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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:30 pm 
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Anyone know of a good video that goes thru the wheel bearing replacement of an 4x4 manual shipt solid rear axle old Cat?

Have done a few bearing replacements on trailers & other small simple equip many years ago but haven't had grease on my paws in many years, could use a little help getting thru the boot/cv joint areas etc. to do the job. Been putting this off for many years, kids got it out of storage & finally used up every bit of life in front bearings. :?: Appreciate any DIY tips you can offer. :?:

PS - Dealer replaced fronts years ago while on warranty, are there any upgrades to the bearings or after markets that have better seals? Water and sand seems to be the problem.



PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:39 pm 
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I do not know of any videos, and unfortunately there is not much demand for aftermarket AC repair manuals, since there are none available at the motor head book stores.
Your best bet would be to buy a factory manual for the quad. Expensive to be sure. CV joints are CV joints, and one is pretty much the same as the next. but there is always a chance AC has hidden a snap ring in there somewhere.

Sand is the hardest thing there is on ATV bearings, especially fine, wet sand. If the dealer provides bearings that are not sealed on both sides with integral rubber seals, they do not last long. Those in concert with the standard shaft seals can do a pretty decent job of keeping the sand out.
You might look around the Web to see if any of the ATV parts sellers offer both side rubber sealed bearings and double lip shaft seals.

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