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I just bought this truck and have been getting it running a bit at a time. Most recently, I replaced the red ***** on the hubs, reassembled them, and ran into a problem testing them. I locked the hubs, put the shifter in 4WD Low, and drove a few feet. When I try to unlock the hubs, they won't unlock, and the shifter won't move.
I don't know what to do and would appreciate any help.
I jacked up the rear, the tires spun a bit and freed something up (maybe the transfer case). This freed up the 4WD shifter and allowed me to turn the hubs to Free. Now, I just need to figure out what I did in the first place to cause it to lock up.
Technically, as per the factory manual, you're supposed to place the transfer case in 2wd before you disengage the hubs,
but even this does not always work, in that case just drive in reverse 10-15 feet and this will allow you to disengage the hubs as well as the shifter.
I assembled the hubs correctly, and they appear to be working fine now. The problem was the lockup. I will what the manual says and then try backing up if that does not work. Both are a lot easier than jacking up the read end. And, it sounds like I need to keep it out of 4WD on dry pavement.
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