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I am also stuck with 6" of snow and no 4wd. We just bought this and have read several pages of these posts. While I would like to replace the vacuum system hubs with the manual, I really don't have 150.00 to spend right now, so i was hoping for a cheap repair till later. I have replaced all of the vacuum lines from the wheels to the vacuum canister and that didn't help. I know the transfer case is working because i can see the axle turning but not the wheels. So to try and fix the original system where do i go from here? How can you tell if the canister is working itself? And if its not how do you tell if its bad or if the celenoid that I read about sending the signal is bad ( thats if I'm understanding how this works to begin with lol). and if those are working does that mean the hubs themselves are bad? Would taking them apart and cleaning them help any? Also, i read one post that said when these go bad that dirt, etc. gets in and cause the wheel bearings to go bad. When I got it inspected the other day the mechanic said the one wheel gearing ( front DS) was borderline passable and should be replaced. Would that be an indication that the hubs vacuum was bad automatically or are there other factors? Thanks in advance for your help. If Momma doesn't get out of the driveway and to the mall Santa might not make it this Year. Happy Holidays !
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I'm having the same problem with the wife's 1998 Sportage. The drivers side has vacuum but the passenger side doesn't. Every winter something seems to happen to the four wheel drive on this thing. Hopefully someone will have some answers for us.
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Some years ago I had the same trouible, it turned out to be seals in the hubs and the cost and trouble led me to change out the vac system for manual hubs. Sorry I coulden't offer anything cheaper for you.
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I just found out my hubs are shot so I'm switching to manual.
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I just found out my hubs are shot so I'm switching to manual.
I'm getting a weird noise from my front left wheel when engaging the 4wd. It sounds like a tire rubbing on a wheel well but goes away immediately once I take it out of 4wd.
I know the 4wd is working as I tested it last night in the snow both in and out of 4wd.
Any suggestions would be helpful
Also all vacuum lines look fine.
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Well, it was the hubs on ours,too. Put the Werr manual hubs on and we're out playing in the snow. Thanks
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Oh, and if you order them on Amazon they were 131.00 with free shipping. Better price than any place local.
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I replaced my front hubs with Warn manual locking type. (Warn 60247 Standard Manual Hub Kit)

Well worth changing as it only takes 15 minutes to change the pair.

Remember to make sure all is clean and put some copper-slip on your hubs 'outer' bolts.
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