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    Default Auto locking hubs

    Hello Everyone-

    I just signed up as a new member and I'm looking for some diagnostic help. I am the proud owner of a 1990 GMC Suburban 4X4 3/4 ton. It has Auto locking hubs. Lately when coming to a stop I hear and feel a clunking coming from the front end. And yesterday as I was leaving the house down the street as I applied the brakes the clunking happened and then a loud clicking noise, like a caoster between the spokes on a bicycle. Based on my reading and research it sounds like I might have and issue with my auto hubs. I checked the tranny fluid and had to add 1 1/2 quarts, but it shifts fine and doesn't slip. and for it to happen only when I am coming to a stop baffles me.

    Any help would be much appreciated!

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    It may be the front hubs locking. Luckily, that doesn't have anything to do with the transmission case or transmission like you were fearing. I'm not 100% on the method GM uses to lock their front hubs, but it should be purely mechanical within the hub. Your cheapest and probably best fix would be to get a set of manual locking hubs and never worry about it again. Auto hubs can't be relied upon to work when you need them.

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    Thanks Crawdaddy for the reply. It is the hub. I put it in 4WD and it doesn't make the cunking sound or clicking noise. When I dis-engaged it I backed up and throttled it a bit and felt it unlock. Shifted it back into 2WD and it is fixed. I'll be servicing and inspecting the hubs this weekend. If necessary I will replace them with Warn Premium manual hubs.

    Happy New Year!


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