Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Northern Catskill Mountains, NY
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Re: Front Spindle Maintainance
Okay, the "ball joint" you are refering to is technically called the Steering Knuckles. Inside is a CV-type joint called a Birfield Joint (the infamous Samurai weak link).
The seals you have are called wiper seals and felts. Yes, there should be a large round rubber seal, and two half-circle felt pieces per set, and a set for each side. While keeping grease is part of the function, they are designed primarily to keep dirt, water and other crud out. There is no need to lube the knuckle ball itself, as it is not a friction surface. The knuckle is held in place by upper and lower king pins. Yes, king pins not unlike old, old VWs.
If you are going the distance to replace the wiper seals, also check the king pin bearings. IF the are original, they could be toast. Usually the lower bearing goes due to rust from water entering bad wipers (FSM says to replace wiper seals/felts like every 30K).
If you go for new bearings, they will most likely be the newer style tht are better.
My suggestion? Get your hands on a Factory Service Manual (FSM) and do it right. Forget the Chiltons, Haynes and others, they are worthless. If you need to find out where to buy one, just ask me.
Hey Now, I'm coming down your way (Anna.., MD right?) this Sunday to buy/pick up a set of tires. It would be nice to meet you. I could always look over your rig, point out what you need to do for the front end and give some advice if you need it.
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