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First time posting on this forum. I purchased a 09 Rancher. The left front wheel is loose. I have removed the hub. I have not remove the grease seals. The bearings move back and forth in the knuckle fairly easily. Should they be able to move? Do I replace the bearings or the knuckle with new bearings, etc.? Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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first off, welcome to the site,
next, I would remove old bearings, get NEW one's, and then measure the inside of knuckle, if its larger than the new bearings, then you have your answer, as even if the knuckle is BAD< , your still going to need new bearings, so, this would be my suggestion!

also, when buying aftermarket bearings , I HIGHLY suggest removing the dust seal and making sure there is actually grease in the NEW bearings, be surprised how many have none ot very little grease in them from the factory!, like they want them to fail soon so you buy again!
 

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Depending how much clearance we're talking about, some red Loctite might keep the bearings in place. Would have to heat them up to remove them the next time.


Any signs of the bearing spinning in the knuckle?
 

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Thanks for the quick reply. I did not notice the bearing spinning in the knuckle but I will look more closely. That is a good idea that I never thought of to use loctite. Again, thanks for your help. Mark.
 

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Thanks for the quick reply. I did not notice the bearing spinning in the knuckle but I will look more closely. That is a good idea that I never thought of to use loctite. Again, thanks for your help. Mark.
another hack, is if, bearing is a little loose and you don't want to get a new knuckle, is, some folks have stuck in pieces of aluminum can's to shim things and hold them tighter in it!
 
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