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flat tow and locking hub questions

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by ljspop, May 26, 2005.

  1. May 26, 2005
    ljspop

    ljspop Lurking Bronco Dude

    San Diego, CA
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    Test towed the Jeep this afternoon and 2 problems -

    1 - it doesn't track worth a dern anymore. Would bigger tires cause this - any suggestions for remedies are appreciated

    2 - Unlocked the rear hubs to tow it home. When I got home I relocked them and unhooked the jeep. Now picture this - I'm on a slight incline with the Jeep rolling toward the tow car thinking the hubs are gonna snap lock into place any second. Never happened. :shock: Luckily it was just a slight incline and I was able to muscle the Jeep to a stop. I put it in 4wd and locked the front hubs with just a slight rocking motion and drove into my driveway in front wheel drive. What would cause the rear hubs not to re-engage. They're used but cleaned out real well and seemed to be ok prior to this. Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  2. May 27, 2005
    CJ Joe

    CJ Joe Truckhaven Tough!

    Pinon Hills, CA
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    Bob,

    Tracking problem. I've notice HUGE differences in tracking depending on tire pressure. Higher the pressure the straighter they run. I tow at 40 PSI. At trail pressure, an asphalt seam will send me into the sagebrush.
     
  3. May 27, 2005
    ljspop

    ljspop Lurking Bronco Dude

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    Thanks Joe.

    After searching here - I'm gonna try to pick up an angle finder tommorrow and double check the caster too.
     
  4. May 27, 2005
    jpflat2a

    jpflat2a what's that noise?

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    #2- transfer case in neutral would be the only thing I can think of
    what brand of hubs on the rear?
     
  5. May 27, 2005
    ljspop

    ljspop Lurking Bronco Dude

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    Warns. X-fer was in gear. I heard one pop into place after I drove about 20 ft.
     
  6. May 27, 2005
    nickmil

    nickmil In mothballs.

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    If there was too much grease in the hub or if it is too sticky it could cause the clutch ring to engage slow. Once it started rolling it would be hard for the clutch ring to engage the drive gear also. Nickmil.
     
  7. May 27, 2005
    Chris Insull

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    If you've got a Warn OD and it was in neutral, it would also roll with the trans/ xfer in gear.
     
  8. May 27, 2005
    jpflat2a

    jpflat2a what's that noise?

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    X2 what Chris said
    the rear axles are also a fine spline, 27 spline maybe?
    that might also explain the delay, more precise engagement
    lesson learned, rock the Jeep before disconnecting from m/home
     
  9. May 27, 2005
    181jeep

    181jeep Banned

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    yeah, and I didn't think about it till I found out the hard way, the emergency brake isn't much good either with the hubs unlocked.

    JB
     
  10. May 27, 2005
    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    FWIW, I towed my Jeep over 3000 miles last week, with the tires at 24 PSI, even lower when I dropped in altitude. (24 PSI at 7500 ft.) Towed great. I had intended to raise the pressure, just never did....
     
  11. May 27, 2005
    rocnrol

    rocnrol Member

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    yeh............ got 33's on mine and drive/tow it at 27ish psi.
     
  12. May 31, 2005
    razorsedge

    razorsedge jeeppaul

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    I used 3 degree shims to bring the pinion down and my jeep drives and tows much better
     
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