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Old 10-10-2013, 14:53   #1 (permalink)
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man locking hubs

hello all!

I have a 96 150 with the manual locking hubs on the dana 44 front axel. My question would be with the hubs. I've had these off a couple of times to change ball joints etc. since the allen heads are fairly stripped out I've been using a t25 socket to remove the screws for the hubs. I'd like to get some new bolts but I've noticed that the hubs don't sit securely in the wheel. the bolts are as tight as they will go. Do these streatch over time or is something wore out? I need to decide soon because I'm pretty sure I have a bad bearing on one side to the point I can see grease seeping out of the mating surface between the hub and the rotor. any help or a good course of action would be appreciated

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Old 10-10-2013, 21:06   #2 (permalink)
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If they are the original auto locking hubs may be best to look into a set of aftermarket hubs. The bolts can stretch or something else could be out if place.


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I know this is late but make sure that the snap ring is still in place that secures the part that the screws go into ...
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totally forgot to update.


Pulled off one of the hubs(had to drill four of the bolts out). Everything looked normal. reinstalled the covers using new bolts that were about 1/16" shorter than the old ones. This really seemed to snug it up quite a bit. I would say however the play in the hubs was nothing but a result of wear and tear. As far as I know they've been on the truck for 17 years and traveled with it for 175,000 miles. not engaged the whole time obviously but when you have to get out of the truck to engage the 4wd it's usually not for fun, it's hard work(for the truck...I have fun lol)
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Thanks for the update. Glad it's holding together


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totally forgot to update.


Pulled off one of the hubs(had to drill four of the bolts out). Everything looked normal. reinstalled the covers using new bolts that were about 1/16" shorter than the old ones. This really seemed to snug it up quite a bit. I would say however the play in the hubs was nothing but a result of wear and tear. As far as I know they've been on the truck for 17 years and traveled with it for 175,000 miles. not engaged the whole time obviously but when you have to get out of the truck to engage the 4wd it's usually not for fun, it's hard work(for the truck...I have fun lol)
Glad to see you got it worked out
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