Auto hubs


I'm new to sportraks(just sold my Vitara)Thought I'd try the Sportrak for change.Anyway it's a 93(k)elxi,I was'nt getting 4wd on the left side so I took the hub apart(that split ring on top is a sod to get back)and found the cage that holds the cog is broken in one place out of the three,phoned a parts supplier mentioned on this site and got the old chestnut you have to buy the complete Hub at£300 ha car was only 600.Anyway it's back together now and in 4wd,the prob being it won't go to 2wd on the left side now.Question Can I drive it around in 4wd high,bit of motorway and a roads about 70 miles return to the p&p sites? Help

NO! You will do all sorts of

NO! You will do all sorts of nasty stuff to the car, from scrubing out tyres, to destroying the transfur box. Part time 4x4's like the Sporti, Vitara or series Land Rover are not designed to be used in 4x4 on solid surfaces. Permanent 4x4's like the Discuvery use a 3rd diff in the transfur box to alow all 4 wheels to turn a diffrent speeds when cornering. Without this you get 'transmition wind up', putting a lot of strain on the drive chain when driving on roads.
What you can do is take the othe FWH apart, and permanently lock that too. Then drive in normal 2wd. This will pull you performance down as well as you fuel consumption (though not much) as the front drive chain will still be turning, but it won't break the car.
I am not sure what would happen if you drove with one FWH locked, and the other free? I'm guessing it would prob bust the unlocked hub, or the drive shaft. I'm only guessing here, but I think the locked hub would turn it's drive shaft as you pull away. The diff would then turn the other driveshaft in the opposite direction (as this would be eisier that turning the prop). The other hub would then try to engagwe as if you were reversing in 4x4. As soon as it engaged ther would be no drive (as the diff would then put spine from locked hub to the prop (path of least resistence). The working hub would then unlock. Repeat lock unlock thing until something james at speed. opps busted hub / drive shaft / diff?

What you could do is replace with manual FWH. Beware though second hand ones may not fit. All manual hubs I have seen are 5 stud to the hub proper. I am lead to belive that most auto hubs are 6 stud. Mitsubishi are 6 stud, as are Suzuki. But I don't know if either will fit. Prob not, and I have never needed to look into it.

Any veiws expresed in this thread by me are purely from my own experience, and (sometimes) falible memory. Hope my comments help, but please don't take them as gospel.

Any veiws expresed in this thread by me are purely from my own experience, and (sometimes) falible memory. Hope my comments help, but please don't take them as gospel.

Running in 4wd

Tried putting transfer in 2wd it unlocks the good hub in reverse but when I drive forward the bad hub causes the hub to lock again.Will leaving the transfer lever in 2wd help?so just the front diff turning.

i got a free whelling hub

if you want t a new free wheeling hub ive got one on my old l reg sporti where are you im in herefordshire and if you want it name me a price or any sporti mechanical parts



Thanks 4x4L is it a auto one as there are internal differences to the manual one.I need the internal cage that holds the cog.I,m in Manchester so it would be postage of about £8 judging by fleabay standards.ta