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Just been to check bike over and noticed smear of oil on fork... would it be best to clean seals or just replace them?
 

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you already know the answer.

clean it first
  • you can take a smaller zip tie and push it between the fork and the dust steal to try to scrape any dirt out that may be there
  • after you clean it, take some grease and smear on the fork leg just above the dust seal, push on the bike lightly a few times to create a nice ring of the grease and then sharply push on the bike with force, the ring should vanish (below the dust seal)

don't forget to wipe the fork from time to time, if you still see some oil leaks after a few rides, consider replacing the seals
 

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you already know the answer.

clean it first
  • you can take a smaller zip tie and push it between the fork and the dust steal to try to scrape any dirt out that may be there
  • after you clean it, take some grease and smear on the fork leg just above the dust seal, push on the bike lightly a few times to create a nice ring of the grease and then sharply push on the bike with force, the ring should vanish (below the dust seal)

don't forget to wipe the fork from time to time, if you still see some oil leaks after a few rides, consider replacing the seals
Hi just cleaned seals and lot of crud was taken out.. cleaned thoroughly and pyt grease on top of seal...im not due to ride til monday so i shall keep eye out for smear
 

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you already know the answer.

clean it first
  • you can take a smaller zip tie and push it between the fork and the dust steal to try to scrape any dirt out that may be there
  • after you clean it, take some grease and smear on the fork leg just above the dust seal, push on the bike lightly a few times to create a nice ring of the grease and then sharply push on the bike with force, the ring should vanish (below the dust seal)

don't forget to wipe the fork from time to time, if you still see some oil leaks after a few rides, consider replacing the seals
Well i did as recommended and its a lot better. Cleaned thoroughly then pumped forks few times to re-seal now ridden for 100 miles to and from work...still a very small smear but not like before.. im going to try hold out til feb for service and if it needs replacing i will do it then
 

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great to hear that, but don't go just "meh, it's fine", if you still see some smear, just replace them when you do your next service as you mentioned, it's not an expensive part
 
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