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04 Foreman ES started making squeeling noises from the Rear Left side wheel. Look down and the wheel is a lil wobbly when jacked up and shaking 12 and 6 oclock (so instant instincts think of bad wheel bearing.) Well its 3 months later and I am attempting to fix it because of Mudfest this upcoming weekend (way to wait till the last minute).

Well I took off the left side of the axle tube to get started and look inside this thing and really have no idea what to do. When I ordered the wheel bearing 3 or so months ago I talked to 2 different dealers on trying to find out if their is a bearing in the tube or what, and 1 said yes, and 1 said no????? So just to be safe the one that said yes I had the parts person order me up the bearing and neccessary seals & etc...

Well this bearing looks very narrow compared to whatever the circular metal piece at the end of the tube is. Im stumped! Anyone ever change out a wheel bearing or ANYTHING that moves or would make a noise on the Rear Left axle tube or wheel?? Any help would be appreciated!
 

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Cool thanks!

Is their a circlip holding it in or anything I need to remove prior to banging it out? Also what size is the new bearing supposed to be? It looks a lot skinnier than the wheel bearings that go in the front hubs. And which way does it come out, the short way or the long way? Im a idiot when it comes to 4 wheeler fixing, sorry.
 

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no nothing holding it inplace but itself. Yes it is skinnier than the front wheel bearings. The bearing will knock out on the wheel side of the axle tube.
 

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I am in the process of doing the same thing to mine and I think my noise is coming from the differential bearing though but while I have it apart I am going to do them all....Any tips or trcks to doing the differential one?????
 

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I have it cracked apart about 1/2 inch but couldnt get it to go any farther...But I will try to work on it more tonight..I have to remove my Perfex Kit to have more room for it to slide out....Do I have to remove the tube from the right rear as well or just the left....Which way does the axle come out or does it?? I really need a manual for it but thats besides the point....
 

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these guys are 100% correct !!! follow those steps and you should have no problem at all , but if you have a problem getting the race out i took a dremel tool with a cutting disc and cut in the center of the race . be careful dont go down to far or you will cut past the race and thats not good . the idea is if knocking it out is a problem then by cutting it in the middle it will be easier to pop out when tapping on it . just thought i would help out . trust me sometimes it can be a b**ch to get a race out .. good luck ...
 

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I took my ride for a little test drive tonight, I'm was going to ride it today, but alas my front left tire is got a crazy wobble. Higher than 40 MPH is really shaky. i have been reading about bearings going out and don't have any play in the wheel. There was no popping or any noise at all. Any Ideas..

edit I figured it out, my rim is warped.
 

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Well I got my axle shaft pulled out last night and brought it to work to have it cleaned up before I put it back in.....I have yet to finish taking the diff apart to replace them bearings but with working all day and then going home to a 1 month old I have no time really....Hopefully it will be back together by the weekend though....
 
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