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Old 12-12-2005, 12:11 PM
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Broken hub?

a couple months ago (pics in gallery) my truck was in an accident and i've finally got it back on the road ($1000 later)

i did the suspension work and bumper myself, but had a shop do the frame work and windshield. when i was working on it i noticed that when i locked the hubs in the front and had the transfer case in 4, the front right tire would still spin and there would be a quite clicking sound.

when my truck hit the ditch the hubs were locked but the truck was not in four wheel drive. i'm not an expert mechanic but i think this within my range. am i looking at a whole new hub assembly or is there one part that is probably broken, that i could probably just get out of a junk yard?
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What year truck? auto hubs or manual? If they're auto, swap them out for manual hubs, they're stronger and infinitely more reliable.
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oh yeah, should have mentioned it's a 95 with manual locking hubs
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It could be the hubs, or it could be something internal to the differential. Take the hubs out and look for anything strange.

One time I had a Bronco that had the passenger side TTB arm bent. Had to replace the arm, but before it did, it would chew up hubs. Make sure the shaft on that side isn't touching the TTB arm.
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oh man, i keep forgetting things that i should be writing.

when i was turning the wheel and it was clicking, i could see that the shaft was not turning.

i also pulled the cap assembly off, and what i could see looked ok

sorry it's taken so many posts to give this info

what is a ttb arm.
i had to replace the radius arm on that side because it was terribly bent.

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If you hit hard enough to bend the radius arm you've probably got lots more problems that you don't know about. Anyway the TTB arms are the components that go from a pivot on the crossmember out to either spindle (left to right) It's what the front of the radius arms (fore and aft) are attached to. This is probably also bent. as far as the clicking goes, I have installed the collar? that engages the hub to the spindle splines inside the hub backwards and it was enough to just prevent it from engaging and it clicked when turned.
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