Last Sunday our club held our annual New Years Day Hangover ride at a former rock racing comp site near Jellico, TN. During the ride, I thought that I was making to many 3-5 point turns and my steering pump was screaming for mercy. That usually indicates that the front ARB air actuated locker was locked. I only engage my front locker when it's absolutely required on things like rock ledges, steep climbs and very loose surfaces. I turn it off immediately afterwards. Steering is really a struggle with a front end locked. Okay, trail ride finished, tires aired back up from 8 to 30 psi and I hit the pavement to head home. I literally had to fight my way down a twisting mountain road with no pull offs or even a shoulder. I was positive I locked in the front. Found a pull off after hitting the bottom and finding a wide spot. I discoed the air line from the compressor but, remained locked. Gave up and drove home and even made a 3 pt turn into my driveway. Anyway, the problem was a twisted off copper air line and once that was fixed we arrive at my current issue.
The one question below, concerning the bearing caps, has been solved. LarryN, BTW, is the associate publisher of KRAWL magazine and a very friendly and knowledgeable guy.
f9k9 wrote:LarryN's suggestion was dead on. Once we popped off the entire bulkhead fitting, the locker was disengaged. While a good friend and fellow club member of mine and I worked on repairing the air line we discovered some issues that may be normal but, we suspect not.
I paid to have the ARB and 5.13s installed by a former club member a couple of years ago and I suspect that I probably got what I paid for. Then again, he owes me some money that I am unable to collect. I will deal with that later.
Anyway, while we had the diff opened up checking the air line, we noticed movement of the air line when turning the wheels to verify that the locker was working.
Here's a short vid.... The air line is not touching the ring gear, although it appears to. It only moves when locked. Just need someone to confirm that this is not normal.
We also noticed that the passenger side shim(s) seemed to be protruding out. A minor tap of a hammer and brass punch drove it out of sight. We think this is not a good sign, as well.
By this time, we are thinking that the installer may have been a tad inept and that even the bearing caps may have been switched. Can anyone verify that the front driver's side oem bearing cap had a cut out in it like the photo below? I am afraid that when I installed my diff covers and changed fluid that I did not pay attention those caps.