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post #1 of 12 Old 02-22-2013, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Ineed help fixing my front locker

My front locker has been out of commission for sometime now and I cannot afford a new one. I am looking for someone that knows lockers and gears that could give me a hand diagnosing and fixing the issue. There is a thread around here that says something about using D60 shims or something but I am not comfortable tinkering around in there without someone that knows as this is my daily driver. I would be willing to travel to your place or we can work on it at my place. If someone steps forward to lend a hand it could be a great learning experience for anyone that wants to come over to learn.

In short I need help diagnosing and fixing my locker issues.

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Btw its a factory e locker that I can hear doing something but doesn't lock up

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I can't help you with any knowledge about those lockers, but if you need another set of hands let me know. I'll be happy to help.

If you don't need any help, I can always come by to drink beer and watch.
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Ineed help fixing my front locker

Happy to assist but I too don't know anything about lockers.
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Thanks guys there will be beer! All we need is one person that knows gears and lockers so that we know what the hell we are looking for. I've also been getting some weird noises from the rear on the freeway so I would like someone to look at the wear patterns as well. If know one steps up then the hell with it we will just have to take it apart and hope for the best.

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Edgar - R U certain your locker isn't working? My light flashes like it's not locking but it is. It's been doing that for a long time. Have you taken it to a sand hill and tested?

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Edgar - R U certain your locker isn't working? My light flashes like it's not locking but it is. It's been doing that for a long time. Have you taken it to a sand hill and tested?
Yea I'm positive that it isn't locked up. Maybe about a year ago it slipped out a hand full of times and then stopped locking at all.

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Couple of things you can check prior to tearing into the locker:

Electrical connector at the diff- Is it plugged in all the way, are the wires frayed/broken
Lock the Diff then jack up the Jeep and see if the wheels are locked when they are off the ground
Pull the Diff Cover - See if there is anything loose laying in the bottom. While in locked mode spin the wheels and see if you can spot/hear the problem.

Ans since I have been accused of being Captain Obvious, is the Jeep still under warranty?


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Couple of things you can check prior to tearing into the locker:

Electrical connector at the diff- Is it plugged in all the way, are the wires frayed/broken
Lock the Diff then jack up the Jeep and see if the wheels are locked when they are off the ground
Pull the Diff Cover - See if there is anything loose laying in the bottom. While in locked mode spin the wheels and see if you can spot/hear the problem.

Ans since I have been accused of being Captain Obvious, is the Jeep still under warranty?
I hear things move and have had the cover off to watch things move but I don't know what everything should look like when operating correctly. I know they are not locked because only one wheel will spin when on an obstacle and the light just blinks. No debris or broken parts found in the housing.

Nope no warranty and even if it was they would take one look at my rig and deny me.

There is a place in Yucaipa that rebuilds these lockers but they said it could be up to $450 depending on whats wrong. I rather give it a shot first with someone that knows diffs and is willing to spread some knowledge.

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Just some FYI...the new D44 e-locker is different from the old D44 in the TJ. So make sure whomever helps you understands the new D44 in the JK. Our shop has an gear guy but we are 2 hours away.


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Our rear locker was not working when it came back from the gear shop. The light would blink, but not lock. Attached to the right bearing cap is a bent flat metal piece with a tab that fits a cut-out on the locker magnet. It holds the magnet in position. If it is not holding the magnet in toward the diff case far enough, the locker will engage but not stay locked, hense the blinking. I re-bent the steel piece until it locked and stayed locked. Took a couple tries to get it exact, and I had my son working the locker button while I observed the diff. Works perfect now.
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Our rear locker was not working when it came back from the gear shop. The light would blink, but not lock. Attached to the right bearing cap is a bent flat metal piece with a tab that fits a cut-out on the locker magnet. It holds the magnet in position. If it is not holding the magnet in toward the diff case far enough, the locker will engage but not stay locked, hense the blinking. I re-bent the steel piece until it locked and stayed locked. Took a couple tries to get it exact, and I had my son working the locker button while I observed the diff. Works perfect now.
Hard to explain without pics.
FYI, This is very odd and not typical. That lock tab is only to hold the actuator from rotating and nothing more. If it helped your locker lock or not lock, then thats nice it fixed it, but that was purely luck.

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