Jeep Wagoneer/Commando/Cherokee 1957-1983 Repair Information

Steering Knuckle Oil Seal



1957-64 FC Series 1966-70 Jeepster/Commando 1962-73 Wagoneers and J-Series Truck
  1. Remove the old steering knuckle oil seal by removing the 8 screws which hold it in place. Remove the seal retainer plate halves and remove the oil seal felt.
  3. Examine the spherical surface of the axle for scores or scratches which could damage the seal. Smooth any roughness with emery cloth.
  5. Before installing the oil seal felt, make a diagonal cut across the top side of the felt so that it may be slipped over the axle. Install the oil seal assembly in the reverse sequence mentioned above, making sure that the backing ring of the backing ring and oil seal assembly is toward the wheel.

After driving in wet, freezing weather, swing the front wheels from right to left to remove the moisture adhering to the oil seal and the spherical surface of the axle housing. This will prevent freezing with resultant damage to the seals. Should the vehicle be stored for any period of time, coat the surfaces with light grease to prevent rusting.