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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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4x4 grinding

Alright, well I was out last night, we have had a good amount of snow this past week and it was snowing last night, 4wd has been working fine, ive been staying in 4hi, then all of a sudden last night when I go to accelerate it starts this baad grinding noise and it almost feels like I loose traction then it will stop then do it again.. any ideas? I searched but couldn't find anything really similar to what I was experiencing. Any help is appreciated. I have a 1998 F150 4x4
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4x4 light stays on, and there is no grinding or anything in 2wd.
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Did you drive in 4x4 on dry pavement??
Your 4x4 differential/transfercase may be gone



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i kinda had a similar experience, 97 explorer, off road, transfercase blew apart, not sure if they'd have the same t-case or not. Put your truck on ice and watch or have someone watch to see what the front wheels are doing
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I have drove on dry pavement before, but nothing for long amounts of time or anything. What can I do to determine what it is? Flip, won't the wheels turn anyways or what am I looking for?
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it sounds like your hubs are trying to engage/disengage. hows your vacuum line on your actuator?

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Well I just had this TYPE of prob with the bleubeast(F350) brutal grinding noise in 4x4, Ended up needing new hubs and UJoints. On my Black truck after my lift, I traveled a little more then the recomended 100miles before retorque and my transfercase dropped just enough to start grinding in 4x4....that got me torqin' preety quick


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The 98 F-150 have a vacuum actuated fork on the axle. Sometimes these tabs break off and only partally engauge the 4x4.Try removing the vacuum actuator and see if the fork moves with little or no effort.
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Thanks for all the responses, does anyone know what I can do to determine if its my transfer case or not? Im just trying to get a better idea of what shop to take it to.
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The 98 F-150 have a vacuum actuated fork on the axle. Sometimes these tabs break off and only partally engauge the 4x4.Try removing the vacuum actuator and see if the fork moves with little or no effort.
Exactly, or check the shift motor the linkage may be damaged or stuck

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