Bad Time For leaking Fork Seal

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Bad Time For leaking Fork Seal

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Cleaning my trike up couple days ago and noticed very light film of fork oil on left fork. Was not there 2 weeks ago when I washed it. Leaving for a 5 day trip in 2 days and dealer cannot work in to replace seals. My question is how long or miles has anyone gone on leaking seal? This is my vacation time from work. Hate to cancel it to wait on dealer to work in

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Re: Bad Time For leaking Fork Seal

Post by MikeB »

First, try the Seal Mate

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If you do not have a Seal Mate, you can probably make one out of an old oil jug.

If that does not work out, you are stuck with disassembly and repair.

If you don't stop the leak, you can ride it until the leaking oil fouls the brake pads, then it is time for mechanical intervention.

There is really no way to know how long you can go with a fork leak.
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Re: Bad Time For leaking Fork Seal

Post by Viking »

I went a whole summer, probably 10K miles, with a leaking left fork seal. Just wiped the film off every couple of days. It was a good summer for riding and I was not about to take down time for that. No visible harm. I changed the fork seals in the late fall, and that is now about three years ago and still no harmful residue. A mild film of oil will hold dust and possibly make the leaking worse, but if you keep it wiped off you should be okay.
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