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08' F350 4x4 Locking hubs stiff...

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Mid-Ohio Scaper, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Mid-Ohio Scaper

    Mid-Ohio Scaper Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    My push button auto 4x4 has stopped working forcing me to turn the hubs manually. My driver side hub is very stiff and requires pliers to turn it, unlike the passenger side which I can turn with my hand....

    Any experience with this or Thoughts?


    SMLCAT Member
    Messages: 85

    A couple of possibilities.
    Could be a vacuum line issue or a sensor...at least those were my problems.
  3. mwalsh9152

    mwalsh9152 Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    the newer hubs do get stiff like that. My left hub has been like that for the past few years, havent had a problem with it other than its stiff.
  4. magnatrac

    magnatrac PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,059

    My 07 had a stiff right side hub. It was just corrosion causing it to bind . The silver paint that is on the hub was starting to come off in the gap between the plastic hub (part you actually turn) and metal housing. If I kept it clean and sprayed the gap fluid film it would free up and spin easy like it should.
  5. damian

    damian Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    if you cant move it with pliers or are tired of fighting them the only choice you have is to replace them with factory ford replacement hubs as there is no aftermarket units for 08 and up auto hubs, not even manual replacements. Some internet searches will take you down hopefull roads but as of now there is no aftermarket hubs for 08 and up.
  6. sthoms3355

    sthoms3355 Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 87

    Need a new hub. Ford's OEM hubs only last 5 years or so.
  7. 03fordboss

    03fordboss Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 47

    Same with my 09, little fluid film between the hub and housing and been good for 2 years now.
  8. svc turf

    svc turf Member
    Messages: 58

    Take the hub out and grease it. Problem solved
  9. redneck farmer

    redneck farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    Fluid film or WD-40 will fix it I had the same problem before as well