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Hey guys... I currently drive an F-150 but I’m looking at Rams. Do the front hubs disconnect or are they always engaged as in front axles always turning even in 2WD?
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No- and there are 2 4x4 options.
The lower trim levels usually do not have the 4wd Auto feature.
The front axle is usually disengaged completely in 2wd mode and the hubs are also disengaged.
mid- and higher trim levels- I do believe from Big Horn up, also lower trim levels with Crew Cab and 6'4" bed (don't know why those) have the 4wd Auto feature, which engages the 4wd only when needed- means, the front axle is engaged, but the hubs only lock, when a difference in wheel speed is detected.
I love this feature- especially in the winter.


I don't know, how it is in Gen5 with availability, but I believe, the 4wd auto is also as upgrade available in lower trims.


Overall- very reliable and robust. Haven't had or heard of any issues- ok- you will always find the "one" but overall- good 4wd.


I would just recommend the locking differentials as upgrade, if not, at least the anti-spin.
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No, the front hubs are always locked and so the CV axles and front driveshaft always spin even when in 2wd. There is a center axle disconnect
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No- and there are 2 4x4 options.
The lower trim levels usually do not have the 4wd Auto feature.
The front axle is usually disengaged completely in 2wd mode and the hubs are also disengaged.
mid- and higher trim levels- I do believe from Big Horn up, also lower trim levels with Crew Cab and 6'4" bed (don't know why those) have the 4wd Auto feature, which engages the 4wd only when needed- means, the front axle is engaged, but the hubs only lock, when a difference in wheel speed is detected.
I love this feature- especially in the winter.


I don't know, how it is in Gen5 with availability, but I believe, the 4wd auto is also as upgrade available in lower trims.


Overall- very reliable and robust. Haven't had or heard of any issues- ok- you will always find the "one" but overall- good 4wd.


I would just recommend the locking differentials as upgrade, if not, at least the anti-spin.
For on road use get vehicle with the Anti-Spin and put vehicle in 4-WHL AUTO before your wheels start spinning.

DO NOT use the e-locker on dry pavement. It is mostly for off-road use and low mph and will disengage over 20-25mph.. 2019 Owners manual pages 310-312 apply.
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Hey guys... I currently drive an F-150 but Im looking at Rams. Do the front hubs disconnect or are they always engaged as in front axles always turning even in 2WD?
The Rams don't have the vacuum solenoid problems, you are probably tired of the IWE issues, aren't you?
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The Rams don't have the vacuum solenoid problems, you are probably tired of the IWE issues, aren't you?
Haha... oh yeah. Ive had the driver side IWE replaced already as well as the solenoid and check valve. Great when it works. Not so great when it doesnt.
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No PTWA cylinder liners with a Ram either
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no frozen latches either
the tranny is pretty good, even compared to the 10 speed.
thats not to say the rams are the best ever, they do have their share fare of issues
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I have 2003 1500 with 230,000 looking to drain differenal oil would be ok
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I use 4W Auto mode anytime when traction might be a problem: wet, possible ice on paved roads, dirt or loose gravel roads. Also when launching or retrieving a boat (wet, slimy ramps) and on narrow twisting roads where one wheel might lose traction at the edge of the road. The rest of the time 2WD is fine (with limited slip) on good roads. 4W LOCK is used when there is no question of there being traction issues. Off road and deep ruts or sand, muddy or icy conditions. Generally not for use on dry paved roads as it will cause extreme wear on tires. And for those situations when only a lot of torque will do .... 4W LOW! For me, 4W LOW is rare but I do use it when maneuvering a heavy boat trailer because it gives much better control at very low speeds (creeping).
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