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I've gotten the wheel off, disassembled the brake assembly and gotten the new pads on. Now I'm trying to get the axle back into the hub, and having some trouble. The splines line up, but the axle on goes in until the end of the axle is flush with the hub. It still needs to go another two or three inches to be completely seated. I've tapped at it with a hammer, but I don't want to damage anything.

My fear is that a bearing may be worn or loose and the axle isn't centering when I try to tap it in.

Any experience/advice shared would be most helpful.

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Answered this myself. I put the ATV on it's side, got the bearings lined up, and the hub went back on the axle without a problem.

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Thanks for the encouragement. I just realized I described it a bit wrong. I was trying to put the hub back on the axle.

Anyway, job done, nice to be able to actually stop the machine, and use the parking brake.

Next up, gotta check the compression, and then most likely, a top end rebuild. Haven't decided if I'll tackle it myself. Gonna price it out at a local shop, and then decide.

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