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Old 07-21-2012, 08:12 PM   #1
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Silly 4x4 Question: driving reverse to unlock hubs?

Hello All,
I've not been able to find this anywhere, but please confirm: am I right in thinking I don't have to drive my Wrangler in reverse after taking it out of 4 wheel drive?

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Old 07-21-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:16 PM   #4
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:21 PM   #5
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that's what some of the 1970s-80s style GM hubs needed....not this design.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:22 PM   #6
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Cool, thanks!

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Old 07-21-2012, 08:24 PM   #7
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Try telling My dad that you dont have to do it anymore. He still backs up his 2006 Z71. I have even pointed out to him that they dont even have hubs on them. Old habits die hard I guess.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:25 PM   #8
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JK hun\bs are always locked. Even the old manual hubs on CJ's did not require backing up, you simply turned the handle on each one. Where I think the confusion is coming from is that backing up is a way to fix binding caused by driving in 4WD on pavement. I can also help get you into 4L if you are having an issue lining up the gears.
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:20 PM   #9
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Ford also required (past tense) this procedure for a while. I had a '91 Explorer and '95 Bronco that required backing up about 20', per the owner's manual. My 2005 Explorer did not require backing up to release.

It just depends on the type of 4x4 system in the vehicle.

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Old 07-22-2012, 01:17 AM   #10
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Yep, I still gotta drop the clutch in Reverse in my old 67 Chebby Truck to get the Rockwell out of 4-LO... Not high tech like these newer Jeeps... "BH"
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:43 AM   #11
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My Nissan Frontier needed to be backed up after disengaging 4 wheel drive, too.

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