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Auto locking hubs
      #615685 - 12/09/15 06:18 PM

I've been on this forum for many years through my past 3 Nissan hardbodies, and the 125k that I have put on my current 2004 d22 frontier. I have always been able to find answers to my questions until now. For the past couple years my frontier has been pulling to the left side a little. I didn't really think much about it until recently when a noise arose that sounds similar to a cv shaft going out. Upon inspection I realized my passenger side CV shaft has grease seeping from around the inner boot. Upon further analysis I discovered that my driver side auto locking hub is not releasing the axle and causing the passenger axle to spin in reverse while I'm driving. I pulled the auto locking hub and counted the splines on the axle and there are 28. Based on what I have read on various forums, I bought rugged ridge 15001.61 manual locking hubs for the 28 spline axle but they don't fit. They fit the axle, but they don't slide on far enough to meet the hub. This picture shows the RR on the left and the factory auto hub on the right.

And here is a picture of the RR hub on the axle with the 1/2" gap between it and the bearing hub.

I need to know what hubs I can buy that will fit my truck. My commute to work is 80 miles round trip and now that I realize what is going on, I really don't feel safe driving my truck to work. Any help is greatly appreciated.

1996 4wd pickup
1994 2wd pickup

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Re: Auto locking hubs [Re: diddle]
      #615686 - 12/09/15 07:07 PM

I officially feel like a jackass. I found this video on YouTube that outlines what I did wrong. https://youtu.be/b1iqq-ExoDA
Hopefully this will help out someone else going from failing auto hubs to manual hubs. Sorry for being such a noob on this one guys.

1996 4wd pickup
1994 2wd pickup

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Loc: Washington State
Re: Auto locking hubs [Re: diddle]
      #615689 - 12/28/15 10:24 AM

Good stuff to know. I'll be looking int replacing my Auto Locking hubs in the future. They haven't given me any issues yet...

This is how people learn. Either from expert prognosis or yours/other peoples misfortune.

Good Luck and have Fun!!

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Re: Auto locking hubs [Re: ET1Bob]
      #615698 - 01/08/16 09:41 PM

Don't feel bad, that's how you learn! What's funny is I saw a YouTube video the other day for doing a manual hub swap on a Dana 50 TTB (Ford F-250) and the guy pulled the snap ring out for the stub shaft and just left it out of the assembly instead of snapping it back on in the second groove at the end of the stub. I replied in his video comments to inform him of his error.

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Reged: 02/10/17
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Re: Auto locking hubs [Re: OnlyOneDR]
      #615735 - 02/10/17 01:39 AM

What can you tell about Frontier? I choose between this and Mitsubishi Triton as my second car. I would love to see some info on newer Frontier but the old ones are also good.

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