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4x4 Manual locking hub stuck in "lock"

The left manual locking hub on my 1995 suzuki sidekick is stuck in the lock position. It won't turn to free no matter how much pressure is put on it.

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What I have done in the past when manual locking hubs were difficult, is have a friend get in the vehicle and slowly roll backwards while I attempted to unlock the hub.

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