air suspension/ forward rear

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air suspension/ forward rear

Postby dusty45 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:45 am

hi Dusty from Holland, can anybody give advise on why im losing air on both for and arft, i have the old system where i must pump up by hand, aftrer a few hours the sys is again empty, as i read your comments im sure there are a few boffins that can help, thanx foroff.

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Re: air suspension/ forward rear

Postby aladdin » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:46 am

Hi Dusty
sounds like leaking O-rings

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Re: air suspension/ forward rear

Postby Possum51 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:38 am

agree, leaking o-rings or valve stem core leaking

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Re: air suspension/ forward rear

Postby feetup » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:27 am

Take an old hand pump spray bottle, like the kind used to dispense bathroom cleaners, and fill it with water and a generous squirt of dish detergent. Shake the mixture up, pump up your suspension and spray a few good squirts on every joint that you can reach in the air system. If there is a leak the mixture will begin to bubble up and foam at that point.
I realize that you probably will not be able to easily access all the hoses and joints but the likelihood is that the most moved joints are the culprit and they are the most accessible.
I work with various pressure vessels and this is a very common technique to find slow leaks.

It is best not to leave the dried dish soap on the bike, but it rinses off easily with water, taking dirt and grime with it. (Leaves your hands soft too) :lol:


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