was a loud "PANG!" and I lost traction under my front tires. I immediately switched it to 2wd, afraid I was going to damage something.

Two questions:

1) Did I blow the hubs? I think I did and my buddies thought so too,but is there a way to check without damaging the axle shaft (aka trying to engage it)?

2) If they blew out, how much would it cost to replace them? I don't want manual-lockers because I don't plan on offroading again anytime soon. I just want the stock automatic hub assembly. Parts? Labor? Is it something I should try and do myself or leave to a professional?

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If they blew out, how much would it cost to replace them? I don't want manual-lockers because I don't plan on offroading again anytime soon. I just want the stock automatic hub assembly. Parts? Labor? Is it something I should try and do myself or leave to a professional?
It might be cheaper for you to actually get a set of Warn Manual locking hubs, then getting a set from the stealership.

As for if you blew up your hubs...I dont know how to check them on the pre-97 ones

sorry
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Put the truck on a rack or jack stands. Engage 4wd and see if the tires turn.

I'm sure manual hubs are cheaper than the stock ones. Even if you don't intend to go offroading soon I would still get them.
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Take the front wheels off and pull the hubs off. If the splines looked messed up and there are metal shavings you need new hubs.
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thanks guys, so what would the "PANG" indicate, an internal mechanism of the hub itself?
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thanks guys, so what would the "PANG" indicate, an internal mechanism of the hub itself?
Yup, I had it happen on my '95.
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I have a 2000 ranger xlt 3" lift 32's, i put on a set of avm manual locking hubs because i broke the stock ones, the vacume system doesnt like mud. Well i blew out the avm hubs, and then blew out another set, and just tonight i was driving in the snow and one of the hubs just blew apart. I dont think warn makes a hub for my year truck. does anyone know of a better brand?
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