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Old July 2nd, 2009, 08:41 PM   #1
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i had to tear down a dana 44 front in a 78 bronco last weekend cause of bad bearings. i have not taken apart a full size axle since i was in college. it all went well, got it apart, new bearings, new seals are in. when i was putting it back together i got the hub in, and both snap rings are on. i put the outer part of the lock out back on and it dont like to lock and unlock as nice as it used to, the hubs are pretty new warn premiums. they will lock and unlock, but you gotta play with them a little. it used to be really smooth. i tried taking them off and lining them up differently but it feels similar. im sure i just dont have the cap lined up to inside hub correctly. is there an easy way for me to tell if i have it lined up right? im sure there is something easy im missing, please enlighten me. this question is so dumb i hate to even ask, but i gotta know.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 09:44 PM   #2
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You dont have it full of grease do you? If you do it will stick bad. The only thing that makes it pop in and out is the big spring. IIRC the spring should be attached to both sides (outer part and splined part) in a little groove so it pulls the splined part out of the hub when you unlock the hubs. Rotating it in the hub wont help you I don't think.
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[QUOTE=ppkaprince98;1752945]You dont have it full of grease do you? If you do it will stick bad. QUOTE]

#1 problem I ever see with lockouts...for some reason, most people think they need to tear them apart and puts lots of grease in them, which just causes problems...if you did grease them, then just clean out the grease and dump some heavy engine oil in them (I usually use 15-40) let them sit for 10-15 minutes, dump out the excess and install...
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you guys were right. it was too much grease. i did not add very much?? works great now. thx!
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