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Frequency of knuckle seal/felt replacement ??

How often should the knuckle seal/felts be replaced? I believe I replaced mine about a year ago and now it looks like I need to replace them again. What is the best method of removing any surface imperfections from the knuckle "ball"?

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Re: Frequency of knuckle seal/felt replacement ??

I cleaned my balls (knuckle!) real good and spread JB weld lightly on them. When it set I sanded them smooth and the JB weld filled the pits. Not sure how it held up, I havent bothered to look.

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86-88 Zuk Manual says replace steering knuckle oil seals:
every 22.5K mile or 18 months






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Re: Frequency of knuckle seal/felt replacement ??

zooky, that is a good idea! I might have to do that some day. I know mine haven't been changed since I've owned it.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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Re: Frequency of knuckle seal/felt replacement ??

Many people chase the mystery Sammi front axle shimmy that happens in some zuks around 62 mph by changing wheel bearings, king pin bearings, tie rod ends, wheel balance and bent rims, etc., never eliminating it. When they happen to change the knuckle seal, the shimmy goes away in most cases. Why? The knuckle seal provides a certain amount of resistance to movement in the knuckle, when worn, it becomes loose and allows a shimmy to start at certain speeds.

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Re: Frequency of knuckle seal/felt replacement ??

Thanks Tim. I'll be calling you to order them.

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Re: Frequency of knuckle seal/felt replacement ??

<font color=blue>I cleaned my balls real good and spread JB weld lightly on them.</font color=blue>
Zooky, I'm not sure the folks here were ready to read that about you.

Bob came up with a long term answer. POR-15! Clean them, fill them and paint the POr15 on, should never have a problem with the "balls" again


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Yankee Tim its time for your medication!

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Re: Frequency of knuckle seal/felt replacement ??

Geez great idea, I was just going to do that myself!!!
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