Yall some good people, I'm not even a hardcore 4x4 man, it's a "just incase" truck for floods and a wagon to get my dog out, don't know how to sort hub engagement was going to get a cv but what? Cv n spine or outer? Now Im intrigued bout the hub but sweet.. More info is good got it like this, have done all lil jobs, bulbs etc surface rust, do that click and lower front bushes rear mount, exhaust and a brake cylinder then I'll be happy mechanically, oh and I got a new radiator and alternator to put in myselfDo you have hubs ?
They might not be going all the way in and when you do a slight turn might click.
OK, was up a driveway bout 10 metres and I have a gear stick inside my cabin to change to 4x4Welcome to the forum, and to your new vehicle! I cannot tell from your photo whether your locking hubs are automatic or manual. To get into 4wd, do you have to go out and turn the locking mechanism?
It’s important for you to know that these vehicles are part time 4wd - you MUST NOT drive them in 4wd (hubs locked and transfer case in 4wd) on any surface in which one of the wheels cannot slip - so beach, grass, snow, etc., but never on a dry road surface....and especially not on a dry road surface while making sharp turns (when you do this, your outer wheel is traveling farther than the inner one).
On the other hand, if you use 4wd every time you drive up your driveway, it would be a royal pita to have to remember to lock and then unlock the hubs as opposed to just getting in and driving away.Automatic hubs. I will say that I personally prefer the manuals, as you have more control over whether or not they’re locked. Just for your info, here is the instructions on how to lock and unlock the auto hubs:
To lock: stop the car, put the transfer case lever into 4L or 4H, then drive slowly forward and the hubs will lock.
To unlock: stop the car, and then drive about 10 feet in the opposite direction of the way you were just going, then shift the transfer case lever to 2H. The hubs will unlock.
As you can see from above, this can be a bit problematic and confusing. For example, if you are stuck and rocking your car back and forth to get out, do the hubs stay locked or do they unlock, etc. Also, it’s pretty difficult to service the auto hubs, where the manual ones can be taken apart and greased each autumn. And you can’t tell by looking at them, whether they are locked or not. In any event, this is what you have at the moment - if you ever decide to go for the manuals, you can easily change them.
Oh, that would really suck now wouldn't it!!auto hubs are fine, until you get stuck and try rocking the vehicle using forward and reverse gears, they they undo, lock, undo, and eventually smash themselves to bits.
If they did a set like the Nissan Safri's where they had an auto and a Lock position then you have the best of both worlds.
Always learning, so ok, I’ll ask.....Yes, auto locking hubs can be nice. As long as they work correctly.
The other time that you do not want auto locking hubs is if you use your TacKick as a towd. (Pull 4 wheels down behind a motorhome.) It isn't really and issue with the hubs themselves, it is how the transfer case works. If anyone asks, I can go into detail on why auto hubs are not good for towds.