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Front end woes

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 80blazer, Apr 2, 2001.

  1. 80blazer

    80blazer Registered Member

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    Hi all: I have a problem, I just took the blazer out to check out the 4x4 and it failed. I locked in the hubs and they made the infamose clicking noise in two wheel drive. I then shifted into 4x4 the clicking went away but when I tried to climb a steep hard packed hill the clicking came back and, the front did not pull. I bought the truck without the motor and do not know if the hubs worked (the hubs I believe are factory spicer). I do know the front driveshaft turns and the axel shafts lock in while in 4x4. My question is are the hubs toast or did I not put them back together right. Thank you for your help.

    Its time to lock them in!
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    The only problem I've ever had with my Spicer hubs was when the grease got all gummy on me and they would not move freely enough inside. All I did was clean them out and re-grease them...

    Rene

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    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    One other thing with Spicers(and some others) is that if you dont put them together right, the gears inside wont mesh and wont lock together.

    Get a Haynes or Chilton manual and see if they are together right....

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  4. 80blazer

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    Thanx I pulled them apart a week ago and cleaned the heck out of them, but one thing i noticed was the plastic dial was worn pretty bad. Could this have something to do with not holding. Thank you for your help.

    Its time to lock them in!
     
  5. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Went to move my truck with no rear driveshaft and got the nice clicking from the front hubs. I bought some used Spicer hubs, but didn't even know they were supposed to have a spring "retainer"...not enough preload to engage the hubs.

    Dorian
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    I thought greasing hubs was a no no!

    "My blazer may be slow, but it goes faster at higher speeds"

    Jim
     
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    Seems like there is an ongoing controversy about whether to grease hubs or not. The instructions that come with the aftermarket lockout hubs simply state NOT to grease the lockouts....they come from the factory pregreased. Now if someone had to clean the hubs and needed to grease them again, they should just wipe the contact surfaces with light coating of grease by fingertips. Do NOT glop on the grease. Just a little bit of grease goes a long way in maintaining the life of a lock out hub.
     
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    I've heard of guys using atf too... but have never tried it.

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