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Unread 09-22-2009, 08:54 AM   #1
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EZ-Locker Install issue

Hi Guys, I have just installed an EZ-Locker and I have screwwed something up. The drivers side front tire is locked and will not spin at all. Any ideas on what I may have screwed up ?

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Unread 09-22-2009, 08:58 AM   #2
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Hi Guys, I have just installed an EZ-Locker and I have screwwed something up. The drivers side front tire is locked and will not spin at all. Any ideas on what I may have screwed up ?
Locked up as in not turning at all? If yes, pull tire, and brakes on that side to see if that solves the problem.
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Unread 09-22-2009, 11:35 AM   #3
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Yep locked up as in not turning at all. Will try pulling the tire and brakes and see if that helps. Any other ideas ?
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Unread 09-22-2009, 11:47 AM   #4
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Yep locked up as in not turning at all. Will try pulling the tire and brakes and see if that helps. Any other ideas ?
If the passenger side turns, but the driverside doesn't, the brake/wheel area of the driverside is first place to look for trouble. You have confirmed that passenger side wheel turns? Any clicking sound heard? Is the TC is in 2wd?

If there isn't a problem found at the driverside wheel, you will need to back track your install into the diff. Normally, if you are going to have a problem with a lunchbox locker install, it is locker stays engaged, or locker never engages..........so I am a little more than confused about what else could have gone wrong with your install. Did you follow one of the popular write ups, or just use directions provided with locker?
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Can you turn the driveshaft by hand at all? I think you should take the diff cover off and get a buddy to try to turn the driveshaft and/or the wheel and see what it does. If your pass. side turns that means the locker is disengaging and not turning the carrier and the pinion. Have you tried unbolting the driveshaft and spinning it?
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Unread 09-22-2009, 12:10 PM   #6
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Can you turn the driveshaft by hand at all? I think you should take the diff cover off and get a buddy to try to turn the driveshaft and/or the wheel and see what it does. If your pass. side turns that means the locker is disengaging and not turning the carrier and the pinion. Have you tried unbolting the driveshaft and spinning it?
**IF** the passengerside turns while the driverside is locked/held from turning, and **IF** there is a clicking sound, it would mean the locker is working as designed and the problem is with the driverside wheel only. No need to pull diff cover. No need to waste gear oil, no need to mess with driveshaft. Pulling that front tire and brake is first step assuming all of the above is happening.
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Unread 09-22-2009, 01:48 PM   #7
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is the drive shaft on, and the TC in 4x4 (or N)? if it is, the locker will lock the drivers axle to the TC output (and engine/rear axle)
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**IF** the passengerside turns while the driverside is locked/held from turning, and **IF** there is a clicking sound, it would mean the locker is working as designed and the problem is with the driverside wheel only. No need to pull diff cover. No need to waste gear oil, no need to mess with driveshaft. Pulling that front tire and brake is first step assuming all of the above is happening.
$8 for a gallon of gear oil
$3 for a tube of RTV
Total= $11 and some time.

$140 for new gear set
$150 for install
$8 for a gallon of gear oil (break-in change)
$3 for a tube of RTV
Total=$301

To the OP, it's your jeep, do what you feel is necessary. If it were me, a little gear oil, RTV, and time aren't much compared to buying a new locker and/or gears. I installed my own and I don't think I'd ever do it again. Just my 2 cents.

Also, make sure your jeep is running (vacuum operated) and in 4wd when you spin the front pass. side tire because YJ front axles have the disconnect. So if your front axle isn't locked the pass. side will spin all the time.
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Unread 09-22-2009, 03:55 PM   #9
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$8 for a gallon of gear oil
$3 for a tube of RTV
Total= $11 and some time.

$140 for new gear set
$150 for install
$8 for a gallon of gear oil (break-in change)
$3 for a tube of RTV
Total=$301

To the OP, it's your jeep, do what you feel is necessary. If it were me, a little gear oil, RTV, and time aren't much compared to buying a new locker and/or gears. I installed my own and I don't think I'd ever do it again. Just my 2 cents.

Also, make sure your jeep is running (vacuum operated) and in 4wd when you spin the front pass. side tire because YJ front axles have the disconnect. So if your front axle isn't locked the pass. side will spin all the time.

I'm not saying that he might not end up pulling the diff cover. But he would feel pretty silly pulling the diff cover only to find out that he has a brake caliper or rotor issue. **IF** I understand the situation correctly, the front driverside tire/wheel is locked. It isn't moving, neither is the Jeep so the OP isn't going to damage anything by driving this Jeep because it won't drive(grin). At this point, all we have is a lot of lacking information........ At this time we almost have a BS post like "my Jeep makes a noise"....When the OP performs a couple simple test, and confirms a couple things, we will all have a better idea (hopefully) of where the problem maybe.
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Unread 09-23-2009, 11:19 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the ideas boys. I didn't get a chance to take a look at the Jeep yesterday so hopefully today after work I will have time to get into it and relay more information or hopefully give you the answer to what was wrong.
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