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I was out riding today and I noticed that my rear end area was squeaking. When I got it home I put it up on a jack and took off the right rear tire and noticed that something was squeueaking when I would turn the tires. At first I thought it was the rear drum brake. As my wife applied pressure to the brake it was still squeaking in that area when I was turning the wheel. What do you guys think is it the brake or bearings? Where are the bearings located at? If they are at the very end of the shaft that might be it but i'm not sure. To remove them do I just need to reomve the cotter pin and the castle nut and will they be right there? The quad is a 03 foreman S. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
 

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on the left side the bearing is right behind the hub and on the right side the bearing is in the brake backing plate. the left side is the most common bearing to go out on the rear.
 

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Thanks the squeak or sueal is coming from the right side when I turn the tires. So will I need to remove the brake assembly to get to the right side bearing? Are they hard to replace? Will I need to pull out the spline that runs through the rear end? Thanks
 

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I had a similar squeak when mine was brand new. I figured it could not be the bearings that soon. When I took it apart I noticed a small bit of black rubber in the drum. I put a light ammount of grease on the seal and put it back to gether. I have not had a problem since. If yours does turn out to be the bearing, it should not be too hard to replace. Remove the wheel, the castle nut and the hub. Remove the brake drum. Disconnec the linkage from the rear brake and unbold the backing plate from the axel flange. The bearing in the backing plate is held in by a snap ring. Remove the snap ring, drive the bearing out with an appropriate tool, carefully re install the new one with a new snap ring and new seals. A small dab of grease on the new seals and reassemble. Torque the Castle nut to 101 Ft lbs. then foreward just enough to align the holes for a new cotter pin. Take your time and pay attention to what you are doing and you should have no problem.
 
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