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Picked up an annoying squeek......found it!!

Well 1700 miles and 3 winters of snowplowing......the TRV finally is giving me a "sign" that something my be broken/worn out.:huh:

It's got a VERY annoying squeek squeek squeek... coming from somewhere's in the front end. It's only when it's in 4x4 & under load (pushing snow) so I've hopefully narrowed it down to what I believe is either a cv joint - bearing - or front driveshaft U-joint.
I can't duplicate the noise when I jack up the front end and give things a spin and everything feels tight.
The TRV got a real good thawing out yesterday (took it to work to clear snow then put it inside for 4 hrs to melt/dry)

I at first thought it may have been a frozen brake.....but the sound returned with a vengence today when I fired 'er up to clean up snow I'd showeled off my roof.

CRAZYOOPER thinks it's probably a bearing.....but there's NO visible play in the cv shaft at the diff.
I've never touched ANYTHING in the front end so I'm fishing.I dunno

I'm hoping to be able to fix this myself so any thoughts are appreciated.

Thanks all!!
 

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You Were Out In The Cold / Wet / Snow
You Gave It A Nice Warm Place To Dry Out & Rest
You Then put The Cat Back Out In The Cold / Wet / Snow
Did The Sound Come Back Right Away Or After Putting It In 4 wd
Could Be A Little Rust / Salt / Dirt I dunno
Happy Holidays
 

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Pretty much as soon as I threw it into 4H and hit my first snow pile.

It had been making the noise earlier this wk and a wee bit yesterday before I thawed 'er, but pretty much intermitently so I couldn't narrow it down.

My brakes were iced up so I figured that was the problem.I dunno

I didn't run the TRV up and jam on the brakes.....hmmmmm.....
 

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im thinking u joint or bearing as well. unless you have a brake partially froze up. im swapping some cv shafts this weekend too (get rid of the clicker) but today i noticed when i hit the brake the engine wants to fall on its side LOL im starting to eye up motor mounts... just too much snow in ND...........NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but i do have piles that sit as tall as me on the atv now lol good luck finding the squeak if you cant load it up and drive it over here to my heated garage to look at it HAHA
 

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Im sorry Im not any help buddy, but my first impulse
is too much Mr Clean,,,,
:baum3:Have a good one, and I hope its something simple! Frank
 

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Im sorry Im not any help buddy, but my first impulse
is too much Mr Clean,,,,
:baum3:Have a good one, and I hope its something simple! Frank
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of course......it didn't help much trying to narrow down where the sound is coming from since that a new ALARM went off when I hit the headlight switch.............

isn't that right Yoop??.................:lol:
 

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you know brad i think they are on to something maybe it is just too squeaky clean!na na
 

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you know brad i think they are on to something maybe it is just too squeaky clean!na na
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WHAT??! that's just crazy talk!:lol:
 

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You Were Out In The Cold / Wet / Snow
You Gave It A Nice Warm Place To Dry Out & Rest
You Then put The Cat Back Out In The Cold / Wet / Snow
Did The Sound Come Back Right Away Or After Putting It In 4 wd
Could Be A Little Rust / Salt / Dirt I dunno
Happy Holidays

I think that narrowed it down pretty good. Sounds like that's your fix! Clap
 

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I replaced my U joint this year and the signs of it wearing out was more of a "click click click" sound, or more like a ticking sound. It actually didn't seem to matter if it was in 2WD or 4WD.

I would suspect the front bearings since engaging 4WD and plowing would put pressure on them more.

Mike
 

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Ya know.....some days I think I suffer from head trauma.:Bangin:

I never checked for any "play" in the front end at the actually HUB - which coincidentally is when the front bearings ARE.......not at the diff end.....

I'll checking that today......

Thanks ALL and have a great Christmas!!:beer_cheers:

EDIT: FOUND IT!!

the front driveshaft U-Joint. I jacked 'er up and shook and pulled on everything & was pleased to re-affirm thatr everything is tight.Clap
I then noticed that the front U-Joint had a bad surface rust build-up. So I grabbed my trusty can of WD-40 and gave it a soak and let it sit for 15min. Put the tires back on lowered 'er off the jack and took it for a spin.

SQUEEK GONE.woot

I'll see how long it stays quiet and if need be replace it in the spring.
 

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Your Letting Me Down On Your Cleaning:lol:
 

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Myself, I would change out the ujoint now vs. waiting for it to go. I had a rear ujoint go out on my 650V2 and when it did, it took out the starter and clutch cover with it as i was under load and she grenaded. They only run $15-20 (you can get them at Napa...I believe it's a 392 Ujoint, but they'll have to order it in). Not a hard job to do.
 

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Myself, I would change out the ujoint now vs. waiting for it to go. I had a rear ujoint go out on my 650V2 and when it did, it took out the starter and clutch cover with it as i was under load and she grenaded. They only run $15-20 (you can get them at Napa...I believe it's a 392 Ujoint, but they'll have to order it in). Not a hard job to do.

CrazyYooper and YooperGirl were over visting the Wifey & I yesterday, and he urged exactly the same thing. CHANGE IT NOW!
After a bit of contemplating and realizing just how spendy it could get by waiting till it "grenaded":eek:hmy_old:........that's exactly what I'm going to do.

I'll get a U-Joint at NAPA this wk and the plan is to head out to Yooper's place (it's heated) and swap it out in the next few wkends.
 

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glad your fixing it looks like a new years storm possible too so fix it fast... merry christmas to you and your wife.
 

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I had contemplated doing it myself but after talking to the dealer he said it needed a special tool to get it out and in. My dealer replaced mine. The old one was shot, most of the needle bearings were gone already.

Mike
 

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I had contemplated doing it myself but after talking to the dealer he said it needed a special tool to get it out and in.
Yea, I'd been wondering about that. SO I google'd AC ATV tools and found what your dealer was talking about:

SKU# 0444-128 for $170!!

It's description lists it as a "U-Joint SEPARATOR"

To me it looks like a simple C-CLAMP compression tool for installation, and has nothing to to with removal. Popping the clips and using a smaller socket and few whacks with a hammer after a good WD-40 soak should be all I need to do. (done a few in my truck 4x4's)
It doesn't look like a "cake-walk" by any means.....but I'll try it.:Bangin:

Thanks Mike!
 

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Gravy. All you have to do is remove the two front diff bolts, slide it forward and allow you to remove the driveshaft. Once removed you can easily swap out the ujoint. I would just do both ujoints right now since you're there ya know?
 
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