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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 2:58 pm 
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What type of brake fluid do I need and where do I put some extra brake fluidin some avid elixir brakes?

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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 3:18 pm 
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Brake fluid is DOT 5.1 and here's a video on how to bleed them.


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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 7:36 pm 
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Cheers but all I want to do is put some extra oil as I took a thimble amount out too much.


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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 11:08 am 
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if the brake lever is firm, then the brake should not need more brake fluid.

There is a small torx screw on the lever - position the lever so this is uppermost to preven air getting into it and remove the scew but be careful not to lose or damage the tiny oil ring. Then add a drop of two of fluid by, for example dipping a screwdriver in brake fluid and then holding the end over the hole so the fluid drops off.

Then refit the screw. if you have a syringe, then you can fit that to the lever and draw the plunger to draw air out of the master cylinder.

If the lever is spongy, this means you have air in the system so the topping up of fluid in the brake lever is not going to firm up the brakes - you would need to bleed them using the two syringe menthod. if ytouy need to do that, be patient, in my experience it can take well over 15 mins to get the air out, a mind numbliing tedious process that make you want to hurl yourself off a tall building into a very spikey hedge.


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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 7:18 pm 
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02gf74 wrote:
... you would need to bleed them using the two syringe menthod. if ytouy need to do that, be patient, in my experience it can take well over 15 mins to get the air out, a mind numbliing tedious process that make you want to hurl yourself off a tall building into a very spikey hedge.


:lol:

I know that feeling! one of the best upgrades I did was switching to Hope brakes, bleeding them is a piece of cake by comparison.


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PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 10:01 pm 
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