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Old 06-11-2014, 09:00 AM   #211
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Thanks for the reply. I looked at the ebay site you posted. Will more than likely I will order from their ebay site.
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Old 06-11-2014, 10:06 AM   #212
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Is this the correct part? Just want to double check before I order it. Thanks in advance.

http://www.tascaparts.com/ford/f-150...e=4wd-actuator
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:31 AM   #213
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:36 PM   #214
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Here is my problem now.

Before when I lifted the front right tire, the tire would spin without the half shaft moving. This was with the truck off and in 2WD. I was getting the infamous grinding noise. The front left tire would spin with the half shaft with the truck off in 2WD.

I ordered a new actuator for the front right. Just finished replacing it and it solved my problem of the half shaft not spinning with the tire. The only problem I have now is that it still makes the grinding noise when I drive.

Also, before i replaced the actuator I could hear the actuator locking into the hub when I switched to 4Hi which would fix the grinding noise. Now when I switch to 4Hi I don't hear them lock in and it doesn't stop the grinding noise. I am at a lose, any help would be appreciated!! Thanks!!

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So I went for another drive this time in 4Hi. When I was backing out of the driveway and turned my wheel to the left (so the bed of the truck went to the left) when I had the steering almost locked out to the left it felt like the right front tire was stuck. It was like the truck didn't want to back up anymore. I put it in drive and started to drive. The truck was driving well until I tried to make a right turn and the wheel started to do the same thing. It doesn't do it when I turn left. What do you think the problem is? Thanks in advanced.

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Old 06-17-2014, 08:00 PM   #215
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Simple question. I have the 2013 XLT 4x4 EcoBoost with the big tow package (11300 lbs). I'm used to using manual locking hubs. I've been known to tow down some pretty steep asphalt grades to get home from the good camping areas.
In the past with other 4x4 trucks, I would simply not lock the manual hubs and run down 8% to 9% grades crawling in low range, usually in 3rd gear or so. I would barely even use the brakes and it kept it under control nicely.
I am considering doing the same thing, towing an 8000 to 9000 lb toy hauler with this truck down a long, narrow, steep grade. In all that I have learned from this thread, would it be possible to bypass the solenoid (connect the two vacuum lines together with a splicer piece) temporarily so that I can take advantage of the low range gears without locking the hubs and binding up the steering in those sharp asphalt turns? Do you see any issues with this truck doing this?

A special safety note about anyone trying this. Use your brakes and slow way down prior to approaching areas where lose gravel or slippery surfaces appear. The rear wheels on your truck are doing all of the work and can jackknife you quickly when you pass through slippery spots. Use caution and think about what you and your truck are doing. Its a long way down!
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Simple question. I have the 2013 XLT 4x4 EcoBoost with the big tow package (11300 lbs). I'm used to using manual locking hubs. I've been known to tow down some pretty steep asphalt grades to get home from the good camping areas.
In the past with other 4x4 trucks, I would simply not lock the manual hubs and run down 8% to 9% grades crawling in low range, usually in 3rd gear or so. I would barely even use the brakes and it kept it under control nicely.
I am considering doing the same thing, towing an 8000 to 9000 lb toy hauler with this truck down a long, narrow, steep grade. In all that I have learned from this thread, would it be possible to bypass the solenoid (connect the two vacuum lines together with a splicer piece) temporarily so that I can take advantage of the low range gears without locking the hubs and binding up the steering in those sharp asphalt turns? Do you see any issues with this truck doing this?

A special safety note about anyone trying this. Use your brakes and slow way down prior to approaching areas where lose gravel or slippery surfaces appear. The rear wheels on your truck are doing all of the work and can jackknife you quickly when you pass through slippery spots. Use caution and think about what you and your truck are doing. Its a long way down!
Yes, it would be possible. You could even rig up some kind of vacuum switch for this, I would imagine.
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