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post #1 of 12 Old 01-29-2002, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Question Driving with hubs locked?

How will it affect my Jeep, if I have my hubs locked while NOT in 4WD? The reason I ask is, I lock them while playing in mud, & I don't need to use 4WD unless I have to. Most of the time I am in 2WD until I do get buried, and it's only then, I will switch to 4-low. No problems so far. Just curious to know if there maybe some problems down the road. Thanks.


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post #2 of 12 Old 01-30-2002, 07:40 AM
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I do it without problem as well - I think the only thing that locking your hubs really effects is a little gas mileage. There has been discussion in the forum on this subject before and the general consensus is that it does not cause any damage - especially at lower speeds and in off-road conditions.

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They way that I understand it is that it is good to do this on occassions as it seems as if it would help keep the hubs lubbed (sp?).

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Another vote for No prob.

I run mine all the time in winter and when flat towing(someone said it helps lube the T-case)

Right now I am running mine continuosly to get some miles on my new R&P.

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post #5 of 12 Old 01-31-2002, 07:38 PM
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No, keeping the front hubs locked will NOT keep the T-Case lubed. (Dana 300).
To flat tow the CJ, one must either remove the DriveShaft, or install a Warn Full Floating axel kit, with Locking hubs.
This is especially true if a TeraLo 4/1 kit has been installed..
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No, keeping the front hubs locked will NOT keep the T-Case lubed. (Dana 300).
To flat tow the CJ, one must either remove the DriveShaft, or install a Warn Full Floating axel kit, with Locking hubs.
This is especially true if a TeraLo 4/1 kit has been installed..
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Why not? Drive shaft spins T-case gears which causes gear splash right?

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I'm no expert, but I talked to the experts at Jeep R Us and they said the Warn full floating axel kit is best, but if you don't want to spend the extra money, you can stop towing every 300 or so miles and start the Jeep engine. This will splash lube the transfer case.

(Flat Towing is what we're talking about now)

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post #8 of 12 Old 02-06-2002, 05:04 PM
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To get the splash lube you'd need to get the shaft in the transfer case spinning to create splash.
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-06-2002, 11:52 PM
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If you constantly drive with the front hubs locked there will be minor additional wear on the axle components.(I always questioned how much wear there could actually be)

If you are doing it ocassionaly when you are in winter weather or four wheeling I would not worry.

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post #10 of 12 Old 02-07-2002, 12:42 AM
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If you look at the D300 you'll see that the filler hole is high enough that the rear driveshaft would catch lube as it spins. Otherwise your transfer case would lock up after just driving it a short distance. That's because your transfer case is running all the time. If you don't agree, think about this. Why would the recommended transfer case oil change be the same as the transmission. The lube doesn't go bad sitting in a bottle so therefore it wouldn't in a sealed box. Hope this helps.

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My thought son locking hubs:
The theory of unlocking the hubs was to help in the gas mileage department and to save the knuckles from abuse on hard road surface.
Well now they make front wheel drive cars and all of a sudden the knuckle issue ..is not and issue.
You can feel the steering wheel grab alittle if you turn the wheel all the way to lock but how often does one do that?
My wifes truck has 250K on the odometer and we have not replace a knuckle yet and as soon as the roads aget a bit slushy..she locks them in.

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Well I am definetly no expert in the T-case dept. One member here suggested it would lube the front. Either was I am not concerned about a prob for the moderate amount I flat tow my CJ. BTW the issue for me is no longer I picked up a car hauler the other day.

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