The felt seals are a very robust, long lasting solution - even with more modern materials, there are still situations were you would use felt as anything else simply doesn't survive. They need a thorough greasing, or soaking in oil then greasing, before installation. My spare ones are sitting in a jar of oil ready . . .
Engineered felt is a surprisingly large industry. Complicated even. If you really fancied it, you could probably get a local gasket maker to cut you new rings to glue in.
If the bearing is spinning on the shaft, even it is only slightly, it can only get worse. A bit of Loctite 641 bearing fit on assembly may be advisable
1985 S3 1700 XFlow. Undergoing full restoration
Am I getting the greasing bit wrong? I installed new felt seals on mine, and following advice on here tried to lubricate thoroughly but all it's done is flick grease all over the side skin, especially if there's any steering lock applied.
JonT, yes you have overdone it
So have you got the water shields fitted on your car JonT? I would have thought they would have prevented grease flicking out as well as water splashing in.
If its any consolation I repacked the bearings only and initially got some grease spatter!
A splodge in the void is okay - packed solid is bad. Overheating and bearing failure can be caused.
Felt seal doesn't need to be over-greased - although if it had, I would have thought you wouldn't have it continuing after the first run or two.
Thanks all, maybe I have overdone it. I don't have any water shields on mine.