Knuckle cleaning

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The ball of the steering knuckle is pretty rusty and the seal is a mess.  Since everything is out of the way this is an ideal time to replace all this.  VT_20160516_192118

The axle just pulls out.  The Spicer u-joint feels tight and looks well lubricated.  I will just clean the outer end of the axle shaft and leave the rest alone.

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Next comes the steering tie rod.  I had to get on this tool pretty hard to get it to pop loose but at least the tie rod end is pretty tight.

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The seal retainers are held on with 8 cap screws.  These are pretty gunky but a wire brush and penetrating oil got them loose.

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The impact wrench made short work of the lower kingpin.  This does not look too bad.

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The upper kingpin and shim pack look good but are not nearly as well lubricated as the lower.

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With the kingpins out the steering knuckle comes right off.  What a mess.

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The inside of the knuckle does not look bad at all.  I half expected to find a pound of rust and family of voles living in here.

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The upper and lower races show a little wear but not enough to make me want to mess with them.

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Next came a major degreasing party.  Here are the big pieces.  I got the bearings, king pins, and hardware clean too but forgot to take a picture.   The bearings look really good. Sorry about the picture of the knuckle on the right, I set it on a can of hose clamps.

The next step will be to clean the rust of everything and paint what I can.  I will also have to get seal kits and #0 grease to put this back together again.

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