Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Thanks for the additional info Shadetree...I will definitely check it each day until I get it repaired for good, just to make sure I'm not doing further damage.
Sphill, I had just bought this machine, was doing all the servicing, lubing, adjusting, and had it jacked up in the air and was spinning the rear axle when I heard the popping. I could also feel it if I held the left portion of the rear axle while spinning it. Mine has no up and down play in it yet, nor any side by side play, nor grinding, or anything yet...just some minor popping, and it doesn't do it all the time. Likely a rusty spot in the race or a stopsign shaped ball in the bearing. My fluid is clean.
I read up on this, and just as Shadetree explained, it happens more when you use it in water or mud...I know for a fact that is the case with mine, as there was a bunch of dried mud under the covers, and the PO even told me "it goes great in the mud". The bearing that goes out all the time is the left rear, but I'm doing both (there are actually 3) of the differential bearings and seals just so I know where I'm at. The one bearing and seal can be had for about $40 if you do your own labor. As Shadtree (and Helmut) have stated, if you let it go, the Ring and Pinion will need to be replaced...which is about $400 to $500.
I'll be taking mine up hunting with the bad bearing in it, and I'll be checking it each day a couple times per day depending on usage. If at any time the condition gets worse...I'll just park it!
I am currently an analyst/programmer, but was a mechanic in my prior life and I'm pretty anal and OCD about my stuff. I literally ran a fine tooth comb thru this machine when I got it home and that is the only thing I found out of the ordinary. These machines are awesome.
Oh, also...mine has about 890 miles on it, is a 2007 model and about 89 hours on it. PO said he has never had to replace any parts on it so I'm guessing this is the original bearing.
Hope this helps!
Last edited by N.E.T.O.; 09-22-2010 at 11:12 AM.