Knuckle Bearing Tech Note
How can I tell whether my knuckle bearings are worn?
New Knuckle Bearing Race
(click for large picture)
Worn Knuckle Bearing
Race (click for large picture)
Worn Knuckle Bearings
Specter Off-Road sells a complete kit to correct this problem. The kit contains seals, knuckle bearings, gaskets and shims depending on model. The kit contains parts to do both steering knuckles. See part number #080-400. If your bearings are in good shape but you are just servicing your knuckle and wheels bearings, SOR sells seal kits. The kits contain seals, shims and gaskets in one package to ensure you get what you need to complete the job. See part numbers #080-40 and #080-41 on page 80. We also recommend consulting your service manual for procedures, torque settings and bearing load settings. To purchase a service manual, see pages 220, 221 and 223 The knuckle bearing kits do not contain wheel bearings.
While you're in there: If you are overhauling your steering knuckles, you will be disassembling the entire hub and knuckle and breaking free the tie rod ends. You may want to consider replacing your wheel bearings and brake pads. See part number 080-34 and 080-01 for inner and outer wheel bearings and page 081 for pads and shoes. You will run the risk of damaging tie rod boots so you may want purchase replacement boots see page 094.