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Old 04-20-2010, 11:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1997 Tracker, 4 Wheel Drive, manual hubs, 2H, 4H, 4L

This 1997 Tracker is my first 4wd vehicle.
Manual locking front hubs (at front wheels)

2H- I understand this is normal 2wd, provided the front hubs are not locked.
Q1- Is it OK if the front hubs are left locked while in 2H operation for long periods?
Q2- If the front hubs are locked while in 2H. The front wheels are meshed together, and will not turn independant of each other, making it harder to turn, correct?

4H-
Q3- does anything bad happen if the vehicle is driven in 4H for long periods, if the front hubs are not locked?
Q4- I suppose this simply spins the transfer case for no good reason?
Q5- does this lock the rear wheels together?

Q6- 4L & 4H are identical, except for lower gearing, right?
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would unlock the front hubs when you're not going to use 4wd. I is so easy to unlock them.

The differential is made to allow one wheel to turn faster than the other, so you will only notice, at least I do, some more vibration, and lower gas mileage.

DO NOT engage the 4wd without locking the front hubs

You cannot do anything to the rear wheels("lock them together") without adding a spool or locker or lsd or welding the spider gears. The only thing you should do with it is change out the gear oil(in all three boxes)
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I would unlock the front hubs when you're not going to use 4wd. I is so easy to unlock them.

The differential is made to allow one wheel to turn faster than the other, so you will only notice, at least I do, some more vibration, and lower gas mileage.

DO NOT engage the 4wd without locking the front hubs

You cannot do anything to the rear wheels("lock them together") without adding a spool or locker or lsd or welding the spider gears. The only thing you should do with it is change out the gear oil(in all three boxes)
Cool, thanks
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And never use 4wd without low traction conditions. The drivetrain will bind and break. It's been said that even wet pavement is not loose enough for 4wd operation.

There's a great section on 4wd operation in the glove box operator's manual. If you need one, read the sticky on service manuals and there's a number there where you can get one for free. Oh, it's a Tracker. There should be a link in that sticky where you can download the OpMan from GM for free.
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wet and dry pavement is same.
wind up

see TSB on your car on how to UNWIND your car.

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Sorry, what is TSB?
And to poster: the operating manual actually advises you to lock your hubs about once a month,(no need to put transfer case in 4wd) in order to keep the hubs lubed properly. Turning is a slight issue here, as the front wheels are turning at the same rate, even though they are going a different distance in the turn. Our cars do not have a locking rear differential, so the rear wheels are not locked.
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TSB = Technical Service Bulletin
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Thanks Guys!

Great Advice. I've done the advised reading, and it was very informative. I've never had a 4wd before, and I didn't realize such information.

Thanks again!
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wind up
Driveline bind, binding hubs, axle wind up, axle bind, drive line wind up - all terms for one thing: stress due to part time 4 wheel drive

TSB suz
for the unfortunate.
the actual TSB, on how to undo it.

http://kick-fix.com/tranny/xfr-case/...up/ts327aw.jpg
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do a wiki read on
part time 4 wheel drive.

not AWD at all.
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