Jeep Wagoneer/Commando/Cherokee 1957-1983 Repair Information

Axle Shaft Bearing



An arbor press is necessary for this procedure.

  1. With the aid of an arbor press, remove the bearing from the axle shaft.
  3. The new bearing must be installed with the use of the same press used for removal, or, bearing replacing tool J-2995.
  5. If an inner seal, in the axle housing, was there when you removed the shaft, replace it with a new inner seal and pack the bearing with wheel bearing grease, making sure the grease fills the cavities between the bearing rollers.

If there was no inner seal, don't install one. Don't pack the bearing with grease. The lack of an inner seal indicates that the bearing is lubed with axle lubricant.

Flanged Shaft

An arbor press is necessary for this procedure.

  1. Position the axle shaft in a vise.
  3. Remove the retaining ring by drilling a 1 / 4 inch hole about 3 / 4 of the way through the ring, then using a cold chisel over the hole, split the ring.
  5. Remove the bearing with an arbor press, discard the seal and remove the retainer plate.
  7. Installation is the reverse of removal. The new bearing must be pressed on. Make sure it is squarely seated.

Full-Floating Axle

  1. Raise and support the rear end on jackstands.
  3. Remove the grease cap, cotter pin and axle shaft nut.
  5. Using a wheel puller, remove the hub. The outer bearing will tend to fall out, so position your hand to catch it. Using a brass drift, drive out the inner bearing and seal. Discard the seal.
  7. Clean the bearings in a safe solvent and dry them with a lint-free cloth. Clean the old grease out of the hub cavity and wipe it clean. Inspect the bearings for wear, damage, heat discoloration or other signs of problems. Replace any suspect bearing. If any bearing is replaced it is a good idea to replace both bearings. If a bearing is replaced, the bearing race should be replaced with it. The races are driven out of the hub with a brass drift and the new races driven into place. Make sure that the new race is fully and squarely seated.
  9. Thoroughly pack the bearings with EP wheel bearing grease. A special tool is available at most auto parts stores for packing wheel bearings. It's a good idea to get one. The tool plugs into any grease gun and completely packs the bearing. Fill the hub cavity with new grease.
  11. Place the inner bearing in the hub and drive a new seal into place, making sure that it is fully seated.
  13. Position the hub on the axle and install the outer bearing.
  15. Install the hub nut and hand-tighten it.
  17. Tighten the nut while rotating the wheel until binding exists. Back off the adjusting nut 1 / 16 turn until the wheel rotates freely without any lateral shake.
  19. Replace the lock washer and tighten the locknut, bending the lip of the lock washer over the locknut.