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Loud bang switching to 4x4 uphill

I manually locked my warn hubs and put it in 4x4 High half way up my steep driveway in snow and gassed it and heard a loud bang. the 4x4 worked bc i got up the driveway but dont know what the loud bang could have been

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  • Patrick Martin Jan 03, 2013

    if the 4 wheel drivestill work do you think the loud bang caused any damage elsewhere?

  • Bill Lindsey Jan 03, 2013

    Not likley if this is the first time you've had this issue but your truck is 13 years old. Maybe it's time you start putting it in fwd before you get to your driveway. Also if you have manual locking hubs, it should'nt hurt to leave them locked and ingage and disengage through your transfer case as long as your just running around town. PS I'd like to know if that works out for you. I used to leave the hubs locked all winter long in a toyota truck i had and it didn't hurt anything

  • Patrick Martin Jan 03, 2013

    yea typically i leave the hubs engaged about twice a month for short distance non highway driving as i heard that can help the life of them. i have never had a 4x4 problem with my truck until i heard this bang and man was it loud. i assumed it was bc i gave it a bit too much gas without allowing it to roll at all and engage while already being at a steep angle in the snow/ice. i also have 37 bfg mud terrains and a 5 inch lift and am due for ball joints. i just hope i didnt do any damage and dont need driveshaft ujoints or center bearing

  • Bill Lindsey Jan 04, 2013

    your probably right about your truck not being all the way ingaged when you accelerated.

  • Bill Lindsey Jan 04, 2013

    I did the same thing in my silverado several years ago and haven't had any trouble after that

  • Patrick Martin Jan 04, 2013

    yea no problems with 4x4 or noises in or out of 4x4 all day. i am worried about a clicking sound i hear in my rear end typically from a stop to a go and hitting bumps at angles like into a driveway. center bearing? thats what i think atleast

  • Bill Lindsey Jan 04, 2013

    Check the center caps on your wheels. If thats what it is you can bend the flange slightly. If they are plastic 2 or 3 thin coats of RTV gasket maker (not adhesive) should stop that noise

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Could be one of your hubs wasn't fully locked or maybe your transfer case wasn't fully ingaged

Posted on Jan 03, 2013

Testimonial: "i was unsure if i had to slowly roll to fully engage but may haven given it to much gas. it was in park i got out and locked the hubs hopped in put in 4 high then immediatly gassed it and kaboom. im worried if i did any damage. i have never had a problem with my 4x4 but i usuall engage at bottom of driveway and slow roll"

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SOURCE: warn manual hub install 2000 f-250

When you turn the knob to 4x4 the transfer case will engage then it will also activate the vacuum for the hubs. the truck will kick to a lower gear with transfer case engaged but the hubs are not. thats where the manual hubs come in you will have to lock them in order to spin the wheel.

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SOURCE: 03 f250 w/6.0 4x4

Sounds like a problem with the elctronics to me?

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SOURCE: automatic 4x4 locking hubs one side not locking in

There is a possibility the axel U-joint is binding, this will put side load on the hubs and keep them from working properly. Turn the steering wheel either far right or left and with front of truck off the ground or the front end disengaged, see if the axel shafts turn free, both sides. If there is binding the U-joint(s) will have to be replaced.

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