Troubleshooting Ford F250 Manual Locking Hubs Problems: From Identification to Solution

How to Fix Stuck Manual Hubs on Super Duties

Today we’re tackling the problem of manual hubs getting stuck on Super Duties. This is a common issue that can be caused by corrosion buildup, making it difficult to turn them. I’m going to guide you through the process of taking them apart and fixing them so that they move freely.

Identifying the Problem

The Super Duties have a manual lockout that can be operated manually when there are issues with the vacuum operation of the auto lockout. However, corrosion can cause these manual hubs to get stuck, requiring them to be taken apart and cleaned up.

Taking Apart the Hubs

If you have the style of wheels with a center cap, you won’t have to take off the wheel. However, for other types, you’d need to remove the wheel to access the lockout hub. The hub is secured with Loctite, and it’s essential to handle the Allen bolts with care to avoid snapping them off.

Cleaning and Lubricating the Hubs

According to Ford, the unit is non-serviceable, but with some DIY tricks, it can be fixed. Corrosion and stuck components can be treated with heat and lubricants to free up the hubs. Additionally, cleaning and lubricating the vacuum diaphragm is also crucial for smooth operation.

Finding a Solution

After thorough cleaning and inspection, it was discovered that the hubs were actually broken. Despite the efforts to free them up, it was evident that a new set of hubs would be necessary to resolve the issue.

Putting it All Together

After addressing the immediate concerns, the hubs were reassembled, ensuring proper engagement and disengagement. Although new hubs would ultimately be required, the immediate problem of the stuck hubs has been addressed for the time being.

In conclusion, it’s essential to maintain and address issues with manual hubs for optimal performance. If you found this guide helpful, consider giving it a thumbs up and subscribing to the channel for more valuable content. Safe travels, and I hope to see you on the road!

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What are the manual hubs on the Super Duties?

The Super Duties have a manual lockout that can be used in automatic mode or flipped manually to lock it.

What can cause the manual hubs to get stuck?

Corrosion build-up in the hubs can cause them to get stuck and unable to turn.

How can I fix the manual hubs when they get stuck?

You can disassemble the hubs, clean and lubricate them, and inspect the vacuum diaphragm for any issues. It is important to be careful with the components and use heat to loosen up Loctite on bolts.

What if the hubs are broken?

If the hubs are broken, they may need to be replaced with new ones.

Any precautions to take when reassembling the hubs?

It is important to ensure the parts are cleaned and lubricated properly, and to be cautious with the reassembly process to avoid damaging any components.

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