Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
All of the components of the 4wd system spin all of the time.
This includes the front 1/2 shafts as well as the front drive shaft, and thus, the front differential. I was pretty well pissed off when I found this out, as I wanted to know how the front hubs locked/unlocked. Since they are constantly spinning, the hubs do not have to lock/unlock. All the transfer case does is engage the front drive shaft, and lock it to the rear drive shaft: 50/50.
You do have to take it to a dealer to check the transmission fluid - how much $ would it have cost to give every Nitro a dipstick?
Since you have replaced your front hubs, have them look at the front 1/2 shafts, front differential, and front drive shaft - could be a bad bearing somewhere, or low fluid in the front differential.
2011 Nitro Heat 4x4: Bright Silver Metallic, Dark Slate Gray; Customer Preferred Package 24C; Trailer Tow Group; Hood-to-Fender Stripes; Navus 2; Uconnect.
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