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Hearing a "squeak" in front wheel bearing

Within the last month I have noticed an intermintant "sqeak" coming from the front wheel area after bike is up to temp. It's not a constant squeak, though. It's an '09 w/ 3200 miles on it. I believe it's a bearing that didn't get greased well during set-up at the stealership.

I can usually hear it between 10-30 mph. "Squeak" doesn't change in pitch with throttle changes, breaking, cornering, speed bumps.

Stealership says "Didn't hear anything on their 10 mile ride." What do you know. They didn't hear anythng.....commies.

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-01-2010, 09:25 AM
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If the dealer wont' fix it then do it yourself, or pay to have it done. The wheel bearings arn't hard to replace. Sometimes its not poor lubrication its water has gotten past the seal. Do you use a power washer on your bike?
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Squeak from front axel

No power-washers here. It's all done with the love and gentleness of my hands.

The only reason I took it to the stealership is because it's still under warrenty.

I do live in Hawaii, maybe salt-air contributed to some of the "problem".

Long weekend coming up so maybe I'll rip it apart and take a gander.

Thanks for the input.
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Wheel bearing failures can be fatal. If your bearing is bad, don't ride the bike.
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are you sure its not a contact of pads and disc?
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Not sure if it's pad and disk. Haven't had a chance to look at it yet. Freely turning wheel when off the ground should indicate no pad and disk contact, right?

Doesn't seem to be any lateral movement in the wheel when I checked it, but, again, I haven't had time to dive into it yet.

Called Kawasaki. "Tim" didn't have much to contribute......bastard.
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Within the last month I have noticed an intermintant "sqeak" coming from the front wheel area after bike is up to temp. It's not a constant squeak, though. It's an '09 w/ 3200 miles on it. I believe it's a bearing that didn't get greased well during set-up at the stealership.
Bearings don't get greased during assembly at the dealership and if they are low on grease they usually don't squeak at one speed but show no symptoms at a higher speed. It also seems very low mileage for a bearing problem, unless it was really dry from the factory. I'd look at other things first before starting to remove the bearings.

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Try braking on the front when you hear it squeak. Then you'll know you're hearing the front pads squeaking on the discs, and/or possibly the floating brake discs squeaking on the pins.

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Try braking on the front when you hear it squeak. Then you'll know you're hearing the front pads squeaking on the discs, and/or possibly the floating brake discs squeaking on the pins.
+1. try checking both the brakes. Try free wheel if you can get both wheel off the ground.
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"commies"

I feel ya.
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