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Old 01-28-2013, 12:00 PM   #11
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I bought a newer 4x4 because they do NOT have manual
I still remember the manual--Don't want no more manual

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Old 01-28-2013, 12:25 PM   #12
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My 82 Blazer has manual hubs. Every time it snows I with I had autos. I left Grand Junction to go to Denver a few years ago. The roads were dry in Grand Junction. After about an hour the temp dropped dramatically. The road started to freeze right in front of me. There were cars all around me sliding backwards down the hill. I made it through and a couple other big SUVs. But it was teriffying getting out of the truck to lock the hubs with all these cars out of control around me.

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Old 01-28-2013, 02:36 PM   #13
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It depends on how the mechanism works... I dont know about anything but IH's, but the auto hubs on the '70's Scouts were just as reliable as the manual ones. They engaged when the front driveshaft started to spin, and didnt rely on any vacuum or electrical.
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I know all my buddies with "new" 4x4's always have trouble (Except for the one with a Range Rover..)

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Sold my 96 GMC ZR2 a few months ago, auto hubs, 16 years and 266,000 miles on the odo. Hubs never gave me one problem ever. Mostly a daily driver but it did see MANY a nasty trail through the years, and light/medium towing. For me auto hubs is where it's at! I know what you are saying though, my friend tows his bobcats/other loaders to muddy job sites all the time, he has HD manuals, and for good reason. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I would defend auto's 100% unless I was doing that stuff or running a dedicated off-road rig.

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All the trucks I've owned have had auto hubs and never had any problems.

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I have had 3 trucks with autos and never had a problem. My father has a 04 f350 and ford had to enlarge the vacuum ports on the axle when it was new (it was a recall) and no problems since then

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The problem with auto's is the owner. You need to turn on the 4x4 more than twice a year. I have a 12 year old truck with auto's and they work perfectly. It sure beats getting out in the snow. I engage the 4x4 at least once a month. Usually every time it rains I run in 4x4 for a few miles. This keeps things lubricated. It's like the old saying "use it or lose it".

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I have never owned a 4 wheel drive that I didn't have to repair at some point. One Chevrolet had problems and I never locked into 4 wheel drive. The truck was over 10 years old. But I never had to lock it into 4 wheel drive the entire time I owned it. I would buy the truck that gets the best gas mileage to save for repairs.

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