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Old 02-05-2019, 05:10 PM   #1
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Default Potentially noob question - manual hub use

I've owned a bunch of 4x4s, but they were all either auto hubs (88 and 98 chevy) or IFS Fords and Dodges with no unlocking feature at all. They were just always connected to the CV axles.

My 94 B4000 had broken auto hubs that I converted to manual. How long can I leave them engaged on dry roads? What is it about the manual hubs that requires them to be disengaged when my F150s were always engaged with no option to disengage?

'Splain me the difference.

I don't mind unlocking hubs, but (for instance) this past week we had a day of about 6" of snow, then dry roads for a day or so, then another inch. In anticipation of maybe needing 4wd for my driveway, or the unmaintained roads on the way to work, I just left the hubs engaged for three days. I didn't feel like getting out in 5 degree weather three times in 20 minutes every time I turned onto unmaintained pavement.
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A lot of people up here leave them engaged winter long. I do. Mileage suffers a little.
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