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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-01-2019, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Squeaking from Front End of '04 650

Hi all! I'm hoping y'all can give me some advice on what might be causing a squeaking sound that appears to be coming from the front end of my '04 650. This past weekend I was riding around my hunting lease when I started hearing a rhythmic squeaking sound that would come and go. By rhythmic, I mean it sounded like something turning like a wheel or shaft, not like something bouncing with the suspension. It seemed to get worse as the weekend wore on. Towards the end of the trip, occasionally it would make both the rhythmic squeaking sound and a constant squeal at the same time, like two different things going bad at once. The sounds seemed to originate from the same area, but it was hard to pinpoint which side it might be coming from. Any ideas? Wheel bearings? My atv has about 1500 miles on it and has been treated pretty gently. It's mostly used for trail rides and rarely does it see any real water. This is the first issue I've ever had with it, other than having to replace all the CV boots a couple of years ago.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-06-2019, 10:45 PM
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Front end squeak is usually the shocks. I would grease the bushings at the top of the shock and the shock bearing on the bottom. I have done tutorials on this so search it. The grease needs to go on between the collar and the bushings (not on the bolts).

The older Rincons also used plastic (Delrin) bushings in the aluminum a-arms that wear out. The bushings are easy to replace with common hand tools. Should be a tutorial on this maintenance also.

If the wheel bearing is shot, you should be able to check for the issue by putting the machine on a jack and pulling on the wheels at 12-6 and 3-9. Might also be the brake seal on the drums if yours is a pre-disc front brake.

Lots of stuff turning and bouncing up front to make noises.

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