So my 2002 Rancher has a bad wheel bearing I think. Left rear wheel squeaks and squeals intermittently, sometimes very loudly. I took the wheel off and rotated the hub and it definitely sounds like it's isolated to that spot. I've googled and searched for a tutorial for wheel bearing replacement but haven't found a good one for our machines. My question is does anyone have a good tutorial for replacing these and do I need any specialty tools to do the job?
If all you need to replace is that left rear bearing....
Unbolt wheel and remove.
Remove cotter pin in axle nut.
Remove axle nut (30mm Socket, impact would be best, but if you don't have an impact use a long breaker bar).
Pull hub off.
Unbolt skid plate from bottom of differential (3 12mm bolts)
Unbolt the left axle tube coming off the diff. (4, 14mm nuts)
Make sure you leave the little spacer/bearing stopper on the end of the axle.
Take axle tube and use a long rod/pipe/breaker bar and drive the old bearing out of the axle tube.
Take new bearing and drive it back into axle tube.
Tap new seal in end of axle tube
Reassemble in reverse order.