It is ok to leave your hubs locked in depending on how far you want to go. I myself live on a mountainside and normally leave mine locked in when I stay near home going to town or something like that. When I hit any amounts of interstate I make it a rule of thumb that when I hit interstate the hubs are unlocked. It will decrease you fuel mileage I have noticed as well. You will be OK leaving it locked in around home but not all the time.
If 4-wheel drive is not needed, you should unlock the front hubs. Yes, the hubs remain locked even if your front transfer case is not set to 4-wheel drive, and this can be very hard on both the hubs and transfer case.
Yes. You would need to leave both the transmission and the transfer case in neutral, and leave the hubs unlocked if you have manual locking hubs.
Your hubs should have a "Locked" and an "Auto" setting. Under normal conditions, you should run in auto. Then if you need 4-wheel drive, flip the switch. Should the switch ever malfunction or go out, you have to manually lock and unlock (auto position) the hubs.
If you have locking hubs, set them to lock position, put tranny in neatral,, then push 4X4 button on dash then back into drive,, and away ya go,,,,,
No, leaving the hubs locked will cause both front tires to spin at the same rate. When going around corners (on dry pavement), the inside tire is supposed to turn at a slower rate than the outside tire. If the hubs are left locked, you will destroy the axle.
the vacuume lines and hubs are damaged. chenge the hubs over to Warn style hubs. Look on the net for info on warn hubs.
This really requires a test drive to start with. But a couple things to check: in 2 wd and hubs in "un-locked" position crawl underneath and see if the front drive shaft will turn, If it does not shake it and see if you can tell if the transfer case is locked in. Next see if you can get the outer Knuckle U-joints to turn, if they both turn easily then the hubs a not jammed in the lock position internally. If one turns and the drive shaft turns with it then the other hub is jammed. Finally bad outer Knuckle "U" joints will cause the normal 4 wheel drive steering shake and drag feeling when turning. Take a pry bar and see if they show slop when wiggled.
if the hubs are working properly all u do is shift transfer case back to 2WD if hubs are not releasing you will have to check the hubs best idea change the auto hubs for warn manual locking hubs
If they are the automatic hubs, drive in reverse for about 10 ft. Tranafer case has to be in 2HI(4x4 off).
i believe its a automatic friction lock if u don't have manual locking hubs
4x4 hubs will have oil.2 wheel drive will have grease
Yes you can. Its actually good to do so once in a while to keep the hubs lubricated. 10 or 20 miles every few months should do the trick. I used mine for offroading, and I would simply lock in the hubs at the start of a trail and just engage the 4x4 when I needed it.