1997 Ford Ranger makes loud noise from right front hub

Tiny
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  • 1997 FORD RANGER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 61,000 MILES
1997 Ford Ranger mileage: 61,000. I have automatic four wheel drive. Recently, the right front hub started to make a loud grinding noise whenever I disengage the four-wheel drive. The autohub is not fully disengaging the four wheel drive and, or so I think. It engages roughly, and disengages smoothly on the fly, but once I stop and restart at say a stop light, there is an awful grinding, "whizzing" noise. Is this just the hubs that need replacement, or something more serious? I have been told auto-lockers are no good no matter who you get them from, be it Ford, Chevy, GM. Instead of replacing the autos, can I just put in manuals, if this is even my problem? The truck performs just fine once I get into 2WD.

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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 AT 8:53 PM

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Tiny
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It sounds like your hubs are bad and the only fix is to replace them. Unfortunately, the only hubs that will work with your 4-wheel drive system are the factory automatic units, which we have found to be high maintenance components.
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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 AT 8:55 PM

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