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95 vitara Hubs

Hey guys, i have a 95 vitara and have been hearing this strange clanking noise coming from my front wheels... i've noticed over time a decrease in power at the front wheels when in 4x4 mode. recently i went on a trip and lost all power to my fron wheels and am wondering what could've caused this... whenever i engage the front hubs after about 15kms per hour it starts to make this strange grinding like noise... is it the hubs or something else?

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Check the gear case lubricant level , front propeller shaft

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SOURCE: vitara freewheel hubs stuck in drive position . ( jx4u2 mod.)

Yes you can strip them down but its not easy and you need to be mindfull that there are two large springs inside. You will prob find that there is a part inside that has disintergrated causing the hub to stay in drive. Not sure if you can buy the pars singally though.

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